During the casual days of summer, a pair of sneakers can dress down a lightweight cotton suit or add a pop of color to jeans — but you've got to do it right. "Blend business with casual and vice versa," says Rian Pozzebon, head designer for Vans. Wear clean, restrained sneakers with a summer suit — no Air Jordans with a pinstripe — and larger basketball sneakers with more understated basics. With that in mind, here is our guide to summer's best classic skaters, slip-ons, hi-tops, and boat shoes.
Vans C&F Slip Ons 59
Vans is probably most known for the black-and-white checkered slip-ons, but we've got our eyes on this pair, which is a bit more suitable for grown-ups. The clean white upper is a perfect counterpoint if you're wearing colorful shirts or shorts, and the interior has a fun floral print. [$55; vans.com]