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8 of the Best Shoes for Spring (and None of Them Are Sneakers)

All of our favorite shoes for spring and not a sneaker in sight.


Spring will spring on us any time now. And the post-sneaker era will, too. With the warmer months upon us, you might want to take stock of your footwear rotation and consider some non-sneaker options to stride through spring.

Timberland 3-Eye Classic Lug Shoe

If a boat shoe was built with the idea that the ship could, at any moment, crash straight into the side of El Capitan, you’d have Timberland’s 3-Eye Classic Lug shoe. It comes with a deck-friendly upper and off-roading tread, just in case you don’t have time to say ‘Land ho’. It feels more rugged than preppy and works well with wide pants.

BUY NOW: $135

Birkenstock Boston

The Birkenstock Boston has gotten enough turns in popularity that it’s safe to say it’s tightened securely as a classic shoe. A favorite among the crunchy and stylish crowds, the Boston comes in many iterations from fur-lined heaters to premium full-grain calf leather to high-end designer-morphed collaborations, but you can’t go wrong with the classic suede pair.

BUY NOW: $145

Unmarked Otzi Sandal/Shoes

Straight from the horses mouth, these Otzi Sandal/Shoes are also a hybrid like the Timberlands from earlier. But this one is more crunchy than preppy. Features include bovine leather uppers, vegetable-tanned leather insoles and a badass ripple outsole.

BUY NOW: $180

Astorflex Greenflex

Born in harsh weather and demanding military conditions, the desert boot has enjoyed a stylish retirement for decades now. The veteran boot goes well with faded jeans, army-issue vintage chinos, pupil-dilating shorts and more. This one from Astorflex uses premium suede uppers, vegetable-tanned leather insoles, cushy crepe outsoles and is crafted in Italy. And it’ll cost you a song.

BUY NOW: $150

Gucci Roos Horsebit Loafer

You cannot go wrong with a pair of classic Gucci loafers. We waxed about the definitive bit loafer and spring is a perfect time to get your hooves into these horseshoes.

BUY NOW: $690

Lemaire Chinese Slipper

Soft and supple, Lemaire’s slipper is elegantly relaxed. If it’s an afternoon nap at home or a jaunt out with friends, these loafer cousins look good in any situation.

BUY NOW: $454

Viberg Mule

Canadian shoe brand Viberg is known for its lineup of handcrafted boots. And when it comes to something a bit easier to get into than a pair of honkin’ eight-inch engineer boots, it’s a walk in the park. Its mule uses Goodyear-welted construction so you can wear it for an indefinite number of spring seasons. Avec or sans socks, the refined slip-on pairs easily with anything, but especially the spring weather.

BUY NOW: $520

Goya Leather Sandals

Crafted in Spain, these leather sandals from Goya are based on the classic Menorquina silhouette, featuring an open-toe design with a fixed heel strap. With an added lugged sole, they feel less precious.

BUY NOW: $266

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