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15 Watch Straps for a Cool and Casual Summer

Ditch the leather for something more breathable, durable and casual.


Everything is just a bit more casual come summertime, both for the sake of style and comfort. We don our shorts, our hats, our sunglasses. A watch fits into the mix as well, and should keep the same relaxed look and comfort. And for that, you’ll want to find the right strap.

Nylon, canvas and rubber are the obvious choices here — they’re lightweight, soft, breathable and can be washed free of any sand, salt water and sweat. Leather and metal bands are also acceptable, but opt for something perforated or mesh for enhanced airflow. With that utility comes a dose of effortless, casual cool. Any of these 15 straps will transform any watch into a heat-beating timekeeping companion.


A Military-Inspired Classic

Ballistic Nylon Strap by Basrton Watch Bands $12

Black & Grey NATO by Crown & Buckle $12

Navy Blue NATO by Hodinkee $20


Light and Breathable

Simple Design NATO by Civo $14

Kristall Braded Nylon Perlon by Eluit $21

Braided Nylon Perlon by Da Luca $30


Soft but Durable

Silicon Dive Strap by Fluco $19

1968 Strap by ISOFrane $99+

Curved End Rubber Strap by Everest $225

Steel Mesh

Like a Bracelet, But Better

Mesh Stainless Steel Bracelet by Ritchie $11

Shark Mesh by Yiusa $30

Polished Mesh Steel Strap by Staib $125

Perforated Leather

Race-Inspired Wrist Wear

Hunter Racing Rally by Fluco $36

Ayrton by Hirsch $105

Leather Racing Strap by Hodinkee $155

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