The best shoes for spring 2012

The year 2012 marks the official death of the sandals-for-men craze that we’ve seen withering over the past few seasons. Footwear for spring is masculine and it’s full coverage. Boots have taken on an entirely new function, now being paired with everything from jeans to chinos to shorts to cropped pants.

Just because the temperature is rising doesn’t mean your boots have to go into hibernation, plenty of designers showed their spring collections with the accompaniment of a lace-up boot, and now it’s your turn to embrace it. Not feeling it? Well, Fashion Renegade has included a couple of other options for you to consider as well.

Work boots

Whether you think it’s ridiculous or not, it’s happening. Boots are being transitioned from winter to spring, and now you can pair them with everything, even shorts. Brown leather lace-up boots that end just above the ankle are all the rage and look awesome when thrown on with cropped pants that end just below the knee. If you don’t wear shorts anyway, then this is the perfect trend for you. Just continue rocking those boots right into summer.

Canvas sneakers

Canvas sneakers are the new sandal. Yes, if you were an avid flip-flop or sandal wearer last decade, then it’s time to convert to a canvas sneaker. You can go with a retro lace-up version or stick with the simple slip-on. This option is very affordable, so you can afford to customize your look by purchasing a variety of different colors. There are both subdued and bright colored canvas sneakers on the market, it’s up to you to decide which ones best match the look you’re trying for this spring.


Designers are all about reviving those 90’s trends this season, so high-tops are a shoe-in. There are plenty of designer high-top sneakers out there, check out True Religion or Diesel. If you’re not into the brand names, then opt for a canvas high-top or brown leather version. Either way, they look great when paired with shorts and jeans alike.


If you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated, then the loafer is a great option for you. Steer clear of leather loafers for spring, instead opt for a suede construction. Tassels are definitely a plus, and you can pull off a toned-down loafer with just about anything. Brown is the obvious choice, and the more worn-in you can get them to look, the better. If you’re only going to wear one shoe all spring, then let the loafer be it. It is the most versatile option on the market this season.


Manosh Rey 
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