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Your guide to spring footwear

Your guide to spring footwear

Winter boots, thanks for your time. As the days get lighter and the leaves on the trees get greener, spring footwear is all that’s on our minds here at Thread HQ (that, and the excitement of actually being able to turn the heating off). If that’s where your head is at too, you’re in the right place – with help from menswear stylist Toby Standing we’ve put together the ultimate guide to all the shoes your wardrobe desires as the weeks get a little brighter, so you can put some spring in your step (sorry, we had to).

The white sneakers

A quintessential string staple, and one you can wear right the way through summer, a pair of classic white low-top sneakers are top of our list – no brainer, right? You probably already have your favourite pair on standby, but if you’re looking to reinvest, Toby says to “go classic, comfortable, and perhaps try some with a bit of a colour contrast to add some retro-inspired flare.” 

You might be seeing the tried-and-true Reebok Club Cs around a fair bit lately, and for good reason. They’re an affordable option that packs a style punch. 


 The slip-ons

Photographed: Birkenstock Boston (£65)

Yes, shoes that look and feel like slippers are still a thing – thanks, lockdown. Now we know they’re not quite to everyone’s taste, but we do think if you give them a try, you’ll soon find them to be one of the most versatile, comfortable, and convenient shoes in your rotation. 

For Toby, they’re the perfect easy-going shoe option that brings a level of comfort that is hard to find in any other style. They’re similar to a sandal, only cooler and with more coverage so you can wear them essentially all-year-round. 


 The suede wallabees

Photographed: Clarks Wallabee Cola (£120)

A long-standing classic footwear style that is having a bit of resurgence right now is the suede wallabee, much to Toby’s enjoyment. If your style leans on the smarter, more preppy end of the style spectrum, these shoes are going to fit right in. We love them because they’re an easy shoe to dress up without feeling stuffy or keep casual and comfortable on your off-duty days too. 

Quick tip: you may want to stay size down at least half a size in this style. 



In our eyes, the best go-to smart shoe for spring will always be the loafer – there’s just something about it that’s synonymous with the change in season. The slip-on design means it inherently feels more relaxed than an Oxford or Derby shoe, which makes it perfect for those long spring evenings. Plus, it looks just as at home with a suit, as the leather conveys some formality, as it does with a pair of relaxed jeans for an Ivy League-inspired aesthetic.


Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Toby Standing