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Which Footwear Is Best In Summer?

As the warmer weather approaches, it’s time to start packing away your chunky leather boots and to start thinking of summer footwear. With endless options on the market it can be hard to sort through appropriate, comfortable footwear versus poor quality shoes that will have your feet aching all day! Forbes Footwear, Australia’s shoe specialists, have put together a list of which footwear is best in summer.


Summer tends to be a social season. We spend much more time out and about, taking advantage of the glorious weather. Sandals are a perfect option when you know you’ll be on your feet all day but it’s too hot for sneakers. Sandals allow your feet to breathe and are also designed for comfort. Look for styles with cushioning, arch support and adjustable features to ensure you get the perfect fit.

Boat shoes

The boat shoe is a versatile, function shoe that have become a staple throughout the warmer months. Originally designed for literal boating was a canvas boat shoe enclosed to protect feet, with a rubber sole to avoid slipping. But times have changed since then and these versatile shoes have now made their way to the shore, being suitable for barbecues, travelling and dining out. Particular styles accommodate orthotics so you don’t have to substitute style for comfort.


If you haven’t seen Birkenstocks making a comeback over the last few years, where have you even been?! An essential summer staple, the Birkenstock can elevate any outfit. These high quality sandals and slides aren’t just for looks but are highly functional, too. They have an incredibly comfortable, arch supported foot-bed which over time adapts to the shape of your foot to assist with arch support. The more you wear the Birkenstocks, the better they feel!

Casual sneakers

Another versatile option for both men and women, the casual sneaker can be worn on almost any occasion. Summer brings more lightweight, perforated options to run alongside your favourite pair. Some will come with arch support already built in, some will allow you to insert your own orthotics.


We’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t mention the good, ol’ Aussie thong! An essential for those days down the beach when you’re heading in and out of the water to keep cool. Not all thongs are built the same, so look for cushioning and arch support for all-day comfort.

Finding stylish and supportive summer shoes is easy at Forbes Footwear. Servicing the community since 1940, they’re the longest operating retail store in Hornsby. Forbes Footwear carry a large range of summer footwear options, catering for men and women of all ages. View the range online today or visit in-store for an expert fitting to ensure you’re matched with the perfect summer shoe!