Unless you’re considering relocating to the Med this summer, chances are you’ll need footwear capable of withstanding more than the occasional shuffle between sun lounger and swimming pool. Not to mention something altogether more stylish than those barely-there, floss-like flip-flops knocking about in the bottom of your wardrobe.

Hence, we’ve mined the web for the best alternatives to thongs, which are perfect for the more discerning gent.

1. Pool Sliders

Once the preserve of verruca-conscious gym bunnies, sliders have shaken their image as a locker room courtesy and emerged from sartorial oblivion to become the go-to summer footwear for men too busy to waste time with laces and buckles.

Major sports brands Nike and adidas produce a superb selection of streetwear-inspired styles, while ASOS and River Island have applied the #fashun treatment, offering designs with metallic panels and printed uppers.

When you’re not by the pool, do what the hip-hop set do and try wearing yours with a pair of jersey shorts and athletic socks – if you’ve got the cojones to tackle a time-honoured fashion faux pas head on.

Men's Pool Sliders Spring/Summer Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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  • River Island Navy Striped SlidersRiver Island Navy Striped Sliders
  • Nike Benassi Jdi Slider Flip FlopsNike Benassi Jdi Slider Flip Flops
  • Topman Black Rubber Slider SandalsTopman Black Rubber Slider Sandals
  • Adidas Adilette Stripe Pool Sliders In Black And WhiteAdidas Adilette Stripe Pool Sliders In Black And White
  • Adidas By Raf Simons Mens Two Tone Adilette SlidersAdidas By Raf Simons Mens Two Tone Adilette Sliders
  • Mr. Hare Leather SlidesMr. Hare Leather Slides

2. Sandals

Guess what? Your granddad’s been wearing sandals since the dawn of time. And if they’re good enough for the feet of a man who diced with trench foot during the war, they’re good enough for you.

The great thing about sandals’ extended moment in the fashion spotlight is that brands keep coming up with fresh takes on the hippie classic, which includes some killer all-black numbers from Birkenstocks and robust leather pairs from the likes of Dr Martens and AllSaints this season.

Smarten them up with tailored shorts or do the summer goth thing by strapping a pair on with your best black skinnies and a longline tee.

Men's Leather Sandals Spring/Summer Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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  • Birkenstock Arizona Two Strap Black MonoBirkenstock Arizona Two Strap Black Mono
  • Next Leather Back Strap SandalNext Leather Back Strap Sandal
  • Aldo Sangha Leather Buckle SandalsAldo Sangha Leather Buckle Sandals
  • Asos Sandals In LeatherAsos Sandals In Leather
  • Faconnable Asymmetric-strap Leather SandalsFaconnable Asymmetric-strap Leather Sandals
  • Allsaints Shaw SandalAllsaints Shaw Sandal

3. Espadrilles

Are you going to win any steez points for pulling on a pair of espadrilles? No. But they’re still a strong summer footwear option for men too timid to try ‘out there’ sandals or sliders.

They’re also a lot more practical than their wildly impractical grip-free sole suggests; lightweight, quick to dry and small enough to shove in your hand luggage, espadrilles are the no-brainer choice for holiday season, and unlike a lot of other seasonal shoes, won’t break the bank either.

Throw them on with chino shorts and a short-sleeved shirt for a low-key, coastal vibe.

Men's Espadrilles Spring/Summer Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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  • Castaner Pablo Perforated-leather EspadrillesCastaner Pablo Perforated-leather Espadrilles
  • Dune Flounder Espadrilles NavyDune Flounder Espadrilles Navy
  • Manebe Hamptons EspadrillesManebe Hamptons Espadrilles
  • Rivieras Cotton Mesh Slip-on ShoesRivieras Cotton Mesh Slip-on Shoes
  • River Island Woven EspadrilleRiver Island Woven Espadrille
  • Folk Canvas EspadrillesFolk Canvas Espadrilles

4. Woven Slip-Ons

Today’s society is more tolerant of men looking to show a little footwear flair than ever before, which is why pouring your loaves into a pair of woven slip-ons won’t bring shame on your family like it might have in years past.

Also, importantly, woven styles have undergone a serious image upgrade in recent years, with greater attention being paid to creating cool, manly silhouettes in quality materials and supple leathers.

Wear yours with a pair of linen trousers and some Breton stripes, if you’re going for a Riveira vibe, or throw them on with denim shorts and a printed tee for an easy festival look.

Men's Woven Slip-On Shoes Spring/Summer Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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  • H By Hudson Woven Loafer ShoesH By Hudson Woven Loafer Shoes
  • Asos Woven Loafers In LeatherAsos Woven Loafers In Leather
  • Office Bow Weave Slip On Tan Hi Shine LeatherOffice Bow Weave Slip On Tan Hi Shine Leather
  • Asos Woven Sandals In LeatherAsos Woven Sandals In Leather
  • Topman Marne Loafer Black Leather Weaved LoafersTopman Marne Loafer Black Leather Weaved Loafers
  • Bertie Bryant Park Leather Woven Moccasin NavyBertie Bryant Park Leather Woven Moccasin Navy

5. Boat Shoes

Alright, boat shoes are obviously in a completely different league to flip-flops and, therefore, can’t really be considered a like-for-like substitute. But that’s the beauty of them.

Not only does a pair of quality boaters from brands such as Sperry or Timberland tick the seasonal shoe box, they offer the sort of comfort and visual appeal that a pair of thongs can’t.

Not to mention a siped rubber sole, which will ensure you stay sure-footed on deck – whether that be the deck of a yacht or pedalo. Chuck these on with a fresh white Oxford shirt, navy cropped trousers and an air of aloofness.

Men's Boat Shoes Spring/Summer Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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  • He By Mango Leather Boat ShoesHe By Mango Leather Boat Shoes
  • Topman Canister Mix Burgundy Boat ShoesTopman Canister Mix Burgundy Boat Shoes
  • River Island Grey Leather Boat ShoesRiver Island Grey Leather Boat Shoes
  • Sperry Top-sider Authentic Original Leather Boat ShoesSperry Top-sider Authentic Original Leather Boat Shoes
  • Timberland New Boat ShoesTimberland New Boat Shoes
  • Sperry Top-sider Authentic Original Leather Boat ShoesSperry Top-sider Authentic Original Leather Boat Shoes