Summer is a difficult time for footwear. While we all want to rock sneakers every day, some occasions call for something a bit more dressy and heavier leather boots don't make sense when it's a smoldering 90 plus degrees outside. Thankfully, loafers occupy that sweet spot between formal and casual, and going sans socks allow that sweet, sweet breeze to kiss your ankles every so slightly.

While Gucci's iconic horsebit iterations on the loafer are undoubtedly the shoe of the season, there's a slew of options at both ends of the price spectrum, from artisanal Guidi pebbled leather slip-ons and to more casual, everyday drivers. Go forth and make your parents proud when you don't show up to the Memorial Day barbecue in a pair of roasted J's.

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