Father’s Day 2016: Top Shoe Picks From Sandals To Boating Looks

The countdown to Father’s Day has begun. And with 17 shopping days left, there’s no excuse for not finding the perfect gift. So when contemplating this year’s present to dad, think footwear.

While Christmas naturally calls for a pair of cozy slippers, warmer weather beckons a look more suited to the outdoors, such as a pair of comfort-driven flip-flops, driving mocs or boat shoes. Since these barefoot styles are less structured than a dressier wingtip or boot, it’s easier to land the right size.

If shopping for a flip-flop, look for styles with more substance underfoot. Brands such as Vionic are built on contoured cushioned footbeds for added support when standing in front of a barbecue cooking up some hot dogs and burgers.

vionic men's flip-flop
A leather flip-flop from wellness brand Vionic.
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For those seafaring dads out there, a pair of boat shoes is required gear. Here, go classic with Sperry’s Authentic Original two-eye boat shoe available in a wide range of colors. It’s a wardrobe essential even if dad never hits the deck.

Sperry men's boat shoe
Sperry Authentic Original boat shoe.
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Easy weekend living calls for a pair of casually chic driving mocs from Italian brand Tod’s. However, they don’t come cheap, ringing up at $495. But take into consideration when contemplating the investment that the Gommino style undergoes a 100-step process during construction and also features padded insoles and signature rubber pods on the outsoles for traction and flexibility.

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