I know what you're thinking and the answer is: No, you're not too old to wear Vans. Warm weather sneakers should be one part canvas, one part classic and no one fits the bill better than Vans. The Authentic is the epitome of iconic and understated. You can get them in a variety of colors though I am going to recommend you take the natural route. Don't worry if you don't skate as the Authentic is a lifestyle shoe first and foremost. If you like to relax and drink outdoors on the weekend you're all good.
The Boat Shoe:
Sperry Authentic Original...$75.00
Why you would buy your boat shoes from anyone else is beyond me. Everything I've ever needed to say about the Authentic Original (especially in the above colorway) I've already said.
Go with white and don't be afraid to get them messy. And when they get scuffed as all hell you'll be real happy that you spent under seventy bones. The Bass Brockton has a great toe box and sole, but be aware that these ship out in May.
L.L. Bean Blucher...$69.00
When I first started writing this blog (my fourth day in the blogosphere to be exact) I tried to bring these "back". Turns out they weren't only back, but they were the absolute shit. Nobody told me. I'll never make the same mistake again.
The Loafer:Sebago Classic...$130.00
You know you want to look like you just stepped out of "Take Ivy" and there is no better starting point than a great loafer. Everyone's jocking Bass these days so why not grab Sebago's classic beef roll penny? A bunch of colors (even the elusive navy), and the option for either a finished or unfinished sole seal the deal.
Whether you want a serious two tone or to keep it in the same color family, Bass has you covered. And, like any great S/S shoe, they all come complete with a red brick sole. Count it now and when they ship out in March (someone at Bass needs to get a handle on seasonal demand).
L.L. Bean Boot Rubber Moc...$59.00
I realize these aren't "boots" in the traditional sense, but it does rain in spring and you need to be prepared. Do I really need to explain this pick? Yeah, didn't think so.