Summer Styles: “Jesus” Sandals

July 6th, 2015

Summer is here, which means it’s officially sandal season. I’m usually more of a closed-toe shoe kind of guy (loafers, espadrilles, sneakers, etc) but I do have one pair of go-to leather sandals that I wear whenever we’re heading to the beach or a poolside party in LA.

For today’s summer wardrobe inspiration we’re highlighting an ancient style of footwear which has been called everything from”Jesus Sandals” to “Gladiator Sandals”.

Here’s three ways to work a quality leather strap sandal into your wardrobe. Just don’t be afraid of a pedicure if you got some nasty dogs.

Leisure Suit


You don’t need a special occasion or a business meeting to wear a suit – especially if it’s an unstructured linen suit. I wear them casually all the time, both because I feel most comfortable in a slim tailored suit, and, frankly, it’s a very easy and straight-forward way to get dressed. Just pick a simple shirt that contrasts the suit (like this navy linen), some casual loafers (or sandals, in this case) and a couple key accessories (like a great pair of shades, a classic hat, and a smart timepiece).


Sand Linen Suit

  • “Center Dent” straw hat by Stetson ·
  • Round sunglasses by Vint & York ·
  • Navy linen shirt by Calvin Klein Collection ·
  • Slim brown leather belt Vintage ·
  • Brown leather strap sandals by Mercanti Forentini
  • · Natural 100% linen suit

Breathing Room


Summertime is all about comfort. I typically relax the tailoring on my summer pieces, leaving a little extra breathing room for air to pass through. These full-cut, high-waisted chinos are a perfect example. They breathe extremely well (they’re cut from a paper-thin cotton) which makes a noticeable difference on a hot day, not to mention they have this cool “retro gentleman” vibe that works well with vintage accessories (like this hat and belt) to pull-together a simple look.


Brown Gingham Shirt

  • Brown Felt hat by Stetson ·
  • Round sunglasses by Vint & York ·
  • Slim brown leather belt Vintage ·
  • Beige pleated high-waisted chinos by Helmut Lang ·
  • Brown leather strap sandals by Mercanti Forentini
  • · Brown gingham shirt by Ovadia & Sons

Poolside Vibes


I’m still wearing these African print pants from my man “Bala” on 7th Avenue in NYC. They’re a simple cotton drawstring pant, which makes them perfect to throw over a bathing suit for before/after the beach or pool.


White USA Oxford Shirt

  • Vintage Clear Sunglasses by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Black Cotton print pants from BALA NYC Street Stand – 7th ave & 10th ·
  • Brown leather strap sandals by Mercanti Forentini
  • · White oxford shirt by Band of Outsiders

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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