I can’t say that we’ve ever recommended a weave to Fashionising.com’s male readers before. But fear not, it’s not the kind of weave destined to feature amongst our guide to men’s hairstyles. Nor has it anything to do with hair at all. Rather, it’s all to do with the shoes you’ll don this spring / summer 2012.

Continuing the appeal that made them a statement last summer, woven and textured shoes remain on trend for this season. After the break we take you through three different ways to wear them, along with the standouts pairs for the season.

The casual woven shoe

Given it’s not the first shoe you think of when you don a tuxedo, there’s no surprise in guessing that an exploration of the woven men’s shoe begins with a casual interpretation of the look.

At this end of the spectrum the look is one of Continental appeal; perhaps you’re reclining atop the deck of a Sunseeker or having a summer sojourn on either the French or Italian Rivieras. Salvatore Ferragamo have a spring 2012 pair of woven driving shoes that’ll suit; take them from afternoon to evening, preferably with a pair of relaxed white trousers and an untucked pale blue Oxford shirt. Or, if you’re after something that goes from morning to afternoon, look to the appropriately named Rivieras’ spring 2012 collection: here you’ll find everything from the plain and simple through to the coloured weave which caught our eye; pair these with a crisp pair of shorts in either a seasonal white or on-trend shade of plum.

Woven Shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo and Rivieras

Ferragamo woven loafers available at Bloomingdales & Rivieras loafers (via Selectism)

If the word trend caught your eye, then summer’s ethnic / tribal fashion for men provides the perfect balance between statement clothing and related footwear. Here, look to Burberry’s seasonal offering of cork soled shoes. Available in a variety of colour ways and patterns, we’re more fond of the full weave shoe as opposed to the leather and weave contrast; the latter doesn’t seem like it’ll have life beyond this particular season.

tribal woven shoes by burberry
Burberry tribal woven shoes, available at Mr Porter

The sharp(er) woven shoe

If the cork and rubber soles of the casual woven men’s shoe are too casual for your tastes, then look to the slim soled variations. H by Hudon have a variety of offerings here; a relaxed closed weave, a crisp slip on and an open weave, the dark tones and weave of the latter getting our nod of approval.

woven shoes by Hudson at ASOS

The evening woven shoe

While Salvatore Ferragamo woven driven shoes will take you comfortably into the evening, they shan’t last you the whole night. A casual aperitif or two, perhaps, but certainly not drinks at 2am. To capture the evening styling of men’s woven shoes, look to the thick, leather soles of Gucci.

woven shoes by Gucci
Woven leather horsebit loafers by Gucci, available at Mr Porter

If you’re after something with a little lest heft, though without the slim line finish of H by Hudson’s sharper offerings, Dolce & Gabbana gave their take on the look with a number of open and faux weaves. Available in greys, blacks and browns, we’d avoid them in the white, and highly recommend the pairing of them with a summer suit and a laissez-faire attitude.

woven shoes by dolce & gabbana

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