7 Breathable Shoes for Summer

March 14, 2024

7 Breathable Shoes for Summer

Summer is all about soaking up the sun, enjoying the outdoors, and staying active. However, when the heat kicks in, your choice of footwear can make a world of difference to your comfort and overall experience. 

At Kizik, we're big on breathable shoes for the summer season. They keep your style game strong and merge style, unparalleled comfort, and breathability to keep your feet happy, even on the hottest days.

We've designed Kiziks with summer in mind, ensuring every pair lets your feet breathe, reduces sweat, and keeps things fresh no matter where your day takes you.

Planning for casual strolls? Or maybe going out of town for an adventurous weekend? We got you covered. Stick around as we dive into the essentials of breathable footwear and introduce you to some of our summer favorites that are sure to elevate your warm-weather wardrobe.

Why are breathable shoes a must-have for summer?

A few things to consider as you form your summer shopping list: 

  • Air circulation: Enhanced air flow keeps feet cool, making long days in the sun much more bearable. (And bearable.) 
  • Sweat reduction: Breathable materials help wick away moisture, reduce sweat, and keep your feet dry.
  • Odor prevention: Good ventilation means less odor, as air circulation helps to keep bacteria at bay.
  • Comfort: Less moisture equals fewer blisters and other foot discomforts, ensuring your summer adventures are never cut short.
  • Health benefits: Keeping feet dry and cool reduces the risk of fungal infections and skin irritations.

Don't let your feet suffer in pursuit of the perfect summer. Choosing the right breathable shoes means you're set for comfort, style, and health—no matter how high the temperature climbs.

What makes shoes breathable?

When it comes to summer footwear, not all shoes are created equal. The key to keeping your feet cool and comfortable lies in the breathability of the shoes you choose. But what exactly makes a shoe breathable? 

It's all in the details, from the materials used to the design and construction of the shoe itself. Here’s a breakdown of the elements that will make your summer shoes feel like a breath of fresh air.

Materials matter

Breathable shoes often feature materials such as mesh, canvas, or lightweight knit fabrics. These materials allow air to flow freely through the shoe, help ventilate your feet, and reduce moisture buildup.

Perforations and vents

Many breathable shoes incorporate small holes or vents in their designs. These perforations are strategically placed to maximize airflow without compromising the shoe's structure or protection.

Moisture-wicking linings

Inside the shoe, certain linings can further enhance breathability. Moisture-wicking fabrics draw sweat away from the skin, helping to keep feet dry and comfortable in the heat.

Design and construction

The overall design of the shoe also plays a role in its breathability. Lightweight and open designs tend to be more breathable, while shoes with a more enclosed construction may offer less air circulation. Flexible soles can also encourage a natural airflow with each step, adding to the shoe's breathability.

The best breathable shoes for summer

At Kizik, we've poured a lot of thought into each aspect of our shoes to ensure they deliver not just on style but on the breathable comfort you need when the temperatures rise. By choosing the right materials, incorporating smart design features, and focusing on the overall construction, we've crafted Kiziks ready to tackle the summer heat head-on. 

Here are some of our top picks:

1. The Irvine

First up is the Irvine, a testament to what happens when comfort meets contemporary design. 

Here's why it stands out:

  • Breathable canvas upper: Crafted with a lightweight stretch canvas, the Irvine offers unmatched airflow, keeping your feet cool as you move.
  • Dual underfoot cushioning: Comfort that lasts all day, whether you're hitting the boardwalk or navigating city streets.
  • Springback heel: Our signature hands-free tech ensures a snug fit, eliminating the hassle of bending down to put your shoes on—perfect for those on-the-go summer days.

Available in a range of colors, from laid-back black denim to vibrant tidepool, the Irvine seamlessly blends with any summer outfit, making it a versatile addition to your wardrobe.

2. The Venice

Next, we have the Venice. This shoe perfects the concept of slip-on shoes. With its unique blend of style and functionality, the Venice is designed to make your summer adventures more enjoyable. 

Here's why it’s special:

  • All-canvas design: The all-canvas upper maximizes breathability and allows for excellent air circulation, keeping your feet fresh, even on the hottest days.
  • Laceless convenience: Featuring our hands-free technology, the Venice offers the ease of slipping on without compromising style or comfort.
  • Padded heel collar and dual underfoot cushioning: This adds an extra touch of comfort that lets you keep exploring from dawn till dusk.

The Venice’s durable and breathable design makes it the ideal go-to choice for all your summer adventures for many summers to come!

3. The Madrid Eco Knit

Sustainability meets breathability in the Madrid Eco Knit. This shoe is a standout for those who prioritize eco-conscious living without sacrificing comfort or style. 

Here’s why the Madrid Eco Knit is a summer essential:

  • Eco-friendly knit upper: Made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, the upper is breathable and environmentally friendly. Its four-way stretch ensures a snug fit while allowing air to circulate freely.
  • Lightweight comfort: The Madrid Eco Knit is designed to be as light on your feet as it is on the planet, making it perfect for all-day wear during the summer months.
  • Versatile design: With its sleek profile and range of colors, this shoe easily transitions from outdoor adventures to casual evenings out. The Madrid Eco Knit proves that you don't have to compromise on your values to enjoy summer with comfy footwear. 

4. The Lima

The Lima is your answer for those who crave extra cushioning without compromising breathability. This shoe takes summer comfort to the next level with its unique blend of features:

  • Breathable knit upper: The breathable knit material keeps your feet cool by enhancing airflow even as temperatures increase.
  • Substantial Rabbit Foam® outsoles: The Lima is equipped with our proprietary foam, offering unparalleled rebound and cushioning for all-day comfort.
  • Enhanced ankle padding and roomy toe box: Designed with comfort in mind, this provides additional support and space and reduces the risk of blisters. (You don’t want that ruining your summer!) 

Whether you’re running errands or enjoying a leisurely day out, the Lima offers the perfect combination of breathability, comfort, and support.

5. The Prague

The Prague stands as a testament to timeless design paired with modern comfort. It’s the perfect blend of durability and breathability for those who value both style and practicality. 

Here’s why the Prague makes a great summer shoe:

  • Deluxe canvas and suede leather: Combining the breathability of canvas with the durability of genuine suede leather, the Prague is built to last while allowing your feet to breathe.
  • Rabbit Foam® outsoles: Like walking on air, the Prague's outsoles provide comfort and support, whether you're navigating city streets or heading out for a casual evening.
  • Versatile style: Its classic design ensures the Prague pairs well with almost any summer outfit, from shorts and a t-shirt to a more dressed-up look for those summer evenings out.

With its durable construction and breathable materials, the Prague is a shoe that will carry you through many summers to come.

6. The Wasatch

For those who seek adventure, the Wasatch offers the perfect combination of outdoor readiness and breathable comfort. It’s designed for the urban explorer and the trail enthusiast. It’s versatile enough to handle whatever your summer has in store. 

Here's what sets it apart:

  • Hands-free technology: Equipped with our patented HandsFree Labs® technology, the Wasatch allows for easy slip-on access, making it perfect for those quick transitions from indoors to outdoor adventures.
  • Durable, breathable upper: Constructed to keep up with you, the Wasatch features a reinforced, breathable upper that stands up to the elements while keeping your feet cool.
  • Rugged lug sole: Designed for multi-directional grip, the sturdy rubber outsole ensures stability on both city pavements and off-road paths, making it ideal for your summer explorations.

Venturing into the great outdoors? Enjoying a day in the city? The Wasatch offers the durability, comfort, and breathability you need to make the most of both this summer. 

7. The Mars Roamer

Rounding off our summer collection is the Mars Roamer. This shoe brings a playful edge to our lineup with its unique collaboration and one-of-a-kind colorway. 

Here's why the Mars Roamer is a summer must-have:

  • Quilted Jet-Puffed upper: This shoe stands out with its unique, quilted upper inspired by Jet-Puffed marshmallows. This upper offers both breathability and a conversation-starting look.
  • Award-winning Roamer shoe-entry tech: Featuring our signature hands-free entry, the Mars Roamer combines ease of use with a fun design and makes it a breeze to slip on for any spontaneous summer outing.
  • Comfort and style: Beyond its distinctive look, the Mars Roamer provides the comfort and support you've come to expect from Kizik. It’s also a versatile addition to your summer wardrobe.

The Mars Roamer encapsulates the spirit of summer: fun, freedom, and stepping out in style.


As we wrap up our guide to the best breathable shoes for summer, we hope you're as excited as we are about the possibilities these Kiziks bring to your warm-weather adventures. From the eco-conscious Madrid Eco Knit to the playful Mars Roamer, each pair is designed with comfort, style, and the summer heat in mind. 

At Kizik, we believe the right shoes can transform your summer experience and keep you cool, comfortable, and effortlessly stylish, no matter the occasion. Step into summer with Kizik and feel the difference breathable, hands-free shoes can make!  


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Written By: Chris Fry

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