No other selection of footwear is probably more maligned, more loathed, or more misunderstood than the sandal. And that is unfortunate because it serves a very distinct, specialized purpose. For those days when the heat is relentless, like right now, escaping to a pool or beach is certainly in a gentleman’s best interest. And sneakers, dress shoes, and boots don’t exactly play well in the aforementioned environments. Perhaps it is a gentleman’s trepidation regarding the brazen exposure of his naked feet that elicits such anxiety. Nevertheless, despite its unflattering reputation, the sandal deserves rightful placement in a gentleman’s shoe repertoire. So, if you plan on visiting a pool or running through some sand, stow away your reservations and give the following looks a try.