Although it seems relatively easy, many gents find it difficult to look past a pair of thongs when wearing shorts. For most Australian men, the thought of wearing long pants in our infamous heat is daunting, so it's essential to know what works and what doesn't.
When To Wear Shorts
There's obliviously a time and a place for shorts and if it doesn't involve a casual vibe, a beach or intense heat, they shouldn't be worn. Particularly stay clear of business settings, formal events, and any outing that requires a jacket; common sense should always prevail.
As a general rule, you never want your shorts to reach below your knee. Ideally they should stop about 5-10 cm above your knee. In saying that however, obviously swim shorts have much more liberty and can be worn higher up your leg. When you sit down in an optimum pair of shorts, you should just be able to see the bottom of your thigh.
Firstly, the styles of shoe to steer well clear of when opting for a shorter pant are those that go above the ankles such as boots and dress shoes. A pair of boots will immediately make you look like a park ranger, and a pair of dress shoes will have you looking like you just got off the bus from school.
So what styles DO match shorts? Sneakers, loafers, boat shoes, driving shoes, espadrilles and sometimes brogue or derbies (for a preppy look) all work perfectly. I have included a great example for each style in the slideshow above, take a look!