You don't need a license to pull on a pair of these fiercely vibrant driving shoes. That said, there's obviously no better way of breaking in a pair of suede loafers than on the pedals of some classic convertible.

But whether your summer plans involve cruising the coastal highways of the French Riviera (or more likely driving to your girlfriend's parents' beach house for a long weekend), or you simply want a pair of shoes that lend a stronger air of sophistication to lazy beach days than flip-flops, it's time to consider driving shoes.

Not only are they versatile — they can be worn casually with shorts or with chinos for a shaper look — their soft, supple construction means they're damn comfortable too. So pick from the spectrum of colors available, and set the tone for summer.