By the time summer arrives, we barely want to wear shoes of any kind. Our feet have been trapped in heavy wool socks and boots or dress shoes since October, and they’re looking for liberation, even if it’s just for a few months. That said, you can’t spend the whole summer in sandals, unless you never plan on going anywhere besides the beach and your back yard.
Slip-ons provide a happy medium between sneakers and sandals. You can wear ‘em sans socks so you’ll feel decidedly off-duty when you’re wearing them, but you won’t feel underdressed in a nicer setting like you would if you were sporting sandals. Truly, slip-ons bridge the gap in your summer plans, so we’ve rounded up 15 of the best of them. And really—who has time for laces when you’re trying to tackle all of the fun things you’ve got scheduled?
Vans Classic Slip-Ons
Vans is the market leader in thick-soled, durable slip-on shoes, so if your closet doesn’t already feature a few of these guys, now’s the time to stock up. They’ll never go out of style, are available in an endless amount of colors and patterns, and at $40 a pop, you can beat the hell out of them all summer and not feel bad about tossing them once September rolls around.
Native Jefferson Slip-Ons
Native’s all-rubber design means that you don’t have to worry about getting these things wet and then having to deal with wet shoe smell for the rest of the summer. Another bonus is the all-around perforations that allow your feet to breathe, and if you stay too long out in the sun you’ll get to see what your feet will look like with polka dots on them.
Ralph Lauren Floral Mytton Slip-Ons
How do you wear a Hawaiian shirt without looking like your boozy uncle? Answer: you don’t. Instead, you infuse your love for Hawaiian prints in more subtle ways, like on your feet. Ralph Lauren’s Floral Mytton slip-ons will be the talk of any BBQ, luau, or beach bar you attend this summer.
Vans Emboss Check Slip-Ons
Your little brother wears the original Vans checkerboard shoes, so you should wear the grown-up version: these Emboss Check slip-ons. They have the same quality of Vans but are made out of embossed leather in the classic oxblood coloring.
Converse Jack Purcell Railroad Stripe Slip-Ons
You’ll be ready to set sail with these striped, nautical-esque Jack Purcell slip-ons—they’re classic, comfortable, stylish, and made of water-resistant cotton to help keep your feet dry.
Rivieras Cotton Mesh Slip-Ons
Rivieras’ signature style is crafting shoes made from light-weight cotton mesh, allowing you to feel like you’re wearing sandals (or going barefoot) while still being able to go for a nice lunch at the resort. This vivid blue pair is truly the ultimate vacation shoe.
Sperry for J. Crew CVO Slip-Ons
Sperry, of course, knows a helluva lot about making the world’s most perfect boat shoes, but they can also make a mean sneaker, as evidenced with these CVO slip-ons. Classically low-profile, these shoes sport a subtle white and gray pattern and a classic all-white thick sole.
Ralph Lauren Chino Kendrick Slip-Ons
Where do old chinos go? Well, some of them go to Ralph Lauren, to craft the Chino Kendrick slip-ons. Made out of red, blue, or seafoam green classic chinos, these well-crafted slip-ons will look great at the country club, by the pool, or anywhere you’re going this summer that requires you to wear a button-down.
Saturdays NYC Vass Slip-Ons
Those summer nights call for some playfulness in your footwear, and Vass slip-ons from beachy brand Saturdays NYC do exactly that. These red and gray patterned slip-ons will stand out and look great with a pair of cuffed chinos. If you’re not ready for a bold pattern, they also come in solid black, navy, and white.
Chrome Industries Forged Rubber Dima Black Slip-Ons
If you’re the type who wears all-black-everything even during the summer months when everyone else is sporting bright colors and pastels, Chrome Industries’ slip-ons are for you. They’re made by hand and the rubber soles are fused with the canvas under extremely high heat, which means they’ll never break apart. This is likely the most durable pair of sneakers you’ll ever own.
Seavees Baja Break Line Slip-Ons
Santa Barbara-based Seavees is dedicated to surf and skate culture, as evidenced by their Baja Break Line slip-ons. Named after the line where surf begins to break, these limited edition shoes are made out of upcycled board shorts that have been salt washed repeatedly for a broken-in look and feel. Surf’s up.
Cole Haan Owen Sport Slip-Ons
If you want to sport sneakers in the office on Summer Fridays but are worried about making yourself look too junior, check out these Owen Sport slip-ons from Cole Haan. They take the classic slip-on silhouette but upgrade it, using perforated leather and suede accents. They’re boss-approved, for sure.
Maians Rufino Combi Slip-Ons
You’re guaranteed to get tons of compliments when you wear these Rufino Combis from Barcelona-based Maians. Made with contrasting colored canvas and alternating tan and red piping and featuring a ribbed white rubber sole, these unique shoes will look great wherever you go.
Greats Leather Wooster Slip-Ons
One of the newest offerings from Brooklyn-based Greats are the leather Wooster slip-ons. Named after men’s fashion icon Nick Wooster, the shoe features the classic slip-on silhouette, bright-white sole, and comes in five different colors of leather to choose from. This is a pair of shoes that can dress up your most casual clothes, but also pair well with office or wedding garb.
Common Projects Perforated Leather Slip-Ons
Made in Italy, NYC-based Common Projects’ slip-ons sport a classic bright-white sole and perforated gray leather uppers. This is a pair sophisticated enough to work well with a suit (it is wedding season, after all), but can also dress up your weekend jeans-and-t-shirt uniform.
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