Footwear Freedom: 15 Best Slides For Men

Everyone deserves some freedom in their footlocker. Some flock to moccasins, or loafers – but summer is coming fast, and fur-lined footwear can be far too hot for trotting. After a long day of cramming your feet into rigid and restrictive shoes – be they boots, oxfords, or sneakers – you need to let your feet breathe. Even sandals can pinch the skin between your toes and get in the way of your comfort.

No, you need something so soft, so very gentle that it’s almost imperceptible. After wrenching off your work boots, you’ll want to slide into your next pair of shoes. The hard work is done. It’s time to relax, spread your toes, and unwind with a pair of mens slides.

Birkenstock Arizona EVA

Birkenstocks are the ultimate Earth-shoe lover’s sandals. But these ‘stocks are a squeakier iteration. Made from 100% synthetic material, it still shares the same sole that its suede siblings have had for years, but theirs is rubber, making for an ultra-lightweight sandal. Plus, it doesn’t soak up your foot-sweat like leather Birks tend to do.

Purchase: $30+

Vans Checkerboard Slides

Vans is known for their skating kicks, but after a long day of boarding, what better footwear to slip into than a pair of checkered slides. With a lightweight outsole made of super comfy bi-cast leather and a synthetic leather strap, these are the perfect items to relax in.

Purchase: $30

Nike Benassi Mis Match Slides

The Nike Benassi Men’s Slide are all comfort. A lined upper and plush, foam midsole provides comfort and a soft tread. If, like me, you mismatch your socks constantly, these slides will gel perfectly with your aesthetic.

Purchase: $35

Adilette Cloudfoam Mono Sport Slide

Wearing these Adilette Cloudfoam Slides, you’ll feel like Keanu Reeves in 1995s A Walk in the CloudsThe reference may be over your head, but you get the picture – these Adilettes offer a heavenly, fluffly comfort. The foam molds to your foot shape so you’ll never be fighting against rigid contours that don’t match your foot.

Purchase: $35

Champion Big C Logo Slide

These sweet Champion Big C logo slides are dope additions to your pool and beach gear collection. With that bright yellow color, you’ll be walking on sunshine.

Purchase: $35

The North Face Base Camp Slide II

Generally, North Face gear is build to endure the toughest conditions, insulate from the frigidest of cold fronts, grip onto the sheerest of mountainsides. But even the people for whom climbing a mountain is a typical afternoon need to relax. The North Face Base Camp Slide has a comfortable EVA foam sole that encourages the most aggressive explorers to take it easy for a moment.

Purchase: $40

Slyde Floral Slide

Stylish and like resting your feet on a garden bed, the Slyde Floral Slide is the injection of effervescence your wardrobe needs. No vacation is complete without these comfy rubber slides.

Purchase: $40

Adidas Adilette Classic

The staple of the Adidas slide collection, the Adilette obviates those uncomfortable little rubber prods, in favor of a untextured but contoured footbed. These classics have been around since 1972. Rock the three stripes poolside.

Purchase: $45

Kashiba Slide Sandal

Made from a soft pebbled leather, the Kashiba slide’s contoured footbed will be soft on your hard, crusty toes. Hopefully they don’t match the color of these deep green bad boys (if they do, maybe a pedicure).

Purchase: $50

Greats The Slide

Greats slides are handcrafted in Italy from some seriously supple leather and that Ethylene Vinyl Acetate in the footbed that we know and love so much in our slides. A great slide from an well-named company.

Purchase: $89

Saturdays NYC Banya Leather Slides

These slides are made to be rocked out on the town – namely the city that never sleeps. Banya avows that slides are the new goin’ out shoe, and their all black leather sandal aims to prove that the gap between stay-home-wear and hit the town costumery can be bridged.

Purchase: $95

Raf Simons + Adidas Originals Adilette Rubber Slides

Raf Simons is a much heralded Belgian fashion designer who has helmed the design for haute couture at Dior from 2012-2015. Now, he’s applying his talents to an admittedly lower-brow undertaking – but the result, as you’d expect, elevates the medium. Check out these dope Raf Simons x Adidas Slides.

Purchase: $130

Gucci ‘Pursuit ’72 Slide’ Sandal

Colloquially known as simply “Gucci flip flops,” these Gucci ‘pursuit ’72 slides’ have become iconic, getting a lift from some exogenous sources. Slide into the future with these modern day pop cultural icons.

Purchase: $210

Paul Smith Ruben Striped Rubber Slides

Legendary designer Paul Smith brings the high fashion acumen he has accrued through years of experience and applies it to men’s open-toed sandals, resulting in the regal Ruben. Striped for your pleasure, the Rubens are a step up from the simple and plain slides you see.

Purchase: $225

Valentino Garavani Camouflage Slides

The camo doesn’t really make you blend in, but if you’re buying $295 slides, that probably isn’t the goal. Of course, comfort is important, and the Valentino Garavani camouflage pattern slides are made from a soft, distressed black rubber for comfort. Blend out with these Valentino Garavani slides.

Purchase: $295

35 Men's Summer Style Essentials

While you’re adding to your warm-weather wardrobe, see what you still need from this handy list of 35 Summer Style Essentials and get ready for sunshine.