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Slides recently dethroned flip-flops as the best casual sandal. Because slides used to be a favorite with athletes (they’re great for recovery and showering in locker rooms), the rise of the single-strap sandals made sense with the ever-growing athleisure trend. But it seems that the best slides for men aren’t going anywhere, and we think they deserve a spot in any spring/summer wardrobe.
So why are we in love with slides? As with most great pieces of clothing, it boils down to a harmony between fashion and function. Slides use a bulkier design than flip-flops, and the strap across the foot offers ample space for logos and bold patterns. In other words, slides just have more room to be stylish. Plus, their minimal design yields a more modern look than other sandals. But many dudes (us included) also think the larger design and foot strap is ridiculously comfortable — whether you’re relaxing at home, recovering after a run or lounging poolside.
If you’re currently in the market for a new pair of summer sandals, read on. We’ve rounded up ten of the best slides for men, including athletic picks from Nike and Hoka, as well as more fashion-forward choices from brands like Gucci and Burberry.
1. Crocs Classic Color-Block Slide
Crocs has quickly become a bonafide fashion statement. They’ve been spotted on Pharrell and Ariana Grande, and the brand even did a collab with Justin Bieber that sold out in 90 minutes. These slides confirm that the brand’s iconic clog isn’t their only great sandal. Like the clogs, the slides feature Crocs’ hole-y look on the foot strap and can be wiped down when dirty (or, even better, disinfected).
2. Birkenstock Barbados
Birkenstock is known for on-trend sandals, but these Barbados slides prove that Birkenstock can do modern minimalism as well. The slides are 100 percent soft EVA, meaning you can get them wet and wash them without a problem. Like all of Birkenstock’s footwear, the slides are well-made and comfortable thanks to a molded footbed and premium material. Plus, the slides come in six bold colors that all make a subtle statement.
3. Hoka One One Ora Recovery Slide 2
Slides make a great recovery shoe after a tough run or workout, letting your feet relax and rejuvenate for the next one. If you plan on using your slides for any such purpose, check out these Ora recovery slides from Hoka One One. Like the brand’s beloved running shoes, the Ora slides utilize Meta-Rocker geometry to make your steps smoother and take the strain off the heels and balls of your feet. Add a super thick footbed and sole and you’ve got one of the most comfortable pairs of sandals around.
4. Reef One Slide
For a surf-inspired slide, check out the Reef One. The slides’ footbed and sole are made of a plush EVA, while the foot strap is a soft faux-leather. They’re waterproof and machine-washable, which is a huge plus if you’re wearing these to the beach or down dirt paths to surf spots. The EVA outsole is also built extra-tough to handle any rocks or rough terrain. Plus, we think the slides’ surfer look is stylish enough to wear around town as well.
5. Oofos OOahh Slide Sandal
Oofos was created with the specific goal of helping our feet recover after exercise. And they certainly delivered. The brand’s OOahh slides are named after the sound that the slides elicit from wearers who experience the soothing, reinvigorating design. By cradling the arch and promoting natural foot movement, the slides reduce stress on everything from your feet to your ankles, knees and lower back. And Oofos isn’t all talk either: they got a stamp of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) for promoting healthy feet.
6. Nike Air Max 90 Slide
Another great pair of slides from Nike is the Air Max 90 slide. Taking inspiration from the iconic Air Max 90 sneaker, the slides feature retro-style design notes including an Air Max unit in the heel, pops of color and a technical look. They’re bolder than your average gym slide, making them ideal for laid-back weekend style at the beach, by the pool or in your living room. Comfort has not been forgotten either, as the slides boast a plush foam footbed (with grooves for mobility) and a thick foot strap.
7. Adidas Adilette Boost Slides
These Adilette Boost slides from Adidas are another great pick for athletic slides that now double as a fashion statement. They feature a classic look with the Adidas stripes across the foot strap, and work just as well with socks as they do barefoot. Comfort is upgraded in the form of an energy-returning Boost midsole, which gives a bit more bouncy cushioning.
8. Nike Benassi JDI
These Nike Benassi slides can go from the locker room of your local gym to the poolside bar at a five-star resort. They’re minimal and low-key, but the bold Nike logo on the foot strap makes the slides a fashion statement as well. The fabric-lined foot strap, along with a springy foam midsole, makes the Nike slides very comfortable as well.
9. Gucci Slide Sandal
If you’re going to go designer with your sandals, these Gucci slides might be your best bet. With Gucci’s red and green stripes on the foot strap, the slides are instantly recognizable yet low-key enough to wear with almost anything in your loungewear wardrobe. As expected from the designer brand, build quality and materials are top-notch with a molded footbed and a thick, pebbled sole for grip. They’re ideal for flexing at the beach bar or hotel pool, but we like them for lounging around the house as well.
10. Burberry Furley Check Slide Sandal
Another pair of designer slides worth considering is this pair from Burberry. The Furley slides are very minimal, save the iconic Burberry check pattern on the foot strap. We like the design because there are no flashy logos, but everyone will recognize the pattern. Plus, they’re just plain stylish, whether you wear them with swim trunks or joggers and a hoodie.