Whether out of convenience or style, there are a few types of shoes that everyone needs in their wardrobe — and slip-on shoes are definitely one of them. From casual canvas slip-on sneakers to dressy leather loafers, slip-on shoes can elevate a variety of menswear looks.
“Men’s slip-on shoes typically have no laces and sometimes can be found with an open back,” Tara West, a fashion stylist and wardrobe consultant, tells PEOPLE. “They are regarded as a more casual option for men and are very comfortable and an easy go-to shoe.” Made for everyday wear, slip-ons are the ideal shoe for, well, slipping on — to run errands, travel, and even wear to the beach or on a boat. And while they might be more popular for their casual designs, there is such a thing as dressy slip-on shoes, including loafers and even some low boot-style options.
To find the best men’s slip-on shoes, we tested over 20 options, carefully considering their overall comfort, support, and, of course, style. After several weeks of wear, we found 10 styles that you’ll totally want to live in.
Keep reading to learn more about the best slip-on shoes for men that PEOPLE Tested.
Hey Dude Men’s Wally Sox Shoes
Cotton material is not only breathable but keeps feet cool and dry
Shoes are super easy to slip into but still stay securely on the feet thanks to the elastic laces
Features some arch support, providing additional comfort
Lightweight design gives them a weightless feel that we appreciate
Our top pick is the Hey Dude Men’s Wally, which you can find on Amazon for somewhere between $44 and $60, depending on the size. These slip-on shoes are constructed from a durable and breathable cotton upper material that keeps feet cool, dry, and sweat-free, making them an excellent choice for hot and sticky summer weather.
While these shoes aren’t technically orthopedic, they do feature some decent arch support, which provides additional comfort and makes them easy to wear for long stretches of time. After testing these shoes out for a couple of weeks, we found that these were the best slip-on shoes because of their lightweight feel and supreme comfort. Although they don’t come in half sizes, we didn’t have trouble finding a pair that fit well, but that may not be the case for everyone.
Price at time of publish: $28.86 (orig. $59.99)
Sizes: Men’s 4-13 | Construction: Cotton upper, rubber sole
Vessi Men’s Everyday Move Slip Ons
Have a fashion-forward athletic look
Thanks to the Dyma-tex technology, they are 100 percent waterproof
They’re also sweat-proof and designed to keep feet clean and dry
Knit material fits snugly around the foot for comfortable stability
If you’re looking for a men’s slip-on shoe you can wear every day, we love the Vessi Men’s Everyday Move Slip-Ons. These sneaker slip-ons are constructed from a comfortable and stretchy knit material that form-fits the foot in a comfortable and supportive way.
While testing these sneakers out, we were most impressed by the amount of support the soles offer and the level of long-lasting comfort that makes you want to slip them on daily. Additionally, we love that these sneakers feature Dyma-tex technology, which gives them a waterproof finish so you don’t ever have to worry about soggy feet in the rain and can ensure your feet stay clean and dry on hot and sticky days. While the sneakers don’t come in half sizes, we sized up and found that they still fit well.
Price at time of publish: $94.25 (orig. $145)
Sizes: Men’s 6-14 | Construction: Dyma-tex technology, flexible knit upper, removable insoles
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Slip Sneakers
Constructed from a durable cotton canvas material with strong stitching for extended longevity
Rubber sole gives them plenty of good traction
Relatively budget-friendly price tag out of those we tested
They do run a little large, so you may need to size down
Since they are flat sneakers, there isn’t much arch support
There’s nothing more classic than a Converse Chuck Taylor Sneaker — and the slip-on version is just as noteworthy as the original. After testing these out for a couple of weeks, we were most impressed by the durable material (especially the heavy-duty cotton canvas) and how much traction the slip-on sneaker has for a flat sole.
While Chucks aren’t known for their support, we still found that these slip-on shoes are comfortable enough for regular wear, especially after breaking them in for a few hours (and if you do need that extra arch support, you can always add your own insoles). It is worth noting, though, that these sneakers run a little big, so we recommend sizing down.
Price at time of publish: $78.35 (orig. $83)
Sizes: Men’s 3-13 | Materials: Cotton upper, rubber sole
Vans Classic Slip-On Shoe
Comfortable enough for long wear (after they’re broken in)
One of the more budget-friendly slip-ons we tested
While the style itself is classic, there are tons of color options and prints to choose from
Although slip-on shoes come in a variety of styles, these Vans shoes are the ultimate classic. Constructed from a durable canvas material with rubber soles, the Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker is super easy to slip into and comfortable enough for long wear. If you’re not into the Classic black and white checkered look, you’ll be pleased to find a seemingly endless amount of color and print options to choose from.
Once we slipped these on, we thought the overall fit, durability, and traction were impressive. We also felt like our feet had enough support — especially for a sneaker with a flat footbed — and the shoes fit well enough that the break-in period isn’t so bad (though they are a little snug at first). One thing to note is that on super warm days, our feet felt a bit sweaty while wearing these. If you typically have this problem, we recommend going with a more breathable slip-on shoe.
Price at time of publish: $49.05
Sizes: Men’s 3.5-13 | Materials: Canvas upper, rubber sole, cotton drill lining
OLUKAI Laeahi Mens Slip On Sneakers
We were surprised how supportive these were as flat-soled shoes
Features a washable insole to keep them fresh and clean
Boasted excellent traction during our tests
For a comfortable slip-on shoe, these OluKai Lae’ahi sneakers won’t disappoint. Inspired by the feeling of walking on wet sand, these shoes are super comfortable for long wear. We love that they have a Wet Grip Rubber role which gives them excellent traction that makes you feel stable and supportive while you stride.
The great thing about these sneakers is that they feature a washable insole, so you don’t have to worry about them getting gross, even if you don’t wear socks. With that said, we didn’t think these shoes were very breathable, so if you go without socks you might need to wash them more regularly. They also run a bit large, so you may have to size down to get the best fit.
Price at time of publish: $100
Sizes: Men’s 7-15 | Materials: Mesh upper, microfiber footbed, removable/washable insole
Birkenstock Boston Clog
Since they have a backless design, they’re easy to slip in and out of
They come in both wide and narrow sizes
Rather lightweight design for clog-style shoes
Provide good arch support compared to other backless shoes
There’s a reason why the Birkenstock Boston Clog is considered a crowd-favorite style. These unisex clogs are designed with a soft cork footbed that boasts plenty of support while you stride and also molds to your soles over time for more customized comfort. Its EVA footbed also helps add a lightweight and supportive base with excellent traction for walking.
We wore these Birkenstock clogs out and about in the real world and were impressed by their overall arch support and how easy the backless design is to slip in and out of. The slip-on shoes also feature an inclusive size range of men’s sizing 6 through 17.5 with both wide and narrow options available.
Price at time of publish: $158
Sizes: Men’s 6-17.5 (in regular/wide and medium/narrow widths) | Construction: Oiled leather upper, suede footbed lining, cork footbed, EVA outsole
Best Dress Loafer
G.H. Bass Logan Flat Strap Weejuns
Feature durable material (leather) and high-quality construction
For loafers, they have decent arch support and provide lots of comfort
Sleek look that can easily be dressed up or down
With high-quality materials and durable construction, the best dress loafer is the G.H. Bass Logan Flat-Strap Weejuns Loafer. We took these loafers out for a test drive and found they offered a lot more arch support than other loafer styles which made them all the more comfortable for long wear. Although it takes a few wears to break them in, they were supremely comfortable and maintained their support after hours of wear.
Aside from their quality and support, the best thing about these dress loafers is that they are appropriate enough for fancy dress codes (including black tie); however, you could also dress them down slightly with a pair of cropped slacks and a nice polo shirt, giving them a more casual feel and making them a bit more versatile than other formal slip-on shoes.
Price at time of publish: $175
Sizes: Men’s 7-13 | Construction: Leather upper and outsole
Best Dress Casual
Naot Executive Director
Dressy enough for smart dress codes but can be easily dressed down as well for added versatility
Chelsea boot-inspired elastics make them easier to slide on and off
Flexible and feature plenty of arch support for those with high arches
Investing in a pair of dress casual slip-on shoes is always a good idea, especially since they’re appropriate footwear for a variety of occasions. Our top pick for this category is the Naot Executive Director shoe, which has a Chelsea boot feel to them (only without the boot shaft) and is constructed from high-quality leather and rubber with elastic sides for stretch. We loved these slip-ons because they have a flexible sole with plenty of arch support, making them highly comfortable, plus, they boast a style that feels super versatile so you’ll get plenty of use out of them. While they are on the expensive side, we found that they are so well-made that they will surely last a very long time, making the investment worth it.
Price at time of publish: $214.95
Sizes: Men’s 7-14 | Construction: Thermoplastic rubber, leather
Best Laced Style
Look like a laced sneaker but have the ability to easily slip on and off
Constructed from recycled material, including plastic water bottles
Lightweight and packable, making them convenient for traveling
Not only are they water-resistant, but they’re quick-drying as well
If you love the look of laced-up sneakers but want the convenience of slip-ons, we recommend the Tropicfeel Sunset sneakers, which are constructed from a stretchy material derived from plastic water bottles with a recycled EVA sole. These sneakers not only look cool, but they’re extremely comfortable, too. While we wish they had a little more arch support, we found that we could wear these for long periods of time without any discomfort. We also love these because they’re super lightweight and packable, so they’re easy to travel with, plus they are designed for water compatibility and are quick-drying so you don’t have to worry about them while adventuring at the beach, creek, or river. Perfect for summer adventures, these everyday sneakers are worth the investment.
Price at time of publish: $119
Sizes: Men’s 6-12.5 | Construction: Recycled polyester, polyester, recycled and virgin EVA
Casca Men’s Avro
Knitted design molds to the feet and helps keep ankles supported
Designed with triple-density cushioning for lasting comfort
Constructed with a breathable and antibacterial lining and durable rubber sole
For the best supportive slip-on shoes, consider the Casca Men’s Avro, which is constructed from a form-fitting knit material that wraps around the foot and provides sufficient ankle support. Additionally, these slip-on sneakers are designed with triple-density cushioning for long-lasting comfort from heel to toe, plus they have a durable rubber sole that provides plenty of traction.
We also love these shoes for their breathable and antibacterial lining, which keeps feet fresh and dry even if you don’t wear socks. Albeit a little on the more expensive side at full price, we found that these shoes were well worth the investment, especially considering how durable and comfortable they are.
Price at time of publish: $101 (orig. $168)
Sizes: Men’s 7-15 | Construction: Recycled yarn upper, rubber sole
Things to Consider Before Buying Slip-On Shoes
When shopping for slip-on shoes, one of the most important things to consider is the fit — otherwise, they won’t be comfortable or provide ample support. “Be sure the shoe fits but isn’t too tight or fitted to the foot,” says Tara West, a fashion stylist and wardrobe consultant. “This will make the shoe difficult and even annoying to put on,” she adds, noting that slip-ons that are too loose can also lead to lots of friction on the heel and, therefore, blisters.
When considering fit, it of course helps to try the shoes on — especially if you’re in between sizes — however, if that’s not possible, consider reading customer reviews to get an idea of how the shoes actually fit in order to select the right size for your soles.
The material is also important to consider as this can not only determine the overall quality but also make styling the shoe even easier. If you’re looking for a slip-on shoe for everyday wear, a casual canvas such as the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Slip Sneakers or the Vessi Men’s Everyday Move Slip-Ons which has a more athletic feel will do the trick. However, for something a little more elevated, a slip-on shoe in a genuine leather material like the Naot Executive Director is an excellent choice.
Material can also determine versatility, which is important for those looking to invest in a pair of slip-ons they can get lots of use out of. While some canvas and athleisure slip-ons can be dressed up, this isn’t always the case. If you want something that works best for smart or business casual dress codes, suede and or leather slip-ons like the Naot Executive Director are a fantastic option. If you want to dress things up even more, you can even opt for a luxe leather slip-on shoe such as the G.H. Bass Logan Flat-strap Weejuns Loafer.
Slip-on shoes are popular designs for sneakers; however, there are tons of other styles available. When shopping, consider what style of slip-on works best for your wardrobe needs. You could go for a classic slip-on sneaker like the Vans Classic Slip-on Sneaker or a more casual clog like the Birkenstock Boston Clog. Some slip-ons, such as the Vessi Men’s Everyday Move Slip-Ons, even have a more athletic feel to them, despite not having any laces.
How We Tested
To find the best men’s slip-on shoes, we researched dozens of styles and curated a list of the most popular pairs we wanted to try out. Our PEOPLE Tested team then conducted real-world testing to get a feel for how the shoes really held up. Over the course of two weeks, we tried 21 men’s slip-on shoes and carefully vetted them to determine which shoes lived up to our expectations.
After the testing period was complete, we rated each pair on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best) against the following attributes: fit, comfort, support, ease of cleaning, stability, durability, value, quality, design, and performance. The slip-on shoes with the highest average scores earned a spot on this PEOPLE Tested list.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are slip-on shoes good for walking?
Slip-ons are great for everyday wear and can provide support and comfort while walking, but it depends on your level of activity. “Slip-on shoes are suitable for a stroll or walking around the city, but I wouldn’t recommend them for a rigorous walk or hike,” says West. She instead recommends opting for a shoe with more support and laces, such as an athletic sneaker.
Should slip-on shoes be tight or loose?
As far as fit is concerned, slip-ons should fit properly because, if they are too big, they will ride up and down your heel and cause blisters, and if too tight, they will be uncomfortable and might impact your overall gait. “Opt for a pair that feels secure yet relaxed,” says Carly Landig, a fashion stylist and creative consultant. “You want to be able to wiggle your toes freely, pull the shoe on and off with ease, and have a touch of space for breathability.”
Why Trust PEOPLE?
Jessie Quinn is a contributing commerce writer for PEOPLE and has written for publications such as Byrdie, InStyle, The Spruce, NYLON, and more. As someone who, for the most part, lives in slip-on sneakers, Jessie knows a thing or two about what to look for in this shoe style.
For this piece, she leaned into her personal experience as well as the expertise of style experts Carly Landig and Tara West to learn more about what makes a slip-on shoe the best. She also thoroughly vetted the PEOPLE Tested team’s real-world testing insights, paying close attention to the fit, comfort, durability, and support of each sneaker, and as a result, curated this list of the best men’s slip-on shoes.
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