- 1. Nike Men's Benassi Athletic Slides For Men
- 2. Under Armour Men's Ignite V Slides For Men
- 3. Adidas Originals Men's Adilette Shower Slide For Men
- 4. Nike Men's Kawa Athletic Slide For Men
- 5. DC Men's Bolsa Slide For Men
- 6. Lacoste Men's Fraisier 118 Slide Sandal
- 7. Adidas Men's Alphabounce Slide Sport Sandal
- 8. Under Armour Men's Playmaker Fix Slide Sandals
- 9. PUMA Men's Leadcat Slide Sandal
- 10. Fila Men's Drifter Sport Mens Slide Sandals
- 11. Polo Ralph Lauren Men's Rodwell Slide Sandal
- 12. Hugo Boss Men's Solar Slide
- 13. Tommy Hilfiger Men's Rozi Slide Sandal
With spring in full swing it’s time to take stock of your summer footwear. You’ve got the running shoes, the deck shoes, the lace up sneaks and the brogues. All you need now are the slides. These may wind up being the footwear you use the most between Memorial Day and Labor Day so it behooves you to find a pair that not only look great, but feel great and are built to last. There’s probably 200 slides for men on the market today however, so finding just the right pair is no easy task. But not to worry. We’ve rolled up our sleeves and sifted through the phylon jungle to find the best slides for men for 2020.
The Best Slide For Men
EVA phylon midsole.
Single piece faux leather strap.
Side flex grooves facilitate motion.
Bold Nike branding on strap.
Impressive arch support.
Weight 1.3 pounds.
Stylish, comfortable and easy to slide into and out of the Benassi slip-on sandals from Nike are a fine addition to that company’s line of casual and sporting footwear. The retaining strap is a single piece of faux leather with a knit jersey lining that’s easy on your feet. One of the many great things about the Benassi is how they stay put even if you wade into the surf with them on. That, and their penchant for holding fast to just about any surface dry or wet. The cushioning provided by the phylon EVA midsole is up there with the best and the foot bed has a gently textured surface that’s very agreeable, even after a long hot afternoon. Wear them to the beach, to the kid’s soccer game, boating, camping or any time you need minimal protection and maximum comfort. Make sure you also check our guide to the best flip flops for men.
The broad faux leather strap grabs hold of your foot and doesn’t let go.
There’s plenty of support in the arch, which is a bit surprising for mens slide sandals.
They have a solid look to them that belies their lightweight comfort.
Sizing isn’t always spot on.
2 piece Velcro lock strap.
Durable EVA outsole.
Dual 4D foam layers for outstanding comfort.
Anatomically designed foot bed.
Weight 12 ounces.
Under Armour goes all in on comfort with their Men’s Ignite V Slide Sandals. Most notably the footbed features two layers of Performance 4D padding that provide the sensation of walking on a bed of memory foam. Because of the loft of that padding sliding in and out of the Ignite V is not a silky smooth experience, but we’ll forgive them because of the abundant payoff that awaits. But the Ignite V is more than just a comfy walk in the park. It’s also handsome as can be with plenty of thought given to the lines and a profile that quietly insists they’re built for motion, not just lounging. UA also lines the two-piece metatarsal strap with their HeatGear fabric which wicks away moisture and prevents irritation on the crown of the foot. And let’s not forget the EVA outsole that grabs the pavement and the deck of the sailboat with equal gusto. Our guide to the best flip flops for women offers more great items so check it out.
The adjustable strap allows for a more comfortable fit.
The HeatGuard technology really does prevent your foot from sweating up.
They provide surprisingly good traction on a multitude of surfaces.
Great for beach, boat, deck parties, lounging and more.
Not the least expensive mens slip on sandals on the planet.
Durable EVA outsole.
Gently molded foot bed.
Adidas signature stripe motif.
Weight 1.5 pounds.
They call it a “Shower Slide” sandal. We just call it a great sliding sandal. This is a true sports sandal that’s waterproof, won’t fail you on rainy sidewalks and provides all day comfort whether you’re putzing around the campsite or entertaining guests in the outdoor kitchen. You’re not going to bowl anyone over with the style here. It’s basic and utilitarian. But it goes about its business in a reliable way so when you wade into that babbling brook at the campground your sandals won’t be the weak link in the equation. The Adilette is available in 6 different colors, won’t come apart on you after a long weekend outdoors and is reasonably priced. If you’re a fashionista you might want to check out one of the more visually captivating entries on our list. But if your priority is easy comfort on any surface the Adilette should be on your shopping list. Be sure to also check out our list of the best trail running shoes for men for more great items like this.
Attractive in a minimalist sort of way.
The foot bed provides plenty of cushioning, making them a joy to put on.
You can wear them right into the surf to protect against sea urchins.
Provide decent grip even on rain slick surfaces.
The fit can be a bit hit or miss.
Contoured foot bed.
EVA phylon foam midsole.
Flex grooves for natural motion.
Solarsoft foam padding.
Weight 12 ounces.
Speaking of minimalist performance… The Kawa athletic slides from Nike are a classic example of smart reductive design. While it looks like the kind of sandal that’s going to dig its teeth into you the moment you slide it on the experience is actually quite the opposite. The phylon EVA foam outsole provides a surprising amount of spring, the subtle flex grooves on the side let the sandal move with you instead of fighting against you and the Solarsoft foam foot bed effectively absorbs shocks all day long. If there’s a downside here it’s that the edges of the robust metatarsal strap might get a bit disagreeable on long hot afternoons. Especially when the sandals are new. Other than that they’re slick and sporty and light and durable.
Very light and easy to slip into and out of.
The metatarsal strap provides a nice firm hold when you need it.
The contoured foot bed with Solarsoft padding is extremely comfortable.
Light enough to wear all day without weighing on you.
The edge of the strap sometimes reminds you it’s there.
Might be a bit too minimalist for some guys.
EVA dual-density midsole.
Single piece faux leather strap.
DC’s signature pill texturing.
Provides firm comfortable hold.
Weight 1.5 pounds.
We’re big fans of the urban chic DC does such a good job championing. Their Bolsa slide with its slightly edgy air is a good example. It’s going to look just as good in that funky bistro in the East Village as it does while you’re working sipping an Erdinger Hafeweizen at the Klunkerkranich rooftop bar in Berlin. The dual-density EVA midsole is plenty comfortable on long jaunts, the faux leather on the metatarsal strap is actually quite passable and won’t carve up your foot and the gently contoured foot bed adapts to any sole. Although the foot bed and strap seem to come from different design spheres that’s really more a curiosity than a distraction. Great footwear for your train journey through Europe this summer or for casual evenings out with your friends. Love this product? Check out our review of the best trail running shoes for women for our top picks.
The EVA midsole is one of the most comfortable we tested.
There’s plenty of padding in the heel.
They could probably ask more for these mens slide sandals. We’re glad they don’t.
A bit of a design disconnect between the strap and the foot bed.
Durable EVA outsole.
Padded single piece strap.
Very flexible/lightweight comfort.
Excellent shock absorption.
Weight 15 ounces.
The Fraisier 118 Slide Sandals from Lacoste are grown up sandals with youthful touches. Fortunately, they don’t let that contradiction drag them down. Instead they leverage it to maximum advantage. If there is a common complaint about sliders – especially discount sliders – it’s the fact that the strap can often be a bit punishing. The best slides for men address this issue by integrating various fabrics and foam on the inside of the strap to save your foot from wear and tear on long days. The Lacoste may be the best at that. From the moment you slide your foot into them the strap is a non-issue, other than that it holds your foot in a firm embrace regardless of your activity. The EVA midsole provides copious cushioning and the gently upsloping border keeps your heel well planted. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best white sneakers.
The foot bed provides unexpected comfort and support.
The padding in the single piece restraining strap is very easy on the feet.
They don’t wear on you over the course of a long hot afternoon.
The white version is whiter than the whitest white shoes. So be aware.
Durable but soft foot bed.
Signature 3 stripe branding.
Easy to slip into/out of.
Weight 1.2 pounds.
If you’re the kind of guy who wants more from your slides than just being able to lounge comfortably by the pool consider the adidas Men’s Alphabounce Slide Sport Sandal. These are true sport slip on sandals and not just “sporty” sandals. The EVA outsole has plenty of spring, the slight downward taper to that outsole provides outstanding lateral stability on corners and the adjustable metatarsal strap enables you to get a custom-style fit that’s as firm or relaxed as the occasion requires. The branding on the strap is restrained and actually works to enhance the other aspects of the design. The soft foam insole is forgiving and the grip is as firm on rain slickened surfaces as it is on hot, dry asphalt. The Alphabounce are serious slide sandals that are performance oriented while at the same time embracing a tasteful design aesthetic. If you love sports shoes, check out our guide to the best basketball sneakers.
Your feet slide right in and slip right out with no problems.
They provide above average grip even on slippery surfaces.
They’re very well built and have a substantial feeling to them.
They put a bit of spring in your step which is nice.
The two piece strap is not the most comfortable on the market.
The design is a bit overwrought.
2 tone color scheme.
Synthetic EVA outsole.
Single piece fixed strap.
Weight 1.2 pounds.
Under Armour reaches deep down into the design playbook and comes up with a winner with their Playmaker Fix Slide Sandal. These are some of the sharpest looking slider flip flops on the market. They hit all the right beats with their clean lines, stylish flair and hints of sporting capability. The silky smooth way they slip on and off belies how firmly they take hold once your feet are in place. You won’t have to worry about them failing you on the deck of the sailboat or when you’re chasing down a Frisbee in the park. One notable touch that, as of this writing, is unique among the best slides for men is the 100+ ventilation holes in the strap that work OT to keep your feet cool and comfortable on steamy summer days. Of course a sports sandal wouldn’t be much good if it didn’t provide outstanding grip on a variety of surfaces. Thankfully, the Men’s Playmaker Fix delivers in that regard as well. Don’t forget to also check our guide to the best stability running shoes.
Some of the best looking slides for men out there.
They do a good job staying in place even in the water.
The cooling perforations in the strap are a welcome touch.
The traction is pretty remarkable for an affordable slide.
They’re not the easiest to slip into with the deep heel cup.
Contoured foot bed.
Durable but comfortable EVA midsole.
Single piece suede strap.
Weight 13 ounces.
Let’s be honest, shall we? The Puma Men’s Leadcat Slide has a face only a mother could love. But it makes our list anyway because there’s plenty of mothers out there and plenty of guys who don’t put much stock in such things. After all, it’s a sandal, not a tailored suit. And when it comes to mens slip on sandals the most important thing is how they feel and whether they stand up to the punishment you inflict on them during the warm weather months. The Leadcat passes both those tests with flying colors. The EVA midsole is cushy and comfy, the molded foot bed hugs you like an aunt from the old country and the suede strap molds itself to your foot in a way faux leather or plastic simply can’t. The raised border on the outsole means they’re not the easiest to slide on and off. But once on they stay on. If you like working out, check out our guide to the best crossfit shoes review.
The aggressively minimalist design isn’t for everyone but we’ll take it.
The ventilation holes at the side of the strap are a smart inclusion.
The contoured insole really grabs hold of your feet.
We love the feel but the combination of suede and EVA creates visual dissonance.
Synthetic EVA midsole.
Modestly contoured foot bed.
Wide grippy strap.
Weight 14 ounces.
The Drifter Sport Sandal from Fila is another minimalist slider that gets it right. Sleek, stylish and sporty it’s available in a number of different color combinations some of which are more sporty, some more stylish and some sleeker than the others. The EVA foot bed is comfortable and provides reliable shock absorption, even after a long afternoon of activities in the park. The restraining band is forgiving while at the same time effective and durable. And the outsole provides more than adequate grip on virtually any surface. (Just be a little extra cautious on rain slickened ones.) They’re easy to slide on and off, don’t go overboard with the molding in the foot bed and they stay on even when you’re pushing them a bit. Lightweight, affordable and versatile they’re a solid choice to bring along on vacation whether you’re headed to the seashore, the National Park or the backyard deck. If you like hiking, check out our guide to the best hiking shoes.
Slides for men don’t get much simpler than this.
Your feet will slide in and slide out without resistance.
The broad single piece strap holds your foot once you set it.
On hot days the edge of the strap can bite just a little.
The blocky outsole won’t be to everyone’s taste.
Wide comfortable strap.
Synthetic outsole is grippy and light.
No over the top branding.
Outstanding traction on all surfaces.
Lightweight and stylish.
Weight 4.5 ounces.
The team at Polo Ralph Lauren take the pony by the reins with their Rodwell Slide Sandals. They sport a classic no-nonsense profile with clean lines and ideal proportions. They’re easy to slip on and off, easy to relax or play in, well-made heel to toe and are available only in very grown up navy, black or grey. The Rodwell provides outstanding traction on all surfaces, enough lateral stability to prevent nuisance ankle turns and generous padding to absorb shocks all day long. They’re among the lightest of the slip on sandals on our list yet they have a substantial feel to them that suggests otherwise. Inside the strap is a soft jersey lining that hugs your feet instead of digging into them and we have to appreciate the muted branding. Great for light sporting activities or for just hanging at your favorite cafe on South Beach. Our selection of the best cross training shoes offers more great footwear so check it out.
They feel solid the first time you slip them on.
We appreciate that they don’t try and turn our feet into billboards.
The molded insole cradles your feet in the most pleasant way.
They’re going to cost a bit more.
Rugged 100% synthetic sole.
Open toe design.
Slip on/slip off.
High wall foot bed.
Weight 1 pound.
The Hugo Boss Solar slides for men are simple, comfortable, durable sliders for summer activities from beachcombing to bike riding to holiday shopping along the Champs Elysee. The EVA midsole is well padded and molded to cradle your feet, the outsole has a high border that prevents you from slipping out of the sandal and the restraining strap is wide and forgiving. That elevated border means you’ll need to work a bit to get your feet in and out but the tradeoff is that once your feet are in, they’re in. If there’s a weak spot here it’s the soles, which can’t really be counted on to keep you upright on slick surfaces. But as long as you’re not running on wet sidewalks this shouldn’t be an issue.
The high wall design means your feet aren’t going anywhere.
The wide strap is more comfortable than it looks at first glance.
They’re very light but very well built.
Unfortunately they do turn your feet into mobile billboards.
Rugged EVA outsole.
One piece molded foot bed.
Single piece padded strap.
Breathable mesh upper.
Weight 4.5 ounces.
The final entry on our best slides for men list are these Rozi Slide Sandals from Tommy Hilfiger. This is another minimalist high top slider but the folks at Hilfiger have managed, with a few subtle adjustments to line and volume, to make it seem like something much more. The molded foot bed is welcoming without being too cushy. The strap is wide and fixed but has a highly breathable mesh lining that wicks away sweat and for the most part traction is first rate. If you’re looking for simple slider flip flops that are stylish, light and durable the Hilfiger Men’s Rozi Mens Slide Sandals are a no lose proposition.
The foot bed has little contouring but is surprisingly comfortable.
The minimalist design is typically tasteful Hilfiger.
The mesh lining in the metatarsal strap saves your feet on hot summer days.
The grip on wet surfaces is not the best so be careful.
Slide For Men Buying Guide And FAQ
Features To Look For In Slides For Men
Design - Slides for men may be the ultimate in convenience footwear when you're poolside or at the beach, but that doesn't mean they can't look good. Look for slides that won't look trashy, especially if you plan on spending time at a nice resort. Fortunately, slides can look great with shorts and a nice collared shirt, but they can also look really laid back with board shorts at the beach.
Design isn’t just a factor when it comes to how slides for men look. Design is also important in how slides are created. The midsole should be contoured to cradle the feet so they don’t slip around the shoe, and the strap or straps should fit snugly over the top of your foot without being overly tight. The long and the short of how design plays into slides for men is how quickly you can put them on or take them off. It is this simplicity that makes them so popular over summer.
Material - It’s easy to look at a pair of slides for men and think of them as rubber slip-on. While that may be true for some slides, the materials used in making slides can differ quite drastically. Keep in mind that this is the type of footwear you will mostly be wearing in warmer weather so you don’t want something that feels like plastic. This is especially important if your feet sweat a lot. Look for materials like EVA which is breathable and provides incredible, cushioned comfort. This spongey, porous material won’t become waterlogged so your feet will still feel comfortable. Best of all, this material dries very quickly making them perfect for vacations by the beach.
Also, check the weight of your slides. These sandal type shoes can be super comfortable, but not if they are overly heavy. The good news is, that most of the modern models of slides for men are made from lightweight but durable materials making them light, airy and comfortable to wear all day and all night if needed.
Size - Many people believe that slides don’t necessarily have to fit perfectly to be comfortable. Try wearing them at an all-day BBQ or beach party when they don’t fit. Size really does matter when it comes to slides. Most slides are designed to contour and cradle the feet so if they are too big your feet will slide around between the over strap and the insole. You’ll also feel the need to drag your feet instead of walking properly as you won’t have the snug security of a shoe that fits as it should. On the other hand, if the slides are too small, your toes and heels will be hanging over the edges in total discomfort.
Adjustable or fixed straps - This is one of those things that comes down to personal preference. Some people like a single wide strap that is fixed and covers the top of the foot, keeping everything in place. Others prefer an adjustable strap so they can loosen or tighten their slides as needed. An adjustable strap may be preferable for those who like to wear their slides throughout the day. After a few hours, feet can swell so it’s practical to have slides with an adjustable strap so you can loosen them up a little when your feet swell and tighten them when you first put them on.
Non-slip - Slides for men are fantastic for wearing at beaches, pool parties and anywhere you just want comfortable shoes that allow your feet to breathe. Around water though, they can be treacherous. While the insoles are important for comfort, the bottom sole needs to have good tread. This is especially important if you’re hanging around the rocks or walking around the pool area. Splashing is often inevitable and you want your slides to stay in place.
Slide For Men FAQ
Q: Should slides be a size bigger?
A: Slides for men, like most footwear, need to fit properly in order to be comfortable, especially if you wear them for hours on end. However, when it comes to slides, it’s actually fine to get a pair that is one size bigger. When you compare sizing charts to actual measurements, you can see that the difference between sizes is quite small. In hot weather, feet swell faster than in colder weather so having slides that are a size bigger may actually be more comfortable for those who like to wear them all the time. If you don’t get slides that are an exact fit, it’s always better to go a size bigger than a size smaller. One thing you will notice if you’re wearing too small slides is that your heels and toes tend to overhang. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it can also result in your toes banging on the pavement or other surfaces.
Q: Are slides better than flip flops?
A: Both slides and flip flops are great casual footwear for the warmer months but if you must choose one, slides are a better option. There are a number of reasons why slides are better for your feet and they include:
- Your feet are more exposed when you wear flip flops. All you really have covering your feet is a thin strap that goes over your feet and all that holds these straps down is the annoying little bit that stays between your toes. This little strap can become quite uncomfortable after a few hours. With slides there is more coverage you’re the top of your feet and the wide singular strap keeps your foot nice and secure within the sandal.
- Slides are more likely to offer better arch support. Most slides are contoured, making them a more comfortable choice. While some flip flops are also contoured, most are not. This is something that will become painfully evident to you when you are on your feet for most of the day. The lack of arch support may cause pain and discomfort in your ankles, knees, back, and shoulders. If you continue wearing flip flops without arch support for a lengthy period, over time you could develop problems such as plantar fasciitis.
- You’ll walk more naturally in slides. Next time you wear a pair of flip flops, pay attention to how you move in them. In particular, look at your toes. Are you scrunching them up as you walk? This can result in your toes, feet, and ankles becoming inflamed, cramped and fatigued.
- You can still get blisters with flip flops. We all know the nasty blisters that pop up on the back of our heels when we wear uncomfortable shoes, but have you ever imagined the blisters you can get from flip flop straps? If the straps of flip flops are flimsy or overly rigid, they will rub over the top of your hot feet. All this rubbing and chafing can result in some pretty nasty blisters that you won’t need to worry about with slides.
- Flip flops are clumsier. Most people look awkward and clumsy in flip flops but what is worse is that you’ll actually be clumsier in them. Flip flops don’t encourage natural walking. You can’t take big steps and your feet tend to turn inwards. This odd gait can make you lose your balance and you may end up toppling over.
Q: When not to wear slides?
A: We get it. Slides are cool and comfortable, especially when the weather is hot. But there are times when they just aren’t appropriate. The first and most obvious place you can’t wear them is at work. No matter how casual your workplace may be and even if your slides are high-end models, you really shouldn’t be wearing them to work. First and foremost, they can’t really protect your feet and secondly, they may give the wrong impression to senior management or potential clients.
Dirt roads and paths are also placing where you don’t want to be wearing slides. The dirt and grime can very quickly get in between your feet and the insoles which feels awful. The other problem they pose in this scenario is a lack of stability in general. You can also end up cutting your feet on sharp stones or protruding branches. Hikers will tell you that your feet need to be protected and supported especially when you leave smooth roads. You can still take your slides with you when you go hiking, but leave them in your backpack and wear them around the campsite.
Slides are also a bad idea in crowded situations such as concerts, bars, restaurants, etc. With your toes and other parts of your feet exposed, it’s easy to end up with some clumsy person stomping over your tender toes.
Don’t write them off too quickly though. These are great for pool or beach parties, casual barbecues with family and friends or for a walk in the park on a sunny afternoon. There is a time and a place for everything so just make sure you wear your slides for men at the right time this summer. Just in case if you are in search of warm indoor slippers for men, make sure you check out our buying guide on that topic.