There’s a time and place for classic rubber flip flops (we’ll admit they’re the perfect beach shoe), but if you’re looking to elevate your style this summer, you’ll want to invest in some sandal slides. Whether done in faux leather or complete with an embellished upper, they offer a grownup take on flimsy rubber thongs. Plus, they’re super-comfortable, featuring an easy slip-on design and often equipped with cushioned footbeds.
Since there are tons of slides to choose from, we’ve rounded up our favorite styles perfect for a range of casual to more dressy occasions. Read on to shop them all.
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1. Adidas Adilette Slides
Considering pool slides are now a street style staple, this throwback option from Adidas rightfully earns a spot in your closet. The sporty-chic look can take you from lounging around at home to brunch with friends — no shoe swap required — and offers a cushioned footbed for optimal comfort.
Pros: The style can comfortably be worn with socks, without feeling too tight since the toe box is wide. Plus, it’s made of a synthetic material that’s soft enough to prevent uncomfortable rubbing and comes in 12 different colorways, including a glitter-accented version for a pop of bling below the ankle.
Cons: The style tends to run large. Its foot strap isn’t padded, unlike other Adidas slides, so may not offer the same comfort level Adidas customers are used to.
2. Crocs Cleo Sandal
Crocs gives its notoriously clunky clog an elevated twist in this minimalist rubber slide, complete with a pivoting midfoot strap and plush footbed.
Pros: The midfoot strap can be adjusted for a customized fit, while a sturdy tread helps keep you sure-footed on rougher terrain. From the inside of the sandal, the footbed conforms to the shape of the foot and features tiny nubs for a massage-like effect — making it a great pick for those who experience heel pain. The brand’s lightweight Croslite material also helps absorb shock without weighting feet down. Meanwhile, the style looks especially low-profile when worn.
Cons: Not an ideal pick for customers who find raised footbeds a nuisance or uncomfortable.
3. Fitory Flat Sandals
Featuring a cutout vamp, these sleek everyday slides look more expensive than they actually are.
Pros: The affordably priced style comes in five versatile colorways for easy outfit pairings, as well as a bedazzled option perfect for date night. The style is finished in smooth faux-leather and is lightly lined for added comfort.
Cons: The slides are not made to accommodate wide feet (they only comes in narrow sizes) and don’t offer arch support.