10 summer slides that'll take you from pool to party
Slip and slide
It seems that lately, most shoe styles get the “fashion treatment”, which is to say they’re littered with faux jewels, have four inch platforms added to them, or become so ugly that wow, they actually work.
But oddly enough though, the “uglier” or more excessive-looking the humble summer slides get, the more we like them and heck, we wouldn’t even bat an eyelid. For anybody who’s still trying to fight the feeling of slipping into a pair of them, we say, click on for 10 different styles and you’re guaranteed to find one that’s sure to tickle your fancy…or feet that is.
Everything we sort-of hated in the ‘80s are on these slides – the neon blue, fluorescent green and vinyl upper (remember those visors?), but that’s also what we like about these slides. Somehow, they work. It’s that perfect pop of colour if you’re usually averse to colours and once you retire them this summer, you can wear them all day long at the pool.
Maybe pool slides aren’t your thing because you can’t shake off their locker-room effect so these pretty slides are a guaranteed pleaser instead. No one is going to frown at the tropical print or the statement-making bow that screams summer vibes, and because they’re slides, they’re also your slip-on-and-immediately-go shoes.
For those who simply just want a simple pair of slides, this braided leather one is a winner – the cheerful shade of orange means you can wear it from Summer into Fall and its refined design means no one is going to bat an eyelid if you wear it to swankier places such as restaurants or bars.
We’re not saying the brand started the booming popularity of rubber slides but then again, it’s near impossible to spot someone who isn’t wearing a pair of these iconic slides. But this season though, they come in fluorescent colours because you know, who doesn’t want anybody to know that their slides are…Gucci.
The iconic T-logo has already been seen on some of the brand’s most wanted bags, SLGs (small leather goods) and sneakers but they’ve finally popped up on these pool slides. You might be tempted to wear them everywhere but because they in such a pristine white shade, you also might want to carry a packet of wet wipes to clean them up the minute you get a stain.
We’re calling this pair from the Swedish label “palate-cleansers” and not just because they’re in a refreshing pistachio shade but because in a world where slides come decked out in logos, jewels or fur, these simple ones are ones you can wear without having them wear you.
We’re not entirely sure you can wear them out because if you’re the kind who does a lot of walking or who doesn’t mind stepping in puddles (why though? Asking for a friend.), these pair of slides might not last beyond their first wear. But consider wearing them at home (or at a home party) instead to lounge back; they look perfect when worn with slip or smock dresses.
We can honestly say that these sandals started it all aka they’re the true OG of sliders, because if they’re good and comfortable enough for athletes who’ve been wearing it for three decades, they’re good enough for us. But don’t just buy the standard black pair though, this pair of red ones with the iconic three white stripes look strangely designer-ish without the designer price.
Another pair of iconic sliders, these have a weaved design and an ergonomic foot bed. Before you scoff at how unstylish the latter sounds though, it means these conform perfectly to your feet the more you wear them. Since these can be considered everyday sandals, they get more comfortable with more wears, which sounds fine to us.
In the classic shade of black, we can’t imagine where you wouldn’t wear them: Parties, dinners, downstairs to collect your mail or even when you’re seriously putting the casual in casual Fridays. The added bonus? Its refined silhouette that also doesn’t make a rubber sandal’s iconic slapping sound when you walk.