The Best Vegan Slides For Summer 2021

Once just a shoe for the shower, now slides are the hottest footwear around! Here are the best vegan slides for the summer

By Noa Ben-Moshe

So, we prepared our legs for summer, and now we have a great excuse to treat ourselves with a cute pair of vegan slides. Because, who doesn’t love slides? They’re so easy to wear, comfy, chic and practical (especially when you’re on the beach!)

I have to admit when I first saw vegan slides on the runways a few years ago, I thought: ugly. I mean, I have a soft spot for heels, so I thought the only way you’d ever see me in a pair of these was maybe on my way to the shower at the gym.

But since then, I’ve noticed how great they can look when styled with jeans, long dresses, jumpsuits, shorts, bathing suits….well, almost anything! And now I’m a huge fan.

FAQs On Vegan Slides

What’s the best material for my slides?

Well, that depends. If you’re on the beach, go for a shoe made from recycled PET bottles. This fabric is totally waterproof. But if you’re looking for something that will absorb sweat, go for straw, raffia or cork.

What can I wear them with?

As I mentioned above, pretty much anything. Vegan slides come in a wide variety of materials, colours and textures, which means you can choose a shoe that’s sporty, formal, trendy….whatever suits your style and wardrobe.

What should I look out for when I buy my shoes?

If you want a shoe that will last and last, go for one that’s got an upper that’s stitched, rather than glued.

I find flats uncomfortable. What kind of vegan slides should I buy?

Go for a style that has a memory foam sole (made from recycled bottles), or arch support. Also be aware that strappier styles can dig into your foot, so a simpler strap may be a more comfortable fit, especially if you plan on walking a lot in your vegan slides.

What’s the difference between a slide and a sandal?

Well, technically, a sandal is defined as a shoe consisting of a sole fastened to the foot by thongs or straps. Sandals can be high or low heeled. So a slide is a kind of sandal. But the slide is always low (or no) heeled, and usually has one main, wide strap to hold your foot in place.

What are the best vegan slides for this year?

If you’re on the hunt for the best vegan slides this summer, I’ve found some really cute options! Just check them out, below.

The Best Vegan Slides For This Summer

Best Vegan Slides For Summer

1. Matt & Nat Lunna Sandals

Want an effortlessly chic pair of vegan slides? Matt & Nat’s Lunna sandal is easy to wear and style. Available in three shades, they’re ideal for the beach, the city, weekends, the office….everywhere, really!

Matt and Nat are known for their minimal, classic and current designs, so you can be sure this style of vegan slides will remain chic for decades to come. 

Price: $56. Bargain!

Best Vegan Slides For Summer

2. Hemp Knot Sandals

I’m nuts for knots this season, and these vegan slides by Rothy’s show off this trend wonderfully! But that’s not even the best part of these shoes, my friends. Get this: they’re made from hemp! Well, hemp, cotton, and recycled bottles, to be precise. But we love how this popular vegan shoe brand is expanding its arsenal of eco-friendly fabrics.

Price: $125

rothy's hemp slides

3. Sundance Metallic Vegan Slides

Looking to make a little summer splurge? These stunning vegan leather slides are the perfect summer accessory, and will serve you for many years to come. Crafted in the Aquazzura’s Italian atelier, these sandals are every bit as glam as they look! Elegantly stacked bands of metallic vegan leather are set on a teeny heel, making them the perfect vegan slides for summer weddings and garden parties. 

Price: $525

Best Vegan Slides For Summer

4. Aplo Recycled Slides

Looking for the go-to sandals that will be timeless, super comfortable and sustainable to see you through everyday life? Aplo is making comfortable sandals out of plastic bottles and recycled shoe soles. But that’s not all: they’re also using an innovative 3D knitting technique, making these vegan slides zero-waste. And the best part? That soft, squashy, super-comfy memory foam sole!

Price: $49

Best Vegan Slides For Summer

5. Rothy’s The Bubble Slide

With the fun braided knit straps and extra-cushioned footbed, these colourful Bubble Slides are enough to boost anyone’s mood! Giving a fun edge to the classic vegan slides, these are perfect for all summer activities. These babies will take you from social gatherings to pool-side hangs! Made from recycled plastic bottles, these are 100% waterproof, too!

Price: $155

rothy's bubble slides

6. VIVAIA Floria

Looking for a pair of sandals to achieve a chic summer look? Search no further than these ruffle design slippers from VIVAIA. We love the colourpop from the red stripes (match these to your nails). And of course, these are ethically made, sustainable sandals, too, since they’re made from recycled plastic bottles.

Price: Around $80

vivaia slides

7. Cyndie Vegan Slides

Oooh, that colour, though! Ethically made in Italy from premium vegan leather, these coral-hued shoes are the perfect companion to jeans, shorts, dresses – you name it! These are the kinds of vegan slides you can walk in easily, and are great for the beach, too.

Price: $80

matt and nat slides

8. Okabashi Venice Slides

This pair of vegan slides was made for walking! With a sculpted heel cup, flexible fabric, and premium arch support, you can be sure that you’ll stay comfortable all day long. I love that Okabashi donates a percentage of each sale to keeping indigenous Hawaiian culture alive, too.

Price: $20. Bargain!

Best Vegan Slides For Summer

9. VIVAIA Doris Sliders

Want a dressier pair of sandals? VIVAIA’s Doris slider in deep ebony is the perfect polished pair of slide sandals for the summer ahead. The classic contrast design oozes relaxed sophistication and retro vibes. And the square toe of these is a timeless classic that you can reply on for comfort.

Price: Around $90

Best Vegan Slides For Summer

10. Lulu’s Santana Blue Striped Slide Sandals

If you’re looking for a summer bargain, then look no further. These sandals are a total steal at $22! As stylish as they are comfortable, these cute blue and white striped straps cross over a peep-toe upper. They’re soft on the foot and are perfect with a pair of tights, jeans, or shorts.

Not a fan of blue? These sandals are available in so many colours – there’s a shade for everyone to love!

Price: $22

11. Salt + Umber Soleil Slip-On Sandals

Looking for a statement pair of vegan slides for the summer? These handmade rope shoes from Salt + Umber are fabulously stylish and vibrant! Made from linen woven rope in a multi-colour crisscross strap design, they’re perfect for slipping on at a moments notice. And with all that colour, it will be super easy to match your vegan slides to your pedi!

Price: Around $140

straw sandals

Main image: ASOS Second image: Vivaia

Noa Ben-Moshe
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