Once just a shoe for the shower, now slides are the hottest footwear around! Here are the best vegan slides for the summer
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! Some are even made from biodegradable materials. Check out my picks, below.
The Best Vegan Slides For This Summer
Want an effortlessly chic pair of vegan slides? Matt & Nat’s Lily 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!
2. Vesta Slides
Thank you, Ms Stella McCartney, for creating the comfiest designer vegan slides of the year! These Vesta sandals feature exaggerated crossover straps with the Stella logo. They firmly grip your feet, making them super easy to walk in.
This is an effortless and timeless style that comes in three different colours. The Vesta pairs perfectly with everything from your floatiest dresses to high waisted jeans.
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.
Looking for a pair of sandals to achieve a chic summer look? Search no further than these puffed vegan sliders by Glassworks London. We love the mono colour of these, perfect for contrasting with a bold mani-pedi for summer!
Price: Around $100
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.
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: $25. Bargain!
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.
Pillow Slides are like walking on clouds! They provide foot, joint, and hip relief. Perfect for those with injuries, or chronic pain – but also those who just like being comfy! They come in four colours, and are suitable for both men and women.
These vegan slides are made of EVA, a soft but supportive polymer that is better for the environment than most plastics.
Price: Around $30
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
Wow, what an innovation!
Balena has made a pair of biodegradable vegan slides for summer. That’s thanks to BioCir™, a flexible and fully compostable thermoplastic material. It reduces toxic, fossil fuel-based materials used in the fashion and footwear industries.
BioCir™ can be used for 3D printing using filaments, or in pellets for mass production injunction moulding. Products made of it reach their end of life responsibly in a biological recycling mechanism. This includes full decomposition and biodegradation of the material back to the soil.
Super sustainable, but we love the chic, minimalist style and colour palette, too!
Main image: ASOS Second image: Vivaia