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.
Best for: Protecting the tops of your feet from the sun!
Thank you, Ms Stella McCartney, for creating the comfiest designer vegan slides of the year! These Signature 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 two different colours. The Signature Slides pair perfectly with everything from your floatiest dresses to high waisted jeans. And the best part? They’re made from bio-based, solvent-free Alter Mat material.
Best for: A touch of urban designer chic; adding some height. (These vegan slides are around 3″ thick!)
These stunning vegan faux suede slides are the perfect summer accessory! Their classic style will serve you for many years to come.
The elegant crossover straps and peep-toe upper are flattering on any pair of feet. We particularly love the gorgeous marigold hue! This makes them the perfect vegan slides for summer weddings and garden parties. But the best part? The price!
Best for: Showing off a contrasting colour pedi!
Looking for a pair of sandals to achieve a boho summer look? Search no further than these chunky vegan leather slip on sliders by Birkenstock.
They’re pretty eco-friendly, too! They feature a contoured cork-latex footbed, vegan 100% natural cotton canvas upper, microfiber footbed lining, EVA sole, and an adjustable strap with printed oversized pin buckle.
Best for: Sustainable, natural comfort
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.
Best for: Adding a splash of colour to your summer outfits.
This pair of vegan slides were 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.
Best for: Those looking for the best vegan slides on a budget
Price: $25. Bargain!
Whether you’re venturing on a city break or hopping aboard a boat, these sandals are pretty much all you’ll need for any vacation. The cross straps make them easy to keep on the foot, while the contoured footbed cushions feet, providing endless hours of comfort.
Best for: Sustainability, city chic.
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
Best for: Serious comfort; those with orthopeodic issues
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!
Best for: Beach holidays.
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!
Best for: Sustainability
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