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The Best Slides for Men in 2022

School's toes out for summer.


When it comes to summer footwear, think breathable and lightweight. There’s no shortage of feathery light canvas sneakers to choose from, but we also love the simplicity of a pair of slides. They’re backless like mules but open-toe like flip-flops. That makes them sandals, but not flip-flops. Flip-flops have a thong or Y-shaped front that slips between one or more toes.

What Are Slides?

Slides usually have one or two straps that span across the toes and forefoot, though there are some unique variations. The easiest way to identify a slide is by the thickness of its strap. Slides have thick straps.

They first appeared in 1960s when Birkenstock introduced its Madrid shoe and Adidas introduced its famous Adilette slide, a waterproof shoe designed for a German football team to use in the locker room. However, the style dates back to Ancient Greece and Egypt, when they were made from papyrus, twigs and various types of leaves. Slides evolved as shoemakers eventually started making them from stronger materials like leather and the style became popular in women’s fashion after WWII.

Ever since, the slide has slowly shifted into the worlds of sport and athleisure, streetwear and gorpcore, often with socks to match. And while you could slip into a pair poolside, the summery style can go anywhere. Nearly every brand has riffed on the style, applying chunky soles, futuristic materials and high-end cushioning.

Slides vs. Sandals

Slides, as the name implies, are a footwear style you can slide into. There's no heel strap or cup and limited arch support but far less bulk, making them the ideal choice for a day of leisure. But nothing more. If you plan on any long or uneven walks, go with sandals, which often offer better strap technology and more support, plus better tread. Sandals are okay for the most casual of affairs, but I'd go closed-toe if you plan to be on your feet for long.

The Best Slides for Open Toe Adventures

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      Birkenstock Arizona Essentials EVA
      Best Upgrade Slide
      Needles Papillion Shower Sandals
      Best Budget Slide
      Adidas Adilette Stripe Sport Slide
      HOKA ONE ONE Ora Recovery Slide Sandal
      Nike Benassi JDI Slides
      Weestep Recovery Cloud Slide
      Onia Slide Sandal
      Crocs Classic II Slide
      The North Face Base Camp III Slides
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      GREATS Classon 2-Strap Utility Sandal
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