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WHEN IT comes to footwear, slip-on shoes tick all the boxes. As the hallmark of easy dressing, the best slip-on shoes for men will offer convenience with their on-and-off design—no tying laces needed, no fingers involved. The best slip-on shoes for men should also be a stylish, versatile choice to suit various occasions—an office day, weekend getaway, or simply your everyday wear—and complement any outfit.
Besides looking for simplicity and versatility, the best slip-on shoes for men need to be comfortable to travel in, providing sole grip, arch support, and breathability in a lightweight form. All in all, as part of our easy-living motto, the best slip-on shoes for men should be where comfort, style, and functionality collide to give you a “ready, action!” sensation before you head out.
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To find the best men’s slip-on shoes, our style team has tested over 30 pairs, evaluating each based on their style, comfort, and versatility, to curate the 14 best slip-on shoes for men. Whether it’s loafers, running shoes, or sneakers, these best slip-on shoes for men that Men’s Health tested make sure you’re only a slide away from your destination.
How to Choose the Best Men's Slip-on Shoes for You
Look for slip-on shoes that offer ample cushioning, especially in the insole and heel area. This will help absorb shock when you walk (especially for extended duration and distances). And don’t forget arch support, which is crucial for maintaining proper foot alignment while preventing discomfort or pain on the go. Slip-on shoes with built-in arch support in the midsole are highly recommended.
Also, make sure your slip-on shoes have a snug fit that securely hugs your feet without being too tight or too loose. Ideally, you should be able to slide in your foot without using your hands. But if the fit is too loose, that’ll lead to friction on the heel which will cause blisters and take away stability when you walk. Adjustable features like elastic panels or adjustable straps can help customize the fit for wearing socks versus socks.
Otherwise, consider factors like padding, flexibility, and the overall construction of the shoe to ensure maximum comfort.
The best slip-on shoes for men often come with breathable uppers made of materials like canvas, mesh, and textile fabric that allow air to flow in, keeping your feet cool and dry. Materials that are quick-drying and moisture-wicking are also a godsend for sweaty feet in hot climates. But if you’re looking for slip-on shoes to dress up with, then leather or suede upper is a no-brainer.
Also, pay attention to the outsole. Though most slip-on shoes have a rubber outsole, be sure to select one that’s lightweight and flexible, allowing natural movement of your feet. If you’re wearing your slip-on shoes to run or pursue outdoor activities, be sure the outsole has enough traction as well.
Overall, the construction of slip-on shoes should come with reinforced stitching and durable materials so that they’ll last.
Style and Versatility:
While you should always consider your intended activities and choose slip-on shoes that suit your lifestyle, we recommend going for slip-on shoes that can be dressed up or down, and are suitable for various occasions, allowing you to seamlessly transition from casual to formal settings. For instance, Adidas’ Lite Racer Adapt 5.0 and Nike’s React Phantom Run Flyknit 2 are both great athletic shoes that can be worn as walking shoes or for everyday wear. Rothy's The City Slip On is versatile for both running errands and casual outings. Astorflex’s Patnoflex can easily be dressed up for formal events, or dressed down for semi-formal occasions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are slip-on shoes suitable for formal events or professional settings?
While slip-on shoes lean towards casual, some styles are and look appropriate for dressing up. These slip-on shoes have a more polished appearance, are made from high-quality leather, and feature minimal detailing. Classic leather slip-on shoes like loafers, for instance, can be dressed up for formal events or work settings. Depending on the dress codes, you can pair them with formal attire, like suits or dress pants.
Are slip-on shoes good for walking?
Casual or athletic slip-on shoes are great for everyday wear and outings. Some slip-on shoes even offer a performance-oriented design, such as adequate cushioning and arch support to absorb shock and provide stability at each step, making them great pairs of walking shoes by reducing the impact on feet and joints. Additionally, some slip-on shoes have a good grip on the outsole for maintaining traction and preventing slips or falls. However, we generally don’t recommend slip-on shoes for walking long distances or hiking.
How We Selected
To find the best slip-on shoes for men, our editors and writers have personally tried on 30 pairs since 2021, and tested each of them for at least two weeks, such as attending casual weekend hang-outs in Astorflex's Patnoflex loafer, going to the gym or out for a run in Adidas’ Lite Race Adapter 5.0, running errands in Allbirds’ Wool Loungers, attending a formal event or an office work day in Cole Haan’s penny loafers.
To get a feel for how the shoes really felt and how they held up, we vetted our tested slip-on shoes by taking notes of their style, comfort, price point, versatility, and performance such as cushioning, traction, and breathability. We examined whether their fit needed breaking in, whether they provided arch support or shock absorption, whether they were true to size, and whether they could be worn for more than one occasion.
In addition, our tested selection focuses not on trendy or trend-chasing slip-on shoes; instead, our picks of the best slip-on shoes for men all fit great athletic, outdoorsy guys, provide great value and performance at reasonable price points, and come in styles that will look great years from now.
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Why Trust Us
At Men’s Health, our testing editors and writers always make sure to actually test and use the products ourselves before considering whether to include them. Therefore, rest assured that our product recommendations derive from first-hand experience, and you can read more about our testing process here.
In addition, we have a whole fashion closet in our NYC office dedicated to calling in, trying out, and selecting the best and newest menswear products. We put them on stylish, fit guys to hear their opinions and see how the items look on them before making our final decision. And as style editors, we constantly go into the fashion closet to feel a product’s materials—even put it on ourselves for a spin—to test it.
Lastly, you can trust our opinions on shopping recommendations, whether it’s the products, styling tips, or trends. Not only do we have Fashion Director Ted Stafford and Deputy Editor, Commerce Christian Gollyan, but we also have a panel of style experts—including stylists, fashion influencers, designers, etc.—whom we regularly seek shopping guides from. Therefore, our product recommendations and buying tips are all driven by professional, expert opinions.
Maverick Li is the Style & Commerce Editor of Men’s Health, where he covers clothing, footwear, watches, and grooming. He was previously the Assistant Commerce Editor at Esquire.
As Men's Health's Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com. He relocated back to New York by way of Portland, where he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian's work has also been featured in InStyle, Food & Wine, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia.
Ted Stafford is the Fashion Director of Men’s Health. He oversees all style and fashion content for the brand, and also styles their fashion stories. His active lifestyle informs his passion for translating great designs into real-life style, a favorite part of his job. Prior to joining Men’s Health he worked at GQ magazine and Calvin Klein
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