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The 18 Best Slides for Men in 2023, Tested by Style Editors

Best recovery slides

Hoka Ora Recovery Slide 3

Ora Recovery Slide 3

Best recovery slides

Hoka Ora Recovery Slide 3

Presenting your ultimate post-workout companion: Hoka One One’s slides make use of a dual-layer construction that, basically, is heaven for your worn-out feet. Plus, futuristic-looking footwear is such a style flex. We say wear them everywhere.

Our editors have tried them on at the end of a hard race day, and we found that these slide over the feet with zero effort to keep them cradled and supported with an oversized midsole design. And I love that it’s roomy enough even for my wider feet, and has really plush cushioning.

Most classic slides

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Slide Sandal

Arizona Soft Slide Sandal

Most classic slides

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Slide Sandal

The German footwear brand is a favorite among fashion editors and athletes alike. This classic two-strap Arizona sandal is constructed from lightweight and flexible EVA material that makes it waterproof and shock-absorbing.

After testing quite a few Birks, this style turned out to be my favorite because not only does its contoured footbed come with extra foam cushioning and arch support, but the surface also is much softer than EVA rubber.

best budget slides

Under Armour Ansa Fixed Slides

Ansa Fixed Slides

best budget slides

Under Armour Ansa Fixed Slides

A hard day’s training at the gym warrants some pampering for your tired dogs—which is where Under Armour steps in. The sports-apparel company has you sorted with a pair of slides that features a drop-in EVA footbed to cushion feet underneath, while the extra foam on the fixed strap comforts you from above.

I’ll admit, I do wear these as my show slides after the gym, but their extra foam support and underfoot cushioning have encouraged me to take a stroll in them a few times—and it felt damn great.

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Most relaxing slides

Lululemon Restfeel Slide

Restfeel Slide

Most relaxing slides

Lululemon Restfeel Slide

Built to recover you from a hard day’s work, these slides come with a midsole that offers arch support, and an extra soft foam layer to ramp up the comfort even more. Additionally, in my experience of testing these out at home or to run errands or to just stroll, I’ve found them a bliss to walk in as well, with a fit that don’t feel tight on my feet.

Best massage slides

Adidas Adissage Slides

Adissage Slides

Best massage slides

Adidas Adissage Slides

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Be warned: these will hurt at first. In fact, I almost returned them after wearing them the first time. But when I started to use them for their destined purpose—to message my feet—that was when I was able to get the best out of them: while I don’t recommend them for walking or for wearing them a long time, if your feet hurt from working out or walking all day, these slides have little spikes on their footbed that are perfect for massaging and soothing the pain away.

Best value slides

New Balance DynaSoft 200v2 VRSTY

DynaSoft 200v2 VRSTY

Best value slides

New Balance DynaSoft 200v2 VRSTY

At under $40, you’ll get a soft-foam, added-cushioning footbed that recharges your hard-worked feet, as well as waterproof performance fabric that can be worn to showers or to the beach. My favorite part about these is also their fit—New Balance not only offers wider options, but their sizing is always true to size.

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Best slides with arch support

OOFOS OOahh Slide Sandal

OOahh Slide Sandal

Best slides with arch support

OOFOS OOahh Slide Sandal

A pair of sporty slides like this one that does all the hard work so you don’t have to is foolproof for recovery and walking. is foolproof. The soft EVA construction is as light as a feather and does all the hard work so you don’t have to. It uses a patented foam that absorbs more impact to reduce pressure on the feet.

I tested these slides out by walking and standing all day in them, and their arch support is no joke: it contours to and cradles the shape of my feet to bolster comfort and relieve pain.

Best cushioned slides

The North Face Triarch Slides

Triarch Slides

Best cushioned slides

The North Face Triarch Slides

“Man, are these comfy or what” is the thought of one of our editors who personally tested these at home after trying them on for the first time. Because, while as a pair of slides by a sportswear manufacturer, it is naturally an ideal fit for any active type, what makes it great instead of just good is its cushioned footbeds that support the ankle and feet while walking or standing.

In our testing we also found them to be anti-slip—at both the footbed and the outsole.

Best slides for walking

Reef Fanning Slide

Fanning Slide

Best slides for walking

Reef Fanning Slide

Interesting fact: at the bottom of these slides, there’s a built-in bottle opener which we’ve tested to actually work properly…

But that’s not why Reef’s Fanning made our list. The model also stands out because of its comfort. In my experience of walking with my feet in these slides, their arch support simply does not give out and grounds my every step. And The foam footbed is shock-absorbing and contours to my feet, offering a great fit and sturdiness that I can rely on while walking.

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Best leather slides

UGG Wainscott Slide

Wainscott Slide

Best leather slides

UGG Wainscott Slide

I’ve dealt with lifestyle, fashion slides—rather than a performance monster—like the UGGs here before, but after trying these slides out a few times, I can attest that they’re in fact a blend of form and function. Their foam-cushioned footbed cradles and contours to my feet which makes it extra comfortable to walk in, and the outsole has great traction and flexibility as well. Wear them with your best summer fits, like a polo shirt with chino shorts, and they’ll really shine.

best fitting slides

Nobull Adjustable Slides

Adjustable Slides

best fitting slides

Nobull Adjustable Slides

Our testing editors absolutely love their adjustable strap, which can adapt to in-between-sized feet. But that’s not even the best part. What we love the most is the support and cushion they give, as well as the fact that unlike other options with adjustable straps, their upper doesn’t irritate the top of our feet. With a foam footbed that contours, they’re great for workout recovery as well.

best outdoors slides

Timberland Garrison Trail Slide Sandals

Garrison Trail Slide Sandals

best outdoors slides

Timberland Garrison Trail Slide Sandals

There we have it: slides that you can actually trail in. While I technically have not taken them on the trail yet, I have in fact tested them on a few of the rough beaten paths in Central Park. The result I found is a rugged lug outsole that really grips, fabric linings that feel comfortable and don’t hurt the top of my feet, and a footbed that’s made for walking. The cushion and arch support really takes away the stress and pain.

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Most comfortable slides

Allbirds Sugar Sliders

Sugar Sliders

Most comfortable slides

Allbirds Sugar Sliders

If you clearly haven’t experienced the blissful comfort of a well-crafted pair of slides on a hot summer day, then these will lend a hand. Whether it’s walking, standing, or lounging in them, our testers can’t stop praising their all-day bounce and cushioned support. And the fit is outstanding: while the footbed and the edge don’t contour to the feet’s shape, they also leave enough wiggle room without feeling too loose. The outsole also offers great extraction for the poolside and beachside.

Best premium slides

Cole Haan Modern Classics Slide Sandal

Modern Classics Slide Sandal

Best premium slides

Cole Haan Modern Classics Slide Sandal

One of our editors tested Cole Haan’s slides, then described them as “hotel slippers but tougher”, and I beg to agree. The upper, for instance, doesn’t irritate the skin at all. But what won us over about them is their cushioned, molded footbed which is a bliss to put our foot on. The rubber sole also grips great on hardwood or ceramic floors.

best travel slides

Merrell Sandspur 2 Slide

Sandspur 2 Slide

best travel slides

Merrell Sandspur 2 Slide

With a footbed shaped to cradle and contour your feet, you know that these slides will provide nothing but comfort especially when you’re logging the mileage on foot. And that’s exactly what our testing has found: these outdoor slides are sturdy and supportive, with dependable traction for rough terrains and wet surfaces. If want to travel from point A to B with ease and breeze, these will do.

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Most versatile slides

orthaheel Kiwi Slide Sandal

Kiwi Slide Sandal

Most versatile slides

orthaheel Kiwi Slide Sandal

Having tested Vionic’s Kiwi slides out when heading to the beach, playing by the pool, or just running errands around town in them, I now wear them as my go-to slides in warm weather. The strap is adjustable and feels comfortable against the skin, so you can wear them indoors to lounge as well. But outdoors, its wave-patterned outsole provides traction for traveling.

My favorite part about them is the footbed which is biochemically designed to support the arch, making them great for after-sport recovery too.

best slides to wear at home

Athletic Propulsion Labs Big Logo TechLoom Slide

Big Logo TechLoom Slide

best slides to wear at home

Athletic Propulsion Labs Big Logo TechLoom Slide

Slides so cozy you might as well wear them at home indoors as your everyday slippers. The soft upper is breathable, and the footbed actually massages your feet—but not as harsh as Adissage’s, making these APL slides awesome for walking and standing.

Our favorite part of these slides is the fact that they use the footbed of running shoes to offer high-level cushioning and rebound, and it has really relaxed some of our testing editors after our toil at the gym or from walking miles on end.

Best designer slides

Gucci Web Rubber Slide Sandals

Web Rubber Slide Sandals

Best designer slides

Gucci Web Rubber Slide Sandals

Gucci’s take on the humble pool slides includes brandishing its iconic green and red web motif across the foot strap. Once again, the Italian fashion house shows it can elevate any basic staple to a luxury necessity. With a rather rugged lug outsole, these slides are also ultra slip-resistant as well.

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How We Selected

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To find the best slides for men, our style, gear, and fitness editors have personally tried on a variety of them and put them to the test on different grounds, such as wearing them to the poolside and beachside, or walking in them at the Central Park, or just lounging in them all day at home.

From there, we evaluated these slides based on their style, fit, performance such as cushioning and support, and overall comfort to make the final top picks. Specifically, we’re looking for styles of men’s slides that are not trendy or trend-chasing; instead, our picks of the best slides for men all fit great even on athletic and outdoorsy guys, provide a ton of value at reasonable price points, and come in styles that will look great years from now.

Why Trust Us?

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At Men’s Health, we don’t produce product reviews that don’t actually involve testing anything hands-on or in person. For each product, we always use items ourselves first before considering whether to include them. Therefore, rest assured that our product recommendations derive from first-hand experience.

More importantly, at Men’s Health we have a whole fashion closet dedicated to calling in, trying out, and selecting the best as well as the newest products. We put them on ourselves to see how the items look and feel before making our final decision. And we constantly go into the fashion closet to feel a product’s materials and test it.

Lastly, you can trust our opinions on product recommendations and tips. Not only do we have Fashion Director Ted Stafford and Deputy Editor, Commerce Christian Gollayan who know the pros and cons of materials, but we also have a panel of influencers, stylists, and experts—including designers at top brands or retailers—whom we regularly seek shopping guides from. Therefore, our product recommendations and buying tips are all driven by professional, expert opinions.

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Maverick Li

Style and Commerce Editor

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.

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Bernd Fischer is a freelance writer based in London covering style for Men’s Health. Before relocating to the United Kingdom, Bernd was a Content Editor at GQ Middle East in Dubai, having previously served in the same role at GQ South Africa in Cape Town. He has written for Paper, The Manual, Mic, Splinter, and the South African editions of Glamour and House & Garden. Bernd is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School in New York. 

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