The slip-on is one of the best casual shoes for men, and we’ve handpicked our 16 favorite slip-on shoes for your consideration.
Slip-ons provide a unique combination of fashion and function. The casual silhouettes, relaxed fits, and ability to pop them on and off all make slip-ons appealing.
Now, if you grew up anywhere around the 2000s, you might associate “slip-on” with one specific kind of shoe: the classic Vans slip-on style.
I’m guilty of this because I wore these guys all throughout high school:
In hindsight, not the worst shoe to wear, but still…yikes.
Even though these are popular slip-ons, the general term “slip-on” encompasses a broad list of shoe types. Driving moccasins, loafers, and even slippers all fall under the umbrella of slip-on shoes.
There are a lot of options to choose from, so to help make your search easier, we’ve carefully chosen 15 pairs of slip-on shoes for men. We’ll start with our casual choices and end the list with some more formal slip-on options.
Here we go!
Short on time? Here are our top three picks for the best slip-on shoes you can buy right now:
Read on for more info and the complete list…
Best Men’s Casual Slip-On Shoes
For the most part, the slip-on is a casual shoe. That said, different slip-ons provide different levels and flavors of casualness.
The type of slip-on you choose will depend on your personal style and your specific use case, so read on to find the best slip-on for you.
#1: Vans Slip-On Pro
Okay, so those checkerboard slip-ons weren’t the best, but Vans does have some nice slip-ons. One that stands out is their Slip-On Pro, a surprisingly feature-rich shoe that improves upon the brand’s regular slip-ons.
It’s the classic casual slip-on silhouette with some major design upgrades. The Slip-On pro features suede and canvas uppers, sockliner cushioning, and reinforced rubber underlays for enhanced comfort and extra durability. And, of course, the trademark Vans waffle soles adorn the undersides.
While we’ve showcased the black and white variant above, the Pros are available in a multitude of colorways ranging from subtle to bold.
The alpine is a fantastic shade of green that brings out the texture of the suede, and if you’re into pastel colors, check out the blue/antique washout. (And, yes, they’re available in checkerboard if you’re feeling nostalgic.)
#2: New Republic Stanton
These classic slip-ons from New Republic are made from recycled suede and cotton canvas.
They’re mostly minimal in design but do have a couple of fun details like contrast stitching and a logo heel patch.
They have a rubber outsole, EVA footbed and squishy cork insole (over the footbed) for out-of-the-box comfort, no break in required.
With or without socks, these are comfortable shoes, even for wider feet, as they don’t have an aggressively tapered toe box.
These run true to your athletic shoe size (i.e., buy 1/2 to 1 size larger than your dress shoes).
If you’re interested, you can read our brand review of New Republic here.
#3: TOMS Baja Slip-Ons
It’s impossible to talk about slip-on shoes without mentioning TOMS. The brand is best known for its signature espadrilles that became a footwear sensation in the early 2010s, but since then they’ve expanded their line to include a variety of slip-on styles.
One that stands out is the Baja.
It’s a similar silhouette to the Vans but with more gently sloping lines and a trimmer heel. This makes it look a bit more mature. It comes in a range of neutral colors and earth tones, so you have a little room for dressing these up (think smart casual).
The Baja is also a step up in terms of sustainable fabrics. The olive Baja pictured here uses 100% organic cotton for the upper and lining and an OrthoLite® Eco LT insole that’s made from plant-based and recycled materials. (The Citadel Blue also uses these materials.)
#4: Shoes Like Pottery SLP02
Shoes Like Pottery (SLP) is something of an underground sensation in the footwear world. Based in Japan, SLP uses the artisanal process of kiln-firing the rubber to create a long-lasting shoe, which is similar to the way Japanese pottery is made (hence the name).
They specialize in shoes with a minimalist aesthetic, which becomes obvious once you lay eyes on their SLP02 slip-ons.
SLP has made some stylish tweaks to the slip-on sneaker silhouette. The ankle is cushioned but still sleek, and the tongue is a bit more raised, making it look almost like a boat shoe. SLP’s trademark heel stamp and blue sole add even more visual interest to this shoe.
With SLP, you’re paying for not only the looks but also the craftsmanship. At $129, these are more expensive than many similar-looking shoes, but you’re also getting handmade construction that’s built to last. If you’re after slip-ons that will gracefully stand up to wear and tear, SLP should be high on your list.
#5: Mahabis Flow
Since more people are staying inside due to the pandemic, we wanted to include some good slip-ons that would be suitable for wearing around the house. So if you’re tired of going barefoot or wearing socks all day, you should consider the Flow slipper from Mahabis.
The Flow is an ultra-lightweight slipper that’s soft and flexible. It features a breathable woven upper, ergonomic neoprene heel, and a foam footbed, all of which contribute to the Flow’s breezy feel.
At the same time, the Flow is nicely structured, so it’ll hold up better than the average slipper. You’re not going to go hiking in these, but you can absolutely use them as an all-purpose indoor/outdoor shoe for the home.
You can choose from 7 colorways––we like the refreshing pastel tones of green and pink as well as the clean navy and ivory combo.
#6: Allbirds Men’s Tree Loungers
If you like the Flow but want a slightly different silhouette, check out the Men’s Tree Loungers from Allbirds, which many people say are some of the most comfortable men’s slip-on shoes.
These Tree Loungers have a more traditional slip-on style akin to the Vans we looked at earlier. Like the Mahabis, these are best for wearing around the house. Their moisture-wicking insoles are great for hot and humid days, and you can wear them barefoot or with socks.
These slip-ons also use sustainable materials, which is a big plus. The uppers are made from FSC-certified eucalyptus tree fiber, and the insoles are made from layered castor bean oil (a more eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based foam) and ZQ Merino wool.
If that weren’t enough, the Tree Lounger is also carbon neutral. If you want sustainable comfort, then definitely take a look at these slip-ons.
If you’re interested in learning more about Allbirds products, we reviewed a few of them here.
#7: Malibu Sandals Latigo
It’s fascinating to see how different cultures have produced different types of slip-ons. Since slip-ons are ideal for warm climates, you can find some great styles in places like Mexico, where the design for Malibu’s Latigo comes from.
Inspired by the woven style of traditional Mexican huarache sandals, the Latigo offer a unique balance of old and new.
The upper is hand-woven vegan leather, and the outsole is a two-piece Malaysian crepe gum rubber wrap. The contoured EVA footbed keeps things comfortable, and a small tongue aids in slipping the shoe on.
While the Latigo certainly isn’t for everyone, it’s a nice casual shoe that will fit right in at the beach or even out on the town. (Think chino shorts and a polo or short sleeve camp collar shirt.) It’s also a cool way to experience a bit of Mexican culture.
#8: Viscata Espadrilles
If you like the sockless/exposed ankle look, then you definitely need to consider grabbing a pair of espadrilles. There are tons of options, but few brands stay true to the shoe’s heritage. One of those brands is Viscata.
Espadrilles (called alpargatas in Spanish) have a rich history. They originated as a peasant shoe in Spain and France, and they eventually became popular around the world.
Today, you can buy all kinds of espadrilles, including modernized versions (like what TOMS sells), but if you want authentic Spanish-style espadrilles, go for Viscata.
These espadrilles are handcrafted in Barcelona from natural materials such as cotton canvas, rubber, jute, and leather. The flexible jute sole molds to your food as you wear it, which makes the shoe more and more comfortable over time.
Its charming handmade look provides a casual appearance you won’t find with many other shoes, so give these a look if you want to add some Mediterranean flavor to your wardrobe.
#9: Soludos Men’s Canvas Smoking Slipper
If you’re more of a loafer guy and want a more casual shoe, then these smoking slippers from Soludos might just be your next pickup.
As the name implies, these smoking slippers are great for stepping out onto a Mediterranean terrace (or even your backyard) to enjoy a cigar. Instead of a woven upper, these slippers use stone washed cotton canvas for a more polished look.
The way the sides and tongue connect is ultra smooth and makes for an elegant shoe.
These can be worn at home, but they’re also perfect for casual outings, especially in the warmer months. Whether you’re relaxing at home, hanging out with friends, or even going on a first date, these smoking slippers will serve you well.
#10: SeaVees Hawthorne Slip On Magnum
When it comes to patterned shoes, it can be hard to find a print that’s not too loud or too juvenile-looking. Enter these SeaVees slip-ons that feature a stylish floral graphic on top of a classic silhouette.
If you recognize this pattern, there’s a good reason why. It’s the same pattern that appeared on one of Tom Selleck’s Hawaiian shirts during his stint as Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I.
That’s right––these limited edition slip-ons were made using archival tropical prints from Hoffman California Fabrics, who also manufactured Selleck’s shirts back in the day.
Cool history aside, these SeaVees are well-built and durable. Soft washed cotton canvas lining and a cushioned footbed provides comfort, while small perforations aid in airflow and breathability.
Another nice touch is the suede backstay, which is certified by the Leather Working Group. Combine all these details with the shoe’s heritage, and you’ve got a truly one-of-a-kind slip-on.
#11: Sperry Authentic Original Leather Boat Shoe
Of course, we have to include some boat shoes on this list. Sperry is perhaps the obvious choice here, but there’s no denying they do boat shoes really well, and that’s especially true of their flagship Authentic Original.
This is the classic boat shoe we all know and love. With a full-grain leather upper, hand-sewn moccasin construction, and rust-proof eyelets, the Authentic Original is a sturdy shoe with a hefty dose of character.
The boat shoe is utilitarian footwear, and you can tell Sperry kept that in mind when designing this shoe. It has several functional upgrades over the boat shoe of yesteryear, including a customizable lacing system and razor-cut siping for improved traction in both wet and dry environments.
Best Men’s Slip-On Dress Shoes
Many slip-on shoes for men do tend to be more casual, but there are several dressier options that are great for a smart casual look that leans more smart than casual. Here are our top picks for men’s slip-on dress shoes.
#1: Clarks Un Costa Step
Let’s start by bridging the gap between casual and dressy. You probably know Clarks for their highly regarded Desert Boots, but today we’ll be looking at their Un Costa Step slip-ons.
While this is a slip-on sneaker, it’s a lot more formal than the
You can wear these with shorts and a t-shirt for a casual look, or you can pair them with jeans and a bomber jacket for a more elevated outfit.
While you wouldn’t want to wear these in formal environments, these are certainly dressier than any of the options we’ve looked at so far. These shoes are great for guys who like slip-on
#2: Rancourt & Co. Westbrook Driving Moc
A close relative of the boat shoe, the driving moccasin is a staple of the Ivy League prep style. For a lightweight yet durable driving moc, look no further than the Westbrook from Rancourt & Co.
These mocs have all the hallmarks of traditional driving shoes: a rubber dot sole for traction, hand-sewn construction, and a ton of flexibility. They’re made from full-grain cowhide and lined with Horween horsehide. And while they do have laces, you can easily slip them on and off.
The Westbrook is definitely a luxury shoe. The $295 price tag may seem a bit high at first, but you’re getting made in USA construction and a great-looking product made from high-quality materials. If you want to splurge on some driving mocs, you can’t go wrong with these.
#3: L.L. Bean Handsewn Camp Mocs
The camp moc is another moccasin variant that’s sturdier than a driving moc. Camp mocs can be worn nearly year-round except for incredibly snowy days, so they’re a good choice if you want a dressier slip-on that you can wear almost anytime. Here we have the handsewn camp mocs from L.L. Bean:
Made from a full-grain leather upper and a rubber sole, these camp mocs offer solid build quality at an accessible price point. The sole features channeled grooves for enhanced traction, and the insole wicks moisture so your feet won’t get sweaty and gross.
You’re getting the classic L.L. Bean style that’s become nearly synonymous with New England culture, so if your style leans preppy, these shoes will fit right into your wardrobe. However, if prep style isn’t your thing, you can also pair these mocs with more casual wear if you want to dress up an outfit.
#4: Jay Butler Shipley Tie Loafer
The Shipley from Jay Butler is is an elegant, minimalist take on this classic shoe. It’s a step up (no pun intended) from a moccasin, but it retains the same casual effortlessness.
The Shipley is Jay Butler’s unique combination of a penny loafer and a driving loafer. Handcrafted from full grain leather or suede, the Shipley is a carefully made product that features Blake stitching on the outsole and a padded insole with arch support (which is great in a flatter shoe like this).
Since this shoe combines the refined style of a penny loafer with the more laid-back feel of a driving loafer, it can be paired with a wide range of outfits, which makes it a good option for a guy who wants one versatile loafer in his collection.
#5: Thursday Boots Lincoln
We have to include a traditional loafer on this list; it’s a staple of men’s footwear and an overall great-looking shoe. Our selection is the Lincoln from Thursday Boots, a fantastic modern loafer that’s elegant and versatile.
The Lincoln is crafted from Chromexcel Horween leather and features Goodyear welt construction, full glove leather lining, and a studded outsole. The sleek profile means that you can wear these shoes with just about any outfit. And, of course, they’re comfortable as well thanks to the malleable cork midsoles.
Like the Rancourts, these loafers are handmade, which means you’re getting a ton of value for the sticker price of $170. The Lincoln is a fine addition to any closet, whether you’re buying a loafer for the first time or adding to your collection.
#6: Beckett Simonon Beaumont Horsebit Loafers
Horsebit loafers have a storied past and a distinctive look, both of which set them apart from all other types of slip-ons. It’s hard to settle on just one horsebit loafer, but for this list, we went with the Beaumont from Beckett Simonon.
If you’re a regular reader of The Modest Man, then you already know that Beckett Simonon is one of our go-to brands. The Beaumont is an excellent example of why we like Beckett Simonon so much: long-lasting handcrafted shoes at a surprisingly accessible price point.
Available in five colors, the Beaumont is a classy take on an already classy shoe. The brass bit provides a more subtle look than the traditional gold bit, and the Vachetta leather lining keeps your feet cool and comfy. For a handmade horsebit loafer that’s built to last, $199 isn’t too shabby at all.
That does it for our list of the best men’s slip-on shoes. No matter your budget or personal style, you’re bound to find a slip-on that you’ll love.
Which slip-on is your favorite? Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments!