Athleisure Wear

8 Podiatrist-Approved, Slip-On Sneakers You Can Dress Up or Down

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Whether you're looking for a pair that will withstand a gym workout, are comfortable enough to carry you from errand to errand on a Sunday—but still be cute enough to wear with a sundress for brunch—or ones that can easily to taken on and off at airport security, stylish slip-on sneakers have got your back (errr...feet). They are supportive, versatile, and comfortable, meaning there is sure to be a pair that goes with whatever outfit and activity you have in store.

Best slip-on sneakers at-a-glance

According to podiatrist, Najwa Javed, DPM, founder of E'MAR Italy, a line of comfortable high heels, if you are looking for a stylish slip-on sneaker that has good support, you should "make sure the sole is stiff, which will help with keeping the arch of the foot stable and not allow for added heel and foot pressure."

How can you assess the stiffness of your soles? "Hold the shoe and make sure it does not bend or twist easily, which would cause the lower leg tendons to overwork and strain," says Dr. Javed. Her other advice: "Look for a shoe with a heel counter [a small plastic insert located along the back seam of the shoe] that is stiff so that it can support your ankle, prevent you from slipping out of the shoe, and keep your toes from gripping to hard, causing corns."

For the perfect combination of fashion and function, scroll down to see the best podiatrist-approved, stylish slip-on sneakers to buy right now.

Best white sneaker: Adidas Superstar Slip-On Shoes — $63.00

The snug feel of these slip-on sneaks comes from the shoe’s elastic bands on the upper that help mimic the support that comes from laces. Hundreds of five-star reviewers tout the shoe’s versatility, comfort, and unique, stylish look.

  • Materials: textile, rubber
  • Sizes: 5-11
  • Colors: white
Best wool: Allbirds Wool Loungers — $105.00

This new, fashionable slip-on from fan-favorite footwear brand, Allbirds, bridges minimalist style and cozy feel in a way that’ll make you want to wear them all day. Featuring a supremely comfortable merino wool exterior, and coming in lots of colorways, there’s sure to be a pair to match every fit.

  • Materials: ethically sourced merino wool, Brazilian sugarcane midsole
  • Sizes: 5-11
  • Colors: various
Best eco-friendly: Thousand Fell Slip-On — $120.00

Built from materials like aloe vera, recycled bottles, sugar cane, and coconut husk, these white sneakers are breathable and supportive. You can also select between six colors options for the heel detailing. What’s more? They’re stain and odor resistant, too.

  • Materials: recycled upper, rubber
  • Sizes: 5-10
  • Colors: white with various heel colors
Best arch support: Vionic Penelope Slip-On Sneaker — $130.00

According to one of many pleased reviewers: “These shoes are great for every single day! Will be buying a second pair now.” They have a leathery look that makes them great to dress up or down, but also features a covered EVA orthotic insert to provide comfortable arch support.

  • Materials: leather or nubuck, rubber
  • Sizes: 5-11
  • Colors: white, black, vapor
Best knit: Ryka Echo Slip-On Sneaker — $65.00

Featuring an Anatomical Precise-Return footbed and a RE-ZORB® LITE EVA midsole for daylong support, the knit upper hugs your foot in place, while the rubber sole offers the perfect amount of bounce.

  • Materials: fabric, leather
  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Colors: various
Best canvas: Superga 2707 Slip-On — $60.00

With a cushioned footbed that provides sustained comfort for all day wear, this classic white pair goes with pretty much anything. The style is simple, easy to spot clean, and perfect for traveling.

  • Materials: canvas
  • Sizes: 6-10
  • Colors: white, black
Best breathable: UGG Sammy Breeze Slip-On Sneaker — $110.00

The supremely ventilated and breathable knit upper is perfect for hot days, and the snug side elastic panels are great for keeping your foot in place for everyday wear. The shoe was also made in a factory that supports women in its supply chain with the help of HERproject.

  • Materials: textile, synthetic sole
  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Colors: various
Dr. Scholl's Madison Sneaker
Best cushion: Dr. Scholl's Madison Sneaker — $38.00

These lightweight sneakers are made with sustainable materials and have anatomical cushioning for anyone who’s on their feet a lot. They also have a padded collar and stretch panels for extra comfort.

  • Materials: faux leather, fabric, or microfiber made from recycled bottles
  • Sizes: 5-13
  • Colors: various

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