The Best Summer Slippers That Give You the Most Support and Comfort—While Keeping Feet Cool

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Summertime is on the horizon, which means long days filled with sunshine, and hot-as-hell temperatures that will make the simple act of existing an extremely sweaty experience. Your sartorial choices will no doubt be transitioning to its annual less-is-more theme, and that, of course, includes your footwear. This means that your go-to slippers might be way too hot on days when you find yourself standing in front of the freezer trying to cool off. Which is probably why you're shopping for summer slippers, right? Read on for our picks of breathable slippers that will keep you comfortable all summer long.

Best summer slippers at a glance

Can you wear slippers in the summer?

It might be time to say “see you later” to your trusty, fluffy UGG slides, but what kind of slippers should take their place? Sure, a good pair of flip-flops does the job, but you don’t have to settle for thong sandals when there are so many other summer-friendly, slipper styles to choose from. If you’re looking for shoes that can easily go from Friday nights at home to Sunday morning brunches, a cute, versatile slipper does the trick. They tend to be light and comfortable, and depending on the style, can compliment a variety of looks worn both in and out of the house.

Ahead, you’ll find the best slippers for summer, from puffy slides that will make you feel like walking on clouds, to designer slip-ons, pool-ready styles, and more.

The best slippers for summer

Adilette Aqua Slides, Best Summer Slippers
Best sport slides: Adidas Adilette Aqua Slides — $27.00

Talk about a slipper for any occasion. Whether you wear them while chilling at home, running errands, or going to the beach, these slides always look cool.

Colors available: Cloud White, Rose Tone, Crew Blue.

What we love most: The cushy, soft Cloudfoam footbed supports foot recovery well, and gives you more bounce than normal flip flops or slides. They’re also quick-drying (perfect for the pool). For a plastic option, these are really comfortable.

The cons: These slides are great for short-term wear—not if you have to walk long-distances (we wouldn’t recommend wearing them on a miles-long dog walk, for instance).

Everlane The Day Crossover Sandal, summer slippers
Best leather: Everlane The Day Crossover Sandal — $85.00

Looking for a more elevated version of a comfy house slipper? This pair from Everlane has a square toe, a raised sole, and the criss cross straps are made with a soft leather. They will also pair nicely with day dresses and jeans.

Colors available: Pale Pink, Black, Brown, Taupe, Olive

What we love most: These are the ultimate summer slipper—the leather straps are soft and folded over to prevent chafing, and they can be dressed up or down, which makes them versatile enough for all events.

The cons: Some say they’re hard to keep on when walking, and they don’t provide much arch support.

ULTRAIDEAS Women's Memory Foam Flip Flop Slipper, summer slippers
Best memory foam: ULTRAIDEAS Women's Memory Foam Flip Flop Slipper — $21.00

Available in a variety of color options, these slippers are made with plush terry that helps keep sweat and stench at bay, while the memory foam and cushioned insole bring support.

Colors available: Black, Gray, Navy Blue, Pink, and Purple

What we love most: Even though they’re thong-style, the material (plush terry) is soft, so the skin between your toes doesn’t ever feel any irritation. The memory foam and EVA insoles provide comfort (and are great for recovery), and the rubber sole grips the floor while you walk. Plus, they’re a super affordable option.

The cons: They run a bit narrow.

Best overall support: Vionic Relax Slippers — $70.00

Vionic is know for its comfortable footwear—and this pair of slippers has extra arch support. In fact, they’ve received the APMA Seal of Acceptance. They may not be the most fashionable out there, but they get the job done, and your feet will never feel better. The built-in orthotics and an adjustable strap, these can also be used as slippers for pregnancy.

Colors available: 5 colors

What we love most: The orthotic footbed means all-day comfort, even if you suffer from foot pain. The EVA midsoles absorb shock and give feet, ankles, and knees a break while you’re wearing them (as in, they’re joint-friendly!). They’re also odor-resistant, which is key in the summer.

The cons: They’re not waterproof, and you shouldn’t expose them to super high temps (try to wear them inside, only).

Skechers Arch Fit Lounge Slippers, summer slippers
Best arch support: Skechers GO Lounge: Arch Fit Lounge Slippers — $30.00

That’s right: Sketchers. The brand you loved in elementary school has a huge variety of ortho-friendly offerings that are supremely comfortable—and affordable. These lounge slippers are designed with Arch Fit to provide arch support, as well as a cushioned Ultra Go midsole. Comfort is definitely the name of the game here.

Colors available: Black, Brown

What we love most: The podiatrist-certified arch support is a major winner here, as is the contoured footbed and functional cushioning. Bonus? They’re machine-washable.

The cons: Some say these do take a few hours (or days) to break in—we suggest wearing them around the house with slippers to stretch them out. They also tend to run a bit small.

Birkenstock Barbados Essentials, summer slippers
Best waterproof: Birkenstock Barbados Essentials — $35.00

Forget about wearing flip flops to the beach or pool. These waterproof sandals are simple yet come in stylish colors.

Colors available: 7 different colors

What we love most: Even though they’re plastic, these Birks are incredibly comfortable, and a great option for when you’re around water (and don’t want to soak your cork-soled Arizonas). These give you arch-support, are washable, and feel super lightweight.

The cons: They’re not exactly the softest—we would recommend these more for outdoor activities vs. lounging inside.

Allbirds Sugar Sliders, summer slippers
Best sustainable: Allbirds Sugar Sliders — $50.00

Want a cute-looking slipper slide that’s sustainable, too? Made with recycled materials, these sliders are made from sugarcane, carbon negative green EVA, and 100% recycled polyester.

Colors available: Black, White, Honey Rust

What we love most: The sustainable design is a major win in our books, but we also can’t help praising this slide’s comfort level. They’re cushioned and have adjustable straps, too.

The cons: They are a little bulkier in size and some reviewers say they have a hard time staying on their feet when walking.

Emilio Pucci Onde-Print Flat Slippers, summer slippers
Best splurge: Emilio Pucci Onde-Print Flat Slippers — $162.00

For a truly original closed toe slipper, look to this Pucci design that features the designer’s colorful Onde print. Clearly this is a pair you’ll want to show off and wear outside of your house.

Colors available: Pink/Yellow/Blue

What we love most: These look similar to the slippers you bought from the drugstore for $5, but way, way more comfortable (thanks to the Italian design and craftsmanship). Lightweight and casual, these are a nice pair of statement slippers that are super versatile and fun.

The cons: No arch support, and not waterproof. They’re also pricey, and not ideal for walking long distances.

Best shearling-lined: FitFlop Shuv Two-Bar Shearling-Lined Suede Slides — $70.00

I know we alluded to summer slippers = no shearling. But! These are a great option for summer when the A/C is on blast, and maybe you do need a little bit of cozy enveloping your feet. Get the non-fuzzy versions here.

Colors available: Black

What we love most: These are ultra supportive, thanks to FitFlop’s Microwobbleboard midsole. These slides are built to absorb shock and provide comfort for your arches and heels. They also feature slip-resistant rubber outsoles.

The cons: They’re not waterproof.

OluKai Hila Slide Sandal, summer slippers
Best padded: OluKai Hila Slide Sandal — $80.00

Slides are a great choice for a summer sandal, because even though they’re comfortable to wear, they also come in a ton of stylish options. Case in point: this comfy, puffy pair.

Colors available: Black, Moonlit Ocean, Cloudy

What we love most: These are ultra padded and squishy—like a puffer jacket, but for your feet (and lightweight). They have a cushioned footbed with arch support and are water-resistant.

The cons: They’re water-resistant but not completely waterproof. Some reviewers also say they run narrow.

Gucci Rubber GG Slide Sandals, summer slippers
Best designer: Gucci Pursuit GG Slide Sandals — $450.00

These Gucci slides are sleep=k and a must for fashion lovers. Featuring interlocking cutouts of the label’s iconic monogram logo, these sandals are just as comfortable as they are cool, thanks to the molded footbeds.

Colors available: Black, Misc Black, Pink Multi

What we love most: Gucci lovers will love these for obvious reasons (Gucci!), but looks aside, these rubber sandals are ultra comfortable and safe to wear around water.

The cons: They’re not exactly the most affordable, and since they’re rubber, they’re not soft (so not the best indoor slippers while you’re cuddling up on the couch). Not ideal for walking long distances.

Birdies The Songbird, summer slippers
Best style: Birdies The Songbird — $120.00

If Marie Antoinette is your secret style icon, you’re going to want to switch out your existing slippers for this pair from Birdies. It features a fabulous velvet pom-pom and a non-slip rubber sole so you can easily wear them outside.

Colors available: Blush

What we love most: These feel absolutely luxurious, thanks to the vegan velvet material and plush, quilted insoles. They’re also non-slip, so you can easily wear them outside.

The cons: They’re not waterproof, so we wouldn’t wear these to the pool. And while they’re great for wearing indoors, we wouldn’t wear them for long distances.

Sorel Cameron Puff Flatform Slide Sandal, summer slippers
Best flatform: Sorel Cameron Puff Flatform Slide Sandal — $130.00

Come for the bright contrast straps, stay for the cushioned footbed and platform sole, which provides a super comfy and shock-absorbing foundation.

Colors available: Koi/Sea Salt, Black/Sea Salt, Chalk/Honest Beige

What we love most: The leather upper is soft and comfortable, and the puffy band will never dig into your skin. The cushioned sole provides support, and the platform heel gives you just enough lift.

The cons: Not everyone may want to wear heeled sandals; this pair has a 2.5-inch heel and 1.5-inch platform.

TOMS Mallow Slide Terry, summer slippers
Best terry: TOMS Mallow Slide Terry — $60.00

These slippers scream tropical vacation. All you need is a flowy caftan and a pina colada.

Colors available: Aquamarine Striped, Fern Striped, Sunny Yellow Striped

What we love most: It’s a slipper you can wear at home when you’re lounging in your robe, but it’s chic enough to pair with your going-out outfit or lounge with you at the beach or pool. Thanks to the terry fabric and cushioned footbed, your feet will stay dry and supported.

The cons: Some reviewers say they run small.


Cole Haan Mojave Slide Sandal, summer slippers
Best braided: Cole Haan Mojave Slide Sandal — $130.00

The braided detail on these slippers bring a modern twist to your everyday slide. It’s definitely another pair you’ll want to wear out in the world.

Colors available: Ivory, Black, Silver, Blush Tan (Suede)

What we love most: If you love a slide but are looking for something a little dressier, this is it. The leather and synthetic insoles provide cushion and support, while the braided leather upper give you some style (the leather, all around, is soft). These are great for indoor lounging as well as taking them out to pair with your brunch ensembles.

The cons: Some reviewers say they run large, and the suede version isn’t waterproof.

Tory Burch Double T Sport Slide Sandal, summer slippers
Best dress slides: Tory Burch Double T Sport Slide Sandal — $139.00

These sandals are lightweight, but have a padded footbed to ensure hours-long comfort. Wear it with wide-leg trousers and a crop top for a casual summer style that still shines.

Colors available: Gold, Black, Dulce De Leche, Miele, Misty Aqua

What we love most: Who says you can’t wear slides to special occasions? These slides are stylish and have the right classic style to elevate any outfit this season.

The cons: Some customers say they run narrow and don’t have much arch support.

Crocs Graphic Classic Slide Sandals, summer slippers
Best lightweight: Crocs Graphic Classic Slide Sandals — $25.00

Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to admit that Crocs are the ultimate warm weather shoe due to the fact that they’re lightweight, super low maintenance, and make great slippers for sweaty feet. These slides have a simple silhouette and also come in fun graphics to brighten up your mood.

Colors available: 23 different colors

What we love most: Lightweight, washable, and breathable, these Crocs slides are made for summertime activities. They have a foam cushion to keep your feet comfy and supported all day, and you can customize them with charms of your choice.

The cons: Some customers say they run large/wide and the band across the top is large.

OOFOS OOahh Sport, summer slippers
Best recovery: OOFOS OOahh Sport Slide — $50.00

These aren’t just any regular pair of slides. They’re made to support your arches and absorb more impact than regular shoes, making them a great option after a long day on your feet.

Colors available: Navy Blue, Black, Slate

What we love most: For those days where your feet need some extra TLC, these OOFOS slides will provide just that. The footbed is made from OOFoam technology, and designed to absorb impact, support arches, and reduce stress on your feet and joints. And they’re designed to minimize odor and be machine washable.

The cons: Some customers say they run large and can make your feet sweat.

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