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?
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 13 of 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
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).
Looking for a more elevated version of a comfy house slipper? This cushy chambray pair is a great choice, and will also pair nicely with day dresses and jeans.
Colors available: Indigo Multi
What we love most: These are the ultimate house summer slipper—they’re soft (thanks to the cotton material) and lightweight which makes them extra comfortable during the hotter months.
The cons: Some say these run a bit narrow, and they don’t provide much arch support.
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.
Vionic is know for its comfortable footwear—especially if you need 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.
Colors available: 16 colors and patterns.
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).
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: Charcoal, Black
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.
Forget about wearing flip flops to the beach or pool. These waterproof sandals are simple yet come in stylish colors.
Colors available: Watermelon, Bold Jade, Black, White
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.
Want a cute-looking slipper slide that’s sustainable, too? Made with recycled materials, these fully recyclable shoes are made in the USA via a zero-waste manufacturing process.
Colors available: Black, Pearl, Fig, Spruce, Saddle
What we love most: The zero waste-design is a major win in our books, but we also can’t help praising this slide’s comfort level. It’s also slip-resistant and waterproof.
The cons: These do require a break-in period, so we recommend wearing them around the house with socks at least for a few hours. They’re not super plush, and some customers say they can be stiff-feeling.
For a truly original slipper, look to this Pucci design that features the designer’s iconic Vortici print. Clearly this is a pair you’ll want to show off and wear outside of your house.
Colors available: Lavender/Yellow/White.
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.
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.
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 cheery, pastel puffy pair.
Colors available: Powder Purple, White, Black
What we love most: These are ultra padded and squishy—like a puffer jacket, but for your feet (and lightweight). Made of faux leather, these are incredibly easy to clean.
The cons: They’re not cloth, but they’re not technically waterproof. No arch support, and not great for walking long distances. They’re also pricey.
These Gucci slides are a total pink fantasy 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: Spring Rose, Great White, Black
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.
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, Linen, Merlot Faux Fur, Biscotti Faux Fur
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.
Come for the ultra-cool gradient hue, stay for the EVA sole, which provides a super comfy and shock-absorbing foundation.
Colors available: Earth
What we love most: The faux leather upper is soft and comfortable, and the puffy band will never dig into your skin. The EVA sole gives you more support than other standard slides will.
The cons: This style tends to sell out quickly, and it’s also not cheap.
These slippers scream tropical vacation. All you need is a flowy caftan and a pina colada.
Colors available: Emerald Marble
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, too. Thanks to the soft velvet fabric and cushioned footbed, feet will feel supported.
The cons: These aren’t waterproof, and they don’t provide the most arch support. And for $400+, they have a hefty price tag.
The braided detail on these designer 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: Eggshell
What we love most: If you’re going to drop $895 on a slipper, this is it. The leather 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: The incredibly high price point makes these more of a splurge. They’re also not waterproof, nor do they offer the most arch support.
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: Black, Pink Rose, Ivory Shell
What we love most: These combine style and comfort, with all reviewers gushing about how comfy these are to wear.
The cons: Some customers say they run large. They’re also not waterproof.
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