1 Beek blackbird slides | $280 at Shopbop (100% leather, artisan made in Mexico with arch support!!)
2 Moroccan Babouche slide | $28 via Etsy (handmade in Morocco)
3 Brothers Veilles Sister Slide | $345 at The Dreslyn (sustainably handmade in South Africa)
4 Melissa beach slides | $85 at Shopbop (made in Brazil of recycled/recylable plastic)
5 Hender Scheme leather slippers | $178 at Mohawk General Store (artisan made in Japan)
6 Coclico X Raquel Allegra Pem Slide | $395 at The Dreslyn (ethically made in Spain)
Emerson Fry Emerson Slides | $228 (made in Italy, I have a pair, they’re wonderful)
Everlane has a pair coming soon for $145, I’m assuming they’re made in Italy like their loafers and they’ll provide supply chain/factory transparency.
Ah, the slide, the easiest shoe in the world; just slip on and go. They’re having a moment now, for spring, which means there are tons of options available if slides are your thing, or you’re interested in trying a pair. I happen to love them: my Emerson Fry slides are on heavy rotation for spring/summer/fall. They’re comfortable, modern, easy to wear with pretty much everything, and a teeny bit more dressed up than sneakers.
The Moroccan Babouche seems to be a “thing” now too, Acne Studios made their own version (uh, for WAY more $$ than necessary), but Etsy is a good place to get a “real” pair for less than $30. I’m tempted; I love the pointy toe and soft leather. They’re quite a simple shoe, with no support at all, so not great for walking or traveling generally, but they’d be a great shoe for beach vacations or just wearing around. Everlane’s new slide is similar, but looks to be more sturdy, and with a stacked heel. I’ll be ordering a pair of those to review as soon as they’re launched, so stay tuned!
The humble beach slide has been popular the last few summers, with designer options around, of course, but my favorite version is by Melissa. I have a couple pairs of Melissa sandals, which are made in Brazil and recyclable when you’re finished with them. Although mine are many many years old and I’m not going to be “finished” with them any time soon; the sole lasts forever.
Beek is a new-t0-me sandal brand that I’m excited to try because they worked very hard to incorporate arch support into their sandals, something most slides/sandals don’t have.
Finally, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Coclico X Raquel Allegra collaboration, and these Pem slides in particular. I actually ordered the Pelen flat from the line during Shopbop’s coupon code, but sent them back for not being very practical (white, and the leather was almost too soft and supple). I did find the crepe sole ridiculously comfortable though.
What do you think of slides? Do you wear them?
More slides/sandals (not necessarily all sustainable though):