Slip-on shoes are a true summer style essential, but sometimes, they’re mistakenly pushed to the side of your summer footwear rotation as an afterthought. There are plenty of other styles out there when it comes to summer footwear, from suede chukka boots to classic canvas sneakers, but trust us when we say your wardrobe really isn’t complete without some leather slip-on shoes.
While slip-on shoes themselves come in all shapes and sizes, we’re totally about the versatility and wearability that a pair of leather slip-ons can add to your next summer style ensemble. Leather gives the slip-on silhouette an upgrade any way you look at it, whether the pair in question is a casual pair of slip-on sneakers or a refined pair of slippers to wear with slim chinos and a navy polo.
As the style world gets ever more casual, it pays to keep putting some thought into your footwear, and leather slip-ons (the kind that are at home with tan chinos or olive cotton shorts) are the right way to go about upgrading your wardrobe in a way that’s quick and easy. We bet you’ll have trouble picking just one pair from our favorites below.
The best example of the ways in which today’s slip-on shoes are anything but average? Particularly when it comes to leather slip-on shoes, the Astorflex Patnoflex is Exhibit A for laidback, yet polished ,style and seriously high-quality construction. These are leather slip-ons you could even wear with a navy seersucker suit if you felt so inclined.
SeaVees Hawthorne Leather Slip On
Naturally, slip-on shoes are well-suited as a way to switch things up from lace-up sneakers. Meet the easy-on, easy-off SeaVees Hawthorne Leather Slip-Ons, an essential part of the SeaVees rotation now done up in a rugged, cool brown leather. They’ll sit just right beneath a pair of rolled olive chinos with a crisp white T-shirt.
Nisolo Alejandro Slip On
We talked earlier about how slip-ons are getting unexpected — and unexpectedly dressy — updates, and that’s perhaps no more true than with the innovative, sustainable Nisolo Alejandro Slip On. The rich Brandy leather and ethical construction are two winners from our perspective — we think you’ll feel the same way. Kick back with tan shorts and a breezy white polo while wearing these.
Rockport Men’s Total Motion Lite Slip-On Sneaker
The great thing about wearing some of the best leather slip-ons (or one of the great things)? The fact that you can slide them on and forget about ‘em — the best leather slip-ons, after all, are supremely comfortable. We think that should be the case when you’re wearing the Rockport Men’s Total Motion Life Slip-On Sneakers, made with the brand’s lightweight truTECH® comfort system out of soft suede.
Johnston & Murphy McGuffey Slip-On
You know Johnston & Murphy as makers of some of the best and most affordable men’s dress shoes on the planet, and they’ve done quite the number on the slip-on shoe market with the accessible McGuffey Slip-Ons. Step into these when your workday is done and you’ve taken off your J&M dress shoes — the tan leather provides style points, while the cushioned insole offers up plenty of comfort.
Nisolo Alejandro Woven Slip-On
The Nisolo Alejandro Slip-On as shown earlier gets quite the update here, one of the woven variety for breezy spring and summer style. Handwoven from vegetable-tanned leather at Nisolo’s lauded factory in Leon, Mexico, these are yet another pair you can wear with tailored dress pants, if you feel so inclined.
Vans Perf Leather Slip-On
If there’s one brand that’s known for cool shoes, it might be Vans — the checkerboard slip-ons for which the brand has gained notoriety immediately come to mind. But the Vans Perf Leather Slip-On offers a new way to wear sneakers from this iconic brand, one that’s more suited to pair up with slim navy chinos and a cool tee than with shorts (although we think you need both types). Snag ‘em for the low price of $60 now.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Leather Slip On
When you think of Chuck Taylor, we’d wage we know what comes to mind — the legendary’s brand’s high-top sneakers, and perhaps a pair you’ve owned and worn for years. Consider shaking things up a bit by adding the Chuck Taylor All Star Leather Slip On to your rotation when you’re sick of wearing your high-tops (if such a thing is possible). Break out the black jeans and a textured slub tee.
Mohinders Men’s City Slipper
When you want to wear slip-on shoes without quite looking like you’re wearing slip-ons, reach for the uniquely crafted Mohinders Men’s City Slippers. Helpfully, they blend rugged style with the kind of laidback comfort you can only normally get from open-toe sandals. The naturally tanned water buffalo leather will break in nicely over time, while the crepe rubber sole even calls to mind your favorite desert boots. Your average pair of pool slippers, these are not.
The thing with some slip-on shoes is that they don’t have enough traction or construction to stand up to long-lasting wear — that’s not the case with these, which blend handsome and rugged leather with a rubber sole. The end result is all-day versatility and the kind of reliability you only get from shoes handmade with care.
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