Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Lindsey Lanquist
Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever
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I’d be lying if I said I was into the summer slides trend the first time it came around. When the shoes initially pervaded our lives, our stores and our Instagram feeds last summer, all I could think about was how damn impractical they were. My concerns weren’t at all aesthetic; by all means, slides were cute, low-key and just edgy enough to make any summer outfit all the more interesting. But they were slides. Surely, they’d slip off as easily as they’d slipped on. I couldn’t fathom the lived experience of wearing them everywhere. (Mules inspired a similar panic in my anxiety-prone mind.)

While I’m still not totally convinced that slides won’t slip off my sweaty summer feet every time I scurry around New York City, I’m no longer sure I care. Because they’re cute—and more importantly, they’re comfortable. Sensible shoes are the thing this year. The zeitgeist is showering us with excuses to sport them. If last year’s summer slides trend had come and gone, I could’ve stomached the thought of never giving it a go. Three-monthlong fads are tempting, but they don’t inspire too much fashion FOMO. (Sometimes, they even inspire the opposite. I was strong enough to withstand the thing that caught everyone’s eye, I can tell myself. I was rational. I was good. I was different.)

Summer slides have endured, though, and I’m not sure I can summon the strength to ignore them any longer. Every glimpse of them I get, my wherewithal wears further. Aren’t they worth a try? At least if I buy them, wear them and hate them, I can move on with my life assured that I gave them a shot. I didn’t prematurely close a door that could’ve opened my sartorial world up to new, magical possibilities.

Reader, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, the slides won this one. I fully intend to give them a shot this summer. Now, a new question looms overhead—which pair of the endlessly trendy things should I buy?

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

1. No 21 Contrast Open-Toe Slides, $329 at Farfetch

So retro. So delightful.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

2. Willow Shell Raffia Sandal, $44 at Urban Outfitters

Because your shoe situation deserves a little shell action too, don’t you think?

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

3. Dr. Martens Myles Sandal, $105 at Urban Outfitters

The kind of low-key go-to everyone needs in their arsenal.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

4. Ava Tie-Dye Platform Sandal, $29 at Urban Outfitters

It was really only a matter of time before tie-dye made its way to footwear.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

5. Pierre Hardy Crossover Stripe Slides, $312 at Farfetch

A standard silhouette, rendered in a delightfully unexpected palette.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

6. Romeo Buckle Sandals, $45 at Topshop

Animal print slides abound—and I’m low-key eyeing all of them.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

7. Schutz Embellished Slide Sandals, $166 at Farfetch

Bedazzled anything gets an emphatic yes from me.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

8. Yellow Logo Ellesse Sliders, $35 at Topshop

A remnant of 2018’s logomania obsession, trickling into the 2019 zeitgeist.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

9. Hepburn Zebra Sandals, $48 at Topshop

Zebra is a chronically underrated animal print, and these slides just want to rectify that.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

10. Alexandre Birman Bow Detailed Slides, $395 at Farfetch

Hot pink bows are basically always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

11. Birkenstock Arizona Papillio Platform Sandal, $125 at Urban Outfitters

In case you wanted a twist on the classic Birkenstock.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

12. Ava Printed Neoprene Platform Sandal, $29 at Urban Outfitters

Flatform slides are abundant—and I’m just excited to have so many comfy going-out shoes on offer.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

13. Moncler Evelyne Slides, $395 at Farfetch

A nautical slide fit for the Fourth of July (and basically every other day this summer).

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

14. Steve Madden Exclusive Slinky Platform Sandal, $70 at Urban Outfitters

OK, these flatforms are a little more on-the-nose aughts than some of the others. But I’m still pretty here for them.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

15. Shell Embellished Flat Mules, $17.60 at Nasty Gal

More shell shoes, please.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

16. Rainbow Pool Slide Sandals, $18.71 at American Eagle

The more colors, the merrier.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

17. Flash Black Bar Sandals, $68 at Topshop

Sleek slides you could definitely wear to the office.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

18. Natural Raffia Platform Wedges, $69.90 at Zara

Slides sure to elevate any ensemble you pair them with (in more ways than one).

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

19. Hilton Footbed Sandals, $50 at Topshop

A different approach to the classic animal print slide.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

20. Adidas Originals Adilette Stripe Slides, $58 at Farfetch

Retro. Ironic-cute. Undoubtedly super-effing-comfy.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

21. Vinyl Platform Wedges, $59.90 at Zara

Slides with multiple straps are definitely on the sartorial menu, too.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

22. Tortoiseshell-Trim Low-Heeled Sandals, $59.90 at Zara

Your love of tortoiseshell can officially extend into the slides-sphere.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

23. Ava Neoprene Platform Sandal, $29 at Urban Outfitters

Neoprene is making a comeback, and I’d be lying if I said my comfort-loving feet were anything but delighted about it.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

24. Wide-Fit Cross-Strap Perspex Mules, $40 at ASOS

These embellished slides are all kinds of fun.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

25. Freya Vegan Black Footbed Sandals, $75 at Topshop

Another classic go-to, because you deserve options.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

26. Clergerie Braided Strap Slides, $183 at Farfetch

Woven slides for the shopper who can’t pick between straw sandals and black ones.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

27. Sophia Webster Applique Sliders, $160 at Farfetch

Maximalism, encapsulated in a single pair of slides.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

28. Rachel Footbed Sandals, $40 at Topshop

Snakeskin-lovers are surely delighted by the array of textured slides on offer.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

29. Kolor Multi-Strap Slides, $443 at Farfetch

I have no idea what’s going on with these, but I do know I love them.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

30. Dr. Scholl’s Exclusive Original Sandal, $65 at Urban Outfitters

Dr. Scholl’s—so you know they’re comfortable.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

31. Mia Jasmin Buckled Slide Sandals, $25 at Lulus

Hard to resist hot pink anything—especially when it’s rendered in such a comfy silhouette.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

32. Carmen Birkenstock, $120 at Free People

OK, so these probably wouldn’t slip off your feet. They might contribute to your sweat situation, though.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

33. Heather Cork Wedge, $24.99 at Urban Outfitters

A slide with just enough of a wedge to warrant night-out wear.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

34. Glitter Jelly Buckle-Strap Slides, $18 at Forever 21

It’s probably time for me to admit that I’m also here for the jelly sandal renaissance.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

35. Soft Leather Slide Sandal, $29 at Urban Outfitters

The perfect addition to your day-to-day rotation.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

36. Sidelines Footbed Sandal, $78 at Free People

A low-key statement shoe sure to elevate even the lowest-maintenance of tee-and-jeans combos.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

37. LFL Alexa Multi-Slide Sandals, $23 at Lulus

A taste of summer’s tie-dye trend, rendered in slide form—how zeitgeisty.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

38. Beach Front Espadrille Sandal, $68 at Free People

A sandal fit for beaches and fancy dinners, alike.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

39. Frayed Seashell Slides, $59.90 at Zara

The shell accessory trend has far exceeded the bounds of jewelry—and I’m definitely not mad about it.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

40. Jane and the Shoe Faux Fur Platform Slides, $18.99 at Forever 21

Faux fur and summer are far from mutually exclusive.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

41. Piper Leopard Print Slide Sandals, $23 at Lulus

Genuinely obsessed with this take on summer animal prints.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

42. Raye Mateo Sandal, $128 at Revolve

Dressy enough for date night—and like, every other night.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

43. Fin Cross-Strap Rope Sliders, $56 at ASOS

So eye-catching you might find yourself staring at your feet all day.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

44. Callie Criss-Cross Slide Sandals, $108 at Anthropologie

All kinds of comfy.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

45. Addison Orange Suede Slide Sandals, $18 at Lulus

Need a last-minute pop of color? These suede slides have you covered.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

46. Callie Criss-Cross Slide Sandals, $108 at Anthropologie

Low-key, versatile and assuredly cozy—what’s not to love?

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

47. Florist Sliders, $26 at ASOS

Because your feet deserve their own flower crowns.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

48. Eva Arizona Birkenstock Sandal, $40 at Free People

Lavender is irresistibly pretty.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

49. Kaanas Sedef Colorblock Slides, $119 at Lulus

A not-so-obvious nod to 2019’s patchwork trend.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

50. Gina Platform Slide Sandal, $49 at Urban Outfitters

So aughts-inspired. So on-trend.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

51. Rebecca Minkoff Vachel Slide, $128 at Revolve

Sure to brighten up any look.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

52. Skye Molded Slide Sandal, $9.99 at Urban Outfitters

Slides, fit for the “ugly” footwear-obsessed shopper.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

53. Humanoid Sage Sima Slide Sandals, $305 at Anthropologie

Green is underrated summer shade—don’t sleep on it.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

54. Faux Sherling Trim Slides, $17.43 at Forever 21

Cozy enough to wear well into fall.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

55. Billabong Surf Retreat Slide Sandals, $39.95 at Lulus

Low-key enough to complement your athleisure, rather than clash with it.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

56. Jeffrey Campbell Dane Sandal, $75 at Revolve

Is it just me or do woven shoes drip with summery appeal?

 

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A version of this story was originally published in May 2019. Updated June 2019.

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