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

 

Pearls and chains and braided ropes—oh my.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Hot pink cow spots are the summer animal print I had no idea I needed.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Because the clear accessory trend continues to endure.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

I mean, they’re vibrant and fuzzy. Need I really say more?

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Fuzzy soles and patchwork straps does a match in heaven make.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Because the shell accessory trend has expanded far beyond jewelry.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Iridescence is always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Black slides with enough statement-making detail to keep things feeling fresh.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Basically fuzzy slippers that are socially acceptable to wear outdoors.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

The snake print trend is far from over.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Part espadrille, part slide—all cute.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Bedazzled anything gets a hard yes from me.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

The perfect complement to your favorite gingham ensemble.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Black slides with just enough detail to feel current.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

The perfect going-out slide.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Basically fluffy quilts for your feet.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

A pop of floral sure to complement your finest floral dress.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

More beads, please.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

More textured than your average animal print.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Perfect for poolside wear.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

A not-so-basic snake print slide? We’ll take 12.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Few things delight me more than a bedazzled buckle.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

The more cow spots in your rotation, the merrier.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Statement-making from every angle.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

So retro. So delightful.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

A standard silhouette, rendered in a delightfully unexpected palette.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

In case you wanted a twist on the classic Birkenstock.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

A nautical slide fit for days spent by the pool (and really, anywhere else).

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

More shell shoes, please.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

A different approach to the classic animal print slide.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Another classic go-to, because you deserve options.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

All kinds of comfy.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Because white go-tos are as necessary as black ones.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

Cozy enough to wear well into fall.

STYLECASTER | Summer Slides Are Back and Cuter Than Ever

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 July 2019.

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