9 Best Men’s Slip-on Shoes for Summer

From leather loafers to canvas slip-ons, these are our favorite laceless shoes for warm weather and good times
May 15, 2019Words by Jon Gugala

Admit it: When summer hits, you want to wear slip-on shoes 24/7. “They’re too casual,” you might argue, claiming that the office demands laces and formality and air-conditioning. We’d counter that the new crop of laceless shoes offer options appropriate for power lunches, happy-hour drinks, and days at the beach. Whether you’re sliding on a no-show sock or going toe-commando, there are canvas and leather slip-on shoes for all occasions. The trick that modern shoemakers have pulled is drawing inspiration from traditional styles around the world while adding subtle new-age bits and pieces that add comfort, durability, and reliability to your favorite pair of slip-ons. Loafers, moccasins, and canvas slip-on shoes are better than ever. Read on for 9 of our favorite men’s slip-on shoes for summer. 
 



Astorflex Patnoflex Slip-on Loafers


Astorflex Pantoflex Slip-on Loafers

Italy may be known for its handmade men’s shoes, but Astorflex is a still hidden gem—little known outside of the country. The six-generation shoemakers have honed their craft over the ages, creating a supple leather tanned by water, oak bark, and powdered mimosa (the plant—not the drink), which is a process greener than traditional chemicals. Astorflex’s Patnoflex slip-on loafer is made from this rich leather, finishing the slip-on shoe with a leather sole and rubber heel for a look that perfectly pairs summer heat with refined style.


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Mohinders Men’s City Slipper - Woven


Mohinders Men's City Slipper - Woven

Mohinders designed its Men’s City Slipper based on a classic Indian woven slip-on shoe. Handmade in India from water buffalo leather, the weave on these slip-ons provides ultimate breathability in the hottest climes. Inside, eco-friendly goat leather remembers your foot down to the imprints of your individual toes. The result is the ultimate in comfort and a customized feel for one of the best men’s casual slip-on shoes. A natural crepe rubber sole further cushions the ride around town.


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Sabah Slip-on Shoes


Sabah Slip-on Shoes

Inspired by a slipper style popular in Turkey, the Sabah Slip-on Shoe offers a unique take on a traditional men’s staple. Handmade from premium cowhide by local artisans, their 150-year-old legacy in footwear is on full display. Small details like a single, continuous piece of waxed cotton thread, which attaches its rubber sole to the upper, add distinction to the slip-ons. We also love the fact that, after years of travels underfoot, they can be resoled, gaining a second wind for years to come.


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Nisolo Alejandro Woven Slip-on Shoes


Nisolo Alejandro Woven Slip-on Shoes

For the last eight years, Nisolo has been partnering with Central and South American countries to harness the artistry of leather craftsmen while creating jobs and revitalizing local economies. The Alejandro Woven slip-on shoe pays homage this mission with a style that hearkens back to footwear worn throughout the region. Exceptionally good in warm weather, these hand-woven slip-on shoes feature a leather sole and rubber heel for a combination of refinement and reliability, wet or dry. Whether you pair them with shorts, slacks, or light denim, there’s no wrong way to wear a classic.


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Unmarked Rancher Slip-on Shoes


Unmarked Rancher Slip-on Shoes

Long known for its Southwestern-inspired boots, Unmarked created its Rancher Slip-on shoe for the hacienda owner on the town. Made from long-lasting bull hide, these men’s slip-on shoes are comfortable from the first wear, thanks in part to a leather footbed and channeled leather insole. While a rubber heel adds both traction and durability, these slip-ons can also be resoled as needed, ensuring they’ll be on your feet for years to come. Bonus: The multicolored stitching over the forefoot is a detail not found on other shoes.


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Yuketen Loafer


Yuketen Loafer

The Yuketen Loafer is handmade in the US, though its style can be traced back to the Italian Old World. Assembled in small batches by Maine artisans, this slip-on loafer’s unique leather is the highest grade produced in the country. Stitched flesh-out, the grain pattern distinguishes these from all others and creates a unique pair all your own. Reinforced with steel shanks, these modern construction details provide a secure fit over the heel and arch without losing fit over time.


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Yuketen Canoe Moc


Yuketen Canoe Moc

It seems appropriate that American-based Yuketen would create our favorite moccasin, a style developed by Native American design. Yuketen’s Canoe Moc is hand-punched and hand-sewn with awl, needle, and thread for a durable, custom fit and feel. Another nice touch: While more laborious and time-consuming, the special “baseball stitch” around the toe yields a distinctive pattern that sets this shoe apart from other moccasins. Made from Chicago’s legendary Horween leather, it’s a piece as rich in craftsmanship as it is in American history.


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SeaVees Magnum Hawthorne Slip-on Shoes


SeaVees Magnum Hawthorne Slip-on Shoes

The Huckberry-exclusive SeaVees Magnum Hawthorne canvas slip-on shoe hearkens back to the flowery Aloha shirts of a certain mustached private investigator. This casual men’s slip-on can be dressed up or down, but it exudes casual and comfortable cool in every situation. Made from durable poplin twill in an iconic Hawaiian print, these slip-ons are lined with smooth cotton canvas for comfort. Underneath, SeaVee’s iconic herringbone-patterned outsole offers grip wet or dry. Whether you’re following up leads or committing a few victimless crimes, this canvas slip-on shoe is along for the ride.


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Vulcanizer Canvas Slip-On Shoes


Vulcanizer Canvas Slip-On Shoes

Vulcanized construction has been used for decades in athletic footwear construction, and it’s seen in the NBA and the skatepark alike. Maybe that’s why Japan’s Vulcanizer utilized the process for its dependable Canvas Slip-On shoes. Crafted in a heritage facility in Romania, the rugged canvas uppers hide a buttery-soft leather lining, making these both incredibly functional and uber comfortable. We loved the elastic sidepieces, which add a casual feel even as they made sliding the shoe on a breeze. And the sole itself? It’s as comfy, flexible, and durable as it has been for the last few generations.


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