If you want a sneaker that slips on and off in seconds, that combines easy-going charm with high-performance functionality, and that, best of all, doesn't have a single annoying lace in sight, then welcome to one of 2020s hottest trends, the slip-on sneaker. Versatile, comfortable, and about as far from the chunky, clunky slip-ons of the 1990s as it's possible to get, today's slip-on sneakers come in a huge variety of colors, styles, and designs. Some might be best for the beach. Others were made for the skate park. Still others will see you through a day at the office. Whatever the occasion, there's a slip-on sneaker to match. If you're not convinced, see for yourself with our round-up of the 10 hottest men's slip-on sneakers available to buy now.
1. SeaVees - Hawthorne Slip-On Standard Sneakers
Gearmoose.com describes the SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-On Standard as 'the gold standard among casual slip-on shoes, with the heritage to boot.' It's not hard to see what's perked their interest. As with almost everything that comes from SeaVees, the Hawthorne sneaker has a relaxed charm that smacks of a very West Coast type of cool. A modern reimagination of the easy-going loafers of the mid-1960s, they're lightweight, laid-back, and about as evocative of summer as a poolside cocktail.
2. Native - Jefferson Sneakers
Recommended by hiconsumption.com as one of the best sneakers on the market right now, these slip-on beauties from Native combine an iconic style with a super-affordable price point. Featuring a lightweight EVA upper, lining, and sole for superior comfort, all-over perforation for top breathability, and antimicrobial properties for odor-control, they make a great choice for discerning buyers looking to combine a classically minimalist aesthetic with superb functionality. Best of all (at least for the green brigade), they're 100% vegan.
3. Skechers - Go Max-Athletic Sneakers
Finding a pair of low-cost sneakers that you'd actually consider wearing can sometimes be a challenge. But it's not impossible. Take the Skechers Go Max-Athletic as an example. With an excellent build, timeless design, and an average retail price that comes in at around the $30 mark, they're proof that you don't have to spend a fortune to look the bomb.
4. Adidas - Stan Smith Slip-On Sneakers
Yep, they've got laces. But thanks to the easy slip-on mule style of the design, you don't actually have to use them. Expect a low profile, perforated upper, and, as you'd expect of Adidas, plenty of high-performance functionality. So stylish is the design, they've even made it onto menshealth.com's round-up of the best sneakers for 2020, with senior editor Adam Mansuroglu, noting “Slide on some classic style with this new Stan Smith version. It’s the perfect solution for breathable, easy-to-wear footwear for dudes who can’t bring themselves to purchase ‘mandals’."
5. Vans - Classic Slip-On Sneakers
Vans isn't exactly a brand that needs an introduction. The creator of some of the most iconic designs of the last 50 plus years, it makes classic sneakers for customers who aren't willing to sacrifice style for performance, or vice-versa. The proof of the pudding? The Vans Classic Slip-on, a sneaker that's been doing the rounds for the best part of 20 years but still manages to look as shiny and new as the day it was conceived. The comfortable canvas upper is perfectly matched with elastic side accents, a signature waffle insole, and Vans' iconic low-profile silhouette.
6. Saturdays NYC - Falla Crepe Sneakers
New York-based clothing and lifestyle company Saturdays NYC does a fine line in hip, casual attire. As it turns out, it makes some pretty decent sneakers as well. Like most of the brand's pieces, the Falla Crepe slip-on sneaker has a relaxed, summery vibe and a simple, low key aesthetic. Made from 100% cotton, it's by no means a winter-friendly shoe, but if you're looking for something light and bright enough to get you through your next vacation in the sun, it's ideal.
7. P.F. Flyers - Center Lo Slip-On Sneakers
If you want a brand that serves up contemporary style with a healthy dollop of heritage on the side, look no further than P.F. Flyers. The brand launched all the way back in 1933, and it's been doing a fine line in high-performance kicks ever since. Now under the umbrella of Converse, it's become best known for its hard-as-nails high tops and classic low-profile lace-ups. With the Center Lo Slip-On, though, it's going in a new direction. Crafted from an ultra-durable canvas upper and a hardwearing treaded outsole, these very stylish slip-ons manage to occupy the middle ground between high-performance sneaker and laid-back summer espadrille.
8. Converse - One Star CC Slip-On Sneakers
No wardrobe is complete without at least one pair of Converse. If you want to give your old Chuck Taylors a rest, you could do a lot worse than investing in a pair of these jaunty little slip-ons. Thanks to their OrthoLite insole with CX foam, superior comfort is guaranteed - it may be a bit of a stretch to say you'll feel you're walking on a cloud, but not by much. The classic Converse aesthetic is accounted for by the die-cut star detailing and simple, clean lines of the silhouette. Thanks to their durable rubber-backed suede uppers, these slip-ons are tough enough to take a beating at the skatepark, but still stylish enough for hooking up with friends afterward.
9. Nike - SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Slip-On Sneakers
With their modern sensibilities and cutting-edge performance, the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Slip-on ticks all the boxes. Expect a modern, low profile silhouette, an understated color palette, and a hefty helping of comfort thanks to the Nike Zoom Air capability in the sock liner. Best of all, they're won't cost an arm and a leg either - expect to pay no more than around $75.
10. Frye - Ludlow Slip-On Sneakers
You might know Frye best for its boots, but that's not to say its sneakers don't deserve a second look. The Ludlow packages all the quality and performance you'd expect from Frye into a gorgeously easy-to-wear, slip-on style sneaker that combines style (check out that antiqued leather upper!) with function to excellent effect.
Written by Garrett Parker
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