The Best Slip-On Sneakers for Women on the Go

Kizik's The Prague is our top slip-on sneaker for its overall fit and comfort

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TripSavvy's Picks

We love the Kizik Prague not just because of the style and fit but because they're an example of the innovative future for slip-on shoes. The Lugz Clipper Sneaker is our favorite budget pick as they're comfy and have almost two dozen different colorways from which to choose.

Though some may point to the emergence of Vans in the 1970s as the ‘rise of the slip-on shoe,’ we only have to look to moccasin styles made and worn by Indigenous peoples to see that this shoe style has been around for centuries. In the past few decades, slip-on shoes have evolved in style, materials, and construction, making them more durable, comfortable, and versatile than ever. 

For this list, we scoured the footwear industry for some of the best slip-on shoes. We made sure to include casual and upscale styles and even those you could wear during outdoor and athletic pursuits.

Read on to learn just how diverse slip-on shoes can be and how far they’ve come in terms of comfort. 

Best Overall: Kizik The Prague Slip-On Sneaker

Kizik The Prague Slip-On Sneaker

Amazon

What We Like
  • Comfortable footbed with laces that let you adjust the fit

  • Standard and wide sizes

  • Washable contoured insoles

  • Step in and out of show completely hands-free

What We Don't Like
  • Could have better arch support

The Kizik Pragues are the only shoes on this list you can slip in and out of completely hands-free. We know because we tested them. The folks at Kizik have designed a heel that bends down with just a little pressure from your foot. Once you’ve put your foot into the shoe, the heel springs back up on its own, and you’re ready to go. 

We wouldn’t describe our feet as narrow, but they’re not considerably wide either. After we loosened the laces, our feet fit comfortably with socks in the standard fit. That said, we like that Kizik offers wide sizes and seven color options. We found the footbed comfortable for all-day wear, though it could have used more arch support. It’s not entirely lacking by any means, but if you have issues with your feet, an additional insert might be a good idea.

The suede and canvas combo are attractive, especially when matched with the medium-thick sole. Thanks to its versatile look, we could wear this sneaker with shorts, a t-shirt, and even a flowy red dress. And because of its hands-free design, it’s our go-to travel shoe

Price at time of publish: $109

Sizes: 6-13 | Material: suede leather, canvas, Rabbit foam, and rubber outsoles

Best Budget: Lugz Women's Clipper Sneaker

Lugz Women's Clipper Sneaker

Amazon

What We Like
  • Canvas upper with rubber sole

  • Spacious enough for those with wide feet

What We Don't Like
  • Those with narrow or standard feet may need a half-size smaller

The Lugz Clipper Sneakers have loads of overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon. These canvas slip-on sneakers are a great budget option for those who like Vans but can’t justify the price. Choose from 22 different color options, including solid colors, tie-dye canvas uppers, and solid colored and paint-splattered soles. 

According to reviews, the Clipper Sneakers are reasonably comfortable. Those with wide feet were surprised by how well their foot fit in these shoes. In fact, if you have narrow or standard-sized feet, you may need to go a half size smaller. Many reviewers recounted wearing these Lugz on all-day excursions to amusement parks and in cities abroad and raved about their comfort. 

Price at time of publish: $40

Sizes: 5.5-12 | Material: canvas, rubber sole | Weight: 0.825 pounds 

Best Splurge: Deckers X-scape Coupe

Deckers X-scape Coupe

Deckers X-Lab

What We Like
  • The outsole has great traction 

  • Made from sustainable materials 

  • Incredibly cushioned with great arch support

  • Received the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance

What We Don't Like
  • Not very breathable

We were super excited to see Deckers X Lab release a unisex style shoe—the X-scape Coupe—and even more thrilled to try it ourselves. The shoe has a sporty look, and the design of the oversized midsole and insole had us thinking this would be a comfortable shoe, especially for those with standard and wide feet. We weren’t wrong. It has incredible arch support and a soft leather liner that feels good on our feet when we don’t wear socks. Overall, the shoes are plush, supportive, and backed by the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance. 

While we love the suede leather look, it doesn’t make for a breathable shoe, so socks may not be a bad idea, especially if you plan to wear them on warm days. We love that much of this shoe features sustainable materials—the natural gum rubber outsole has 30 percent recycled content, the EVA footbed is recycled EVA, and the leather is EcoTan leather. 

Price at time of publish: $160

Sizes: 5-11 | Material: gum rubber outsole, sugarcane + EVA midsole, EcoTan premium leather

Best for Wide Feet: Hoka Ora Recovery Shoe 2

Hoka Ora Recovery 2

Hoka

What We Like
  • Roomy for wide feet and memory foam heel is soft, plus the thick midsole is super comfy

  • 100 percent vegan material

  • Collapsible mesh upper 

  • Pull tab on upper assists with slipping the shoe on

What We Don't Like
  • May not have enough arch support for some


These roomy shoes are great for those with wide feet, as the mesh upper is super responsive and breathable. We could easily slip these on and off with the help of a pull string sewn onto the top of the shoe. The elastic is snug without being too tight; a balance most slip-on shoes don’t achieve. 

Just as notable is the memory foam heel. It’s quilted and super soft, preventing blisters from forming when we wear them on full-day adventures. The thick midsole is plush and comfortable underfoot, though we could have used some arch support. (We should note that Hoka intentionally designed these to be neutral regarding the arch.) 

The only thing that could have made these shoes better would be to offer more color options—though the black and cantaloupe colors are especially hip choices. 

Price at time of publish: $90

Sizes: 5-11 | Material: Vegan mesh, EVA midsole, memory foam heel | Weight: 0.34 pounds 

Best for Arch Support: Birkenstock Oswego Leather

Birkenstock Oswego Leather

Zappos

What We Like
  • Stylish leather upper 

  • Spacious enough to wear socks 

  • Regular/Wide and Medium/Narrow options

  • The removable anatomically-shaped cork-latex footbed

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

When we slipped our feet into the Oswego Leather, we couldn’t help but sigh. The cork-latex footbed is anatomically-shaped so that the arch is the right height for maximum support, while the molded heel improves gait and coordination. When we walked in these shoes, it felt like we were getting a massage on the bottom of our feet. But if you don’t like the footbed, you can remove it. 

Some slip-on shoes are very narrow and pinch your toes together. Not the Oswego Leather. It has a slightly square shape around the toes that mimics the natural shape of your feet. Plus, it’s spacious enough to wear socks. In fact, we prefer to wear socks with these shoes because the heel is slightly larger than we need, but not enough to warrant a smaller size or a medium/narrow fit. 

Of course, this is a pricier shoe on this list, but it features natural leather and some excellent craftsmanship. 

Price at time of publish: $145

Sizes: 5-12.5 | Material: leather, cork, rubber | Weight: 0.75 pounds 

Best Athletic: Columbia Vitesse Slip-on Shoe

 Columbia Vitesse Slip-on Shoe

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Breathable mesh upper and omni-grip rubber soles make it designed for the trail or the street

  • Athletic style with two color options

  • Adjust fit with single shock cord lace that clips down

What We Don't Like
  • Heel slides slightly during rigorous walks

It’s hard to find a perfect athletic slip-on shoe, but we think we’ve found the best option in Columbia’s Vitesse Slip-on shoe. Columbia designed the athletic-style shoe to hit the trails, which is why it has an Omni-Grip non-marking traction rubber outsole and a TechLite+ midsole that’s super cushioned and light for rigorous activity. 

The upper is made of mesh and suede, making it very breathable and spacious enough to wear socks. We were able to tighten the shoe with a fastener on the single-piece shock cord shoelace and then clip it to the top of the lace to keep it from snagging on anything. That said, we couldn’t tighten the shoe enough to prevent the heel, which is padded, from sliding slightly while we were active. It didn’t cause a blister, so that was a positive. While we wouldn’t suggest running in this shoe, it’s a good choice for intermediate hiking or walking. 

Price at time of publish: $36

Sizes: 5-12 | Material: mesh, suede, TechLite+ midsole, rubber outsole | Weight: 0.5 pounds

Best Sustainable: Chaco Chillos Sneaker

Chaco Chillos Sneaker

Chaco

What We Like
  • Washable and can be worn as a shoe or a slide

  • Extensive arch support

  • Made with recycled and sustainable materials

What We Don't Like
  • You would need to size up if you want to wear socks

Before testing the Chaco Chillos Sneaker, we didn’t quite understand why the male members of our family were obsessed with this shoe. But we get it now. The Chaco Chillos Sneaker is the ultimate casual slip-on made of a 100 percent recycled woven upper, 97 percent recycled laces, and vegan-friendly construction. 

The canvas upper is breathable and offers a decent amount of room for your toes. We love the dual style capability of this shoe—we can wear it as a slide or a shoe. The canvas material was surprisingly comfortable on our heels. If you’re particular about wearing socks with shoes, you’ll need to order a size up as these seem designed to fit true to size without socks. 

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the fit is the arch support. Chaco used their LUVSEAT footbed for this shoe, and many reviewers noted that it’s an improvement from past Chaco sneaker iterations. 

Take note that this shoe is so light and buoyant that it will float in water, making it the perfect choice for days at the lake or pool. Better yet, these kicks are washing machine-friendly! There are only two different color options at the moment, but whether you order them in grey or summer melon, you’ll surely be able to match them with any casual outfit. 

Price at time of publish: $65

Sizes: 6-11 | Material: polyester canvas and EVA midsole/outsole | Weight: 0.3 pounds 

Best High Tops: Toms Bryce Slip On

Toms Bryce Slip On

Zappos

What We Like
  • Easy to slip on and off

  • Attractive suede leather upper

  • Soft OrthoLite Eco LT Hybrid insole

  • The rubber outsole has excellent traction

What We Don't Like
  • Too narrow for those with wide feet

The suede leather upper and high-top design give the Toms Bryce Slip On the appearance of a stylish boot with the comfort of a sneaker. Trust us—it looks even more attractive in person.

In our testing, we found it easy to slip this shoe on and off (even without the heel tab) and spacious enough to wear with socks. The footbed doesn’t have much arch, but it’s incredibly soft, squishy, and made from plant-derived and recycled materials. This isn’t the best shoe for someone with wide feet; the silhouette is narrow without being restrictive of your toes (but still too narrow for those with wide feet). We liked how the leather was pliable and not tight on the top of our feet. 

The Bryce Slip-On comes in five neutral color options: black, gray, olive green, and sand. The pavement gray option even has a faux fur lining making it a good winter slip-on shoe. 

Price at time of publish: $80

Sizes: 5-12| Material: suede leather, rubber outsole, plant-derived, and recycled insole

Best Moccasins : Hari Mari Sofia

Hari Mari Sofia

Zappos

What We Like
  • Made with premium nubuck leather and lined with warm Texas shearling

  • Rubber outsoles with great traction

  • Perfect slip-on for fall, winter, and early spring

What We Don't Like
  • Not much arch support

There is nothing like having your toes nestled in a bed of soft, warm, and cozy Texas shearling. That’s the experience we had when testing the Hari Mari Sofia slip-on shoe. This moccasin-style shoe is our go-to pick for fall, winter, and early spring, when you don’t feel like wearing a whole shoe but want something warm and easy to put on. 

Made with nubuck leather, it comes in either tan or gray and has an attractive diamond stitch on the heel. The shoe has a memory foam-lined footbed, but it’s not exceptionally plush, so you may need to add an insert, especially if you need arch support. We particularly love that this shoe has been treated to protect against weather and moisture and has a rubber outsole so we can safely wear it on wet and icy days. 

Price at time of publish: $125

Sizes: 6-11 | Material: nubuck leather and rubber | Weight: 0.68 pounds 

Best for Water Adventures: Columbia PFG Bonehead Shoe

Columbia PFG Bonehead Shoe

Amazon

What We Like
  • Superb traction, antimicrobial footbed, water and stain-resistant

  • Heel made with soft material

  • So flexible the shoe can be bent in half

  • Adjustable fit with single-piece shock cord lace

What We Don't Like
  • Shock cord lace could be longer for a more spacious fit

Whether you love to fish, boat, or kayak on lakes and rivers, or spend the day near the pool, you’ll want to do it all with Columbia’s PFG Bonehead shoe. This slip-on shoe has some stellar technology that suits it specifically for water activities. The mesh and synthetic upper repels water and stains, even those associated with gutting a fish.  

One of the issues with wearing shoes that may get wet is how easily water can damage the shoes and crack the soles. Columbia designed the PFG Bonehead to withstand water, so much so that we can effectively bend the shoe in half without breaking, which means it has the flexibility to hold up over time. Not only that, but the footbed (which is removable) feels like a floatie, and it’s anti-microbial to boot. Unfortunately, the insole doesn’t have much arch support, but it’s still comfortable. Our heels are prone to blisters, so we were happy to experience the super soft material Columbia chose explicitly for the heel area. 

Although the shoe looks narrow, we were surprised by how spacious the standard fit is. In fact, our toes don’t really touch either side of the shoe. But if you’d like a wide fit, it can be ordered as such. Our two suggestions are that we wish this shoe could float and that the single-piece shock cord lace was longer. And we’d prefer to loosen the lace even more so that the tongue and metal eyelets don’t press down on the top of our foot. It’s not particularly bothersome but would add more comfort and make slipping the shoe on and off easier.

Price at time of publish: $37

Sizes: 5-12 | Material: open mesh, synthetic overlay, EVA foam, rubber outsole | Weight: 0.51 pounds

Best Clog: Dansko Berry Mule Slip-On

Dansko Berry Mule

Amazon

What We Like
  • Super stylish and adjustable ankle strap

  • Lined with Aegis Microbe Shield for odor control

  • Nubuck leather upper treated for stain resistance

  • Received the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance

What We Don't Like
  • The heel is not made of wood

Slip-on shoes tend to look casual or sporty, but we wanted you to know that they can be worn out on the town too. That’s why we included the Dansko Berry clog. We had never worn clogs before testing the Berry clog, and they have exceeded our expectations.

The exterior features a stain-resistant 3M Scotchgard treatment on nubuck leather. Within the shoe, our toes had plenty of space to spread out. Although the EVA and memory foam footbed isn’t incredibly plush underfoot, it does have a nice arch. We had no issue wearing this shoe to travel from the US to Canada. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised as the American Podiatric Medical Association has given the Dansko Berry the Seal of Acceptance.

The inside liner is exceptionally supple and lined with Aegis Microbe Shield to keep odors in check, especially since clogs are generally worn without socks (though we’ve seen them worn with socks as a fashion choice). The silky leather strap can be twisted backward and tightened into a heel strap.

Price at time of publish: $140

Sizes: 5.5-12 | Material: nubuck leather and EVA outsole

Best Leather: OluKai Ki’ihele ‘lli Leather Slip-On Sneaker

OluKai Ki’ihele ‘lli Slip-On Leather Sneaker

Nordstrom

What We Like
  • Great arch support and top-notch traction

  • Leather exterior in three different colors

  • The heel drops down so you can wear it as a slide or shoe

  • Used a sustainable leather tanning method to reduce water and Vo2s

What We Don't Like
  • It requires a bit of a break-in period

  • Need to order a size up to wear socks

The Ki’ihele ‘lli is the leather upgrade to the mesh version of the Ki’ihele. This stylish slip-on shoe comes in three versatile colors—black, beige, and fox—and features sustainable brushed leather meant to be more breathable and reduce odor. 

We found the gel insert and footbed especially comfortable and the arch very supportive. The leather build made the shoe feel a bit tight around our foot the first few times we wore it. However, OluKai designed the leather to have some stretch, and the shoes became more pliable the more we wore them. Even so, we would need to order a half size larger than our usual size to wear socks with these shoes. 

Perhaps our favorite design aspect is the Drop-In Heel, which effectively drops down, allowing buyers to wear it as a slide or a shoe. We were surprised by how soft the fabric was against our heels when we wore it as a shoe. The thicker EVA outsole and the leather exterior make this one of the best-looking shoes on this list. 

Price at time of publish: $120

Sizes: 5-11 | Material: Leather, EVA outsole, polyurethane footbed, a gel insert

Best Outdoor: Danner Inquire Chelsea 3.5" Outdoor Shoe

Danner Inquire Chelsea 3.5" Outdoor Shoe

Amazon

What We Like
  • Two color options

  • Lightweight hiking shoe with plush footbed and midsole

  • Soles have a superb grip on wet and dry surfaces

What We Don't Like
  • Isn’t treated with water resistance technology

We wanted to find a slip-on shoe that you could hit the trails with or move about a campground, and we’ve found that in the Danner Inquire Chelsea. The high-top shoe comes in two shades of brown suede—iron or Mojave. The elastic around the ankle kept the shoe in place, especially while we hiked. We were worried that this shoe would slide up and down, but it stayed in place and never caused blisters. 

Our favorite aspect of the shoe is the cushioned OrthoLite footbed and the Danner PlyoLite midsole. Both work together to create a sole that absorbs shock and offers maximum comfort. We felt incredibly stable while hiking and working around the yard in these shoes. The outsole has Vibram Megagrip, a type of rubber that responds well to wet or dry surfaces. 

It seems like a missed opportunity not to have this shoe be water-resistant or repelling, but we’re all too happy to overlook that minuscule drawback because this is one of our favorite slip-on shoes on the list. 

Price at time of publish: $100

Sizes: 5-11 | Material: full grain leather, Vibram Inquire outsole, mesh liner, OrthoLite footbed | Weight: 1.31 pounds 

What to Look for in Slip-On Sneakers

Comfort

In the past, slip-on shoes weren’t exceptionally comfortable. Many were flat, had thin insoles, and were too narrow for people with standard and wide feet. We’re glad that brands have improved slip-on shoes and made them more comfortable and accessible to all. 

These days, many slip-on shoes have thicker midsoles, allowing buyers to wear them all day while running errands, on intermediate hikes, or during long walks. Insoles have also improved, and we see more slip-on shoes outfitted with OrthoLite insoles, memory foam, or footbeds designed specifically with arch support and comfort in mind. Just look at Deckers XLab and Dansko—they’ve both received the APMA Seal of Acceptance

While many slip-on shoes were traditionally narrow, nowadays, brands understand that this design choice excludes people with standard and wide feet. You can easily find a wide range of slip-on shoes with spacious toe areas or the option of a wide fit. 

Our biggest concern with slip-on shoes is the material around the heel. Blister formation can occur if the slip-on shoe is too big or too tight or if the shoe’s breathability is poor, which causes sweat and humidity that results in a blister. Because many slip-on shoes don’t require socks, your chances of a blister may be a bit higher with these shoes. 

Some materials used around the heel are better than others. For instance, the Columbia PFG Bonehead and the HOKA Ora Recovery 2 have soft memory foam-like material around the heel that doesn’t rub against your foot. Surprisingly, the Chaco Chillos sneaker’s canvas material was also soft. We found that slip-on shoes with heels that have plastic or leather-like material or heels that have bumps (the idea is that the bump will prevent the shoe from sliding) weren’t as comfortable on our heels as others. 

Construction

Slip-on shoes are diverse in their construction. Many slip-on shoes have uppers that extend farther up on the top of the foot to keep the shoe in place. Exceptions to that style include slip-on shoes styled like the Kizik Prague, espadrilles, and moccasins. 

To get your foot in and out, the upper needs to have some stretch which generally comes in the form of an elastic band, a stretchy mesh upper, or shoes with single-piece shock cords that can be loosened and stretched to fit your foot. Kizik is the only brand on this list that flips the traditional slip-on shoe construction on its head with a heel that dips down so you can easily slip your foot in. 

You’ll notice slip-on shoes often have pull tabs along the heel to help wearers pull the shoe on. The Hoka Ora Recovery 2 has the tab on the top of the shoe, but it works the same way. Slip-on shoes can have laces like those found on the Chaco Chillos Sneaker or the Columbia Vitesse, which help tighten the shoe, especially if you have thinner or narrower feet.

Style

There is a wide range of slip-on styles from which to choose. Some are sportier than others and designed to appear as athletic sneakers or hiking shoes. However, for the most part, slip-on shoes are more casual in style and can be worn during your travels, grocery shopping, or out with friends. Some of the most common slip-on styles are the classic Vans look, espadrilles, clogs, high-top slip-on, boat shoes, and casual sneakers. The newest type to hit the shelves is slip-on shoes with ‘drop heels,’ allowing you to wear them as a shoe or a mule. 

Socks or no socks

You don’t necessarily have to wear socks with slip-on shoes. In fact, you could probably go without socks for most of the slip-on shoes on this list. Wearing socks with a slip-on shoe usually depends on your style and preference. For instance, as a hiking/outdoors shoe, you’ll need to wear socks with the Danner Inquire Chelsea; however, clogs and espadrilles are two styles that typically do not require socks. 

If you’re not going to wear socks, you want to look for slip-on shoes that are breathable—such as those with mesh uppers—or have removable liners that are washable or treated with odor control. We understand that some people prefer to wear socks, no matter the shoe, and for those people, we suggest ordering a half size larger to ensure you have plenty of room. 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are slip-on shoes good for walking?

    Slip-on shoes are like any type of shoe. Some are good for walking; others are not; this depends entirely on the shoe's construction and fit. We would say that the slip-on shoe doesn't necessarily have to be athletic in style to be an excellent walking shoe. It can be more casual and still work well for all-day city walks. Just look at the Birkenstock Oswego Leather. It's a leather slip-on shoe with a classic and comfortable Birkenstock footbed to help you walk for long periods.  

    A good walking shoe will have a plush midsole and decent arch support, and many slip-on shoes on this list have those features. Breathability and fit are important in determining whether a slip-on shoe is a good walking shoe. You'll want the shoe to be breathable, so it doesn't cause your foot to sweat which can be a precursor to blister formation. Blisters can also form if the shoe slides too much as you walk. Wearing certain socks can help prevent blisters, so it might be a good idea to invest in a slip-on walking shoe that's spacious enough for socks.

  • How long will slip-on shoes last?

    We can admit that many slip-on shoes in the past were cheaply made. But these days, they feature amazing materials, helping them last as long as any other type of shoe. Unfortunately, we can’t say explicitly how long a shoe will last, as that depends on the materials, how often you wear the shoes and how you care for them. But if we can leave you with a tip, it’s that shoes should be thrown out when the soles and heels are uneven. 

  • How do I care for slip-on shoes?

    Caring for your slip-on shoes depends entirely on the materials. Rather than explain how to clean all the various materials that slip-on shoes could have, we want to focus on the insoles. 

    When caring for your slip-on shoes, you’ll want to pay special attention to the insoles, especially if you don’t wear socks with these types of shoes. Some slip-on shoes have removable, washable insoles. Wash them with warm water and soap and let them air dry overnight. It’s also not a bad idea to occasionally do some odor control maintenance to the soles, whether putting the insoles in a bag with baking soda overnight or using odor control spray. 

    There may come a point where you’ll need to replace the insoles with new ones. Some brands, like Birkenstock, sell replaceable insoles. Others list the type of insole in the description or specs so that you can order from that brand directly. 

 Why Trust TripSavvy

Author Alex Temblador is an outdoor and travel journalist who lives in Texas. In addition to working out—running, lifting, hiking, kayaking, and more—at least five days a week, Alex seeks out adventurous travels all around the world. Throughout her career as an outdoor and travel journalist, she has rappelled in Jalisco, kayaked in Puerto Rico, skied in Telluride, hiked in Thailand, surfed in Zihuatanejo, scuba dived in Bonaire, and completed a one-day, 100-mile cycling event in 100-degree weather in North Texas. Alex tested all but one of the shoes in this roundup.

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