Glide Through TSA Security With the Best Slip-on Shoes for Men (2024)

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These are the most convenient and comfortable slip-ons, according to our tests.

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Picture this: you’re going through the TSA security line and instead of having to scramble to get your shoes back on, all you have to do is slip your foot right in and head to your gate stress-free. For a pair of convenient, comfortable, and stylish shoes, slip-on sneakers will be your travel footwear go-to.

But we won’t just talk the talk, we (literally) walked the walk and tried 23 pairs of slip-on shoes for men. From cozy clogs to sporty sneakers, we tested slip-ons from trusted footwear brands like OluKai, Vans, and Birkenstock to judge the fit, comfort, and durability of each pair. Whether you’re traversing an airport or commuting to the office, we put together a comprehensive list of various pairs of slip-ons that received high praise during testing and added tips and tricks for finding comfy footwear for your next trip.

Best Overall

Hey Dude Wally Sox Shoes

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Our Ratings

  • Fit

    5/5

  • Comfort

    5/5

  • Support

    5/5

  • Durability

    5/5

  • Value

    5/5

Why We Love It

  • The soles are thick and sturdy but the general feel of the shoe is weightless.

What to Consider

  • The canvas upper is very thin, so these aren’t best for rainy or damp days.

Looking for a pair of carry-on friendly slip-ons? The Hey Dude Men’s Wally sneakers are the ultimate airport-friendly shoes thanks to their ultra-lightweight design and ability to slip them on and off hands-free, which is one less thing to worry about in a TSA security line. These slip-ons earned perfect scores in all of our tests throughout months of wear.

Although the shoe is exceptionally lightweight, the sturdiness of the leather-lined rubber soles isn’t compromised, as they are plenty thick and supportive on a variety of surfaces. The equally lightweight cotton upper is breathable and soft but the fabric is very thin, so these might not be the best shoes to wear in inclement weather. There aren’t any half sizes so we recommend sizing up for a better fit, but there are adjustable no-tie laces that are very helpful if you need to tighten up the top part of the shoe.

The Details: 7 to 15 | Removable insoles

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Best Casual

OLUKAI Laeahi Slip On Sneakers

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Our Ratings

  • Fit

    5/5

  • Comfort

    4.5/5

  • Support

    5/5

  • Durability

    5/5

  • Value

    4.5/5

Why We Love It

  • The removable insoles are cushioned and supportive, making these shoes comfortable for all-day wear.

What to Consider

  • You may need to use your hands to get your foot into the shoe.

The breathable upper material, comfortable midsoles, and overall laid-back style of these OluKai slip-on sneakers make them an excellent choice for beach-goers or tropical vacationers. With a mesh upper and midsoles designed to feel like bare feet walking on sand, the compressive top material and cushioned footbed contour to the shape of the foot to fit a variety of arches and foot shapes. Best of all, the insoles can be removed and washed to boost the lifespan of the shoes. For extra versatility, the heel of the shoe is designed to drop down and lay flat to turn the sneaker into a mule style if you don’t need the extra support of the heel. If you don’t wear socks with these slip-ons, you may want to consider ordering a half-size down, as we found that the heel may slip up a bit with a looser fit.

The Details: 7 to 15 | Half sizes | Drop-in heel | Removable insoles

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Best Patterns

Vans Classic Slip-On Shoes

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Our Ratings

  • Fit

    5/5

  • Comfort

    5/5

  • Support

    5/5

  • Durability

    5/5

  • Value

    4/5

Why We Love It

  • The canvas upper feels high quality and protective, and there are over 40 patterns and colors to choose from.

What to Consider

  • The shoes aren’t the most breathable and have a slight break-in period.

No matter what your personal style is, these iconic Vans slip-ons have a color and pattern for every traveler’s wardrobe. Out of the box, the shoes felt sturdy and slightly on the heavier side because of the thick rubber soles and canvas upper material, but durability-wise, we don’t expect the gum rubber outsole to wear down easily. The canvas upper comes in 44 different colors including checkered and solid-color prints, so you can choose the style that suits you best. There was a minor break-in period where the upper material loosened up a bit, but it didn’t cause much discomfort or any blistering, so we feel the customized and comfortable end result is worth it. Unfortunately, the materials aren’t very breathable, so they may be better suited for cooler seasons.

The Details: 3.5 to 13 | Half sizes | Canvas upper

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Best Loafer

G.H. Bass Logan Weejuns

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Our Ratings

  • Fit

    5/5

  • Comfort

    4.5/5

  • Support

    3/5

  • Durability

    5/5

  • Value

    5/5

Why We Love It

  • These sleek loafers are made with high-quality leather and stitchwork, and have a premium look and feel to them.

What to Consider

  • There isn’t much cushioning or traction.

Whether you’re traveling to a wedding or commuting to work, these hand-sewn loafers from G.H. Bass look and feel luxurious. From heel to toe, the loafers are made with a premium-feeling leather that molds to the foot the more they are worn and they run true to size with half-size options, too. The shoe itself is sturdy, there’s plenty of room in the toe to avoid pinching, and the sides are flexible enough to accommodate wider feet, too. The interior of the shoe is unlined, so we wish there was a bit more cushioning and a softer lining, but luckily there is a good amount of arch support for added comfort. There isn’t any traction on the bottom of the loafers so you’ll want to be careful on slick surfaces like tile and airport floors.

The Details: 7 to 13 | Half sizes | Leather upper and sole | Hand-crafted

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Best Splurge

Naot Executive Director

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Our Ratings

  • Fit

    5/5

  • Comfort

    4.5/5

  • Support

    5/5

  • Durability

    5/5

  • Value

    5/5

Why We Love It

  • The leather shoes combine the functionality of slip-ons with the nicer look of Chelsea-style boots.

What to Consider

  • There is a break-in period that may last a few weeks.

These Naot leather shoes are an investment-worthy pair of slip-ons that boast style and comfort. The rugged leather upper and thick rubber sole feel durable enough to withstand the test of time and the midsole arch support and cushioning offer exceptional comfort. Plus, they feature a unique design: they’re easy to slip on and off hands-free but look like a pair of Chelsea boots without the shaft going up the ankles. The padded heel cup and bumper add extra comfort and the arch support provides enough structure and cushioning for all-day wear at the office or out to dinner. After we wore the shoes for several weeks, the leather upper material still felt a little tight but began to loosen up the more the shoes were worn. That said, the shoes do run true to size even with the longer break-in period.

The Details: 7 to 14 | Removable insoles

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Best Clog

Birkenstock Boston Soft Clog

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Our Ratings

  • Fit

    5/5

  • Comfort

    5/5

  • Support

    5/5

  • Durability

    5/5

  • Value

    5/5

Why We Love It

  • The cork footbed offers impressive arch support that continues to get more comfortable over time.

What to Consider

  • The leather upper isn’t very breathable.

When it comes to quickly slipping on a pair of shoes, it doesn’t get much easier than a set of clogs from Birkenstock. The leather upper gives the clogs a more rugged and outdoorsy look while the suede-lined cork footbed adds an abundance of comfort thanks to the arch support and contoured heel. With zero break-in period required, these Birkenstocks are comfortable right away and are designed to continue molding to the shape of the foot for a custom fit over time — something we already noticed after just a few weeks of wearing them. Although there isn’t a true heel like with other slip-on sneakers we tried, the cupped heel of the clogs helps with stability and there is a strap that rests on the top of the foot so the tightness can be adjusted as needed.

The Details: 6 to 17.5 | Standard/wide and medium/narrow options | Adjustable straps

Best with Laces

Kizik Men's Lima

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Our Ratings

  • Fit

    4.4/5

  • Comfort

    4.8/5

  • Value

    4.6/5

  • Quality

    5/5

Why We Love It

  • They're breathable and made of high-quality materials that are sure to last.

What to Consider

  • The looser heel takes some getting used to.

Users who want the convenience of a slip-on shoe but the adjustability of a lace-up will love the Kizik Limas. They provide plenty of cushion for staying on your feet and feel spacious. The heel is wide enough that you can slip these on and off without morphing the structure, but aren't so loose that it causes heel chafing. Plus, the adjustable laces allow you to tighten these slip-ons as much as you need to feel secure. We found the Limas are so breathable, you can even wear them without socks while staying comfortable and sweat-free. The shoes are made of high-quality Rabbit foam outsoles for added cushion and traction as well as a durable knit upper that won't rip as you pop into these shoes and rush out the door.

The Details: 4.5 to 15 | Standard, wide, and extra-wide options | Adjustable laces

Best Lightweight

SeaVees Hawthorne Slip On

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Our Ratings

  • Fit

    5/5

  • Comfort

    5/5

  • Support

    4/5

  • Durability

    4/5

  • Value

    4/5

Why We Love It

  • The tall heel bumper prevented the back of our foot from slipping.

What to Consider

  • They provide little to no arch-support.

At just 12.8 ounces per pair, these lightweight shoes are both comfortable to wear and easy to pack — perfect for any warm-weather vacation. We found these shoes to fit true to size and be comfortable right out of the box. They did not cause any chafing, blistering, or red spots, even after wearing for long days of walking. The upper is made of light canvas and a natural rubber outsole so the shoe is quite breathable and cool.

We especially love how easy these are to slip on and off without using our hands at all. While they provide very little arch support, we like that the design is bendable enough to shove into checked or carry-on bags without much strategy. After our full test, they only show signs of wear and tear on the sole, the canvas upper still looks great and these slip-ons have become our go-to choice for when you need to head out the door in a hurry.

The Details: 7 to 17 | Half sizes

Other Slip-on Shoes for Men We Liked

We tried a number of super comfortable slip-on shoes and while we still recommend the shoes highlighted below, they fell short during testing due to minor issues with comfort and fit.

Casca Men’s Avro: These no-tie sneakers don’t have much arch support (which could be good for flat feet), but they have a nicer look to them for going into the office or out to dinner and the construction felt very sturdy and durable.

Tropicfeel Sunset: Ideal for those looking for everyday sneakers, the no-tie laces give these shoes a casual style while the high-quality construction adds support. There could be a bit more arch support, but there is still enough cushioning for comfort.

Our Testing Process

After wearing 22 sets of slip-on shoes for at least two weeks, we evaluated each pair based on comfort, support, durability, and fit. We tried a variety of styles including men's loafers, sneakers, clogs, and boat shoes to find a pick for every traveler. We took thorough notes and paid close attention to the break-in period (if there was one), the amount of arch support provided, and the durability of the shoes after wearing them while walking around the city, commuting to work, traveling through an airport, and running errands. To get a feel for the arch support, we wore the shoes for multiple hours at a time and tried to bend them in half to see how sturdy they were. In the end, our favorite pairs of slip-on shoes are easy to get on and off hands-free, feel sturdy enough to stand the test of time, and provide all-day comfort whether we’re sprinting through an airport or sightseeing in a new city.

Tips for Buying Slip-on Shoes for Men

Prioritize comfort

Arch support, cushioning, and soft materials all play a factor in wearing a comfortable shoe, especially for long periods of time. Upper and lining materials like knit, leather, and suede will be softer on the top of the foot and help prevent chafing, and a heel bumper will keep the back of the foot in place and stop it from potentially blistering. Midsoles should have arch support and cushioning built-in, but if you prefer to use custom insoles, make sure the included insoles are removable.

Look for a snug fit

You should be able to slide your foot into a slip-on shoe without using your hands but you’ll still want the fit to be on the more snug side. If the fit is loose, your heel will lift up which could cause blisters and make it feel less secure while walking or running. Depending on whether or not you wear socks with the shoes can also play a role with the fit, so consider sizing down if you don’t like to wear socks or sizing up if you tend to wear thicker socks.

Consider where you’ll be wearing them

If you’re planning on wearing slip-ons in the summer, be sure to look for breathable upper materials like mesh or cotton to help combat sweaty feet in the warmer months. For colder weather, opt for wool or synthetic materials that may be waterproof or thicker for warmth and protection against the elements.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Should I wear socks with slip-on shoes?

    Wearing a pair of socks or no-show socks can be super beneficial, especially if you’re breaking in your pair of slip-on shoes or if the fit of the shoe is a bit loose. Wearing socks can also help absorb moisture from the feet and prevent chafing on the sides or heels of your feet, so wearing them has benefits.

  • Are slip-on shoes good for walking?

    Slip-on shoes with the right comfort and support features can definitely be good for walking. You’ll want to look for arch support, cushioning, and soft materials to factor in comfort and consider breaking in the shoes before bringing them traveling to prevent possible blisters or pain from disrupting your trip.

  • How do I wash slip-on shoes?

    We recommend you defer to the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning a pair of shoes to ensure the longevity of the materials. Some slip-ons can be machine washed and others require delicate spot cleaning, so you’ll want to double check beforehand.

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Insights, advice, suggestions, feedback and comments from experts

As an expert in travel products and footwear, I can provide valuable insights and information on slip-on shoes for travel. I have extensive knowledge of various brands and models, and I can offer guidance on finding the most convenient, comfortable, and stylish slip-ons for your next trip.

In this article, "The 8 Best Slip-On Shoes for Men of 2024" by Anna Popp, the author reviews and tests a variety of slip-on shoes from trusted footwear brands. The goal is to evaluate the fit, comfort, support, durability, and value of each pair. The article includes top picks in different categories, such as best overall, best casual, best patterns, best loafer, best splurge, best clog, best with laces, and best lightweight slip-ons.

Best Overall: Hey Dude Wally Sox Shoes

The Hey Dude Wally Sox Shoes are highlighted as the best overall slip-on shoes for men. They are praised for their ultra-lightweight design, which makes them perfect for traveling and easy to slip on and off in TSA security lines. The shoes have thick and sturdy soles, providing support on various surfaces. The cotton upper is breathable and soft, but it is important to note that it is thin and may not be suitable for rainy or damp days. The Hey Dude Wally Sox Shoes are available in sizes 7 to 15 and come with removable insoles.

Best Casual: OLUKAI Laeahi Slip On Sneakers

The OLUKAI Laeahi Slip On Sneakers are recommended as the best casual slip-on shoes. They feature a mesh upper and midsoles designed to mimic the feeling of walking barefoot on sand. The compressive top material and cushioned footbed offer comfort and support, and the insoles can be removed and washed to extend the lifespan of the shoes. It is suggested to consider ordering a half-size down if wearing these slip-ons without socks, as the heel may slip up with a looser fit. The OLUKAI Laeahi Slip On Sneakers are available in sizes 7 to 15, including half sizes, and have a drop-in heel for added versatility.

Best Patterns: Vans Classic Slip-On Shoes

The Vans Classic Slip-On Shoes are featured as the best slip-ons with patterns. These iconic shoes come in over 40 patterns and colors, allowing travelers to choose a style that suits their personal taste. The canvas upper and thick rubber soles provide durability, although the shoes may not be the most breathable. There is a slight break-in period, but it does not cause significant discomfort or blistering. The Vans Classic Slip-On Shoes are available in sizes 3.5 to 13, including half sizes.

Best Loafer: G.H. Bass Logan Weejuns

The G.H. Bass Logan Weejuns are recommended as the best slip-on loafers for men. These hand-sewn loafers are made with high-quality leather and stitchwork, offering a premium look and feel. They have plenty of room in the toe area to avoid pinching and can accommodate wider feet. While the interior lacks cushioning and a softer lining, the loafers provide good arch support. However, it's important to note that they do not have traction on the bottom, so caution should be exercised on slippery surfaces. The G.H. Bass Logan Weejuns are available in sizes 7 to 13, including half sizes, and have a leather upper and sole.

Best Splurge: Naot Executive Director

The Naot Executive Director slip-ons are considered the best splurge. These leather shoes combine the functionality of slip-ons with the look of Chelsea-style boots. They feature a rugged leather upper and thick rubber sole for durability. The midsole arch support and cushioning provide exceptional comfort. The shoes have a unique design that allows for easy slip-on and off, and they run true to size. It is important to note that there is a break-in period for these shoes. The Naot Executive Director slip-ons are available in sizes 7 to 14 and come with removable insoles.

Best Clog: Birkenstock Boston Soft Clog

The Birkenstock Boston Soft Clog is highlighted as the best clog slip-on for men. These clogs have a leather upper that offers a rugged and outdoorsy look, while the suede-lined cork footbed provides impressive arch support and comfort. The clogs require no break-in period and mold to the shape of the foot over time. They feature a cupped heel for stability and an adjustable strap for a customizable fit. The Birkenstock Boston Soft Clog is available in sizes 6 to 17.5, with standard/wide and medium/narrow options.

Best with Laces: Kizik Men's Lima

The Kizik Men's Lima slip-ons are recommended as the best slip-ons with laces. These shoes offer the convenience of slip-ons with the adjustability of lace-up shoes. They provide cushioning and are made of high-quality materials for durability. The heel is wide enough to slip on and off without morphing the structure, but not so loose that it causes chafing. The adjustable laces allow for a secure fit. The Kizik Men's Lima slip-ons are available in sizes 4.5 to 15, including standard, wide, and extra-wide options.

Best Lightweight: SeaVees Hawthorne Slip On

The SeaVees Hawthorne Slip On is chosen as the best lightweight slip-on shoe for men. These shoes are comfortable to wear and easy to pack, making them ideal for warm-weather vacations. They fit true to size and are comfortable right out of the box. While they provide little to no arch support, the design is bendable and convenient for travel. The SeaVees Hawthorne Slip On is available in sizes 7 to 17 and comes in half sizes.

These are just some of the highlights from the article. The author also provides additional slip-on shoe options that were tested but did not make the top picks, as well as tips for buying slip-on shoes for men. The article offers a comprehensive overview of slip-on shoes for travelers and provides valuable insights based on first-hand testing and expertise.

If you have any specific questions or need further information on slip-on shoes or any other related topic, feel free to ask!

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