15 Pool-Style Slides To Slip Your Feet Into

The slide has been a footwear mainstay for centuries — but, it wasn’t until 1974 (when Adidas launched its Adilette sandal) that the pool slide as we now know it came to be. Designed as a quick-drying option to wear post-workout, the easy-on-easy-off shoe was initially relegated to locker rooms and college lacrosse games. Around 2013, the style trickled into the high-fashion canon (as these things do) and then exploded into the mainstream.

The once functional footwear has ascended to the heights of luxury — with brands from Balenciaga to Gucci offering cheeky takes and the sporty stalwarts of New Balance, Nike, and Puma continuing to creatively riff on the original slide. Even 246-year-old footwear brand Birkenstock eventually got in on the game, creating an EVA version of its iconic buckled strap design. There’s never been a better footwear option for a summer spent (mostly) at home — they're simple, comfy, and chic — so we went ahead and hunted down the best of the best ahead.


Click through to see a selection of our favorite styles worth sliding your feet into.

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Adidas Adilette Aqua, $25.00 Buy
Vans Slide-on Sandal, $34.99 Buy
Cougar Prato Slide Sandal, $79.95 Buy
Birkenstock Arizona Essential Slide, $44.95 Buy
Merrell Merrell Hydro Slide Sandal, $40.00 Buy
PUMA Leadcat FTR Slides, $30.00 Buy
New Balance 200 Sandal, $20.00 Buy
Tory Sport Love Slides, $98.00 Buy
Nike Benassi JDI Slides, $30.00 Buy
Melissa Beach Slide Flower, $85.00 $33.20 Buy
APL Athletic Propulsion Labs Big Logo Techloom Slides, $100.00 Buy
Gucci Logo-print coated-canvas slides, $310.00 Buy
HERON PRESTON Quilted pool slides, $215.00 $129.00 Buy
Hunter Original Slide Sandal, $39.99 $28.98 Buy
Givenchy Silver Pool Slides, $350.00 Buy
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