10 Pool Slides to Wear on Dry Land (but Stay Drippin’)

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It’s been a long journey for men to take care of themselves in the manner that they should in 2019. Over the past decade-plus, the way men present themselves, how they look and what they wear has been elevated. This maturation represents a willingness to accept growth and to lean into things that were once considered unbecoming of a traditional “manly man” (whatever that means).

Take slides, for instance. There’s an interesting history behind the shoe once reserved for the poolside. Years ago, they were widely considered the devolution of good style. Wearing them meant you were lazy and showed a lack of aesthetic imagination. Fast-forward a few decades and slides are now being produced by high-fashion brands in an assortment of premium materials and varied shapes. The men wearing them aren’t considered a loaf or unimaginative, but instead uniquely vindicated and part of the style enlightenment. Wearing slides without a pool or the beach nearby speaks to a heightened level of confidence.

So, what does all this mean for you? It means you should delightfully wear open-toed footwear this summer—and not just on vacation. Being deliberate about your style equals confidence, and confidence undoubtedly breeds good style. You’ll never doubt yourself in these must-have, summer-ready slides. Meet ten pool slides that don’t need water, and check out our ratings of how much they drip on a scale of one to five water emojis. ?

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Bape College Slides

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Japanese streetwear stalwart BAPE has managed to produce the quintessential slide for summer. It’s understated yet boisterous, and it proves that an iconic logo can breathe life into even the simplest shoe.

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Kith x Birkenstocks Boston Birko-Flor

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The most recognizable name in sandals has been and will continue to be Birkenstock. Pair that with Kith, Ronnie Fieg’s ubiquitous streetwear label, and you have a summer staple ideal for casual and elevated looks.

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Guccio Gucci S.p.A.

Gucci Slide Sandals

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Future might have launched Gucci flip-flops into popular culture, but they firmly stand on their own apart from his famous one-liner. This quilted black pair is as luxe as they come. Your summer stunts await.

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Nike, Inc.

Nike Benassi “Fanny Pack” Slides

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Quite possibly the most functional slide ever with its built-in fanny pack. Nike seamlessly packs trend on top of trend with this clever new creation.

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Vans, A VF Company

Vans Slide-On

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Vans’ checkerboard print looks great in slip-on or slide-on form. This is your chance to properly pull off the latter.

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Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Waterfront Mules

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You know how people stare at the family with matching Louis Vuitton luggage at the airport? Get ready for those same envious looks when you pull up to the pool party in these LV mules.

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Givenchy Slides

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If you’re going to rock slides this summer, go big with a little color. Lime green is one of the hottest trends this season, and Givenchy’s polyurethane mint green slide is next level.

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adidas America Inc.

Adidas Adilette Slides

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Not every pair of slides needs to cost an ungodly amount of money. The Adidas Adilette issimple, classic and—best of all—affordable.

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Dries Van Noten Criss-Cross Webbing Slides

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For menswear nerds around the world, few designers are more revered than Dries Van Noten. His criss-cross slides bend the notion of what a slide actually is and should look like...which is exactly why you need it.

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Ashworth and Parker Limited

Grenson “Kendrick” Slides

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Grenson, largely known for its wingtips and bucks as opposed to slides and sandals, flips the script with its “Kendrick” slides. The stripped-down style is equal parts new American and old-century Britain.

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