As the endless winter lockdown continues, many of us are now craving the most mundane aspects of our pre-Covid schedules–like putting on proper shoes in the morning. Whether you miss having somewhere to go, need better arch support or just want a reasonable alternative to fuzzy house slippers, here are some of the best slip-on shoes available.
The closed-toe sandal
Tkees Ines sandal, $195
This minimalist suede and leather closed-toe slip-on from Toronto-based casualwear brand Tkees is available in blush, navy, camel and black.
The metallic slide
These silver all-leather slides from Canadian leather goods brand L’intervalle add a notch of everyday glamour, with a 1.35-inch platform heel.
The pop of colour
Designed in Montreal, these small-batch ultraviolet loafers are sustainably handmade in southern Spain.
The classic loafer
This vegan leather loafer from backpack-purveyor Matt and Nat comes in two colours—black and sandy brown.
The slip-on sneaker
Ron White men’s sneaker, $395
Ron White’s sneakers have a removable insole with arch-support and a stretchy waterproof upper for better flexibility. They’re also slip-resistant with a leather lining—ideal for everyday wear.
The all-season flip-flop
Want Les Essentiels’ smart leather sandal is a far cry from your flimsy beach flip-flop. Its leather-covered toe posts and foam footbed are durable enough for long-term wear and will prevent any uncomfortable chafing.
The ballerina flat
Aldo Taitensis flat, $39.99
This pointy-toed black ballerina flat is made of vegan leather, with a rubber sole and quarter-inch heel.
The statement flat
Dr. Liza flat, $175
Dr. Liza flats are built with comfort at the top of mind. The shoe has a shock-absorbing heel, cushioned insole, arch support and is wide enough that your toes won’t get squished.
The boat slipper
Call it Spring men’s Badian shoe, $59.99
This vegan cross between a boat shoe and a slipper has a gripped sole and soft inner padding. Meanwhile, the striped laces add an extra dose of I-put-together-an-outfit-today energy.
The open-toed sandal
Maison Bēdard Lin sandal, $295
Maison Bēdard is a bridal footwear brand designed in Canada and manufactured in Italy. If you’re looking for convenient but good-looking shoes somewhere on the spectrum between a sandal and a flat (ahem, a flandal), try these on for size.
The leather sandal
Sorel, the Kitchener-founded footwear brand, is branching out of winter boots with a range of casual shoes, including this lightweight leather and mesh sandal.