When it comes to footwear, slides can rank among the most controversial. Hatred of this humble staple usually boils down to two things: an aversion to the near-inevitable plastic construction or an aversion to seeing other peoples’ toes.
Now, when it comes to those in column B, we really can’t help with that – those are your own foot-digit demons and yours alone. For those in column A, though – well – that’s a different story.
While a whole lot of slides (and slide-type shoes) are very much still petrochemical-derived when they’re not made from
animal-based materials – even, or perhaps especially, those from brands with the means and notoriety to try other solutions – it’s no longer the only way.
Or, at the very least, it needn’t make up the bulk of a shoe where the main characteristic is having barely any bulk at all.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of slides and sandals for the summer season, selected for their sustainability credentials, lightweight construction and/or their looks. (Because, yes, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but what’s on the outside is right there for everyone to see.)