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Fashion March, 27 2013

Buyer’s Guide: A Selection Of The Best Slip On Sneakers

Vans must be pretty pissed off. Their Classic Slip On design has been around for ages and then last year Celine comes along and basically remodeled the same design and flogged it for a less affordable but more desirable price tag. The kicker? They weren’t even menswear, but you could just about get away with them if you were a US 9-9.5. Now everyone wants to effortlessly slide their feet into a pair of sneakers they don’t have to fuck about tying the laces of, men and women. And thankfully, the rest of the fashion world has come through with a load of spin offs to sate our lazy foot-donning attitude. When the weather finally gives way to some plus temperatures, and knowing the bipolar attitude of it so far things are gonna swing way up the mercury,  be fully prepared with some appropriate footwear. Nobody wants to be caught short catching funghal infections from the amount of sweat building up under your Jordan’s, ew. And who even wear sandals? Check out our selection of the best slip on sneakers available now after the jump.

Vans OG Classic Slip Ons White

Don’t let these Vans classic white plimsolls fool you, they’re the real deal slip ons that you can grow closer to and more fond of as they age not so gracefully. I guess it’s like watching your new born child grow into a terrible wreck of a human being as you don’t give them the care and respect they deserve, except with sneakers you can always replace them. And at £55, you can do that as many times as you like. Buy them now from Present London.

 

Diemme x Trés Bien Garda Slip On Grey

Italian premium footwear brand Diemme are best known for their boots, or maybe only known for their boots. But this season they’ve teamed up with Swedish store Trés Bien and released a range of slip on sneakers, and that was a very smart move of them. The collection includes five different styles, each featuring a mix of leathers on the upper as well as a full leather liming. The pair above in grey feature a leather and embossed suede upper combination. Buy them directly from Trés Bien.

 

Our Legacy Slip On Orange Moleskin 

The iconic slip on shape has been reinterpreted by Our Legacy to feature a knitted moleskin upper with a compressed finished in a burnt orange. Fully water repellant and lined with leather these shoes are bold but understated, live the life of the guy who wears those really bright creps but in a style that doesn’t make you feel like you’ve just walked out of Highsnobiety. Oh, wait… Find yours in store or online from Soto.

 

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Suede Slip On Shoes

These are the kind of slip ons you really don’t want to fuck up, because realising you’ve destroyed €400 worth of woven leather will be more painful than knowing you’ve ruined a child’s life. Potentially.  Slip on shoes might be the last word in casual dressing but casual to Bottega Veneta is like what restrained behaviour is to Terry Richardson. Unusual. Get yours from Mr Porter.

 

Undercover Men’s Logo Print Slip Ons

Cult Japanese brand Undercover have been known to indulge in subtle offensiveness in the past, but for this pair of navy slips ons they’ve just decided to feature a faint polka dot pattern. Oh. No, wait. Oh, right, yeah, that is actually a repeated pattern of a tiny little flesh colored hand flipping the bird. Made from leather and rubber, the shoes are finished with a branded tab at the side seam. And the cushioned cuff makes them a dream to slide into. Buy yours now from Oki-Ni.

 

Vans Classic Slip On Tie Dye

If Vans started from the bottom with their white slips on, now they’re here. Tie dye has always been a trickier one in theory than in reality. In reality, if you’re not white with dreadlocks and a penchant for drinking herbal teas out of a jam jar then it looks excellent nestled in amongst any other normal outfit. Or maybe you want to go for that vibe, in which case, jump straight in. Buy them now from End Clothing.

 

Diemme Red Garda Slip Ons

For twenty years Diemme have produced slip ons for brands such as Bottega Veneta and Vans, now they’re employing this experience into their own range of this style. This pair is built on a rubber base with a suede crafted upper in two tone red. Lined and edged with leather, no quality has been compromised even down to the tiniest of details. Find yours online at Oki-Ni.

 

Vans Aged Leather Slip Ons

Making a slip on sneaker in dark brown aged leather is a segway to serious adulthood. Before too long you’ll only ever be wearing Gucci loafers and trousers with a seam permanently ironed down the front of the legs. But before your dreams are crushed and a life of perpetual seriousness weighs down on you, enjoy a dalliance between the two with the above pair from Vans. Available now from the Vans online store.

 

Undercover Leopard Print Ponyskin

I love leopard print. But according to some conspiracy theories, leopard print is encouraged by the illuminati among young pop starlets because it represents and implies ‘the sex kitten’. I say, get hold of a pair of these ponyskin slip ons from Undercover and wear them non-stop, subvert these sexually objectifying subliminal tropes. You down? Get them now from Mr Porter.

 

Acne Hans Striped Slip Ons

In typically Acne style, this pair of slip ons follow the norm on paper but in reality their subtle details make them stand out from the norm. Leather lined with a black and navy wide stripe pattern and a two-tone sole, they’re slightly more fashion forward than some of the other slip ons featured because of their minimalist design. Classic Acne. Buy yours now from Mr Porter.

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