As the world begins to open its doors again and the intrepid few creep out of their private spaces and into the light, we can’t stop thinking about the next time we’ll be poolside. Unfortunately, while the pool may be a sanctuary for many, it’s not famed for its style.

Excluding the 1960s, this arena has mostly been uninspired and downright ugly sartorially speaking. Luckily, though, summer 2021 brings with it a whole host of poolside footwear options in the form of luxury slides, allowing your shallow-end style to be better than ever.

Slides have long been the footwear of choice when treading the slippy perimeter of a swimming pool. This is down to their comfort, ease, and durability. Picking a pair of slides that actually looked good, however, has not been such an easy job. But with selections from Burberry, visvim, Rick Owens, and more, you’re sure to be stepping stylishly and securely on your next trip to the swimmer.

Browse our favorite luxury slides below.

Burberry Vintage Check Slides

Vintage Check Slides

Vintage Check Slides

$340

Burberry

Buy at Burberry

Few motifs hold more weight in the world of fashion than Burberry's Vintage Check. The inimitable tartan forms the stylistic foundation of this pair of sleek luxury slides.

TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Soloist. OOFOS Edition Signature Slides

OOFOS Edition Signature Slides

OOFOS Edition Signature Slides

$90

TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Soloist.

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

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TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Soloist. links up with OOFOS for a performance-forward slide with a luxury edge.

Birkenstock Kyoto Sandals

Kyoto Sandals

Kyoto Sandals

$135

Birkenstock

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Buy at ssense

Birkenstock's flagship styles steal the limelight, but behind the scenes, there is a range of lesser-known silhouettes that are doing their thing. One such silhouette is the Kyoto.

BY WALID Kris Slides

Kris Slides

Kris Slides

$355

BY WALID

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

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BY WALID has made a name for itself with signature patchwork creations. Patchwork extends to luxury slides too, by the way.

visvim Christo Folk Sandals

Christo Folk Sandals

Christo Folk Sandals

$1050

visvim

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Buy at ssense

Wise men wear visvim. This pair of shaman-style sides features a high-quality suede vamp with tassel detailing.

Balenciaga Quilted Home Sandals

Quilted Home Sandals

Quilted Home Sandals

$450

Balenciaga

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Buy at ssense

Some slides are so luxurious that they should probably stay indoors. Quilted satin iterations from Balenciaga fit squarely into that group.

Moncler Basile Striped Slides

Basile Striped Slides

Basile Striped Slides

$245

Moncler

Buy at Harvey Nichols

Moncler's tricolor stripe signature details the rubber vamp of this clean pair. Perfect for the poolside flex, the Moncler Basile Slides turn heads.

Off-White™ Industrial Slides

Industrial Slides

Industrial Slides

$180

Off-White™

Buy at Harvey Nichols

One of Off-White™'s early (and longest enduring) successes is its industrial webbing belt. The belt in question has been transplanted onto the strap of these faux-leather slides.

Rick Owens Arizona Sandals

Arizona Sandals

Arizona Sandals

from $370

Rick Owens

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Birkenstock has always been present in the world of high-quality slides but it's made a beeline for luxury fashion in recent seasons. Rick Owens collaborations have been a go-to tactic for the German brand.

Birkenstock x TOOGOOD Forager Sandals

Forager Sandals

Forager Sandals

$185

TOOGOOD

Buy at Matchesfashion

Similar to the Arizona silhouette, the Forager Sandals from Birkenstock & TOOGOOD feature a double-strap build for comfort.

KEEN UNEEK II Slides

UNEEK II Slides

UNEEK II Slides

$113

KEEN

Buy at Matchesfashion

KEEN is riding the wave of utilitarian style right now and doing it in effortless fashion. The UNEEK II slides boast a woven toe box and open heel for easy access.

Marni Faux-Shearling Slides

Faux-Shearling Slides

Faux-Shearling Slides

$340

Marni

Buy at Matchesfashion

There's a limit to the creativity that a label can exhibit on a pair of luxury slides, let's be honest. Marni succeeds in leaving its mark with a faux-shearling band across the toes.

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