A good slip-on shoe for women should be comfortable, have a good grip, fit well, and be easy to get on and off. Slip-ons are perfect for traveling, walking, or doing errands. They also work well as a closed-toe alternate for the summer since you can wear them with or without socks.
Whether you love the ease and convenience of a slip-on, or you hate bending over to tie shoestrings, we have found 12 of the most comfortable slip on shoes for women.
Vans Classic Slip-on
The Vans Classic Slip-on has been around forever and has become a classic in its own right. This style has a little bit of arch support, along with a padded footbed to help with comfort.
They are a good, casual option if you want to put on a comfortable style that you can wear out and about. It is primarily made of canvas, and the simple styling means that you can wear them with almost anything. They feel very durable and well made, so you should be able to get many years wear out of them.
The design’s sole and overall structure is a little bit hard, so if you are prone to blisters, this may not be the right style for you.
Available on Zappos.com
Sanuk Women’s Fiona Flat
Sanuk are well known for their super comfortable footwear. They offer a few different easy on and off shoes for women, with the Fiona Flat being one of their most popular. This casual option is vegan-friendly, has a frayed edging and an animal print lining. Since they are a light canvas, they should stretch out slightly the more you wear them.
The Fiona has something called a high-rebound footbed that is the key to this design’s comfortable feel. It is also manufactured with an Aegis antimicrobial treatment, which should help with odor, especially if you are wearing the shoes without socks. The Fiona is cute and comfortable and will go with most relaxed summer looks. One of the best things about this style is that you don’t need to break them in; they are comfortable from the first time that you put them on.
Available on Amazon
TOMS Women’s Classic Slip-On
The super-popular TOMS Women’s Classic Slip-On is excellent for a quick on and off style that you can wear for many different types of activities. It isn’t a style you would get for walking long distances or if you are on your feet at work for extended periods, as they don’t have much in the way of arch support.
When you first get them, they can feel a little small, but they generally stretch and mold to your feet the more you wear them. This style is easy to put on and simple enough that they will go with a wide variety of outfits. If you’re going to be wearing them without socks, it is generally recommended to go a half size smaller.
Available on Toms.com
Skechers Sport Women’s No Limits Slip-On Mule Sneaker
Skechers have mastered the art of making comfortable footwear. Not only are the Skechers Sport Women’s No Limits Slip-On Mule Sneaker super easy to get on and off, but they also look good and are relatively fashionable.
This mule comes with a triple-layered inner sole, which is the key feature that makes it so soft and comfy. Also, this style is an excellent option for those whose feet run a little hot, as they can keep your feet cool because of the Air Cooled Memory Foam, backless design, and the partial mesh fabric used on the upper part of the design.
The other feature that adds to the comfort level is they are incredibly lightweight. They are so light and comfortable that women who wear them often described the experience as feeling like walking on clouds.
Available on Amazon
Skechers Performance Women’s Go Walk Slip-On
If you love Skechers comfort but don’t love the open back style of the No-Limits design listed above, they also have their best selling Performance Women’s Go Walk Slip-On. It is a very popular design for health concerns like plantar fasciitis, arthritis, or knee issues.
This design works well for health issues because it is light, flexible, and has a little bit of stretch to it if you are experiencing swelling. They are easy to get off and on, and you don’t have to worry about tripping or slipping out of them, which can be a concern if you go for a mule style. They have excellent arch support and contain the Skechers super comfortable memory foam. The other great thing about the Go Walk is that it is washable, which is essential if you wear this style without socks and run into issues with odor.
It isn’t the most fashionable option, but it does come in a nice variety of colors and patterns so you can coordinate them with your clothes. The only downside to this style is that the sole can wear down quickly.
Available on Amazon.com
Rothys are one of the more buzzed-about casual shoe brands over the last few months after Megan Markle wore a pair of their flats. They are an exciting eco brand that uses recycled water bottles to make the upper part of their design.
While shoes made out of recycled water bottles may not sound all that comfortable, they have an excellent reputation for comfort, and they are pretty stylish to boot.
Available on Rothys.com
Easy Spirit Women’s Traveltime Mule
If you would prefer a harder, more molded design that is still comfortable, the Easy Spirit Women’s Traveltime Mule is quite a popular option. It has more support than other styles listed in this post, but it is still super comfortable and effortless to get on, especially if you have trouble bending to tie laces.
They are backless, but they have a small lip that holds in your foot in the back, preventing your heel from slipping. The arch support is good, and if you need to put in your custom orthotics, it is easy to do as it has a removable insert. The Traveltime Mule comes in a wide range of color combos and options (25, I think), as well as different fabrics and patterns. You can also get them in various widths.
Available on Zappos.com
Ilse Jacobsen 139 Perforated Slip-On Sneaker
These Ilse Jacobsen Tulip 139 Perforated Slip-On Sneakers are a popular light and airy design you can find at Nordstrom. Like many other options on this list, they have almost no break-in period, which means they are comfortable right from the get-go. They are also very breathable since they have perforated holes on the upper, so your feet shouldn’t sweat, even while wearing socks. Women who own the Tulip 139 love the comfort fit that features a well-cushioned insole that makes them easy to walk in. Despite the casual look women find, they feel nice, not sloppy and lots of women like them so much that they buy them in multiple colors.
Some women find the Tulip 139 to be comfortable for wearing for long periods or if you have to do a lot of walking. This style would make a great travel shoe since it is easy to get off while going through security, and your feet won’t overheat in hot weather.
Available from Nordstrom
Grasshoppers Women’s Windham
The Grasshoppers Women’s Windham is a comfy style with a little bit of a different style than others on our list. The insoles are very soft and provide some arch support; they can also be removed if you prefer to add your own inserts.
This boat style can be worn with shorts, casual skirts, and jeans. The inside of the Grasshopper has been designed to wick moisture away and is antimicrobial, so you can wear the Windham without worrying about odor. If you have wide feet, the Grasshopper probably wouldn’t be a good choice, but they do come in regular and narrow widths.
Available on Amazon
Merrell Women’s Encore Breeze 3
The Merrell Women’s Encore Breeze 3 is one of the more sporty looking slip-on available. Even though the Breeze 3 looks like it has a mesh fabric upper, it is just a covering of solid fabric. Some people find this shoe to be quite warm, while others say they are breathable and great for the summer. They have a solid feel to them with a moderately heavy sole (compared to other options on this list).
The Encore has a moderate amount of arch support, so they can be worn for walking or standing for long periods. They are reasonably easy to get into without having to pull on and won’t slide off easily like other mule styles.
Available on Amazon
Clarks Women’s CloudSteppers Sillian Paz
It’s hard to do a post on comfortable shoes without including at least one pair of Clarks. Clark’s Cloudsteppers are a very popular walking design that comes in a slip-on style that many women love. They are made of a soft leather upper that can work well if you need a comfortable yet professional-looking style that would work in an office environment.
They aren’t the most stylish footwear going, but they are very light, and a lot of people who have foot issues or joint pain swear by these shoes to help get them through the day with a minimal amount of pain.
Available at Amazon
Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Madison Fashion Sneaker
Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Madison Fashion Sneaker is a wonderfully casual and relaxed design built for maximum comfort. The Madison has a decent amount of support, so they are great for walking or as a comfortable slip-on option for around the house.
They come in a lot of colors and are very cute and stylish. Many women love this sneaker for traveling because you can squish them up and throw them in your suitcase. They are light, attractive, and washable and make a good, inexpensive, easy to wear option for the summer.
Available on Amazon.com
What to look for:
Colors- Most of the styles on our list come in a decent variety of colors. The Ked’s, Easy Spirit, and Tom’s probably have the most colors to choose from if you are looking for something a little different.
Removable Insoles – If you wear custom orthotics or need to add an insert for arch support, make sure you get a design that has a removable insole.
Can they be washed? Since many women like to wear their mule styles without socks, it can lead to an odor that can be difficult to eliminate without washing. Some of the shoes on our list that can be washed are the Champions and the Skechers.
Sizing – Sizing varies a little bit across the different brands. If you need a narrow or wide width, you may be a bit more limited in what is available. If you order online, make sure you check reviews to see if reviewers give any advice on whether the shoe runs big or small.
Arch support- Generally, you aren’t going to get much arch support in a slip-on shoe, although there are a few exceptions. The Easy Spirit, Merrell, and the Clarks are good options if you are looking for arch support.
Style -Some of the styles of mules are very stylish and fashionable, and some not so much. If you are purely looking for comfort, you may have to sacrifice some style.
Price– Like all footwear, the price range varies considerably for different types of comfortable shoes. The cheapest options are the Keds or the Champions, and the most expensive are probably the Clarks.
Skid Resistant– Slip-ons can be extremely convenient and comfortable to wear, but they can also come with their own issues that some people might not consider. If the person wearing the shoe has limited mobility and is prone to slipping, you may want to ensure that any footwear that is bought is skid resistant and has a back, even if it is just a small lip, to prevent slipping out of the shoe.
Socks or no socks– Before buying, you should consider whether you will be wearing footwear with socks or not. If you are not planning on wearing socks, some people recommend sizing down half a size, although this depends on the shoe, and you should check any sizing charts that are put out by the manufacturer.
Are they easy to get on and off -Many people turn to mules due to health or physical issues that make bending down to tie up laces very difficult. Not all slips-on will work well for women who have difficulty bending over. If the design has a back, you will probably still have to bend over to adjust the shoe. Mule styles with a minimal lip at the back are the best if you have any issues with bending over.