If you’re fortunate enough to work from home, you might also be unfortunate enough to learn what happens to your feet when you stop wearing shoes on hard floors—collapsed arches much? So, shoes it is! But, if your pandemic-phobia has led you to designate separate indoor and outdoor shoes, easy access is key. Who wants to spend time swapping shoes and tying laces every time you need to take the trash out? Here, 12 backless summer shoes that will make your WFH situation much more stylish.
12 Backless Summer Shoes That Are Easy to Slip On & Take Off
1. Mule In Black Glaze By Zou Xou
Designer Katherine Theobalds founded Zou Xou to practice slow fashion—her kicks are produced in small quantities with responsible manufacturing practices. The result? A range of sandals, flats and heels that are “well-made, unfussy and minimal.” We’re a fan of these mules because they’re polished and professional enough to wear when you (eventually) return to the office.
Buy it ($245)
2. Cla By Loza Maléombho
These handmade slides from Loza Maléombho also come in a transparent PVC version. Fear not: the red fringe is the showstopper on both versions.
Buy it ($80)
3. Greg Shoe In Cow By Brother Vellies
Getting a ‘90s flashback? These slip-ons are reminiscent of your beloved Birkenstock clogs but, dare we say, much more special. Just look at that Western-style buckle. Plus, they’re handmade with cow hair, an animal byproduct. You can read more about Brother Vellies' sustainability model here.
4. Blush Flip Flop By Aminah Abdul Jillil
Awarded Accessory Designer of The Year by Essence Magazine, Aminah Abdul-Jillil’s luxury footwear is bold yet feminine. We can see these flip flops paired with jeans and a white tee or dressed up with a silk midi.
5. Magenta And Rose Tatreez Mule By Darzah
Yes, these bright and beautiful shoes are a sight for sore eyes. But there's also more to the story; they're hand-crafted by refugee and low-income women artisans using tatreez embroidery, a centuries-old Palestinian art form.
6. Patent Leather Slip-on Loafers By Weejuns
So what if that Google Hangout can’t see your feet? You mean business in these black and white dress shoes.
7. Panama Mules By Matisse
The espadrille sole screams summer, but the bow means business.
8. Gloria Slides By Cecelia New York
Add a little shimmer to your home office with these comfortable-but-chic mules…that also happen to hide your botched at-home pedicure.
9. Maci Sky Milled Nubuck By Dansko
Don’t be fooled. These trendy clogs have arch support that’s infused with Dankso’s EVA footbed, including memory foam cushioning.
10. Neon Yellow Swedish Hasbeens
Speaking of clogs…we’re living for this ‘70s-inspired neon. Made with chrome-free natural-grain leather upper, these do soften and slightly stretch as you wear them, but according to reviews, they do tend to run small and narrow.
11. Kiki Tassel Espadrille Mule By Soludos
This breezy footwear from Soho brand Soludos sure makes you feel like you’re on vacay even if you’re filing TPS reports from your couch.
Buy it ($75)
12. Cairo Mule By Steve Madden
It’s a little heel with a lot of style. BTW, anything woven is trending hard this summer.