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Trending 14 January 2021

10 Brands Take on the Summer Slide Shoe Trend

Summer's must-have footwear style in all its glory.

As we re-enter the world of socially acceptable footwear, note: not ugg boots, we’ve been drawn to slide-on alternatives to the classic summer sandals. After all, sweltering hot days and long summer nights call for an easy slip-on shoe to upgrade your outfit, be gone fiddly buckles.

Words By Eliza Sears

Alias Mae

Alias Mae is the new kid on the Aussie footwear block.

Founded by Tom Kirkhope, Alias Mae is designed with the 21st Century fashionable woman in mind, producing sophisticated, classic designs alongside the most recent trends.

While this young handmade leather brand sells at an accessible price point, small runs and limited colour ranges ensure exclusivity in the age of designer drops and capsule collections.

With somewhat of a speciality in the ugly yet chic sandal, Alias Mae shoes are chunky, bold and above all else stylish.

So, while sandals are a practical choice over the warmer months, from brunch in the Paris slip on to drinks in the Macy mule, an Alias Mae design will be the cherry on top of any outfit.

Alias Mae Noah, $199.95, The Iconic

Dear Frances

With the ultimate goal of slowing the fashion cycle through quality design, materials and manufacturing, luxury women’s shoe brand, Dear Frances, understands the art of enduring design.

Known for their cult Spirit Boots, Dear Frances offers styles to hero a classic wardrobe by redefining the modern woman’s classics.

Hand-made by multi-generational artisans in Italy, Dear Frances only uses the best textiles to create architectural silhouettes that will remain a staple in any wardrobe for years to come.

From strappy flat slides to mid-heel mules, Dear Frances’ collection of sandals will step with you through this summer and many more.

Dear Frances Chaise Mule, $485, Dear Frances


Sydney label, AERE specialise in linen garments designed to epitomise an endless summer.

Offering customers a more sustainable wardrobe with natural materials, neutral tones and classic designs AERE offers the ultimate minimalist wardrobe staples.

Emblematic of the effortless Australian style we know and love, AERE’s sandals range are no different.

With crossover and simple single leather straps, cork and wood-like soles AERE keep it simple, reflecting their minimalist approach to dressing in their footwear as well.

Whether you’re dressing for sweltering days spent at the beach, a picnic in the park, casual Friday at work or your local farmers market, AERE sandals will take you there.

AERE Brunswick Leather Slides, $89, The Iconic


Berlin-based lifestyle brand aeyde offers luxury goods designed to integrate into a modern wardrobe.

Built on a strict standard of design, meticulous craftsmanship and transparent, direct to consumer approach aeyde is luxury sophistication personified.

Aeyde’s commitment to transparency spans the entire process from idea conception to sale.

Aeyde’s signature simple, everlasting design can evolve with your style, ensuring your investment now will become a staple piece; you can pair with other timeless pieces or the latest trend.

The Marina leather slides are the perfect flat to wear with your favourite summer dress and can be dressed up and down no matter the occasion. If a little extra height is what you’re after, the Larissa leather mules with a block heel are the perfect option.

Aeyde Larissa Leather Mules, $430, Aeyde


We know and love Chloé for their flirty, feminine designs, and their sandals are no exception.

Chloé’s woody flat mule is an absolute summer essential. Available with canvas or leather straps and a rubber sole, this shoe is the ultimate casual sophistication we look for during the warmer months.

Donning the Iconic Chloé logo print, this simple sandal will upgrade any outfit without fear of overdressing.

Drenched in history, the mules don ecru stitching, typical of Chloé designs, adding an equestrian detail to the sole of the shoe.

Available in a wealth of colours and with subtle differences in design, the Chloé woody flat mule is an essential addition to your summer wardrobe.

CHLOÉ Woody Flat Mule Sandal in Leather Patchwork, $553, CHLOÉ

Country Road

Heritage Australian brand, Country Road is synonymous with a simple, effortless aesthetic.

With customers spanning across generations, young and old, Country Road has captured the hearts of Australians from the classic Country Road bag dutifully carried by tweens in the early 2010s to logo covered jumpers donned by everyone and anyone on a breezy night spent on the coast; there is no denying our affinity for the iconic brand.

Country Road’s summer sandal offering is expansive with a wide range of styles designed to keep you feeling and looking stylish and cool as we endure hot days and muggy nights.

Country Road Mila Slide, $129, Country Road

Tony Bianco

Family-owned footwear brand, Tony Bianco has been a constant in the Australian fashion industry since 1972.

The brand offers affordable, quality shoes to the high-end alternatives we’d loved to buy but don’t quite have the budget.

Designed for street-luxe dressing, Tony Bianco has their finger on the pulse of global trends, ensuring they don’t miss a beat when it comes to offering the Australian market the latest in footwear.

From the thick quilted straps on the geena honey sheep nappa slides, to the double buckle design of the hunter tan como sandals, a pair of Tony Bianco sandals are sure to draw the attention of fellow fashion lovers.

Tony Bianco Aristia Black Flats, $99.95, Tony Bianco


Novo Shoes

NOVO Shoes is here to help us stay on trend without breaking the bank.

Whether you’re working from home or returning to the workplace, the idea of wearing anything but slippers or perhaps a trusty pair of Birkenstocks can seem like a big step after spending much of the last 12 months at home.

Fear not, NOVO and their team of designers have incorporated extra cushioning and transitional design into their latest collection. Take the ZABOL Slides, for example, a chic paired back slide designed to seamlessly go with any outfit and take you from the office to dinner while offering superior cushioning.

With a wide array of colours (NOVO have leaned into our collective love of pastels) and styles (think 90s) available there is a shoe to suit any occasion.

Novo Squeeze Slides, $69.95, Novo Shoes

Bottega Veneta

Italian luxury fashion house, Bottega Veneta, best known for their intrecciato technique of hand-woven leather, a coveted design in fashion circles values construction above all else.

While the hand-woven design may be most recognizable on handbags, the heritage brand also uses the technique on their sandals, meaning you can get your hands on the iconic design in the form of a pair of shoes as well.

If you prefer your shoes bold, Bottega Veneta’s collection of summer sandals are guaranteed to fill your cup with bright red, acid green, vintage blue and coral just some of the colours on offer as well as more muted tones for the neutral lovers.

Bottega Veneta Stretch Flat Sandals, $1,410, Bottega Veneta


Founded in 2015 by Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto, LA-based brand Staud believes fashion shouldn’t just empower women — it should be accessible, too.

Designed with the cool fashion girl in mind, Staud has taken on the trend-driven fashion world, developed their own cult products and garnered a loyal following.

With a whiff of nostalgia in all their designs, Staud has embraced our love of the 90s, the shoulder bag’s resurgence, and most recently square-toed sandals.

Leaning into the trend, all of Staud’s summer sandals feature the harsh square design and thick straps, making a convincing case for us to invest in a pair as the square-toed feature doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere just yet.

Staud Frankie Wavy Sandal, $295, Staud