Asking for a Friend: How to Wear Slides to Work

“Asking for a Friend” is our advice series that seeks to solve all manner of fashion predicaments. 

How often do you build your workday look from the shoes up? Often, right? And how often do you prioritize comfort? Often, right? At this time of year, that’s going to lead us to the sandal section of our closets.

The question: Are slides, by nature, too casual for the office—or are there ways to work the sport-chic angle for the 9-to-5?

All images by Victoria Kovios

The solution: Putting the more casual, après-workout varieties aside, it’s totally possible and completely modern to rock a fashion slipper among colleagues and partners. But here’s the deal: the fact of the matter is that you will always and only look great when you feel great. If your gut feeling is that a pair of slides—or any item—feels too casual, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to stride into the conference room feeling confident.

On the other hand, if you feel good about a look, all that’s left to do is own that feeling and walk (or, uh, slide) right through the door. Whether your office is a lifestyle-vibe coworking space, a classic corporate HQ or a startup with an open-plan room full of cozy quarters—or, really, anywhere in between—we offer these four looks for your consideration.


This studded Alexander Wang style is like an LBD of footwear, and it definitely plays against the sport-leisure DNA of slides. With the ruffled flair of a Veronica Beard skirt and the added interest of a rope-handle Rebecca Minkoff bag, the look is unquestionably sharp and of the moment.



Sometimes it’s a simple matter of twisting the classics. J.Crew’s animal print and rag & bone’s oversized checks evoke a relaxed, in-control, neo-trad vibe. The padded, crisscross beauties from Chloé say you’re just not going to let anything stress you.



With colors this rich, you can go about anywhere and do just about anything. And how about those proportions? Tibi’s wide-leg culottes and generous crêpe de Chine top feel both exotic and fresh. The sleek, elegant charm of those shapely(!) Jacquemus slides makes the whole look next level.

To read what Simon Jacquemus had to say about his “very French” footwear, check out our editorial on the summer capsule collection at SPACE.


With their healthy dose of embellishment, these Steve Madden sandals are textural dazzlers—and the white platform gives us a bit of a white sneaker vibe that cues up all kinds of creative license. We like the low-key but on-point look achieved by pairing them with Helmut Lang cropped flare-leg trousers in a cool scuba-like material and a Helmut Lang ever-so-slightly frayed-edge denim jacket. Can white slides be the new white sneakers? Denim jackets are, after all, the new blazers.

SHOP: all women’s slides | all women’s shoes

—Laura Cassidy