In Case You Hate Tying Shoelaces: 10 Best Places to Buy Minimalist Slip-On Sneakers
These no-frills pairs would match all your outfits.
(SPOT.ph) Sneakers have long been considered a shoe-rack staple. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast who needs maximum support, a collector who likes to stock up on various colors and styles, or just someone who needs comfy kicks for errands and busy days, there’s a pair out there for you. When we think of sneakers, we often picture classic lace-ups, which tend to cover the entire foot up until the ankle and need to be tied and tightened when worn. We’re sure you’ve got your own pair (or more likely, several pairs) in your collection by now, but one style you may be overlooking is the slip-on sneaker. Imagine a shoe that delivers the same level of comfort and support that a lace-up style would, but without, well, the laces. These lace-free sneakers provide not only a more no-frills look—perfect for those who like versatile shoes that can be paired with a variety of outfits—but also a more convenient silhouette that slips right onto the foot and best of all, never gets untied. If you’re looking to add a pair or two to your shoe rack, we list a few shops where you can stock up.
Here's where to buy stylish slip-on shoes in Metro Manila:
Price: P2,895 each
Local brand Ducky creates shoes that can withstand your long walks through the dusty, puddle-covered streets of Metro Manila. Their flagship shoe, the Rubber Ducky, is a slip-on sneaker with a mostly plain design—a solid color up top with a white rubber sole underneath—and an upper made from waterproof vegan leather, which promises to stay intact even after some accidental spills or splashes. You can get it in a variety of colors—from neutrals like off-white, beige, black, brown, and olive as well as stand-out shades like yellow, blue, and red—so you should have no problem finding a pair that suits your styles and matches all your outfits. You can also go for their Ducky Lite, which is similarly waterproof, but a little bit lighter than the Rubber Ducky.
Price: P3,990 each
AVG Supply is all about clean, fuss-free sneakers in versatile shades. Their lace-up Low Top is a popular pick, but be sure not to miss out on their Slip-On, which comes in white, black, gray, and nude. They’ve got lace-free pairs made from leather and suede, both of which can be dressed up or down depending on how you style them.
Price range: P1,490 to P1,990
You may have already seen Uniqlo’s Cotton Canvas Slip-Ons and knit lace-ups, two pairs that stay true to the Japanese retailer’s form-meets-function philosophy and budget-friendly price range (they’re less than P2,000 each). The latest addition to their lineup, the Knitted Sneakers offer the same no-frills look, but with a more elevated aesthetic thanks to a textured fabric sole (inspired by espadrilles), a slim silhouette, and a stretchy collar lining. You can get the pair in Black and Khaki.
Available online and at Uniqlo stores nationwide.
Price range: P695 to P1,450
MUJI sneakers are a great option if you’re looking for shoes that are as no-nonsense as can be. Though their lace-up styles are also worth checking out, their slip-ons are ideal if you prefer kicks with zero bells and whistles. Go for the Water Repellent Comfort Slip-On for a skater shoe-like style or choose the Lightweight Babouche Sneakers if you’re looking for slip-ons that are closer to ballet flats silhouette-wise. Both styles are available in neutral shades like Black, Off White, and Mocha Brown.
Price range: P2,600 to P9,500
Though Adidas is known for bulkier, more stand-out sneakers like the Stan Smith or the Forum Low, they’ve also got a range of slip-ons in simple designs perfect for casual dressers who like to keep it lowkey. Look out for pairs like the Nizza RF Slip Shoes, which are free of frills except for a subtle logo printed onto the upper, or the skater shoe-inspired Kurin, which does away with any ornamentation in favor of a sleek, versatile design that comes in black, white, pink, and gray. Other lace-free iterations in their lineup include slip-on versions of popular silhouettes like the Superstar, the UltraBoost, and the Lite Racer.
Price range: P2,590 to P4,995
Keds likes to go all-out with cutesy, preppy designs—their Kate Spade collaboration being a prime example—but they also have pairs that go the more minimalist route. Check out their Double Decker Slip-Ons for a classic tennis shoe-like look (minus the laces) and a bit of a height boost. You can go for a more rustic aesthetic with their Chillax A-Line Jute slip-ons, or try a more ballet flat-inspired style with their Teacup sneakers. Plus, if you love the look of eyelets on a shoe, their Chillax II line features slip ons that look just like lace-ups—tongue and eyelets included—but without the actual shoelaces.
Price range: P3,098 to P5,498
Unlike other sneaker brands that are known for their lace-ups but release lace-free styles down the line, Toms is famous specifically for their signature slip-on sneaker known as the Alpargata. The pair feature a distinct look with a soft canvas exterior and a slim sole, both of which come together to create a laidback look with a nautical feel. They offer a variety of colors and patterns, but you can also go for their other slip-ons (like the Clemente and the Avalon) if you want something a little sportier.
Price range: P3,495 to P3,695
Look out for Sperry’s Pier Wave sneakers the next time you’re browsing their lineup. These stylish slip-ons sport a mostly no-frills design with a thick rubber sole and a fabric upper that comes in versatile colors like white, gray, and pastel pink. Though these kicks keep it mostly lowkey, they stay true to the brand’s nautical aesthetic thanks to the stripes on the sole, which give the pair a subtle summery look that fits right in with the brand’s style philosophy.
Price range: P2,998 to P4,298
We’re sure you’ve seen the classic Vans slip-on sneaker, which is decked out in a black-and-white checkerboard pattern that’s as versatile as it is distinct. In case you prefer something a little more undertstated, you’ll be glad to kow that same silhouette in solid colors like black, blue, gray, oliv, pastel pink, and more. You still get that signature skater-shoe shape and white rubber sole, but in simpler designs that will be easier to pair with all your outfits.
See a list of Vans retailers.
Harlan + Holden
Price: P5,950 each
You probably know Harlan + Holden best for their elegant and minimalist fashion pieces, but did you know they’ve also got shoes? In particular, you’ll want to check out their Therapy Shoes, which exude that same polished and understated look you’ll see on their clothes thanks to a fuss-free slip-on design. Silhouette-wise, the shoe leans closer to classic lace-ups with thick soles and upper coverage that extends towards the ankle bone. Available in white, black, and brown, the pair features memory-foam soles as well as soft poly fiber knit uppers, which keep it lightweight, breathable, and even odor-minimizing.
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