Because when you're trying to get out the door with kids, tying your own laces takes way too much time.
I'm currently on a summer shopping quest for the Holy Grail of mama footwear: the women's slip-on shoe. One that's comfortable, looks good, and most importantly, allows you to put on in seconds. Let's face it, we all know getting out the door with a small child is no easy feat, and by the time you've gotten your little one (or multiple little ones) ready to venture out into the world, the last thing you want to do is lean over and tie your own laces. And if you're pregnant? That's a big "no thanks".
Listen, motherhood is a million feelings all wrapped into one, but one thing I think we can all agree on is the search for products and hacks that help make mom life easier. When it comes to exiting your home with small children, enter the women's slip-on shoe. Whether it's hitting the playground, taking a much-needed "me time" walk or dinner out with friends, these women's shoes are comfortable, stylish and most importantly, easy to put on. Happy shopping!
Ready to be active in less time? Here's a roundup of Motherly staff picks and high-rated slip-on shoes for women.
For active outings, check out these slip-on sneakers:
I'm very intrigued by Utah-based shoe brand, Kizik. This sneaker is built with responsive cushioning soles and a mesh upper for enhanced breathability. With a "spring back" heel, this sneaker goes on completely hands-free. Their website is filled with more positive reviews than I account, and the demonstration video is definitely worth a watch.
The aloha-inspired lifestyle brand Olukai fittingly has practical comfort on lock. It's really hard to pick a favorite from the line, but I've been living in the buttery soft leather Pehuea Lī 'Ili for weeks because they literally go with everything. Like the rest of the line, they're handcrafted with super comfy arch support and an anatomical footbed which required absolutely zero breaking in. (I can't remember the last time a pair of sneakers didn't hobble my feet in some way for the first few wears.) If you're not convinced yet, I haven't even gotten to my favorite part! See that diagonal seam that the heel? IT FOLDS DOWN TO MAKE THEM SLIP ONS. Mind blown.
Best-selling Converse Chuck Taylor slip-on shoes have a stretchy back that allows you to pull them on in seconds. Fixed no-tie shoelaces are a cute and casual look that makes this lightweight shoe one of Converse' most popular.
Made of Primegreen, a series of high-performance recycled materials, the Adidas Pure is a classic slip-on sneaker that is super comfortable and only takes moments to slip on.
Zeba makes a bold claim: "Put your sneakers on without bending down! Just tie them once (double knot to keep them tight) and you'll never have to bend down again." Made in Nevada, the company website is filled with glowing testimonials and a demonstration video to prove it.
A classic slip-on shoe, Vans is an icon of Southern California cool that's now known worldwide. Vans come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, but the Checkerboard is among their most popular. The shoe gets big marks for easy wearability and comfort thanks to padded collars and elastic side accents.
For a sleeker look, these slip-ons don't sacrifice comfort for style.
One of Everlane's most popular products, the Day Glove is made of soft leather that molds to your foot for a "perfect, custom fit". This is the kind of versatile shoe that you can wear to the playground and then out to dinner that night. Love that comfy rubber sole and cushioned insole, too!
If you're looking to elevate your Birkenstocks game, Frankie4 slides are worth checking out. Podiatrist recommended, these shoes have a special footbed that provides a "cloud-like sensation in each and every step."
Everyone needs a little cheetah print in their life, am I right? Rothy's has an enormous fan base, and for good reason. The environmentally-friendly company creates their shoes out of plastic water bottles and prides themselves on their "no break-in" time. You'll be good to go in seconds after putting them on!
Allbirds is another eco-friendly company that makes their footwear out of renewable materials. The highly-rated Tree Breezer flat shoe is machine washable and lightweight with a ribbed collar that conforms to your movements as you go about your day. Perfect for being out and about with the kiddos!
Okay, here's where I admit that I first heard of Birdies because I read somewhere that they're a favorite of Meghan Markle's. They've been on my radar ever since, but now that's mostly because of their sleek look and dual-layer high-density memory foam. Plus, now that they've branched out into seasonal looks, this chevron pattern for summer would look great with just about any outfit. I'm a fan!