6 Best Slip-on Running Shoes For Men in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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6 Best Slip-on Running Shoes For Men in 2022

Slip-on running shoes are a convenient choice for logging miles. With its fast and easy entry design, you can be ready and out of the door in a flash. They're ideal for runners who love the comfort and complete ease of a laceless running shoe.

Most traditional slip-on shoes, however, are designed for jogging, walking, or casual wear — not for serious daily mileage and intense training for your first marathon.

To help you find the right slip-on running shoes that deliver value and great performance, we’ve rounded up and tested 110+ of the best men’s slip-on running shoes out there. Take a quick look at our fantastic selections in five different categories.

How we test running shoes

To make our best recommendations, we’ve worked with professional wear-testers, editors, and lab shoe technicians. Together with our own knowledge and experience in running, we put all the running shoes on this list through a rigorous testing process. Here’s exactly how we approach it:

  • We buy all slip-on running shoes from various brands using our own funds to maintain transparency and avoid brand loyalty.
  • Inside our own independent shoe testing lab, we cut each model open and perform a battery of mechanical tests to closely check 30+ parameters of the shoe, such as the softness of the midsole, comfort, and outsole traction, among others.
  • Our testers log 30-50 miles on average in each pair of shoes in various running environments.
  • We collect more information from other experts in the business and regular runners.

To conclude the process, we calculate the final score of each model using our proprietary CoreScore system. Based on the accumulated data above, the CoreScore will show the overall ratings of all the slip-on running shoes on the list ranging from 0 to 100. The top picks are featured on this page.

Best men's slip-on running shoes overall

Adidas Ultraboost 22
Adidas Ultraboost 22
£83
£99
£100
£110

Corescore

89
Great!
4.7 / 5 from 2,447 users
82 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Dreamy cushioning
  • So light you forget it's there
  • Excellent lockdown
  • Grips both wet & dry tarmac
  • Looks amazing
  • Very popular as a sneaker
  • Great for long slow runs
  • No break-in period needed
  • Great for heavy runners
  • Supreme comfort

Cons

  • Not for wider feet
  • Tight toe-box
  • No energy return

Verdict

The Adidas Ultraboost 22 is a super-comfy daily runner that doubles as a piece of show-stopping streetwear. Using chunky amounts of the infamous Ultraboost foam, the 22 is a modern, plush runner for slower days.
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Best road slip-on running shoes for men

Under Armour HOVR Phantom 2
Under Armour HOVR Phantom 2
£61
£81

Corescore

88
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 246 users
90 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Wide-feet friendly
  • Modern, stylish look
  • Good breathability
  • Durable
  • Superb traction
  • Can double for gym

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Lacks support
  • Not for long runs

Verdict

The Under Armour HOVR Phantom 2 has great looks, a nice fit, and superb traction but performance-wise, there’s nothing to like. Aside from being heavy, it feels firm and unresponsive. It would be fine to use on casual runs and gym workouts. The HOVR Phantom 2 is not meant for dedicated runners who run more than 6 miles.
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Best trail slip-on running shoes for men

La Sportiva VK BOA
La Sportiva VK BOA

Corescore

85
Great!
5.0 / 5 from 5 users
84 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Fits like a glove
  • Grippy on steep uphills
  • Excellent adjustable fit
  • No heel slippage issues

Cons

  • Difficult to put on
  • Not for downhills

Verdict

As its name suggests, the VK BOA from La Sportiva is specifically designed for Vertical Kilometer (a mountain race), which requires a lot of uphill running. So, don't expect it to be an all-rounder. This model caters to a specific running group. Unlike other trail shoes, it's not super aggressive, so it can also work on non-technical paths.
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Best neutral slip-on running shoes for men

Allbirds Tree Dasher
Allbirds Tree Dasher

Out of stock in all 34 shops

Allbirds men's slip-on running shoes  

Corescore

89
Great!
5.0 / 5 from 5 users
87 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • Peppy on moderate tempos
  • All-day comfort
  • Stable on uneven surfaces
  • Versatile use
  • Great lockdown
  • Stretchy upper
  • Roomy toe box
  • Uses eco-friendly materials
  • Great for beginners
  • Clean & awesome design

Cons

  • Not for narrow feet
  • Poor grip on wet surfaces
  • Bottom-heavy

Verdict

The Allbirds Tree Dasher is the brand's first running shoe, and we're happy to report that it's not a miss. Apart from championing sustainability, this shoe manifests versatility. From easy days to moderately fast runs, walking, and gym training, it's a homey pick for beginners and long-time runners alike. Overall, if you care for your feet and the environment, the Tree Dasher is a must-have.
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Best value slip-on running shoes for men

Merrell Vapor Glove 5
Merrell Vapor Glove 5

Out of stock in all 34 shops

Merrell men's slip-on running shoes  

Corescore

80
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 346 users
73 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Natural sensation
  • Sock-like fit
  • Versatile use
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy toe box
  • Durable
  • Easy on and off

Cons

  • Not breathable
  • Less barefoot than predecessors

Verdict

If you like being barefoot but want to stay protected, the Merrell Vapor Glove has become a staple in its kind. It is a barely-there shoe that helps you feel more naturally for a wide variety of activities. But if you’re not ready to feel every pebble underfoot, consider the Trail Glove series. It offers more protection on rocky trails.
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.