Sole Sport Slides

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Manufacturer Description

Featuring the same supportive shape as our popular footbed line, our Sport Slides combine orthopedic support with stylish design.

Features

  • Wear Moldable Footbed
  • Redesigned, Stretchier & More Accommodative Gender-Specific Upper
  • Polygiene Antimicrobial Agent Used to Control Odor On Footbed
  • Metatarsal Support Pad
  • Adjustable Arch Support
  • Deep Heel Cup
  • Hidden Toe Ridge
  • Midsole Support Structure
  • Synthetic Nubuck Upper
  • Natural/Synthetic Rubber Outsole
  • APMA Accepted
  • Measured size 9
    • Weight – 232 g (8.2)
    • Forefoot Width – 105.1 mm (4.1 in)
    • Stack Height – Heel (18.5 mm), Toe (18.3 mm), Drop (0.2 mm)
  • Retail – $65

YMMV Review

Sole was launched in 2001 with their first accommodative foot bed. They now make not only foot beds but also footwear. I had seen their footwear around but never had the opportunity to try anything. Fortunately, I was able to set up a review of the Sole Sport Slides that I was excited to test them as recovery sandals.

Nubuck & Neoprene Strap

Testing

It has taken me some time to do this review since I started the review in the fall. Fall and winter weather here in Bend is not exactly warm, so I have mainly worn these around the house. I have tested them on their own and after runs.

Design ★★★☆☆

Appearance (25%) ★★★½☆

Construction (25%) ★★★☆☆

Materials (20%) ★★★☆☆

Sustainability (20%) ★★★☆☆

Weight (10%) ★★☆☆☆

The Sole Sport Slides are made to adjust to your foot. Over time the Sole Sport Slides mold to fit your unique foot perfectly. The arch height adjusts to your required level, but does not flatten out. The forefoot takes the shape of the balls of your feet and toes, and aligning heel cup supports your unique foot shape. This creates a continuous contact point across the soles of your feet, leaving no area unsupported. It all adds up to a superior fit, and unrivaled support and comfort. They are accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association. The health benefits of the Sole Sport Slides are proactive approach to foot health, maximizes your comfort, and even weight displacement reduces hot spots.

Contoured Footbed Molds to Foot

The Sport Slides are built on a three component platform. The foot bed is an EVA foam blend that has been optimized to mold to the shape of your foot. The midsole has been anatomically shaped with firm structural EVA foam. The outsole is made of a blend of synthetic and natural rubber. Attached to the platform is a synthetic Nubuck strap that has neoprene underlay and gores. Sections of the Nubuck have been perforated to help them breathe. The upper strap is nice and wide to snug around your foot and distribute pressure well.

The Sole Sport Slides come in two colors: jet black and admiral blue. I think both colors are sharp, but I tested the Admiral Blue color. The sandals themselves to be very well made. Throughout all my testing, I have not had any durability issues. The sandals are made overseas in China, which is a bummer. Sole themselves are headquartered out of Calgary, Alberta in Canada.

Sole is taking some important steps to making themselves more sustainable. Most importantly they have recognized the need to be good stewards and are actively trying to do so. They are quick to admit where they have areas to grow and are transparent in their attempts. I appreciate this greatly and applaud them for their efforts. They have had small successes thus far in the products and manufacturing and are trying new ideas. In packaging and printed materials it is much easier to make sustainable changes, and I am happy to see Sole has done so. I have no doubt that if a more sustainable option presents themselves viable for products or manufacturing; Sole will make the change.

Fit ★★★½☆

Comfort Next to Skin (20%) ★★★½☆

Foot Length (10%) ★★★★☆

Foot Volume (30%) ★★★½☆

Midfoot Width (20%) ★★½☆☆

Toe Width (20%) ★★★½☆

When I first tried on my Sole sandals I was a bit underwhelmed. I had read that it takes time for the platforms to adjust to my foot, but I figured they would fit better right out of the box. I fortunately stuck with them, and they did begin to adjust to my foot to the point now that they are much more comfortable. While I have tested these out fairly thoroughly I imagine they may mold a bit more when warmer weather comes along, and I wear them often. I must say that both the footbed and the strap are both comfortable next to the skin. In all my wearing I never had any chafing issues or hot spots.

Gap at the Back of the Strap

I am normally a size 9, and this is what I tested in these sandals. The length seemed to be about right for my foot and don’t think any other size would have fitted as comfortably. The Slides fit higher volume feet well. With the neoprene strap and plenty of room, high-volume feet should not have any issues with these. I felt like the toe area offered plenty of space as well, enough for your toes to splay out a bit as you walk. In the heel, it cups the foot well, providing good support and contact. In the midfoot area, I was not as impressed. The strap seemed to have a bit of extra room in the sides. For me, I would like to have had a bit more of a snug fit in the back of the strap. Up near the toes the strap fit better. I will try to get a good picture of what I am talking about.

Performance ★★★☆☆

Cushioning (30%) ★★½☆☆

Flexibility (20%) ★★½☆☆

Support (40%) ★★★½☆

Traction (10%) ★★☆☆☆

The Sport Slides have a standard amount of cushioning, and I found them to be slightly on the firm side. The sandals are on the firmer side as well. When you are wearing them, they do not feel too stiff, but you can definitely tell when trying to flex them by hand. Where the sandals especially excel is in their support. The shape of the foot bed is contoured to the shape of your foot and the more you wear the sandals the more this shape will conform to your foot. I did feel like pressure was spread out over my whole foot rather than a couple of areas of my foot.

Natural & Synthetic Rubber Blend Outsole

The traction on the soles is pretty minimal. The slides are obviously not for any technical use so this is not an issue. Around the house, pool, or beach, you will not have any issues with traction. I was surprised to see that when I measured the sandals, they had a heel/toe drop it was pretty close to zero. As a minimalist runner I was excited when I saw this. When wearing the slides, I never noticed that they were near zero drop. Wearing the sandals around, I felt they definitely improved in comfort. It is hard to tell if they have any significant influence on my recovery time. The only thing I noticed is they do distribute pressure well which I do appreciate after some of my longer runs.

 Overall ★★★☆☆

Overall, the Sole Sport Slides have been a good addition for my around the house footwear. I do plan on wearing these more when the warmer weather arrives, but that may be some time yet. I really like the idea of footwear the molds to my feet. It only makes sense to think that will offer the best fit. If you are looking for a winter time option, the Exhale model looks like a good option. It packs some similar technologies into an insulated slipper. While I have been impressed by the sandals and would recommend them, I have also been impressed by the company of Sole. The people I have talked with seem very authentic and looking to make the most comfortable footwear you will own. I am not sure if mine are there yet, but they are moving that way. The sandals retail for $65, which is much more than Crocs or Flip-Flops but these sandals are on a different level than those in fit and support. Over time the Slides will be a descent value as they feel like they will last a long time. As always, your mileage may vary.

Pros [field name=iFrame]

  • Molds to foot shape
  • Great support
  • Comfortable next to the skin
  • Sole is very transparent in trying to be more sustainable

Cons

  •  Back of strap is a bit loose on my foot
  • Takes time to adjust to your foot

About the Author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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