Hey Dude shoes have been really popular over the past couple of years as they have become a worldwide sensation, after debuting in Italy in 2008.
These minimalist, casual shoes, which are available for women, men, and kids do come in different styles and materials to suit different weather conditions. However, the minimalist look stays the same. Those looking for bright colors might not find what they are looking for with Hey Dudes, although there are still nice patterns and plaids to choose from.
There is no doubt that a huge number of people really do like this footwear as it has garnered a following with 334k+ on Instagram alone. They are VERY comfortable and fit properly without squeezing the feet. It’s usually recommended to go a size down when ordering as you might not be used to the “slouchy” make.
If you are looking over the Hey Dude shoes and sandals but aren’t for sure if the price is worth it, just know that there are alternatives.
While they can be expensive, they are not all priced the same.
Top 10 Hey Dude Alternatives
Here is a look at a popular pair of women’s Hey Dude shoes and several alternatives.
1. Hey Dude Women’s Wendy Loafer Shoes
If you are a lady looking for a pair of comfortable shoes, these are the “original” Hey Dudes. They are made of high-quality, ethically sourced raw materials. While not waterproof, these Loafers are actually machine-washable (cold), so you won’t have to worry about any dirt and grit staying on. The lugged synthetic outsole is ultra-light and the insole is memory foam cushioned and removable.
This pair of Wendy loafers come in several colors and the price varies, starting at $50 +. They are great shoes for individuals with foot pain and need some sneakers with little to no arches, or for anybody who simply wants light-fitting loafers with simple designs, and doesn’t mind paying $50+ for them.
2. Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Women’s No Bad Days Sneaker
Dr. Scholl’s is a household brand name when it comes to supportive footwear. While these aren’t the “prettiest” shoes either, they are still known for their comfort, support, and reasonable pricing (although not the most affordable). The “No Bad Days” pair are easy to slip on and slip off. If you’re in a hurry or unable to bend over much due to health problems, these Dr. Scholl’s sneakers might be what you are looking for. To ensure that the No Bad Days sneaker provides the support they need, the insole technology offers anatomical cushioning.
They are sustainably crafted out of materials such as recycled bottles and faux leather for the linings; the sole is vulcanized synthetic.
3. TOMS Women’s Paxton Mid Cut Slip-on
TOMS shoes are worth buying not only because they are good and comfortable, but because they offer a good way to contribute to charity. For every $3 the brand makes, $1 of that goes to grassroots organizations for healthy, strong, and connected communities.
These mid-cut slip-on shoes come in neutral colors and have nice design elements like faux fur and snake-printed suede. It’s recommended to order around half a size up – especially if you order a pair with faux fur. The normal size might be slightly difficult to slip them on. Also, if needed, the cushioned footbed can be removed.
A benefit of the suede uppers and rubber outsole is that they make the Paxton Slip-ons water-resistant. While these aren’t all-terrain shoes or fully waterproof, they can handle getting a little bit wet.
4. Bruno Marc Men’s Casual Slip-on Loafers Stretch Shoes
What about men? Hey Dude makes men’s shoes as well, so it’s important to keep some alternatives in mind, such as this pair of Bruno Marc Loafers / Stretch Shoes. They look like a good mix of simple and classy. Wear them with any outfit in your closet, whether they’re casual or formal.
Not only are they comfortable, but these shoes are high-quality. The reason why Bruno Marc shoes exist is because the company wanted to make quality footwear that does not cost a lot of money. Inexpensive shoes DO NOT need to be cheaply made.
One aspect of the design that really stands out is the “SPACEWALK TECH”. The insoles are made of EVA and cork to allow men to feel as though they are walking in space. The cushioning provided by the EVA sole helps absorb shock.
5. Teva Women’s Willow Slip-on-W
These are a blend of casual and athletic shoes made with the great outdoors in mind. Teva is a company that was founded in the early ‘80s by a Colorado River Guide, and continues making sandals and slip-on shoes to this day.
You can tell by looking at them that they are decent quality and attractive, featuring a comfortable footbed, durable sole, and thick canvas. They just might require a day or two of breaking in.
The Willow Slip-on W makes a good alternative to Hey Dudes for anyone who wants to spend a lot of time walking outdoors.
6. WHITIN Men’s Laid-Back Slip On Loafer
This is another pair of men’s light shoes, and it is made with innovative design elements like the “Flex & Fold” technology. This allows better control and flexibility of the feet. They are also a nice-looking pair of loafers with canvas fabric and an elastic-laced front featuring knotted lace ends. The toe box is wider than normal to offer breathability. Even with the wide toe box, the loafers are still a snug fit. Even if these are tight at first they are designed to stretch out a bit and conform to the foot better over time.
As for the pricing, the WHITIN Men’s Ultra-Light Softsole Slip-ons cost less than Hey Dude’s.
7. vans Women’s Low-Top Trainers, 11.5 UK Child
Vans is one of the most well-known sneakers and loafers brands. This is a neutral color trainer that looks great with just about any outfit. It’s not as much as an affordable alternative to Hey Dude shoes as some of the other footwear on this list, but it’s an established brand with years of quality sneakers to back it up.
Available in men’s, women’s, and kids’ sizes, these Low-Tops come in the “True White” color, classic Black/True White mixed checker, and every other pattern and color imaginable.
Since sizing can be tricky – especially if you’re ordering from the US – be sure and look over the size chart first.
8. Naturalizer Women’s Marianne Sneaker
The casual slip-on sneaker appearance of the Marianne sneaker comes in neutral colors like mauve, white, and black, as well as “print” patterns like tan snake, storm blue snake, and brown cheetah. Whether you want to keep them simple or opt for a more exotic design, there is no denying that Naturalizer shoes are designed with 24/7 comfort in mind. The breakthrough open-cell cushioning is anatomically crafted to meet the contours of the feet. There is a decent amount of arch support to ensure a good fit.
These are called “Game Changers” with their “unexpected” textures, patterns, and colors. Made of 100% leather, the Marianne sneaker both looks and feels good.
9. Ecco Soft 7 Woven Slip-on Sneaker
Depending on the exact color, model, and size you order, these might or might not be less expensive than Hey Dude shoes. That does not mean that they are not worth the money, however, as the Ecco Woven Slip-On Sneakers are highly popular, and it is not uncommon for online buyers to order more than one pair in different colors. These shoes are versatile and complement any simple or stylish outfit
They are durable as well, thanks to the 2-component PU/TPU outsole (direct injected) and hard-wearing sole.
Ecco, known for its “Danish Design”, has been producing leather since the mid-80s in designs inspired by nature itself. These shoes in particular stand out with their blend of Scandinavian architecture, art, and natural elements. An ECCO comfort fiber system to help the feet stay fresh.
10. Adidas Women’s Puremotion Adapt Running Shoe
Since these are Adidas Running shoes, there is no doubting their quality. There aren’t very many brands that can make footwear look minimal, yet very cute at the same time. To achieve the minimalist look of the Puremotion Adapt shoes, Adidas has added details like elastic straps, a textile upper, and laceless design.
These have the benefit of being some of the softest athletic shoes on the market, the cloud-foam cushioning allows for a snug, soft-like feel. There is a decent amount of grip with the synthetic outsole.
Whether you want to run, or simply have a quality pair of shoes to keep your feet feeling comfy while you walk around, Adidas has definitely made a good pair here – even if these are not the lowest-priced slip-ons in this list.
If you are interested in any of these shoes or are still thinking about the Hey Dudes, just look at some pictures and styles of each pair, and research the sizing.