8 of the best places to buy men’s T-shirts, from everyday basics to performance undershirts

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  • T-shirts are one of the cornerstones of a wardrobe, no matter how fancy or basic they may be.
  • There are many options to choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down to the best in every category.
  • Everlane’s Organic Cotton Crew is the best overall because it’s affordable and backed by a warranty.

If you take a look at anyone’s wardrobe, you’re almost guaranteed to find a few T-shirts. As a quintessential item for all, T-shirts are readily available from just about every clothing company. With a countless number of tees readily available, you might be wondering why you’d need a guide to make a decision, but that’s exactly why. We decided to cut through the seemingly endless options to narrow it down to the absolute best ones.

Whether you’re searching for a stretchy moisture-wicking T-shirt to work out in, a comfort T-shirt for working from home and lounging, or low-cost T-shirts to stock up on, you’ll find it here. I’ve selected five of the best T-shirts based on the many brands I’ve personally tested or bought over the years. You’ll find picks for comfort, affordability, undershirts, working out, and the best overall.

It’s also worth noting that while all the T-shirts listed below are in men’s sizing, anyone can wear them. If you’re unsure of which size fits you best, check each brand’s size chart for more details. Speaking of fit, the styles below are what the industry calls “men’s t-shirts.” What qualifies as a “men’s t-shirt” has everything to do with sizing and fit. These tend to be boxier, broader, and longer than tees that were made for women. If you’re looking for something shorter and more fitted, check out our guide to the best women’s T-shirts.

Here are the best places to buy men’s sized T-shirts in 2021:

Everlane

Everlane Uniform Tee

As part of the Everlane Uniform collection, the Organic Cotton Crew Tee is backed by a one-year warranty and comes in a handful of colors.

Sizing options: XS-XXL, runs true to size

The T-shirt is quintessential to casual style, so there’s a good chance you already wear one on a regular basis — sort of like a uniform.

Everlane created the Uniform Collection to make getting dressed feel more effortless. Among those styles is the Organic Cotton Crew Tee, which is easily the best T-shirt on the market.

During the design process, Everlane put the Organic Cotton Crew Tee through 25 wash cycles, three tests for fading and pilling, and six measurements for shrinking to make sure it can withstand constant wear.

To fully stand behind the quality, the Organic Cotton Crew and everything else in the Uniform collection is backed by a 365-day guarantee. If it shrinks, rips, fades, or does anything else that compromises the original quality, Everlane will replace it for free. 

Aside from the quality, the variety makes these tees good for any wardrobe. There are more than 10 colors to choose from, and you can also choose from styles that have a pocket or a V-neck. They’re fairly inexpensive at $18 for one, or $45 for three ($15 each), so it’s easy to stock up on multiple of your favorite or most-worn colors.

Read my full review on the Everlane Uniform collection

What to buy:

The Organic Cotton Crew (small)
Rhone

Rhone Reign T-shirt

Built for performance, the Rhone Reign T-shirt will keep you cool, dry, and comfortable during your workouts.

Sizing options: S-XXL, runs true to size

Rhone is one of the leading startups in the athleisure menswear space, so it’s no surprise they’ve figured out how to make a really good T-shirt. The brand offers a decent selection of performance T-shirts, some specifically for sports like running, but the Reign T-shirt is its best for all-around performance. 

The brand doesn’t make mention of the T-shirts being stretchy (I guess at this point, it’s pretty much expected from any performance gear), but its blend of nylon, polyester, and spandex material does have an impressive amount of stretch. The material is also moisture-wicking and features GoldFusion technology to fight body odor. 

I use my Rhone T-shirts exclusively for the gym, and I’ve found the GoldFusion technology to be effective. This is an important feature for me because washing my gym clothes after one wear is simply unrealistic. The shirt also has built-in UPF 50+, so you’re getting extra sun protection for your outdoor workouts and activities too. 

When I do wash my Rhone shirts, they come out of the washer and dryer in perfect condition. At this point, Rhone shirts have been in my gym rotation for about two years, and I’ve yet to experience fading or shrinking — and at $68 each, that type of quality is expected.

Aside from the stellar quality and fit, I really appreciate the quotes that Rhone incorporates into its shirts. The bottom of the hem on the Reign T-shirt reads, “While living I want to live well.” It’s a nice touch for people who are working to reach their goals and could use some extra inspiration.

Again, at $68, this shirt is expensive, so I’d suggest going with a cheaper option if you only need something to wear casually or to lounge in. 

What to buy:

Reign Classic Short Sleeve (small)
Brooklinen

Brooklinen Prospect Tee

The Brooklinen Prospect Tee is so soft and comfortable, you won’t want to take it off.

Sizing options: XS-XXL, runs true to size

Before testing the Brooklinen Prospect Tee, I wasn’t expecting to have such a positive experience with it. Just about any T-shirt can be considered comfortable to some degree, so I figured Brooklinen’s wouldn’t be much different. After all, it is just a T-shirt. 

But as soon as I put it on, I was proven wrong. The Prospect Tee is super soft and has a slightly relaxed fit that makes it especially comfortable to wear. I originally wore it around the house and then to bed since Brooklinen technically considers it loungewear, but I’ve also worn it quite a few times outside. Don’t let the word “loungewear” trick you into thinking you can’t wear this T-shirt in the real world, because you absolutely can. 

Brooklinen says that each piece undergoes five separate quality-control checks to ensure it won’t warp, shrink, stretch, sag, or pill, and so far I’ve found that to be true. My Prospect Tee, as well as the Bergen Joggers (a pair of lounge pants I’ve also tested from Brooklinen), have held up amazingly in the wash. Both pieces are just as soft as the first time I wore them.

If you prefer a V-neck, the York Tee has all the same great features. 

Read our full review on Brooklinen loungewear.

What to buy:

Prospect Tee (small)
Tommy John

Tommy John Undershirt

Tommy John is unlike any other undershirt on the market — in a good way. The collar stays flat, it fits closely to your body, and never comes untucked.  

Sizing options: S-XXL, fits snug, but as an undershirt, that’s how you want it to fit. 

Tommy John started with the mission to bring men’s undergarments into the 21st century and its undershirts are, in my opinion, the best example of how it’s doing that.

To be completely honest, I gave up on T-shirt-style undershirts a long time ago because they’re almost always ill-fitting at the collar, the sleeves become loose, and they rarely stay tucked in. To put it plainly, they look sloppy.

Tommy John’s undershirts are the complete opposite. They’re close-fitting, but not tight, long enough to stay comfortably tucked into your pants, and they almost disappear underneath your top layer of clothes.

While browsing, you’ll find that Tommy John undershirts are available in two materials — Second Skin and Cool Cotton. I’ve tried both and I can’t say one is better than the other; it really depends on what you look for most in an undershirt, whether that’s softness or breathability.

I especially like Tommy John’s undershirts instead of basic tank tops when I’m wearing dress shirts. They’re more comfortable (which is important when you’re already wearing not-so-comfortable dress clothes), they help prevent sweat stains on the armpits, and they’re a lot less visible if you’re wearing a white or light-colored shirt.

Read my full review on Tommy John undershirts.

Second Skin Crew Neck Stay-Tucked Undershirt 2.0 (3 pack) (small)
Uniqlo

Uniqlo Packaged Dry T-Shirt

If you simply need a good T-shirt without spending a lot of money, Uniqlo’s Dry Crew Neck T-shirts are the way to go. 

Sizing options: XXS-3XL. Fits true to size. Size up for a more relaxed fit.

Uniqlo’s Dry T-shirts are far from the brand’s best-made T-shirts (check out the Uniqlo U Collection if you want higher quality), but they’re still essentials in my wardrobe. 

I love them because they’re affordable enough that you can stock up on a bunch of colors. You never know when you’re going to need a T-shirt in a specific color, so you can buy all of your favorites and have them on deck. 

Something to note is that they come folded and packaged (hence the name), so you’ll want to quickly hit them with a steamer to get rid of the creases. 

In my experience with Uniqlo Dry Packaged T-shirts over the years, I have seen fading, shrinking, and pilling after a decent amount of wears, washes, and dry cycles, but I didn’t mind. By the time they were worn out, I felt like I had gotten my money’s worth.

If you like to buy a T-shirt and wear it repeatedly — not sparingly — then I’d recommend a higher quality pick, but these will certainly get the job done.

What to buy:

Dry Color Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt (small)
Cuts Clothing

Cuts Clothing

The T-shirts from Cuts Clothing are soft, fitted in the right places, and come in a variety of fashionable hem styles and colors.

Sizing options: S-XXL. Shirts have a close-to-body fit, but they are true to size.

As the self-proclaimed makers of “the only T-shirt worth wearing,” I had pretty high expectations before trying the shirts from Cuts Clothing. But, they ultimately lived up to the hype.

Founded in 2016, Cuts Clothing was created for men looking for high-quality clothing that could be worn anywhere. Most T-shirts are more or less the same, but Cuts Clothing’s T-shirts have notable differences that give them a unique and elevated feel.

The shirts use the brand’s proprietary custom-engineered material, which is just as soft and stretchy as some of the best performance gear I’ve worn. What makes the shirts special is the contemporary cuts and colors available.

You can choose between fitted or regular; crewneck, V-neck or henley; regular, split, rounded or elongated hems. I had the opportunity to try the crewneck with every hem style and I enjoyed being able to create different looks.

In addition to the great assortment of shirt styles, Cuts is also known for its contemporary colors. You’ll always find basic colors like black, white, and grey, but the brand also offers out-of-the-norm colors like Red Rum and Laurel Oak. 

If you like to get dressed with a bit more consideration than whether your T-shirt is clean and if it matches, then Cuts Clothing is a great option.

What to buy:

T-Shirts (small)
Carhartt

Carhartt

Designed as workwear, Carhartt T-shirts are roomy and extremely durable.

Sizing options:  Standard sizes are S-2XL, Big and Tall sizes are 3XL-5XL and Large Tall-4XL Tall

Carhartt is one of the most popular outdoor workwear brands and its T-shirts are a brand staple. They’re designed to be durable enough to withstand the rigors of hard work, but they’re also more than capable of being a long-lasting casual piece. 

Whether you decide to wear it for hard labor or casually, you’ll get far more wears and washes out of any Carhartt T-shirt compared to other options.

The brand has one of the most inclusive size ranges and the shirts are designed to be roomy for a comfortable fit. If you prefer a more fitted T-shirt, it’s recommended to go down a size or pick a slimmer T-shirt altogether.

Most of Carhartt’s T-shirts feature a left chest pocket, which is equally good for utility and style. You’ll also find plenty of color options. 

What to buy:

Men’s Loose Fit Heavyweight Pocket T-Shirt (small)
Tomorrow’s Laundry

Tomorrow's Laundry

Tomorrow’s Laundry is a subscription box that will fill your closet with high-quality T-shirts in both staple and unique colors.

Sizing options: S-2XL. Runs true to size.

Tomorrow’s Laundry is a new subscription box that helps people fill their closets with stylish T-shirts that are built to last. 

For $68 per month, you’ll receive one or two items, but you can also shop a la carte with T-shirts starting at $60. The subscription is definitely the more valuable option between the two, but being able to pick specific styles makes shopping outside of the subscription a good choice in some cases.

Although there are more affordable options on the market, the quality doesn’t disappoint. I’ve washed and worn all of my shirts from Tomorrow’s Laundry multiple times and they all look just as they did when they were new. I haven’t experienced color fade, shrinking, or pilling.

Monthly Subscription (small)
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The 7 best electric razors, plus expert answers to all of your shaving questions

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  • Electric razors cost more than disposable razors, but they provide smooth shaves and last longer.
  • Braun’s Series 7 7085cc is our top pick because it’s versatile and effective at shaving or trimming.
  • We also recommend picks for affordable, high-end, professional electric razors, and more.

Shaving isn’t as simple or easy as brushing your teeth. All beards aren’t the same, and when you factor in the many styles of facial hair people prefer, there is no single tool or technique that works for everyone. While traditional manual razors are usually great for full, clean shaves on people with straight hair, they’re not of much use beyond that. That’s where electric razors come in.

For some people, using an electric razor instead of a manual razor means fewer nicks, cuts, and no razor bumps to follow. For others, the choice to use an electric razor simply comes down to speed and convenience since they can be used wet or dry, with or without shaving cream. Wherever you fall in the spectrum of shaving expectations, there’s definitely an electric razor out there that can meet or exceed all of your grooming needs.

We thoroughly test and reviewed all of the best electric razors for most people’s needs, below. We’ve also broken down the differences between foil and rotary shavers, which can help you determine the style that’s best for your intended use and hair/skin types. You can find the explanation below, just under our top choices for electric razors.

Here are the best electric razors you can buy in 2021:

The best electric razor overall

braun series 7 7075cc

The Braun Series 7 is able to “read” the density of your beard, automatically adjusting its power to give you the closest shave ever.

Pros: Waterproof, automatically adjusts to different beard densities, contours to face well, comes with accurate trimmer tool, self-cleaning model

Cons: None to speak of

The Braun Series 7 (7085cc) replaces the older Braun Series 7 (7895cc) as our best overall pick because of its dependability and a few key improvements. Like the previous generation, the Series 7 (7085cc) features Braun’s AutoSense technology, which reads the density of your beard and automatically adjusts its power to provide a clean shave in one pass.

The biggest improvement in the design is the new 360° Flex Head shaver that contours to the curves of your face and neck. Using the new Series 7 (7085cc) feels effortless, even in hard-to-shave areas like your Adam’s apple or jawline.

The new model (7085cc) also has a detachable trimmer that goes in place of the shaver, unlike the previous model (7895cc) which featured a slide-out trimmer on the front of the device. With the new design, the trimmer tool is placed at the top of the device, so you can see exactly what you’re doing. If you’re having a hard time visualizing the difference between the two designs, see the side-by-side comparison here.

With 50 minutes of continuous shave time, the Braun Series 7 (7085cc) typically lasts three weeks on one charge — and when it does die, you can get enough battery power for a single shave with a 5-minute quick charge.

Just like previous models, the Series 7 (7085cc) is also entirely waterproof, so you can bring it in the shower, use it with water and shaving cream, or rinse it off in the sink when you’re done. — Amir Ismael

Read our full review of the Braun Series 7 7071cc here.

The 7071cc is the same as the 7085cc, except it doesn’t include extra length guard attachments.

The best affordable electric razor

remington

The Remington F5-5800 has just enough features to make it a smart, budget-friendly choice.

Pros: Low price for a foil style shaver, small size and comfortable handle, includes a pop-up trimmer for close grooming work, foils on the shaver will tilt back and forth to match your face

Cons: Doesn’t have the longevity of other electric razors, will not work with foam or gel, may develop sharp edges over time, limited motion compared to other razors

Electric shavers can be expensive, especially foil-style shavers, but Remington consistently offers models with good performance, at the affordable end of the market. The Remington F5-5800 is one of the better razors available for such a low price. It certainly has some drawbacks, but it will give you a decent level of performance, considering what you’re paying.

The F5-5800 has a nicely contoured handle that makes it comfortable to use. Meanwhile, the head on this electric razor is just the right size to reach hard-to-shave areas, such as just below the nose. Keep in mind, though, that the Remington F5-5800 does not allow for wet shaves, and it won’t work with shaving foam or gel.

The rechargeable battery on the Remington F5-5800 is reliable, and the handle of the razor contains a series of LEDs that indicate the current charge level, which is convenient.

Many people like to use the F5-5800 as a travel razor or as a second razor at the office, because of its small size and low price. 

One problem many Amazon reviewers mentioned is the failing of the foil screens on the razor after several months. This can expose sharp edges on the F5-5800 that could cause nicks and cuts while shaving. — Kyle Schurman

The best high-end electric razor

Braun Series 9 9370cc

The Braun Series 9 offers all of the latest features found in an electric razor to make it more comfortable to use, while also yielding a close shave.

Pros: Flexible 10-direction pivoting head, five different cutting areas for close shaves, titanium-coated parts make it hygienic and rust-proof, good for trimming various types of hair, large shaving head to complete the job faster

Cons: None to speak of

The Braun Series 9 (9370cc) electric foil shaver is an upgrade to both Series 7 and older Series 9 Braun shavers with the latest design features. Although you’ll pay extra for these features, the 9370cc is well worth the money.

The cutting head consists of five separate parts — two OptiFoil shavers, a lift and cut trimmer, a direct and cut trimmer, and a protective skin guard. Together, the system provides a smooth and close shave, whether your hairs lay flat, stand up, or grow in an odd direction.

If you weren’t a fan of electric razors with pivoting heads in the past because they didn’t fit the contours of your face well, you don’t have to worry about that issue with the 9370cc. Braun includes a 10-direction pivoting head that provides all the flexibility you’ll need. You’ll also have to ability to lock it in place if you find a specific angle that works for you.

With 20% more battery power than the previous model, you’ll get a full hour of shaving time on just one charge. Considering you’ll only need to shave for a few minutes each time, you can get nearly a month of daily use on a single charge — or much longer if you don’t shave often. And if it does die, you can get enough power for a full shave from a five-minute quick charge.

As one final advantage over its predecessors, the 9370cc has one of the largest heads found on an electric shaver, allowing you to finish shaving a bit more quickly than with other electric razors. This Braun razor will work in wet or dry conditions, and you can use it with shaving foam or gel.

As a self-cleaning model, the Braun Series 9 comes bundled with a Clean and Charge station and one Clean and Renew cartridge, which contains a solution designed to clean and lubricate the shaver head before each use. Simply dock it in the station with the head facing down, press the power button, and it’ll clean itself, so you don’t have to. — Amir Ismael

Read our full review of the Braun Series 9 9370cc here.

The best electric razor for coarse hair

Bevel Trimmer

The Bevel Trimmer is designed to cut and trim hair without irritating skin and it can be used by at-home groomers and professional barbers alike.

Pros: Can be used wired or wireless, easy to adjust the blade, good for sharp lines, optional T-liner blade available separately, the rechargeable battery is replaceable

Cons: Can’t be used underwater

If you have coarse or curly hair, you’ve probably struggled to find products that make grooming comfortable. While most razors focus on getting the absolute closest cut possible, that’s also usually the first step to unattractive, painful, or itchy razor bumps. Luckily, the Bevel Trimmer solves that. 

Founded in 2013, Walker and Company (Bevel‘s parent company) was created by Tristan Walker to cater to the grooming needs of people with coarse or curly hair. While that most directly applies to people of color, the brand’s products are generally great for anyone who has sensitive skin.

Rather than using multiple blades that either cut hair below the surface of the skin or snag and pull on hair, the Bevel Trimmer uses an adjustable blade to cut hair to the same level of the skin.  

The Bevel Trimmer is extremely precise and sharp, and a small mechanism inside gives you the ability to adjust the blade. This is a nice feature because most trimmers (even the professional ones used by barbers, including the Andis T-Outliner included in this list) require a screwdriver to make adjustments. — Amir Ismael

Read our full review on the Bevel Trimmer

The best professional razor

andis pro shaver

The professional-grade Andis T-Outliner is perfect for those who buzz cut their heads and barbers who need close-cutting accuracy.

Pros: Professional, affordable, dry shaving, phasing, great for full head shaving, lasts years

Cons: Needs oiling, which involves removing screws, not cordless

If you shave your full head multiple times a week and you’re sick of paying the barbershop to get it done, you may want to pick up the professional-grade Andis T-Outliner. This electric razor is used in many barbershops, and people who shave their full head swear by it. You can also use it for trimming your neck, beard, mustache, and hairline.

The Andis T-Outliner trimmer uses a close-cutting T-shaped blade that’s perfect for full head shaving, fades, and designs. Andis sells a cordless version, but the one we reviewed has a heavy-duty 8-foot cord, so even though it’s corded, you’ll still have plenty of room to move.

The trimmer’s carbon-steel blades are specially hardened so that they last longer than your average blade. The blades are fairly easy and inexpensive to replace, though, so when the time comes, it’s an easy swap.

You do have to oil it often to keep it running smoothly, and every now and then it’ll need a full tune-up. That does require unscrewing some small screws to oil the insides, but you won’t have to do this regularly. 

Our tester has used this trimmer for 12 years, and he uses it at least twice a week to fully shave his head. It has worked like a charm for all these years, and he fully expects it to continue to do so. He’s also only had to replace the blade and open it up for oiling once in all that time. — Malarie Gokey

The best body trimmer

Manscaped

The Manscaped Lawn Mower 3.0 closely and comfortably trims body hair without the risk of nicks and cuts.

Pros: Safe to use on sensitive areas, comes with several length guards, waterproof

Cons: Not multifuncitional

If you’re searching for an electric razor or trimmer, chances are you’re looking for something intended for your body, rather than your face. Even if you own a good beard trimmer, it’s not a good idea to use it on your face.

At $70, the Manscaped Lawn Mower 3.0 might seem expensive, but it’s well worth it if you’re using it specifically for trimming body hair. The trimmer features SkinSafe technology that prevents you from uncomfortable snags or cuts, while still providing a close shave all over your body, especially below the belt.

Anyone who has trimmed their groin area knows how catastrophic having an unsteady hand or using too much pressure can be. With the Lawn Mower 3.0, it’s virtually impossible to make a mistake. After using it a few times very cautiously, I became more comfortable and trusted the SkinSafe technology more. You’d have to really dig this into your skin to come close to cutting yourself.

The trimmer head is small for accurately trimming in tight areas and comes with four guards, so you can decide how much of your hair you trim. It’s also fully waterproof, so you can use it in the shower or rinse it off in the sink without the risk of damage.

The best electric trimmer for styling

Andis Slimline Pro Trimmer

The Andis Slimline Pro‘s compact design and powerful motor and make it ideal for sharp and precise detail trimming.

Pros: Perfect size for precise and detailed trimming, titanium body won’t rust, comes with several length guards 

Cons: Not waterproof

Not everyone is looking for a smooth, skin-close shave, and that’s where detail-oriented grooming tools come into play. For some people, their grooming regimen calls for slightly trimming length off their facial hair and creating sharp lines along the mustache, beard, and neckline.

While some electric razors come with a trimming attachment, the Andis Slimline Pro’s design is fully dedicated to trimming. As a professional-grade tool, it can outperform any trimmer attachment and it’s simple enough to use at home. 

The trimmer has a slim profile and weighs only 4 ounces, making it easy to control and hold in-hand. Despite its small size, it has a single-speed motor that delivers an impressive 6,000 cutting strokes per minute. It comes with four comb guard attachments, a charging stand, blade oil, and a cleaning brush.

I have some facial hair and like to maintain clean lines in between trips to the barber. Although I own other electric razors, the Andis Slimline Pro is my tool of choice because of its accuracy. Most trimmer attachments on electric razors feel like an afterthought, and can be hard to control.

What else we’ve considered

panasonic arc5

Panasonic Arc5 (LV67-S)

The Panasonic Arc5 was previously our choice for the best razor for coarse hair, but I recently removed it. While the brand has put research and development into cutting thick and curly hairy, the overall design is very similar to other foil shavers/razors. You’ll find contouring and pivoting blade heads, a powerful motor, and different power settings on most any similar razor worth having.

The Bevel Trimmer, which is arguably more similar to the Andis T-Outliner, is a better choice for anyone who has coarse hair and specifically wants to avoid razor bumps — a common issue while shaving or trimming. You won’t be able to use the Bevel Trimmer in the shower or run it underwater, though.

However, if you must have a wet and dry razor, the Panasonic Arc5 would be a better choice. I’ve used it on my neck and face and it’s pretty good. I got a few razor bumps here and there, but it was far less egregious than other trimmers. 

GilletteLabs Heated Razor

When you think of electric razors, grooming tools with a motor and an oscillating blade usually come to mind first. The GilletteLabs Heated Razor doesn’t have either of those attributes, but it is a razor and it technically is electric. 

Coming in the form of a more traditional multi-blade razor, it features five blades for a close shave, FlexDisc technology to contour to your face and neck, and most notably, an Intelligent Heat Control System. Located directly underneath the five-blade system is a warming bar that delivers the sensation of a hot towel in every stroke of the blade. 

Wet shaving with traditional razors is not my preferred way to groom my facial hair, but I thoroughly enjoyed using the GilletteLabs Heated Razor. The heat feels amazing. I didn’t include it on this list because if you already use traditional multi-blade razors, chances are you’re content with your more affordable blades and you’re not specifically looking for an electric version. At $200, the GilletteLabs Heated Razor isn’t cheap, but it’s a wonderful gift or item to splurge on for anyone that likes wet shaving with traditional razors. You can read my full review here.  

Andis Profoil Lithium Plus

While the Andis Profoil Lithium Plus can be used at home, it’s something you’d probably find in a barbershop along with a professional barber’s other grooming tools. If you’re looking for a multi-functional grooming tool, this isn’t the right choice for you. But if you need a strong and dependable razor with one setting for a close shave, you’ll find this to be an extremely useful and cost-effective option. I always pay close attention to the tools barber uses and I’ve gotten extremely close fades and shave with the Andis Profoil Plus and I got equally good results at home during my own testing. The only reason this doesn’t make the list is that it doesn’t have multiple functions, which most people grooming at home really want. 

Cleaning, maintenance, and care FAQs

Andis

We talked with professional barber Sydney Shlakman of Hairrari Hair Salon in Brooklyn, New York about some care and maintenance tips for your grooming tools.

We’ve also answered other frequently asked questions pertaining to grooming tools.

What is the difference between foil and rotary razors?

  • Foil: The foil electric shaver contains oscillating blades that move back and forth at high speeds. These blades are covered with guards that lift hair for cutting and that protect the skin. A foil razor will often have a few separate cutting blades that flex independently to match the contours of your face. However, because a foil head has a rectangular shape, it might not match your face as well as a rotary razor.
  • Rotary: The rotary razor has round blades that spin. You’ll receive protection from the spinning rotary blades with a slotted guard that sits atop the blades and helps to lift the hairs so they’re easier to cut. The heads flex in multiple directions, giving you a close shave by hugging the contours of your face. However, rotary heads are more difficult to clean after shaving versus the foil shaver.

How often should I clean my razor or trimmer?

“You should clean your tools after every use,” Shlakman told Insider. “It’s important to maintain clean grooming tools to make sure your tools are working properly and do not build up bacteria or rust.”

What is the best way to clean grooming tools?

“The best way to clean your grooming tools is by using a barber bristle brush to brush the hair off of your tools and also using a blade cleaning spray,” said Shlakman. “I like using Andis Cool Care Plus to clean and lubricate my blades. You want to brush the hair off first and then spray the cleaning spray.”

Some shavers like the Braun Series 7 and Series 9 come with a clean and charge base that will clean it automatically. If your device doesn’t have a cleaning system, you should remove the blade, brush or rinse out excess hair, sanitize it, and re-oil your blade before the next use.

Why do I need to oil my blade?

Without oil, razors — whether foil, rotary, or a combination of both — can generate a lot of friction and heat. When a blade gets hot without proper lubrication, it will underperform and will eventually rust and warp. You won’t get as close of a shave, you’ll be more prone to nicks and cuts, and you’ll have to replace your blades more often.

What kind of oil can I use on my blades?

Most electric razors and trimmers come with oil, but should you run out, you can use a variety of oils to keep your blades lubricated. A few drops of olive oil, coconut oil, baby oil, or even your favorite beard oil can get the job done. You’ll want to avoid products that definitely don’t belong on your face like motor oil or WD-4o.

Can I use the same electric razor for my face and my body?

While some electric trimmers can adequately be used anywhere, it’s recommended that you use separate blades for your face and body. The bacteria on your face thrives in dry areas with oxygen and bacteria on your groin area thrive in moist environments. Potentially mixing the two by using the same blade everywhere can cause irritations and breakouts.

If you already have a grooming tool you like for your face, it’s a good idea to buy a separate tool dedicated to body grooming.

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The 18 best flip flops for men and women in 2021

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Woman wearing Archies Arch-Support Flip-Flops
  • Summer wouldn’t be the same without that magical sound of flip-flops at the beach and pool.
  • These simple sandals come in a variety of styles, including day-to-night options.
  • Some brands offer styles with arch support or massaging footbeds.

The sound of flip-flops flipping and flopping at the beach or pool is one of the quintessential sounds of summer. These simple sandals have a history dating back to the ancient Egyptians. The modern version first became popular in the 1950s when they received their onomatopoeic name for the distinctive sound they make, although they also go by a variety of other names including thongs (Australia), slippers (Hawaii), and clam diggers (Texas).

At their simplest, this sandal style features a post that goes in between the first and second toes and often has Y-shaped straps that go around the sides of the feet. With that being said, there are many variations on the basic theme, as you’ll see below.

We’ve included men’s, women’s, and unisex choices, and although anyone can wear any of these, the women’s and men’s selections have limited sizing compared to the unisex options.

Here are the best flip-flops for 2021

OluKai ‘Ohana

OluKai ‘Ohana flip-flops

These are easy wearing sandals good for all-day wear that look great whether running errands, hanging out at the beach, or having a casual dinner out.

When You slide into a pair of OluKai ‘Ohana flip-flops, the footbed feels smooth and pillowy yet with a firmness below the surface. These are easy-wearing sandals that look great whether running errands, hanging out at the beach, or having a casual dinner out. The upper is made from a soft, but sturdy synthetic material that’s lined with a quick-drying jersey, and doesn’t chafe the space between your toes where they touch the nylon post. Over time they conform to the shape of your feet.

OluKai is also a certified B Corporation that meets high ethical and environmental standards and has been giving back to Hawaii, where the company was born in 2006, through its Ama OluKai Foundation, which helps preserve the state’s heritage, culture, and the environment through grants to various non-profits.

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Vionic Tide II Post Sandal

Vionic Tide II Post Sandal

The Vionic Tide II Post Sandals are good for your feet and look good on them too.

If you’re used to thin, flat flip-flops, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Vionic Tide II Post Sandal. They’re made with a footbed that supports your feet and cradles the arch in a design that’s been proven to alleviate heel pain. It even has a Seal of Acceptance by the American Podiatric Medical Association. My wife, who owns these sandals, tells me she doesn’t experience any chaffing between her toes even after wearing them all day. The footbed is firm but cushiony and there’s a medium-density EVA midsole that’s good at minimizing shock when you walk, which helps reduce stress on your knees and ankles.

Vionic recommends slowly breaking these sandals if you’re not used to flip-flops with arch support. The outsoles are durable and provide good traction. The Tide IIs come in six colorways and are cute enough to dress up for a casual night out. These are the brand’s most popular styles and with good reason. 

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Crocs Crocband Flip-Flop

Blue Crocs Crocband Flip-Flop

The Crocband has all the advantages of Crocs’ clogs—shock absorbing, comfortable, water and odor resistant—in a sleek flip-flop with a massaging footbed.

Crocs are known for its clogs, but the Colorado-based company also makes a lot of other footwear — including the Crocband Flip-Flops. They combine the brand’s signature comfort (chefs and school kids love them for a reason) and the breathability, lightness, and sleek look of a sandal.

The Crocband has a massaging footbed, a sporty look with a signature midsole racing stripe. It is made of a proprietary resin called Croslite (the same thing they use for the clogs) that has maximum cushioning, is odor and water-resistant, buoyant, quick-drying, and easy to clean. With a whopping 34 colorways, you should be able to find one that suits you. These only come in full sizes, and we recommend sizing up if you usually wear a half-size. 

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Reef Voyage Lux Sandals

Reef Voyage Lux Sandals

Reef’s Voyage Lux flip-flops are beautifully crafted leather flip-flops that are tough enough for whatever outdoor activity you throw at them. 

Reef, the California sandal and surf lifestyle company, always does a fantastic job of combining comfortable footwear that doesn’t require breaking them in with quality craftsmanship. The Voyage Lux men’s sandal is a good example. Unlike some flip-flops I’ve owned, these didn’t give me a blister between my toes and were comfortable from day one. After four years of hard seasonal use, mine are still going strong.

The leather footbed has gotten even softer and developed a nice patina (like an old baseball glove) while the foam midsole is still responsive and cushiony. These flip-flops have a leather upper with a soft molded footbed, an EVA midsole, and a rubber outsole with a thickly ridged sawtooth tread that keeps you steady in slippery conditions. Plus, Reef offers free shipping and returns. 

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Everlane ReNew Strappy Sandal

Everlane ReNew Strappy Sandal

Everlane’s ReNew sandal combines the best of a flip-flop with a strappy sandal for an elevated look and a bit of extra support while walking. 

Everlane is a go-to favorite for many reasons, including timeless style over fast fashion trends, relatively transparent sourcing, and a drive to be as sustainable as possible. Their ReNew Strappy Sandal gives you the best of a flip-flop and a strappy sandal. Unlike typical flip-flops, the thong strap extends fully around the ankle with a stretchy back strap that provides a bit of extra support when walking. The footbed is made of recycled polyester and has a cushioned insole, and the recycled rubber outsole will keep you from slipping poolside. These sandals are made in Vietnam. They don’t come in half-sizes so size up if you fall in between sizes. 

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Havaianas Unisex Top Flip-Flops

Orange Havaianas Unisex Top Flip-Flops

Havaianas has been making exceptional flip-flops since 1962 and still makes them out of natural rubber in Brazil.

Havaianas flip-flops have been a part of summer since 1962 when the Brazilian brand first launched the first mass-produced rubber flip-flop. The Top Flip-Flop is an iconic style still produced in Brazil. Because they’re made of natural rubber, they may feel a bit stiffer than foam versions when you first wear them but they’ll quickly become more pliable. The rubber should also keep from compressing over time, unlike foam. These sandals feature wide straps and a cushioned footbed with the brand’s signature textured rice pattern that harks back to these flip-flops origins as they were based on traditional Japanese zori sandals. They come in nine colors, including a bright orange that’s perfect for a summer holiday. 

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Hari Mari HM x Peter Millar Flip-Flops

Hari Mari HM x Peter Millar Flip-Flops

The Hari Mari HM x Peter Millar Flip-Flops are made from water-resistant full-grain leather and feature firm arch support, memory foam in all the right places, and rubber bottoms with good gripping power on wet areas.

The Hari Mari HM x Peter Millar Flip-Flops are a limited-edition collaboration with North Carolina-based premium sportswear brand Peter Millar, which is known for its craftsmanship and casual elegance. These flip-flops are made from water-resistant, full-grain leather and feature firm arch support, memory foam in all the right places, and rubber bottoms with good gripping power on wet areas. You could consider these “dressy” flip-flops, as in they’d look great with a pair of chinos and a linen button-up shirt or a more casual camp shirt and Bermuda shorts.

They come in three colorways, but the chambray and cognac pair is especially good-looking with its woven linen chambray straps. Hari Mari flip-flops don’t come in half sizes, so size up if you’re between, per the company’s recommendation. You can also feel good about buying from this brand. Hari Mari donates one percent of its profits from every flip-flop sale to its “Flops Fighting Cancer” initiative that assists pediatric cancer patients.

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Birkenstock Gizeh Patent

Red Birkenstock Gizeh Patent

Think of the Birkenstock Gizeh Patent as minimalist upscale flip-flops that are good for your feet. 

The German brand Birkenstock that’s been around since the 1700s has a well-deserved reputation for being super comfortable, thanks to the sandals’ contoured cork footbeds that conform to the wearer’s feet. While best known for its iconic two-strap sandal, the brand also makes a thong style. The footbeds are lined in soft suede with a springy EVA midsole sandwiched between the suede and the brand’s signature cork layer that offers arch support, a deep heel cup, and a wide toe box. The outsole is also made of EVA and is light but provides good cushioning.

Besides being able to slip into them on like traditional flip-flops, these sandals have buckle closures so you can adjust them for an individualized fit. The backside of the Birko-Flor is lined with soft, breathable fleece that’s gentle on the skin. Zappos offers three color choices, including a shiny bright red. Think of these as minimalist upscale flip-flops that are good for your feet. 

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Archies Arch-Support Flip-Flops

Woman wearing Archies Arch-Support Flip-Flops

Archie’s one-piece design prevents the dreaded flip-flop blowout while the design promotes proper foot posture. All this and a decent price tag, too.

Australian footwear brand Archies, which was started by a physiotherapist, has a hugely loyal following thanks to its super comfy flip-flops that come at a reasonable price point of $35. These podiatrist-recommended sandals are made from special closed-cell foam that’s springy, soft, and molds to the feet. The high arch may take a little getting used to, but you’ll soon appreciate it. Unlike many flip-flops, Archies has a one-piece construction that prevents the dreaded blowout when the post pops out of the sole. They don’t come in half-sizes so the company recommends that if you have narrow feet to size down and wide feet to size up. 

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Freewater Treeline Sport

Freewater Treeline Sport

The Freewater Treeline Sport is a multifunctional sandal that can be worn like a flip-flop or a walking sandal. 

The Treeline Sport takes the flip-flop in an outdoor direction with a multifunctional design that allows you to wear them as flip-flops or as hiking sandals, thanks to a removable ankle strap. There’s also a strap that goes across the top of the foot for added support. These sandals feature a ridged Therm-a-Rest material as the footbed. In the Treeline Sport, these ridges massage your feet and promote airflow and water drainage. The Vibram Eco Tread outsoles are made of 30% recycled content and are good at gripping the ground in wet conditions. Another benefit of buying these sandals is that one percent of Freewater’s net sales go to grassroots projects that provide clean drinking water in developing nations. Size up if you wear a half-size, according to Freewater. 

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J. Crew Easy Summer Flip-Flops

Gold J. Crew Easy Summer Flip-Flops

WIth a rainbow of colorways and a nice price, the J. Crew Easy Summer Flip-Flops will quickly become your sunny day staple.

Cute, simple but elegant, and priced right, J. Crew’s Easy Summer Flip-Flops pair with whatever you’re wearing, and can easily go from the beach to a casual night out. With eight colors, from metallic gold to brilliant cobalt (a bright blue) you may have trouble deciding which to get. The sole has good traction and the footbed is lightly padded and looks great with shorts, jeans, or a maxi dress. If you wear a half-size, get the next whole size up.

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Oofos Ooriginal Sandal

Blue Oofos Ooriginal Sandal

Oofos Ooriginal Sandals are like walking on marshmallows and are made to aid your recovery after a brutal workout or a hard day at work. 

The experience of wearing the Oofos Ooriginal Sandal has often been described as “like walking on marshmallows.” They’re soft and ultra-cushiony, thanks to a proprietary foam technology that absorbs 37% more impact than regular foam footwear material. These are billed as recovery sandals, meaning their main function is to relieve tired feet after strenuous activity like running or hiking. This is achieved through the patented footbed design that takes the pressure off the feet, knees, and lower back. They’re also machine washable, have a six-month warranty, and don’t require any break-in period. Oofos don’t come in half sizes so the company recommends sizing up for women and down for men. 

OOriginal Unisex Thong Sandals (small, Preferred: Zappos)
Astral Filipe

Astral Filipe

The Astral Filipe takes you from poolside to mountainside with a removal ankle strap and super-grippy outsoles.

Astral, the North Carolina-based outdoor equipment company, offers a flip-flop that’s built for the outdoors, whether at the beach, on a hike, or cruising around the city. The uppers are made from cushioned synthetic leather and feature a soft, water-wicking knit liner and a cushy nylon webbing toe post. Below, there’s a springy EVA midsole and outstanding outsoles made from G Rubber, the company’s proprietary material, which is super grippy, non-marking, and abrasion-resistant The Filipe comes with removable ankle straps to take you from poolside to mountainside in a jiffy. If you wear a half-size, size up. 

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Hoka One One Ora Recovery Flip

Hoka One One Ora Recovery Flip

Hoka One One is best known for its “maximalist” super-cushioned running shoes so it makes sense its Ora Recovery Flip also features tons of plush cushioning and design that encourages a smoother gait.

Hoka One One, the French athletic shoe company, is best known for its super-cushioned “maximal” running shoes that have excellent cushioning-to-weight ratios and promote stability. It should come as no surprise that the company’s Ora Recovery Flips also feature an extra thick cushioned midsole, a plush, textured EVA footbed, and a design that encourages a smoother gait. These also have a textile upper that helps wick moisture and an outsole that has great traction. The Ora Flips are extremely light at 4.5 oz per sandal. Like the Oofos, these are designed for post-workout or a hard day at work and help relieve tired feet while promoting recovery. Besides that, they offer them in basic black or two brighter hues: Luminary Green/Blue Tint or Cantaloupe/Fiesta, a pretty pinkish-orange.

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Revs Lights Massage Flip Flops

Yellow and Blue Revs Lights Massage Flip Flops

Give yourself a massage while you walk with the Revs Lights Massage Flip Flops. 

With its hundreds of massaging rubber nodules on the footbeds, the Revs Light flip-flops aren’t just for chilling poolside, these are meant to stimulate your pressure points for better circulation and to reduce fatigue, among other alleged health benefits. Designed by a Scottish reflexologist, these sandals are also designed to improve your posture and stance. 

The footbed and straps are made of rubber and the outsole of shock-absorbing EVA. Many customers suggest easing into wearing them over time as they can feel unusual when you first put them on. They come in a bunch of fun colorways from metallic to two-tone blue and bright yellow. Since there are no half sizes, it’s recommended you size up.

Lights Massage Flip Flops (small)
Sole Catalina Sport Flip

Sole Catalina Sport Flip

The Sole Catalina Sport Flipis good for your feet and the environment that mold to the shape of your feet and includes a new type of sustainable foam made from algae rather than petroleum.

Sole made its name with its orthotic insoles but the Canadian company also makes a popular line of footwear, including the Catalina Sport Flip, a sandal with the same eco-friendly technology that goes into its insoles. The Catalina sandals mold to your feet after about a week of use for a customized wearing experience. They feature a sustainable Bloom Algae Foam footbed made from algae instead of petroleum, an EVA midsole, and arch support. The upper is made from a nicely padded, soft synthetic nubuck-like material. Plus, they’re water-friendly and have a grippy outsole. Size up if you typically wear a half size.

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Flojos Olivia Vintage Sandal

Flojos Olivia Vintage Sandal

Flojos Olivia Vintage Sandal is a versatile wedge flip-flop with a 70s feel but modern materials for a comfortable fit. 

Flojos, which started life in Mexico in 1972, is a California sandal brand with a throwback beach vibe and decently priced footwear ranging from $20 to $60. The Olivia Vintage Sandal is a wedge flip-flop with a 70s feel that’s the brand’s most popular style. The 2 ½ inch heel is not too tall, not too short, but definitely gives you a bit of a lift while still being comfortable thanks to the cupped footbed design that cradles the feet and a springy EVA midsole, and a light sponge rubber outsole.

The burnished faux leather straps also give these wedges a vintage feel but they haven’t forgotten the comfort here either as the straps are lined with a soft fabric and the toe post is also softly reinforced. Dress them up with wide-leg pants and a poet’s blouse or down with denim shorts and a T. Per the brand, if you typically wear a half size and have narrow feet, go down to the next whole size. If you wear a half-size and have wide feet, size up.

Olivia Vintage Sandal (small)
Indosole Flip-Flops

Men's Indosole Flip-Flops

Indosole Flip-Flops are eco-conscious with soles made from recycled tires. Beyond that, they come in a range of beautiful colorways, are well made, and very comfortable. 

While not billed as unisex, Indosole’s flip-flops are gender-neutral except for the sizing. Let’s start with one of the major differences between this brand and others on the market. The company uses recycled tires in its products. Tire waste is a huge international environmental problem as they don’t easily decompose and are often burned in developing countries polluting the air, ground, and water.

Indosole, a certified B corporation, came up with a way to break the tires down and reconstitute them for use as sturdy outsoles. The rubber the company uses for the footbed is ethically sourced and the strap is from a custom-made material called ENVRO Fiber that comes from sustainably grown plants and recycled sources. Besides the environmental aspects of these flip-flops, these are well-made, waterproof, non-slip, come in a ton of beautiful colorways, and are very comfortable. 

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The 8 coziest slippers for men, no matter which style you’re after

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Ugg Tasman Slipper; comfortable slippers for men
  • Whether you’re lounging at home or stepping outside, comfortable slippers are must-haves.
  • From Ugg to L.L.Bean and slip-ons to moccasins, there’s something for everyone in this guide.
  • You can also check out our guide to the best women’s slippers if you’re shopping for someone else.

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Since many people are wearing slippers more now than ever, it can be hard to cut through the clutter to find a few fine options for warm, cozy leisure footwear. As a team, we’ve tested tons of slippers, but the eight pairs in this guide are the ones we keep wearing.

The slipper options below all have at least two things in common: They will keep your feet warm and comfortable. Beyond that, each pair offers its own perks, with no gimmicks involved. Whether you’re going for a slip-on or a mocassin, these are the best slippers that we can’t recommend enough.

Here are 8 of the best men’s slippers you can buy:

L.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers

L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers

Fully lined with plush genuine shearling, the Wicked Good Slippers are some of the coziest slippers you’ll find. The sheepskin suede softens with wear, but the slippers are already super snug straight out of the box. 

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael has had his pair for quite a while now and can’t seem to take them off. While any shearling slipper should be warm, he especially likes the Wicked Good Slippers because of their above-the-ankle cut. You can wear them with or without socks, but he prefers to wear them without socks.

And instead of a rubber outsole, this slipper has a soft leather outsole. Although some may prefer a rubber outsole for more grip, Amir likes having shoes that are specifically dedicated to indoor wear. The brand, too, suggests sporting these slippers indoors rather than outdoors. 

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Glerups The Slip-On Rubber Slipper

Glerups The Slip On Rubber Slipper; comfortable slippers for men

If you’re looking for a simple, classic, breathable slipper, The Slip-On Rubber Slipper is your best bet. These slippers are made from 100% wool that adjusts to the shape of your feet. And the natural rubber sole has a strong grip that keeps you from slipping and sliding in your home. 

Insider Reviews reporter Owen Burke describes them as Swedish clogs but with rubber soles, which are great in case you happen to step outside with them. He’s had his pair for two years, and after wearing them on a daily basis, they’ve only gotten better as they’ve gradually molded to his feet. His slippers also remain as odor-free as the day he got them.

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Ugg Ascot Slipper

Ugg Ascot Slippers; comfortable slippers for men

The Ascot Slipper gives you the best of both worlds, as it’s a crossover between a shoe and slipper. These slippers provide the benefits of a shoe, including heel impact absorption, arch support, bridge and toe protection, and traction. But they also offer the warmth and coziness of a true slipper. However, you should note that these slippers aren’t quite capable of slipping on hands-free. You’ll likely have to pull them on using your hands until they are broken in, and even after. 

Regardless, the Ascot is unparalleled when it comes to support, protection, durability, and water-resistance of the thick leather exterior. You can technically wear them on short excursions outside, although they’re best when simply worn around the house. Plus, you can wear these slippers with or without socks, and be just as comfortable either way. 

Insider Reviews freelance writer Steven John has owned a pair of Ascot Slippers for over six years and can confirm their durability and comfort. He can easily tell you that these slippers will last for several years to come. 

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Minnetonka Sheepskin Moose Slippers

minnetonka sheepskin

Minnetonka has been around for over 70 years and has become famous for its slippers and moccasins. Between all of the brand’s offerings, the Sheepskin Moose Slippers are the ones to check out. They’re toasty and warm, thanks to genuine sheepskin on the inside and real moose leather on the outside.

Insider Reviews reporter Owen Burke notes that the sheepskin lining holds up better than that of other slippers he’s tried. He also appreciates the slipper’s cross-stitching and black dye. While the rubber soles technically allow you to wear these slippers outside, Owen finds them best for indoor wear. You can read more of his thoughts, in our review of Minnetonka slippers

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Overland Ethan Slippers

Overland

While most slippers in our guide (and in general) have a lower cut, the Overland Ethan Slippers have a high-top, above-the-ankle style that will keep your entire foot warm. They’re made from genuine Australian Merino sheepskin, which features super plush shearling on the interior.

You can also roll these slippers up and down, making them perfect for wear in the winter and also in warmer months. You can wear them for quick trips outside, but they’re best when worn indoors. However, both hands are required to put these slippers on your feet. But they’re certainly not difficult to put on — and once you’re wearing them, you won’t want to take them off. They feature incredibly comfortable memory foam midsoles and rubber outsoles.

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael notes that these slippers fit true to size. They’re only available in full sizes, though, so if you’re between sizes, he’d suggest you choose the smaller option. They will naturally loosen up a bit with wear, but when they do, they won’t be at the point of falling off your feet. 

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Deer Stags Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers

Deer Stag Slippers

If budget is your main concern when buying a good pair of slippers, then you should reach for the Deer Stags Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers, which provide premium comfort at a wallet-friendly price. Deer Stags is known for using materials that deliver quality without compromising affordability. 

The slipper’s faux-shearling liner will keep your feet cozy and warm, while the plush memory foam insoles and the brand’s S.U.P.R.O. Technology offer comfort and shock absorption. Additionally, the textured rubber outsoles will ensure you don’t slip on tile floors — or during your quick trip to take the trash out.

It’s worth noting that these slippers tend to run small. Since they don’t have a plush genuine shearling lining like some of the other slippers on this list, they won’t loosen up as drastically, so we recommend sizing up. 

Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)
Ugg Tasman Slipper

UGG Tasman

Slippers are the epitome of convenient and comfortable footwear, so when it’s time to leave the confines of your home, putting on “real shoes” can be an annoyance. The Ugg Tasman Slipper, however, works just as well outdoors as it does indoors, thanks to a rugged Treadlite outsole. 

In addition to being able to withstand typical outdoor terrains, they’re also fashionable enough to wear in public without looking like you’re dressed for a sleepover. Like most of Ugg’s other signature footwear styles, the Tasman Slippers feature suede exteriors, sheepskin linings, and wool insoles. You’ll also find a braided pattern stitched along the collars of this pair, which adds a nice bit of contrast. 

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael went a full size up and found them to fit well with and without socks. You can read more about Amir’s experience with these slippers, in our review of Ugg slippers

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Minnetonka Casey

Minnetonka Casey slipper; comfortable slippers for men

You can’t go wrong with any of Minnetonka’s offerings, since the brand has been a well-oiled machine for many decades. Another slipper that has caught our attention is the Casey. There’s soft suede leather on the outside, and a plush pile lining on the inside to keep your feet warm. 

Insider senior transportation reporter David Slotnick can confirm this slipper’s superior comfort. He notes that the thin rubber soles enable you to walk outside for short trips like to the mailbox or to your backyard, but otherwise, it’s best to wear them indoors. From David’s experience, the slippers fit more or less true to size. He loves wearing them when the weather cools down and he wants to avoid walking on cold floors. We made sure to include this slipper in our review of Minnetonka slippers, as well. 

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The 6 best men’s workout shirts of 2021

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  • A great workout shirt provides benefits like moisture-wicking technology, stretch fabric, and odor control.
  • It’s important the shirt also fits comfortably and performs well during activities like strength training or running.
  • Our top pick, Ten Thousand’s Versatile Shirt, excels in terms of fit and performance and is my go-to for any workout.

Ask any fitness enthusiast about their preferred style of workout shirt and they’ll likely spend a few seconds listing off things like moisture-wicking fabric, innovative cooling technology, or sweat-activated fabrics. While these may sound like a collection of buzzwords, the application behind these concepts are both staples and must-haves in the world of workout clothing.

For years, the who’s who of brands like Nike, Under Armour, and Reebok were the major players in the workout shirt market, constantly innovating on their own in-house tech while keeping tabs on what competitors put out. But as of late, a number of smaller companies have elbowed their way into the conversation with some fresh, unique takes on the humble workout shirt.

Be it a unique manufacturing process that makes use of real gold particles or a revolutionary fabric designed to not just wick moisture but to actively cool a wearer’s body temperature, today’s workout shirts are full of inventive and practical variety.

It’s because of that variety that deciding which workout shirt to buy isn’t always a straightforward decision. Perhaps you enjoy working out at home, or maybe you primarily exercise by running or cycling. Maybe you do a little of everything.

For me, I fit into the latter camp and feel as though there’s plenty of room in my wardrobe for an array of reliable workout shirts. Not only does a mixed bag of options help reduce how often I have to do laundry but different shirts work better for different workouts.

For example, I prefer a shirt with some sort of stretch design or increased range of motion when lifting weights but grab for a tee that does well to wick moisture before I hop on my bike or go for a run. Though those differences in features may seem small, they have a major impact both on my performance and comfort – and they’re incredibly important considerations when shopping for a workout shirt.

To help find the best currently available, I tested (and continue to test) an array of the latest releases to find those that excel at not just being comfortable, functional, and high quality, but are ultimately worth investing in, too. Though this guide gets updated often, the shirts featured are an accurate snapshot of exactly what I wear when working out each week.

Here are the best men’s workout shirts:

The best workout shirt overall

TTVersatile

Ten Thousand’s Versatile Shirt lives up to its name by being one of our favorite multi-purpose workout shirts — it’s great for anything active, be it cardio, strength training, HIIT exercises, or cycling.

Pros: Comfortable workout shirt that’s good for almost any workout or activity, flatlock seams prevent chafing, doesn’t hold onto odors, sweat-wicking and quick-dry fabric work well

Cons: Fit can differ from what you’re used to but double-check using the brand’s interactive fit guide before buying

Ten Thousand’s workout gear is a staff favorite, and when it comes to workout shirts designed to perform over a variety of exercises, it’s the brand’s Versatile Shirt I grab over and over again. Not only does it fit comfortably but it pulls off being both minimalist and functional, making it great for weight training, running, cycling, and even yoga — there’s a reason it has the word “versatile” in its name.

Made of 84% polyester and 16% spandex, the shirt features a breathable design that, along with its sweat-wicking and quick-drying tech, allows it to remain comfortable no matter how warm or sweaty I’d get. Even when temperatures cooled off, this shirt still performed well, and I especially appreciate its flatlock seams which avoid chafing of any kind (which is a must on my longer runs). 

Similar to how Rhone uses gold particles in its fabric, Ten Thousand infused its Versatile shirt with a silver ion anti-odor treatment. After intentionally wearing it for a 15-mile bike ride followed by an hour resistance band workout, the shirt did well to avoid hanging onto any odors, even if my own self was ready for a full-on shower. 

I do recommend reviewing Ten Thousand’s fit metrics as the medium shirt I tested was just slightly on the shorter side (and I’m roughly 5’8″). The chest, shoulders, and arms all fit properly but I would’ve liked just a bit more length (and may try the Large next time). The site does have a highly useful interactive fit chart that showcases different model body types across each size to give you a good sense of how it’ll fit once you try it on. 

The best workout shirt for runners

Nike Dri Fit shirt

Yes, it wicks moisture and sports the Nike logo but the Nike Dri-Fit Miler helps runners go the distance, thanks to flat seams to avoid chafing and reflective details to increase visibility.

Pros: Reflective details offer increased visibility, flat seams reduce chafing and feel comfortable on the skin, and the Dri-FIT tech actively wicks moisture

Cons: Despite a reflective pattern, dark colors not recommended for runners who run at night

Based entirely on the amount of constant rubbing and chafing a runner experiences on even short jaunts, the type of athletic apparel they choose needs to satisfy a particularly high standard. Nike, a brand that needs no introduction, knows a thing or two about workout gear and has excelled for decades at manufacturing some of the industry’s best, and most innovative, active clothing.

The story remains the same with its Dri-Fit Miler, an athletic shirt designed specifically for runners.

Led by its patented Dri-Fit technology, the Miler excels at wicking moisture but also proves capable of staying dry no matter the mileage — a feature that dramatically impacts both comfort and performance. With a dropped hem in the back of the shirt, it offers more coverage than most other running shirts and its flat seams help avoid excess chafing while feeling soft on a wearer’s skin.

Perhaps its best and most important feature is the reflective pattern Nike used to keep runners visible throughout their run. Be it morning, afternoon, or dusk, the reflective details shine brightly when hit with headlights or a flashlight, helping alert those passing by to the runner’s position. Though running at night requires an entirely different approach, the shirt still reflects in the dark. However, the dark colors aren’t recommended for those who prefer running when the sun’s gone down.

The best workout shirt for odor control

Rhone Reign shirt

Rhone’s Reign sets itself apart with GoldFusion technology that wicks moisture, controls odors, and decreases drying time.

Pros: GoldFusion technology is as innovative as anything on the market, odor control that actually works, fast drying time, and a comfortable, stylish fit

Cons: Premium price tag

There are innovative workout shirts and then there’s the Rhone Reign, a shirt that features actual flakes of real gold and uses the company’s GoldFusion technology. Hardly a gimmick, GoldFusion has a three-pronged impact in that it actively wicks away moisture, combats odor, and dramatically decreases drying time.

So, not only does the technology keep you dry and comfortable but it keeps even the worst gym smells at bay — a feature the rest of the people at the gym would surely love, as well.

Though GoldFusion is its rightful claim to fame, the Reign shirt still scores highly in other areas like fit and comfort. Essentially a performance synthetic tee, it’s capable of holding up to almost any workout, activity, or sport and remains comfortable throughout. With raglan sleeves and flatlock stitching, it achieves a better fit throughout without chafing or irritating your skin.

Rhone may have only just come onto the athletic apparel scene in recent years but armed with its GoldFusion technology and a casual, modern fit, the Reign lives up to its name.

The best workout shirt for hot weather

arctic cool shirt

Powered by HydroFreeze X technology, Arctic Cool’s Crew Neck shirt utilizes an innovative fabric that works to lower your body temperature while also wicking sweat. 

Pros: Innovative HydroFeeze X cools body temperature and actually works, UPF 50+ rating blocks 98% of harmful UV rays, antimicrobial cooling tech is machine-washable and never fades, and it spreads moisture across the shirt as it wicks to improve dry time

Cons: Plain style and color choices

Rhone’s Reign may have gold flakes in its fabric but Arctic Cool’s plainly-named Crew Neck shirt has its own ace up its sleeve: HydroFreeze X technology. Flashy name aside, HyrdoFreeze X is more than just marketing-speak. It’s a type of fabric that, while wicking moisture, dramatically lowers your body temperature.

As you sweat, the fabric absorbs that moisture and disperses it across the material. As air moves over the surface of the shirt, it creates a cooling effect that can make you feel up to 30 degrees cooler. Once it moves through the shirt and cools down, any excess moisture is then wicked completely from the garment. Better yet, the tech is antimicrobial, meaning it’s able to sustain a lifetime of washes and still perform.

Though the shirt itself is a bit plain, the HydroFreeze X fabric offers a premium fit that’s capable of supporting a variety of exercises and activities. Additionally, each shirt is rated at UPF 50+, so it offers a high level of sun protection, blocking up to 98% of harmful UV rays.

The best-fitting workout shirt

Person wearing Saxx Aerator workout shirt

The Saxx Aerator is one of the best-fitting athletic shirts I’ve worn as it’s cut to better fit your arms and chest without looking boxy through the rest of the shirt. 

Pros: Great fit, comfortable, works well for a variety of workouts like HIIT, running, or biking, comes in a L/S variety

Cons: Limited color options

Though Saxx is known mainly for its inventive line of, shall I say, supportive underwear, the brand also makes a selection of workout apparel. One such shirt (which is also available in a long-sleeved version) is called the Aerator, and after wearing it for several months, I’m a huge fan.

Perhaps my favorite part about the shirt is how it fits. It features a flattering cut that’s bigger in the chest and slimmer through the waist. This allows it to achieve a more fitted look that stays true to size and doesn’t look boxy or ill-fitting. Not only does this make me feel more confident while wearing it but a shirt that fits correctly just functions better. 

The Aerator is available in three colors, and while each is solid and works well for anyone’s personal style, the fact there are only three may seem basic to some — to be fair, this is a minor nitpick. 

I’ve mainly worn this shirt while running or doing at-home workouts, and it’s perfectly held up for all of it. Even during the humid summer months when it can get drenched in sweat in a matter of minutes, it avoids feeling too heavy or bogging me down, and its moisture-wicking tech seems to work as advertised. The Aerator quickly became one of my workout apparel staples and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. 

The best workout shirt for cold weather

under armour shirt

Under Armour’s HeatGear Armour long sleeve shirt makes frigid winter runs a bit more manageable. 

Pros: Second-skin fit allows for layering without sacrificing performance, soft and lightweight, HeatGear fabric stays warm in the coldest temperatures, four-way stretch offers wide range of movement, and Under Armour compression helps improve performance

Cons: Limited to wearing in cold to moderate weather

Under Armour made its name designing and manufacturing some of the best compression athletic gear on the market and its HeatGear Armour long sleeve shirt is the perfect example of the brand’s innovations. Featuring a second skin, compression-style fit and lightweight construction, the HeatGear Armour is a form-fitting shirt that offers comfortable support.

With a four-way stretch design, it not only avoids hindering your performance but also accentuates it by allowing for movement in any direction. The shirt lives up to its HeatGear name by truly shining when temperatures drop as the fabric was built for keeping you warm in frigid weather. It even boasts a UPF 30+ rating, which helps protect against harmful UV rays — something anyone’s capable of being exposed to year-round.   

The long sleeve tee also wicks moisture and dries quickly which is an incredibly welcome feature for those who like to run outside and break a sweat. No more plodding away on an indoor treadmill, Under Armour’s HeatGear Armour allows anyone to enjoy a training session outside of the gym, even in the dead of winter.

The best workout shirt for casual wear

reebok shirt

With a stylish cut and quick-dry fabric, Reebok’s Supersonic 2.0 fits in at the gym, at home, or the bar after a workout.

Pros: Stylish cut, effective moisture-wicking technology, quick-dry fabric that performs in any environment, and its loose-fitting torso allows for a greater range of motion

Cons: Fitted design may not be suitable for all body types

A company mostly synonymous with sneakers, Reebok’s athletic apparel is just as impressive as its shoes. With the Supersonic 2.0, the Adidas subsidiary takes a stab at offering performance fabric designed to wick sweat, dry quickly, and look good in the process. With an athletic cut and stylish design, not only does this shirt deliver on performance but it’s also capable of being worn all day, every day if you so please. 

Made of 95% polyester and 5% spandex, the Supersonic 2.0 is lightweight and highly breathable and is as capable of wicking away moisture as it is helping avoid excessive sweat spots. That means you can wear it to the gym and, even after an intense workout, still wear it while meeting up with friends or heading back to work.

Featuring a fitted cut to hug a wearer’s upper torso, the bottom flows freely allowing for a wide range of movement. No matter if it’s an afternoon of basketball, an hour of lifting weights, or simply going for a run, the fit stays true throughout and performance is never limited. Reebok’s Supersonic 2.0 is about as functional and versatile of an everyday shirt as it gets. We do recommend washing it regularly, though.

What else I’m testing

The market for workout shirts is broad, which makes it seem like there’s an endless amount of options to choose from. What this also means is that there’s no shortage of workout shirts showing up on my doorstep for testing. While the above shirts are tried, tested, and approved, the following shirts are currently being reviewed to see if they have what it takes to make it into the spotlight. 

Here are the workout shirts I’m currently testing: 

Hylete Calavera Tri-Blend Crew: One of my favorite parts of Hylete’s Calavera is that it looks like a normal tri-blend shirt I’d throw on with a pair of jeans yet it performs just as well as some of the workout shirts featured in the main guide. I was originally skeptical that it’d just feel like wearing a cotton shirt (and come with all the same drawbacks) but I was quickly convinced otherwise after wearing it through a particularly sweaty home boxing session. Hylete offers a wide variety of similar shirts, too, each with fun graphics and colorways. 

Janji Runterra TeeThe Insider Reviews team has written at length and often about the quality of Janji’s workout apparel, and it remains one of our favorite brands to wear when breaking a sweat. One of its shirts I’ve been wearing recently is the Runterra Tee, a technical cotton blend shirt that’s highly comfortable, blocks odor, and that uses volcanic ash to thermoregulate the body. That’s a mouthful to just simply say this shirt is an active person’s dream. I wear it often for just about any activity and never feel I’ve made a bad choice.

Tracksmith Harrier TeeTracksmith’s Harrier quickly became one of my go-to running shirts after wearing it just once while on a run. Featuring a classic design, the shirt wicks moisture, dries quickly, and blocks odors, which is essentially everything a quality running shirt should offer — and it does it all thanks to a Merino wool blend. 

Workout shirt glossary

Just as there’s variety in the available options, there’s also variety in a wearer’s desired application or workout style. Perhaps a runner wants a more lightweight option or a fitness buff desires something that looks good every day, no matter the activity.

Regardless of intent, there’s a suitable workout shirt designed specifically for everyone. A great workout shirt doesn’t just get the job done but does so without sacrificing performance, comfort, or style. 

Here are some of the most popular styles and features of men’s workout shirts:

Sweat-wicking: Sweat-wicking shirts work to remove moisture from your skin. They also don’t soak up any of that moisture (like a cotton tee might), allowing them to avoid feeling overly heavy as you work out. 

Odor control: Fabrics with odor-control technology help minimize lingering odors. There are several ways manufacturers are able to do this, either constructing the shirt of merino wool, having it feature a highly breathable design, or, in the case of Rhone, use gold particles infused into the fabric. 

Quick-dry fabric: Workout shirts with quick-dry fabrics are often made from merino wool, polyester, or nylon (or a blend) and are designed to be highly breathable. 

Four-way stretch: This type of fabric allows for greater freedom of motion, helping the wearer feel less hindered while running, lifting weights, or doing moves like lunges or burpees. 

How we test workout shirts

Each shirt featured in this buying guide went through several rounds of testing across a variety of workouts and activities. These workouts include weight training sessions with resistance bands, medicine balls, and dumbbells, 30-minute cardio sessions of either an outdoor run, outdoor bike ride, or an indoor stationary bike ride, and indoor interval training routines. 

No workout shirt is the perfect, one-style-fits-all, so each selection also lists a few drawbacks to consider, be it sizing and fit issues, an expensive price tag, or lack of color choice. New product styles and releases are always being considered for future updates, as well. 

Here are the four categories we judged each shirt on during testing:

Fit: An ill-fitting workout shirt won’t exactly motivate you or push you through to the end of your workout, no matter if you’re out for a run or using resistance bands at home. When testing, we looked at everything from how stretchy it was and how well it moved along with us, if the armholes allowed for proper range of motion, and if there was enough coverage through the bottom. 

Performance: Performance is essentially the execution of a workout shirt’s fabric tech, especially today. How well does it wick sweat or control odor? Is it breathable and does it avoid chafing? A workout shirt’s performance is one of the most important factors we considered because the last thing you want to be thinking about while working out is why your shirt feels like a hundred pounds drenched in sweat or what the foul smell might be. 

Fabric tech: Innovative fabric tech is now the norm in every manner of workout gear as brands have adopted everything from gold-infused materials and multi-stretch fabric to active cooling and UPF protection. Since these are now standard practice, it raises the bar in terms of judging how well a workout shirt applies the tech. 

Value: The value of a quality workout shirt is less about how much it costs and more about the combination of the three categories before it, as well as what its final price is. We often say it’s better to spend more on a premium product than to spend less, more often on something that’s shoddily designed and won’t last. 

A note on fit

Though the workout shirts featured in this guide have the name “men’s” in them, they’re not strictly for cisgender men. The cut and design of the shirts may differ from similar clothing intended for women but anyone is able to wear whatever shirt they feel comfortable in.

This is especially true in the world of workout apparel where comfort and performance are far higher priorities than what specific gender they’re intended for — and each of the shirts featured below was tested with those features in mind. If you’re looking for workout clothing that more closely identifies with the fit and design of women’s apparel, check out our guide to our favorite women’s workout clothing brands

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The best men’s jeans in 2021

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Dearborn Denim
  • There are numerous denim brands, and trying to find your perfect pair of jeans isn’t always easy.
  • From looser fits to stretchy jeans to summer whites, we’ve found the best jeans to buy right now.
  • Besides the various cuts, fades, and distressing, there are other considerations. We lay them out below.

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Jeans have been functional workwear, rebellious youth garb, a symbol of American culture, and today remain the most popular style of pants across the globe. While denim has become ubiquitous, jeans still allow wearers to display their individual styles, especially now. There’s a seemingly limitless amount of cuts and colors, material blends, fades, and distressing for whatever your style or even your mood. Beyond mere looks, we’ve included environmentally friendly jeans, denim made in North America, and some budget-friendly choices as well.

Here’s a quick rundown on some denim terms it’s helpful to know.

  • Raw denim: Denim that hasn’t been washed or distressed.
  • Sanforized: A process whereby the denim is preshrunk to prevent further shrinkage when you wash your jeans.
  • Selvedge: High-quality denim that’s woven on smaller shuttle looms that produce tightly woven ends on the fabric (“self edges”), keeping it from fraying. These “self-edges” are used in constructing the jeans’ finished seams.
  • Stacking: The way excess denim stacks on top of itself at the ankle.

The best way to care for your jeans so they’ll last as long as possible is easy. Wash them in cold water inside out and hang them to dry. That’s it!

A Note On Fit

The brands in this guide are geared towards men’s sizing but can be worn by any gender identity. For smaller sizes, please refer to our guide focused on traditional women’s sizing.

Levi’s 501 ’93 Straight Fit

501 '93 Straight

Levi’s, the originator, continues to stay relevant with its looser fit 501 ’93 Straight made with organic cotton. 

Nearly 150 years after launching the world’s first pair of jeans, Levi’s continues to stay relevant. The trend in men’s pants of late has been towards looser fits, inspired by 1990s silhouettes, and Levi’s has gone back into its archives for both its 501 ’93 Straight Jeans and the 551 Z Authentic Straight Jeans. 

The button-fly 501 ’93 Straight is a recreation of Levi’s 501 Originals from the 1990s. The jeans sit on the waist, as opposed to the hips, and are roomy at the seat and thigh. They’re not tapered, but are cut straight through from hip to hem, as the name implies, and stack slightly at the hem. The jeans come in eight different washes, including Marshmallow, a bright white perfect for summer. Pair them with a warm pastel-colored T-shirt and your favorite white sneakers. They’re made in Egypt from organic cotton. They have 1% elastane for a touch of added stretch, but are not stretchy jeans. 

For an even looser fit, the 551 Z is the way to go. Based on Levi’s first preshrunk jeans from 1961, they’ve been reimagined with a 1990s sensibility. These zip-fly jeans feature a loose fit through the seat, hip, and thigh and stack at the hem. The jeans feel soft and broken-in from the get go. There’s subtle distressing at the pockets on the Hula Hopper wash. For a more distressed look, get the 551 Zs in Phantom. The jeans are made in Cambodia from a sustainable cotton-hemp blend. They do not have any stretchy material added, but are roomy enough not to need it. Levi’s makes both styles using Water<Less water saving techniques. The initiative, which began in 2011, has saved more than 3.5 billion liters of water from the finishing process compared to conventional methods, according to the company. 

501 ’93 Straight Men’s Jeans (small)551 Z Authentic Straight Men’s Jeans (small)
COS Recycled Cotton Tapered Jeans

COS Tapered Jeans

The COS Tapered Jeans are a classic with the bonus of being sustainably made. 

COS, which is owned by fast-fashion giant H&M, is a London-based Scandinavian brand focused on sustainability through the materials used in its clothing, their durability, and their timeless design—an important component to keeping clothing out of landfills. The brand first launched in the U.K. in 2007 and has been flourishing in the last few years. The company sourced more than 75% of its clothing sustainably in 2020 using materials like organic cotton and recycled wool, cotton, and polyester. COS has pledged to use 100% repurposed, recycled, or sustainably sourced materials by 2030. 

The COS Tapered Jeans represent the company’s aesthetic and ethos well. These jeans are made from cotton reused from its supply chain—scraps of fabric leftover from cutting patterns—that’s rewoven into new fabric. The classic look of the button-fly tapered jeans means they won’t be going out of style anytime soon. They have a soft handfeel and a regular fit that tapers from knee to hem. The Tapered Jeans look good on most body types. They are 100% cotton, so they aren’t stretchy, and are rivet-free. The company says this is to make the jeans easier to recycle. They come in blue or dark grey. The belt loops are on the narrow side and will fit a thin leather belt but not a wider style

For those who prefer a slimmer cut, COS offers Slim-Leg Jeans in four washes made from organic cotton. 

Recycled Cotton Tapered Jeans (small)Slim-Leg Jeans (small)
Naked & Famous Denim Left-Hand Selvedge Jeans

Naked & Famous Left Hand Selvedge Jeans

The Naked & Famous Left-Hand Selvedge Jeans are made in Canada from raw Japanese selvedge denim and are priced below other comparable luxury brands. 

Raw denim isn’t for everyone. The cost can seem as stiff as the jeans when you first put them on. Naked & Famous Denim, a Canadian brand launched by Brandon Svarc in 2008, may convert you. They only use top-quality Japanese denim and sew their jeans in Canada. While most luxury denim brands charge $200 and up for jeans, you can get a pair of Naked and Famous for about $150. Svarc, in an email, said the company can produce luxury jeans at this price because they don’t do washes or distressing and don’t advertise or have paid celebrity endorsements. N&F are also sustainably made. Since the denim is raw, there aren’t any of the environmental issues associated with the finishing process. Additionally, both Japan and Canada have high environmental and labor standards. 

While known for its wild creations, like glow-in-the-dark denim and raspberry scratch-n-sniff jeans, the brand’s core essentials, like the Left-Hand Twill Selvedge, are what keeps its customers coming back. It’s made from Japanese left-hand twill denim, which is softer (once it’s worn in) than the industry standard. The jeans are dark blue with contrasting gold stitching. They’re button-fly and made from a midweight 13.75-ounce denim, which is comfortable for all year-round wear depending on the climate. I got the Weird Guy fit (regular tapered). This is the brand’s most popular style because it looks good on most everyone. It has a medium rise, fits straight through the leg and has a gentle taper from knee to ankle. These are made from selvedge denim and colored using a natural indigo dye. I got my normal size (32) based on the company’s measuring guide. They fit snugly at first, but after a few weeks have loosened up nicely. The jeans are sanforized. 

The company also has a new Recycled Selvedge Denim jean, made from denim scraps left over from pattern cutting that are recycled and spun into new yarn. They’re a striking heather blue because of the addition of ecru fiber. 

Weird Guy – Left Hand Twill Selvedge (small)Weird Guy – Recycled Selvedge (small)
Dearborn Denim SVR Tailored Fit Jeans

100% cotton jeans called SVR

Dearborn Denim manufactures its jeans in Chicago and charges reasonable prices, which is kind of unheard of these days. Best of all they look great and are well-made.

Dearborn Denim is an outlier. It’s a U.S.-based company that manufactures its jeans in its Chicago factory and sells them for less than $70. They also just launched a less expensive version under $40 that sold out of the first run almost immediately. Don’t worry, it’s back in stock. Robert McMillan, a former bond trader, started the company in 2016 looking to help revitalize American apparel manufacturing, believing it is “a great industry for steady and fulfilling employment for many people,” he told me in an email. He credits Dearborn’s efficient production and supply chain and no outsourcing for being able to sell quality, American-made jeans at reasonable prices while giving the workers fair wages and good benefits. 

As mentioned above, Dearborn recently released 100% cotton jeans called SVR that, like the company’s other products, are made in Chicago. The Tailored Fit jeans run true to size, have a medium rise and have a slight taper from knee to ankle. These zip-fly jeans come in a dark rinse, which is a stunning midnight blue. They are comfortable from the get-go and are a great value at $39. Dearborn can sell the jeans at this price by not including things like rivets, which are pretty much just decorative anyway. You end up with solid, American-made jeans.

If you’re looking for a slimmer fit, Dearborn makes a Slim Fit that comes in 9 washes, including two different dark washes. This is a stretch denim, made from 92% cotton with 7% polyester and 1% elastane making for comfortable wear. The denim is made in Mexico and sewn in Chicago and Dearborn sources all the trim (button, zipper, leather for the label) in the U.S. 

100% Cotton Tailored Fit Dark Wash (small)Tailored Fit Dark Wash (small)

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Google is facing a class-action lawsuit over claims it paid female employees nearly $17,000 less per year than male staff for the same work

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the Google I/O 2016 developers conference in Mountain View, California
Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a developers conference.

  • Former female Google staff won class-action status for a gender equity lawsuit against the company.
  • The four women alleged that Google paid female staff nearly $17,000 less per year than the men.
  • The claimants represent 10,800 women who claim Google pays women less than men for the same job.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Google on Thursday suffered a setback as a San Francisco state judge awarded class-action status to a lawsuit over unequal pay between men and women for the same work, Bloomberg first reported.

The lawsuit was first filed by four former female workers at Google in 2017. In it, the women allege that Google violated California’s Equal Pay Act “by paying female employees lower compensation than Google pays to male employees performing substantially similar work.”

A previously disclosed analysis seen by Bloomberg showed that the case seeks more than $600 million in damages.

The women represent around 10,800 women employed by Google who claim that the company pays men more for doing the same job, according to a July court filing. The court filing said that the search engine company paid female employees around $16,794 less per year than “the similarly-situated man.”

“Google paid women less base salary, smaller bonuses, and less stock than men in the same job code and location,” the July filing said.

“We strongly believe in the equity of our policies and practices,” a Google spokesperson told Insider. “For the past eight years, we have run a rigorous pay equity analysis to make sure salaries, bonuses and equity awards are fair. If we find any differences in proposed pay, including between men and women, we make upward adjustments to remove them before new compensation goes into effect. In 2020 alone, we made upward adjustments for 2,352 employees, across nearly every demographic category, totalling $4.4M. We also undertake rigorous analyses to ensure fairness in role leveling and performance ratings.”

Kelly Dermody, a lawyer representing the women, said in an email to Bloomberg that the next step is getting the case to trial which could happen in 2022.

“This is a significant day for women at Google and in the technology sector, and we are so proud of our brave clients for leading the way,” Dermody said. “This order shows that it is critical that companies prioritize paying women equitably over spending money fighting them in litigation.”

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The 6 best men’s undershirts of 2021

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  • A great undershirt will prevent walking around in a sweat-soaked top.
  • The best undershirts are close-fitting, don’t lose shape, and come in diverse materials.
  • The Thompson Tee is a favorite with a”sweat guard” design, making it fit for stain protection.

It really doesn’t matter if your wardrobe is sporty, casual, formal, or a mash-up of all kinds of clothing, good undershirts are an important part of getting dressed. The primary purpose of an undershirt is to absorb your body’s sweat as the first layer of clothing – and this is beneficial for a few key reasons.

It’s good for the long-term care of your garments. The right undershirt will save your clothing from sweat, deodorant, and other stains from being in direct contact with your skin. An undershirt is also important for your style and comfort. A sweat-soaked T-shirt or a dress shirt with wet armpits has never been a flattering, or comfortable, look.

We’ve done the research and smoked out the best undershirts for men that you can buy today. Undershirts are fairly straightforward pieces of clothing, but we’ve made sure that our top picks cover a range of different styles, fabrics, and price points so you can find the right one for your tastes and budget. Not sure how an undershirt should fit? We have a handy section on that.

Here are the best men’s undershirts of 2021:

The best men’s undershirt overall

Tommy John Undershirt

Tommy John has a collar that stays flat, fits closely to your body, and never comes untucked.  

Pros: Close-fitting, comfortable, different material options, stays tucked in

Cons: Can’t be worn as a regular T-shirt

Sizing options: S-4XL

To be completely honest, I gave up on T-shirt-style undershirts a long time ago because they’re almost always ill-fitting at the collar, the sleeves become loose, and they rarely stay tucked in. But Tommy John’s undershirts are the complete opposite. 

Close-fitting, but not tight, they’re long enough to stay comfortably tucked into your pants, and they almost disappear underneath your top layer of clothes.

While browsing, you’ll find that Tommy John undershirts are available in three materials — Second Skin, Cool Cotton, and Air. I’ve tested and reviewed all three and I can’t say one is better than the other; it really depends on what you look for most in an undershirt, whether that’s softness, breathability, or a lightweight feel.

Senior Reporter Amir Ismael especially likes Tommy John’s undershirts instead of basic tank tops when I’m wearing dress shirts. They’re more comfortable (which is important when you’re already wearing not-so-comfortable dress clothes), they help prevent sweat stains on the armpits, and they’re a lot less visible if you’re wearing a white or light-colored shirt. 

The best men’s undershirt to avoid sweat stains

Thompson Tee

The Thompson Tee V-neck is made from breathable fabric, has an underarm sweat guard, and is, undoubtedly, the last undershirt you’ll ever need to buy.

Pros: Woven of soft combed cotton with a bamboo-derived rayon sweat guard, effectively manages under-arm sweat, excellent form-fitting cut

Cons: None

Sizing options: X-Small-3X-Large

Managing sweat while looking nice is an ever-present challenge (especially in a suit). However, the Thompson Tee is uniquely designed with a second layer — the “sweat pad” — to put some more material and distance between your skin and nice shirt.

The trim cut is form-fitting and long enough to tuck, too, while the V-neck is suitably deep so it won’t be peeking out from under your shirt collar. It’s also woven from soft-combed cotton and the “sweat pads” are made from a bamboo-derived cotton and spandex blend for stretch and flexibility.

The best men’s undershirt multi-pack

David Archy

David Archy provides soft and lightweight undershirts at a great value. 

Pros: Made of a breathable and soft micro-modal fabric, the cut is fitted and long enough to stay tucked, great value 

Cons: The fit is nothing special; the micro-modal shouldn’t be put in a hot dryer cycle.

Sizing options: Small-X-Large

Although synthetic fabrics have a bad rap in the menswear scene, they do confer some advantages for certain pieces of clothing. Synthetics are durable, they dry quickly, and they’re useful for garments where you want some stretch such as socks or athletic wear.

David Archy undershirts are made of a soft micro-modal fabric with a touch of elastane. It’s thin and light without being transparent, although it’s best to tumble dry these and then hang them up damp to air-dry rather than drying them with heat.

The V-neck is suitably deep and the David Archy shirts are slimmer than most other multi-pack undershirts from popular brands like Hanes, the cuts of which tend to be a bit boxier than most, but these undershirts don’t have much of a taper in the body. You may want to consider sizing down if you’re between sizes. The sleeves are also nice and slim-fitting so you don’t get a bunch of material bunching up around your arms under your dress shirt.

The best men’s undershirt on a budget

Hanes

As a brand we all know and have probably worn, Hanes delivers variety and a great bang for your buck.

Pros: Tagless, multi-pack, odor-resistant technology, preshrunk

Cons: Can’t withstand many wash and dry cycles without losing its shape

Sizing options: S-XL

What would a list of undershirts be without Hanes? In short, incomplete. As one of the most popular underwear brands, if not the most popular, Hanes has a huge assortment of all types of undergarments, including undershirts. If you’re going for a classic T-shirt style rather than a tank top, the FreshIQ ComfortSoft Crewneck is what you’ll want to buy, especially if you’re on a budget. Each pack comes with six undershirts, making it the best bang for your buck.

Made from 100% preshrunk cotton, these Hanes undershirts are tagless, have lay-flat collars, and feature the brand’s odor-resistant technology, FreshIQ.

Much like any budget-friendly pack of undershirts, they won’t last forever, as they can potentially lose shape after a handful of wear and wash cycles. But at $19 for six, you can’t really beat the price.

If you’re looking for a basic white T-shirt, this is one you can actually pull off because it’s not too form-fitting or too long, like some of the other undershirts on this list. — Amir Ismael

The best tank top men’s undershirt

Hanes tank top

If you prefer tank tops over T-shirts, Hanes FreshIQ ComfortSoft Tanks are cheap and dependable.

Pros: Moisture-wicking, soft next to skin, preshrunk so it lasts after many wash and dry cycles, no tag

Cons: Won’t prevent armpit stains, limited sizing options

Sizing options: M-XL

While T-shirt undershirts are best for preventing armpit stains under button-ups and dress shirts, tank top undershirts get the job done if you’re only concerned with having a sweaty back and chest.

The Hanes FreshIQ ComfortSoft White Tank is a no-frills undershirt, but with no tags, soft preshrunk cotton, and moisture-wicking technology, it has everything you need. In line with all of Hanes’ other products, the ComfortSoft tank tops are reasonably priced within everyone’s budget. 

Although I regularly recommend skipping on low-cost underwear for pairs that have a better value (but are considerably more expensive), I haven’t found any issues with Hanes tank tops that should deter you from buying them.

I usually wear more casual styles and don’t need to worry about armpit stains on dress shirts, so tank tops are my personal preference when it comes to undershirts. I wear Hanes’ on a daily basis and they hold up very well. — Amir Ismael

The best casual men’s undershirt

J. Crew Broken in short sleeve V neck T shirt

The heather gray V-neck T-shirt from J.Crew is an undershirt, yet also doubles as a casual tee. 

Pros: Made of soft and durable combed cotton, slim fit, versatile, deep V-neckCons: It’s cut shorter in the body than other undershirts

Sizing options: X-Small-XX-Large

Undershirts are typically designed to be worn under collared shirts, but they’re still essentially just tees. This means that, so long as they’re styled right, there’s no reason you can’t pop on an “undershirt” with a pair of jeans for a simple, basic outfit.

As one of the premier brands of casual men’s style, it should come as no surprise that J. Crew made it into our list. This heather gray V-neck tee lives up to the brand’s simple-yet-stylish design ethos. It features a tailored cut that’s not baggy or restricting. It’s slim enough to be an undershirt and made of soft combed cotton, too.

The V-neck is also deep enough that you can safely undo a button on your collared shirt, but it’s not so low as to be unsuitable for casual wear. It’s a no-nonsense, well-made, nicely-styled staple tee that’ll get a lot of play in your rotation whether you’re wearing it under a dress shirt or just pairing it with jeans or chinos.

How to choose an undershirt

Tommy John

Here are some quick guidelines to follow when selecting an undershirt that’s right for you:

  • Keep it fitted. Your dress shirts should be trim, not baggy and blousy, and so it stands to reason that you don’t want big, billowy undershirts, either. Many brands today are offering slimmer modern cuts for their clothing, and undershirts are no exception. Go with something more tailored or even opt for snug-fitting stretch undershirts which hug your torso like a glove.
  • Avoid white. White is probably the most common color for undershirts. It’s also probably the worst. We’ve all seen it: The guy wearing a white or blue dress shirt with his white undershirt sleeves shining through like the sun. This is because white is a high contrast color that shows up very easily under other materials. Play it safe and keep it gray. This low-contrast shade will blend in much more easily so you’re not getting those unsightly “undershirt lines” under your dress shirt sleeves.
  • Go with a V-neck. People have a lot of opinions about men sporting V-necks for casual wear, but for undershirts, it’s pretty much a requirement – especially if you’re going sans necktie, which you’ll probably do fairly often. Having the top of your undershirt peeking out behind your dress shirt collar screams “my mom made me wear a button-up shirt today,” but a V-neck cut keeps it nicely out of view below the neckline. If you already have a bunch of crew-neck undershirts, relegate them to casual wear or toss ’em.

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The 8 best slippers for men

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Ugg Tasman Slipper; comfortable slippers for men
  • Whether you’re lounging at home or stepping outside, comfortable slippers are must-haves.
  • But not every pair matches up to the next, which is why we gathered 8 of the best men’s slippers.
  • From Ugg to L.L.Bean and slip-ons to moccasins, there’s something for everyone in this guide.
  • You can also check out our guide to the best women’s slippers if you’re shopping for someone else.

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Since many people are wearing slippers more now than ever, it can be hard to cut through the clutter to find a few fine options for warm, cozy leisure footwear. As a team, we’ve tested tons of slippers, but the eight pairs in this guide are the ones we keep wearing.

The slipper options below all have at least two things in common: They will keep your feet warm and comfortable. Beyond that, each pair offers its own perks, with no gimmicks involved. Whether you’re going for a slip-on or a mocassin, these are the best slippers that we can’t recommend enough.

Here are 8 of the best men’s slippers you can buy:

L.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers

L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers

Fully lined with plush genuine shearling, the Wicked Good Slippers are some of the coziest slippers you’ll find. The sheepskin suede softens with wear, but the slippers are already super snug straight out of the box. 

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael has had his pair for quite a while now and can’t seem to take them off. While any shearling slipper should be warm, he especially likes the Wicked Good Slippers because of their above-the-ankle cut. You can wear them with or without socks, but he prefers to wear them without socks.

And instead of a rubber outsole, this slipper has a soft leather outsole. Although some may prefer a rubber outsole for more grip, Amir likes having shoes that are specifically dedicated to indoor wear. The brand, too, suggests sporting these slippers indoors rather than outdoors. 

Men’s Wicked Good Slippers (small)
Glerups The Slip-On Rubber Slipper

Glerups The Slip On Rubber Slipper; comfortable slippers for men

If you’re looking for a simple, classic, breathable slipper, The Slip-On Rubber Slipper is your best bet. These slippers are made from 100% wool that adjusts to the shape of your feet. And the natural rubber sole has a strong grip that keeps you from slipping and sliding in your home. 

Insider Reviews reporter Owen Burke describes them as Swedish clogs but with rubber soles, which are great in case you happen to step outside with them. He’s had his pair for two years, and after wearing them on a daily basis, they’ve only gotten better as they’ve gradually molded to his feet. His slippers also remain as odor-free as the day he got them.

The Slip-On Rubber Slipper (small)
Ugg Ascot Slipper

Ugg Ascot Slippers; comfortable slippers for men

The Ascot Slipper gives you the best of both worlds, as it’s a crossover between a shoe and slipper. These slippers provide the benefits of a shoe, including heel impact absorption, arch support, bridge and toe protection, and traction. But they also offer the warmth and coziness of a true slipper. However, you should note that these slippers aren’t quite capable of slipping on hands-free. You’ll likely have to pull them on using your hands until they are broken in, and even after. 

Regardless, the Ascot is unparalleled when it comes to support, protection, durability, and water-resistance of the thick leather exterior. You can technically wear them on short excursions outside, although they’re best when simply worn around the house. Plus, you can wear these slippers with or without socks, and be just as comfortable either way. 

Insider Reviews freelance writer Steven John has owned a pair of Ascot Slippers for over six years and can confirm their durability and comfort. He can easily tell you that these slippers will last for several years to come. 

Ascot Slipper (small)
Minnetonka Sheepskin Moose Slippers

minnetonka sheepskin

Minnetonka has been around for over 70 years and has become famous for its slippers and moccasins. Between all of the brand’s offerings, the Sheepskin Moose Slippers are the ones to check out. They’re toasty and warm, thanks to genuine sheepskin on the inside and real moose leather on the outside.

Insider Reviews reporter Owen Burke notes that the sheepskin lining holds up better than that of other slippers he’s tried. He also appreciates the slipper’s cross-stitching and black dye. While the rubber soles technically allow you to wear these slippers outside, Owen finds them best for indoor wear. You can read more of his thoughts, in our review of Minnetonka slippers

Sheepskin Moose Slippers (small)
Overland Ethan Slippers

Overland

While most slippers in our guide (and in general) have a lower cut, the Overland Ethan Slippers have a high-top, above-the-ankle style that will keep your entire foot warm. They’re made from genuine Australian Merino sheepskin, which features super plush shearling on the interior.

You can also roll these slippers up and down, making them perfect for wear in the winter and also in warmer months. You can wear them for quick trips outside, but they’re best when worn indoors. However, both hands are required to put these slippers on your feet. But they’re certainly not difficult to put on — and once you’re wearing them, you won’t want to take them off. They feature incredibly comfortable memory foam midsoles and rubber outsoles.

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael notes that these slippers fit true to size. They’re only available in full sizes, though, so if you’re between sizes, he’d suggest you choose the smaller option. They will naturally loosen up a bit with wear, but when they do, they won’t be at the point of falling off your feet. 

Ethan Classic Merino Sheepskin Slippers (small)
Deer Stags Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers

Deer Stag Slippers

If budget is your main concern when buying a good pair of slippers, then you should reach for the Deer Stags Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers, which provide premium comfort at a wallet-friendly price. Deer Stags is known for using materials that deliver quality without compromising affordability. 

The slipper’s faux-shearling liner will keep your feet cozy and warm, while the plush memory foam insoles and the brand’s S.U.P.R.O. Technology offer comfort and shock absorption. Additionally, the textured rubber outsoles will ensure you don’t slip on tile floors — or during your quick trip to take the trash out.

It’s worth noting that these slippers tend to run small. Since they don’t have a plush genuine shearling lining like some of the other slippers on this list, they won’t loosen up as drastically, so we recommend sizing up. 

Nordic Plus Memory Foam Slippers (small)
Ugg Tasman Slipper

UGG Tasman

Slippers are the epitome of convenient and comfortable footwear, so when it’s time to leave the confines of your home, putting on “real shoes” can be an annoyance. The Ugg Tasman Slipper, however, works just as well outdoors as it does indoors, thanks to a rugged Treadlite outsole. 

In addition to being able to withstand typical outdoor terrains, they’re also fashionable enough to wear in public without looking like you’re dressed for a sleepover. Like most of Ugg’s other signature footwear styles, the Tasman Slippers feature suede exteriors, sheepskin linings, and wool insoles. You’ll also find a braided pattern stitched along the collars of this pair, which adds a nice bit of contrast. 

Insider Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael went a full size up and found them to fit well with and without socks. You can read more about Amir’s experience with these slippers, in our review of Ugg slippers

Tasman Slippers (small)
Minnetonka Casey

Minnetonka Casey slipper; comfortable slippers for men

You can’t go wrong with any of Minnetonka’s offerings, since the brand has been a well-oiled machine for many decades. Another slipper that has caught our attention is the Casey. There’s soft suede leather on the outside, and a plush pile lining on the inside to keep your feet warm. 

Insider senior transportation reporter David Slotnick can confirm this slipper’s superior comfort. He notes that the thin rubber soles enable you to walk outside for short trips like to the mailbox or to your backyard, but otherwise, it’s best to wear them indoors. From David’s experience, the slippers fit more or less true to size. He loves wearing them when the weather cools down and he wants to avoid walking on cold floors. We made sure to include this slipper in our review of Minnetonka slippers, as well. 

Casey (small)

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I tested 10 pairs of men’s rain boots by wading into the Hudson River and walking in the rain – here’s how they stacked up

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Best rain boots - someone wearing rainboots in

  • When getting from point A to point B means sloshing through mud, there’s a rain boot for the job.
  • We’ve gathered together fashionable, utilitarian boots to keep your feet dry in wet weather.
  • Look good and stay dry with these waterproof boots.

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Wet weather may be inevitable, but suffering through it with wet feet in squishy footwear doesn’t have to be. A superior rain boot or a waterproof boot (along with a good raincoat) can turn a dismal day trudging through the rain into, if not a fun experience, at least one that won’t ruin your mood and leave you with damp socks. Beyond that, you don’t have to look like Paddington Bear when you go out in the rain, since there are many fashionable options to suit your personal style while still staying dry.

How I tested rain boots for this guide:

Besides wearing the boots while walking in the rain (the things I do for my job!) I also tested them by wading into the nearby Hudson River until the boots were submerged to the boot’s collar or until water seeped inside (again, the things I do for this job!). For more details on testing, see our explainer slide below.

Here are the best rain boots for men in 2021:

XTRATUF Rubber Deck Boot

Best Rain boots - XTRATUF Rubber Deck Boot

XTRATUF Ankle Deck Boots are completely waterproof, slip resistant, and have a moisture-wicking liner. Trusted by folks in the Alaskan fishing industry, these boots will keep your feet dry in the heaviest rains. 

XTRATUF has been around for more than 60 years and made its reputation among Alaska’s fisheries and docks, earning their Legacy ankle boots the nickname “Alaskan sneakers.” 

The XTRATUF Ankle Deck Boot is made from hand-layered neoprene, a type of synthetic rubber, for a completely waterproof boot (note: these aren’t meant for commercial applications). The only way you’re going to get your feet wet is if the water is deeper than the top of the boot. While testing them during a rainstorm, the water beaded off the surface and my feet stayed completely dry. The outsoles, made from slip-resistant chevron rubber, worked well on muddy surfaces and when scrambling over wet boulders. Because they’re made of neoprene, the boots aren’t as breathable as leather, but they’re lined with a moisture-wicking and anti-bacterial lining called Xpresscool that helps keep your feet cooler on warm days.

The biggest surprise was how comfortable they were. I walked more than five miles in these straight out of the box with no issues. They’re light, around one pound, and feature a front and back pull-on tabs to help get your feet in and out of them. They don’t come in half sizes. I normally wear a 9.5 so sized up to a 10 as recommended by the brand, and they fit well. 

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REEF Voyage Boot LE

The best rain boots - REEF Voyage LE

The REEF Voyage LE is a waterproof and extremely lightweight boot that has you covered if you’re caught in a rainstorm in the city or traversing a stream on a day hike. 

REEF, the beach brand started by two Argentinian brothers in the 1980s, is best known for its sandals, but the company also makes great boots. 

The REEF Voyage Boot is a chukka style ankle boot that is both stylish and great for wet weather, or the beach when it’s not raining. Made from waterproof full-grain leather, it also has a rubber cupsole—a type of outsole made from a single piece of rubber that’s very flexible—and has good gripping ability in wet conditions. Unlike many of the boots I tested, water doesn’t noticeably bead on the leather’s surface, but it doesn’t penetrate the material deeply, nor does it affect the leather’s color or texture once dried. I found these boots to be fully waterproof both while testing them in a rainstorm and at the river’s edge. Water seeped into the boots where the tongue meets the shaft once I went deeper into the water. If that happens, no worries, these boots dry really fast—about an hour with the cork insoles removed. 

The Voyage boots are very comfortable straight out of the box—I’ve worn them on several 5+ mile excursions with no foot trouble. They’re incredibly lightweight at just 15.4 ounces, but still provide decent ankle and arch support thanks to what the brand calls ‘Swellular Technology,” comprised of three layers: a soft foam deck, a slightly firmer midsole, and the aforementioned rubber outsole. They also have a soft corduroy lining.  

These boots fit true to size. No additional or special care is required to help maintain the boot’s waterproofing, according to a company rep I spoke with, and the brand offers a one-year guarantee against manufacturer’s defects. 

Voyage LE (small)
Sperry Saltwater Nylon Duck Boot

Best Rain boots - Men's Saltwater Nylon Duck Boot

Sperry has been making footwear for wet conditions for 90 years and the brand’s Saltwater Nylon Duck Boot marries classic looks with functionality so you can look good and also keep your feet dry.

These are sophisticated enough for running around the city on a rainy day, but are hardcore enough for fishing or other outdoor activities. 

The shaft is made from a waterproof quilted nylon with a tongue that’s attached for its entire length to prevent water from seeping in (known as a bellows tongue or gusseted tongue in footwear terminology). Below, a waterproof rubber shell keeps your feet dry. No water made it into the boots when I walked into the river with them. When I tested them on a very rainy walk, water beaded off the surface and kept my feet completely dry. The lugged rubber outsoles kept me from slipping in muddy conditions. 

I found the Sperry Nylon Duck Boot to be comfortable for long walks, five or more miles. The lining is soft and they fit true to size. Because the boots are partially quilted and the shell is rubber, these may not be suitable for hot summer wear, but are definitely good for spring, fall, and mild winters.

Men’s Saltwater Nylon Duck Boot (small)
Danner Vertigo 917

Vertigo 917 Java

The Danner Vertigo 917 are super lightweight, feature a Gore Tex liner, and are handsome enough for a night out but rugged enough for a day hike. 

Danner, the Oregon-based heritage boot brand, has been keeping feet warm and dry since 1932. The company’s Vertigo 917 Boot goes beyond utilitarian needs (though it provides that too) with an aesthetically handsome style that still keeps your feet dry in the rain. 

The Vertigo 917 has a waterproofed leather upper and features a 100% waterproof Gore-Tex liner that’s breathable, so your feet stay dry whether from water or your own sweat. The lower portion of the tongue has a mesh liner layered over a waterproof membrane attached to the shank to help regulate your temperature and to keep water from seeping in. I found them to have very good traction on wet surfaces. They have a Vibram XS Trek outsole—Vibram is an Italian company that sets the standard for rubber soles with gripping ability—that provides stability and traction. It should be noted that these boots cannot be resoled. 

I’ve taken these on five-mile in-town walks and on longer day hikes. There was a short break-in period—they rubbed at the ankle bone on my first five-mile walk in them—but by the third wear they had become very comfortable. These are flexible and extremely light—35 ounces for the pair—making them great for longer treks. They have a removable OrthoLite Footbed with three layers for maximum cushioning and support. They fit true to size and are nicely designed for easily getting them on and off. 

 A brand rep advised me that the leather’s protective coating will eventually wear off so apply Danner’s Waterproofing Gel when you notice the leather beginning to darken.

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Muck Boots Originals Pull On Mid

The best rain boots - Muck Boots Originals Pull On Mid

 The Muck Boots Originals Pull On Mid has you covered in the wettest, muddiest conditions while remaining comfortable. 

The Original Muck Boot Company is the go-to work boots for both farmers and gardeners of all stripes working in muddy, damp, slippery conditions. The company’s Originals Pull On Mid is a workhorse of a boot that will keep your feet dry and comfortable for all-day wear. 

The Originals Pull On Mid is made from hand-layered rubber over a neoprene bootie. I wore these mid-calf-length boots while working in the garden over several days and on a 2.5 mile walk in a heavy rain. When testing them out, water beaded off the surface well and when I waded out into the Hudson, the boots were completely waterproof. The only way water is getting in is if it goes over the top. They provided good traction in muddy conditions. 

The first time I wore them they rubbed against my calf, a problem solved by tucking my pants into the boots. Longer socks would also solve this problem. They were very comfortable—the boots have molded footbeds with a layer of memory foam. The boots were easy to get on and off thanks to the tab at the back. These don’t come in half-sizes, so I opted for the next size up as recommended by the brand. They felt a bit big, so I wore them with thicker socks to fix the problem and they were fine. Because they’re made from rubber, they don’t breathe as well as leather, but I didn’t find them unduly hot while working outside in 70 degree weather. My feet didn’t noticeably sweat in them. The footbeds are both antimicrobial so they don’t stink and moisture wicking to help keep your feet feeling dry. You can get away with four season wear depending on your climate.

Pull On Mid (small)
Dr. Martens Waterproof 1460

Dr. Martens Waterproof 1460s

Look cool and keep your feet dry in the Dr. Martens Waterproof 1460s, which are fully waterproof and incredibly comfortable. 

Bring a little rock-and-roll to your rainy day excursions with the Dr. Martens Waterproof 1460 boots. These boots surprised me twice. The first time was when I took them on a five-mile walk straight out of the box. These are solidly made boots that weigh in at 1.14 ounces each but are remarkably comfortable. They’re amply cushioned at the collar and on the tongue. The soles are also very cushiony. They don’t call them “Air Wair” for nothing (the company’s brand since the 1960s) since the soles are air-cushioned. 

The Waterproof 1460 has the same look as the originals (the logo tab on back, iconic yellow stitching, grooved sidewalls, DMS tread) but also feature “Drywair,” a proprietary waterproof membrane that keeps moisture out but is breathable enough to keep your feet from perspiring. They also have a twin heat-sealed welt and a gusseted tongue that keeps water from seeping in. My second big surprise with these Dr. Martens came when I waded out into the Hudson in them. No water got in. None. The outsoles provided great gripping ability in muddy, slippery conditions. 

Dr. Martens don’t come in half-sizes, so I sized down to a 9 per the company’s advice and they fit perfectly. They only come in black in a waxy, oil-finish called Republic WP. They’re easy to clean too. Just wipe them down with a damp cloth. My only quibble with these boots (a tiny one) was the length of the laces. I’m a double knotter and the shortness of these laces didn’t really allow for this.

Waterproof 1460s (small)
Le Chameau Vierzon Jersey Lined Boot

Le Chameau Vierzon Jersey Lined Boot

The Vierzon Jersey Lined Boot by Le Chameau is a classic Wellington-style rain boot that has thoughtful details for an elevated experience. 

Le Chameau, a French heritage brand, has been keeping the feet of farmers, hunters, and anglers dry and comfortable for nearly 100 years. The Vierzon Jersey Lined Boot is a classic calf-length wellington-style rubber rain boot with a ton of nice details that elevates it above the competition. These boots are handcrafted from the company’s Chamolux rubber that starts with Grade A rubber from Vietnam that’s mixed with some secret ingredients to produce the famously soft, supple and fully waterproof boot material. 

The thoughtful details include a soft polycotton, tartan patterned jersey lining, an adjustable waterproof gusset with snap-fastening buckle for a perfect fit, and shock-absorbing dual-density outsoles with a shank reinforcement board for better stability and arch support. The outsole is abrasion resistant and provides traction on uneven, slippery surfaces. 

The Vierzon is a four-season boot, depending on your climate (they are rated for temperatures down to 0°C and are comfortable for use during warmer months thanks to the quick-drying lining that helps wick away sweat. These boots, like all the company’s products, come with a two-year warranty and free shipping in the U.S.

Vierzon Jersey Lined Boot (small)
Rockport Mid Moc Waterproof Boot

ROCKPORT Men’s Waterproof Mid Moc Boot

The Rockport Mid Moc is good-looking, super comfortable, and fully waterproof, to boot. 

Rockport is known for casual, comfortable footwear that’s made for walking. The Mid Moc Waterproof Boot is true to the brand. Made from a full-grain waterproof leather, they are really comfortable, good-looking, and will keep your feet dry on a rainy-day hike. 

I’ve worn these on in-town walks and day hikes of at least five miles, and from day one I had no foot issues. They have a nicely cushioned collar and tongue, and an EVA footbed that provides good support and helps prevent foot fatigue. They also provide excellent ankle support. 

These are seam sealed, have a gusseted tongue, and a waterproof insole. They kept my feet dry, both while hiking in the rain and during river testing. It should be noted the gusseted tongue only goes up about two-thirds of the way, so water can seep in if the water is deeper than that. The boots also have anti-microbial and moisture-wicking footbeds. The thick rubber outsoles provide good gripping power in slippery conditions. These boots fit true to size.

Mid Moc Waterproof Boot (small)
Huckberry All-Weather Chore Boot

Huckberry All-Weather Chore Boot

The Huckberry All-Weather Chore Boot wears like a sneaker, looks like a cross between a Chelsea boot and a duck boot, and is made from premium materials to keep your feet dry no matter the conditions. 

Huckberry has made its reputation with products that are equal parts cool, innovative, and well-made, so it’s no surprise their All-Weather Chore Boot ticks off all these boxes and more. This is a hybrid between a Chelsea boot and a duck boot with a waterproof full-grain leather upper, rubberized leather rand at the heel, and Vibram outsole that provides traction in slippery conditions. 

The interior has a waterproof lycra membrane that’s breathable so water won’t get in, but sweat will evaporate to help keep feet dry and comfortable. The uppers have sealed seams and are joined using waterproof cement and glue. The rand at the back and toe cap help protect against tears and abrasions.

These fit like a sneaker, with a cushioned insole and EVA midsole that provide great shock absorption. Pull tabs at the back and elastic at the sides (like traditional Chelsea boots) make for easy on and off. These fit true to size.

All-Weather Chore Boot (small)
Brunt Perkins Waterproof Work Boot

Brunt Perkins Waterproof Work Boot

The Brunt Perkins Waterproof Work Boot has a reinforced composite nano toe, will keep you comfortable during long shifts, and dry if caught in the rain. 

Brunt is a new direct-to-consumer brand that’s quickly becoming a goto workwear staple. The Perkins is a tough full-grain leather work boot. Designed for the worksite, it’s got a reinforced composite nano toe and shank (the long thin piece of material in a boot that sits between the insole and outsole and provides support). These are fairly light for reinforced-toe work boots, weighing in at around two pounds each. Traditional steel-toe work boots can be as heavy as 4.5 pounds. The boots have double stitching at key areas that tend to wear faster and durable toe caps and heel guards. The Perkins meet the ASTM International standards for safety toe work boots. This international standards organization provides technical standards for a variety of products and materials. 

The Perkins is also very comfortable. I wore these working in the yard and around the house and walked 2.5 miles in them with no foot issues. There was no break-in time required. The Perkins features a rubber foam midsole, a three-layer removable insole, and extra padding at the collar. 

These boots performed well in normal rain conditions thanks to triple-layer waterproofing. Water beaded off the surface and my feet stayed dry. In the river, no water seeped in via the seams. The boots don’t have a gusseted tongue so water can seep in through there, but these aren’t meant to be used to slog through the Hudson and will definitely keep your feet dry in most situations. They took about 10 hours to dry out inside. The Perkins also have heavy-duty outsoles that prevented me from slipping in muddy (even oily) conditions. They fit true to size and have a cool feature that lets you adjust the boot width from regular (D) to a wider fit (EE).

Perkins Waterproof Work Boot (small)
How I tested rain boots for this guide

I tested these rain boots for comfort, breathability, ease of getting in and out of them, how well they grip in slippery conditions, and, of course, how they stood up against water. I walked and/or hiked in each of them at least twice, sometimes more, for at least 2.5 miles (in most cases twice that distance) at a time during rainstorms. I submerged them in puddles as well as wading out into the Hudson River in them. In the case of the Muck Boots and Brunt Work Boots, I used them while working in my yard and doing chores around the house. 

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