It was tempting to give Allbirds the clean sweep here by choosing their Tree Loungers as our top pick, but style wise, nothing we have found compares to the shape and design of Rivieras. Allbirds are more comfortable and durable if those are your priorities, but in the summertime you likely want your leisure shoes to stand out a little more while at the beach or poolside and Rivieras gives you by far the most color options.
This is one of the products I get asked the most about when I wear them out. A lot of their styles are just visually stunning and not something you will find at this price point. Given that they are EU based, the purchase process obviously isn’t as seamless as it is buying from Amazon. But Paypal integration and cheap/fast FedEx shipping makes it pretty close if you are willing to take one or two extra steps. While it is not necessary, it helps to have a good travel credit card with no FX conversion fees, like this one, to make sure you get the lowest possible rate. If not, Paypal will handle it for you. The Rivieras website prices, even post conversion and including shipping, are still cheaper than most versions available from local retailers which makes it worth it all-in.
Rivieras remain my go-to slip-on shoe if I want to show off a little Roman inspired “ankle cleavage” while paired with shorts or a good pair of going out pants/joggers. You won’t find comparable style options anywhere else, particularly at this price point. This overshadows longer-term durability issues in the vinyl side paneling making it a really good gift for yourself, a significant other or a stylish dad for Father’s Day.