Are Hey Dude Shoes Comfortable to Wear? [My Experience w/ Photos]


If you are shopping for a new pair of slip on shoes, comfort is a big factor. Nobody wants a pair of slip-on casual shoes that feels stiff and uncomfortable. But what about Hey Dude shoes? Are Hey Dude shoes comfortable to wear?

Yes, Hey Dude shoes are comfortable to wear. The classic styles are made with a lightweight, stretchable material that almost feels like a thick sock against the foot. The outsole of the shoe is extremely flexible and the shoe features a thick memory foam insole for comfort under the foot. After trying several options, I thought these Hey Dude stretch options were the most comfortable (paid affiliate link takes you to Hey Dude’s website).

When I recently tried several types of Hey Dude shoes, the thing that jumped out the most to me was how stretchable the fabric was. Again, it almost feels like a thick sock.

In the quick 9-second video below, I tried to capture how stretchable the fabric is:

I also found Hey Dude shoes to have a flexible outsole design that isn’t restrictive. These shoes do not feel stiff to wear. In the photo below, I tried to capture how flexible my Hey Dude shoes are:

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Hey Dude shoes also provide nice comfort under the foot. They use thick memory foam insoles that are removeable in case you ever need to clean or swap them. In the photo below, I tried to capture how thick the memory foam insoles are on my Hey Dude shoes:

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Hey Dude shoes are also very lightweight. For a size 12 men’s Hey Dude Wally Sox Classic shoe, I found the weight to be 0.45 pounds per shoe. For a size 7 women’s Hey Dude Wendy Sox Classic shoe, I found the weight to be 0.34 pounds per shoe. Photos below:

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One thing you will want to consider is the width of Hey Dude Shoes. Overall, I found the width to be average. I found them to be wider when compared to Vans slip-on shoes, but not as wide as Crocs. But, again, the fabric in Hey Dude classics is so stretchable, that it really accommodates a wide range of foot sizes.

Here I am comparing the men’s Hey Dude Wally Sox and the women’s Hey Dude Wendy Sox to the sizing of Vans and Crocs. To see more sizing comparison photos, visit my Hey Dude Sizing Guide.

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In this article, let’s discuss how comfortable Hey Dude shoes are in further detail. I will also discuss other things to consider when buying Hey Dude shoes.

Are Hey Dude Shoes Comfortable?

Yes, I found Hey Dude shoes to be comfortable for five main reasons:

  • The fabric in many types of Hey Dude shoes is stretchable and easy to wear
  • The fabric is breathable and good for hot weather
  • The outsole design is flexible and not stiff (are hey dudes slip-resistant?)
  • The insoles is thick memory foam which cushions the foot
  • The shoe is very lightweight and does not weigh down my foot

Hey Dude Shoes are Stretchy

Many types of Hey Dude shoes are made with a stretchable knit-fabric upper (and have a stretchable cotton lining). This stretchable upper allows Hey Dude shoes to fit a wide variety of feet comfortably, without feeling restrictive.

In the photo below, I tried to capture how stretchy the upper is on my Hey Dude Wally Sox Classics:

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It should be noted, however, that Hey Dude shoes are offered in several different types of fabrics. All types of Hey Dude shoes are built to be comfortable, but if you prefer a stretchy fabric, be sure to confirm the style you choose has the proper fabric.

Hey Dude Shoes are Breathable

These shoes are perfect for spring and summer hot weather. The upper knit fabric is very breathable. In the photo below, I tried to capture just how breathable the fabric is on my Hey Dude Wally Sox Tri-Tone shoes:

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Hey Dude shoes do have an inner lining. I found the inner lining to be very breathable also.

Hey Dude Shoes are Flexible

Hey Dude shoes use what the company calls “flex and fold technology” with a patented UltraLIGHT EVA outsole that creates a comfortable, flexible shoe.

These shoes bend easily, which makes them very easy to pack in a backpack or luggage bag. It also means that the shoes won’t feel stiff on your feet as you walk.

In the photos below, I tried to capture how flexible the Hey Dude Wally Shoes and Hey Dude Wendy Shoes are:

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Hey Dude Shoes Use Thick Comfortable Insoles

Hey Dude shoes use thick memory foam insoles to help absorb shock and to provide comfort under the foot as you walk. These memory foam insoles are removable so you can clean or swap them when needed.

In the photos below, I tried to capture how thick the memory foam insoles are in different types of Hey Dude Shoes:

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Hey Dude Shoes are Lightweight

Hey Dude shoes are also very lightweight.

For a size 12 men’s Hey Dude Wally Sox Classic shoe, I found the weight to be 0.45 pounds per shoe. For a size 7 women’s Hey Dude Wendy Sox Classic shoe, I found the weight to be 0.34 pounds per shoe. Photos below:

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What Size of Hey Dudes for a Comfortable Fit?

In my experience, Hey Dude men’s shoes fit true to size when compared to other types of casual slip on shoes. For women, Hey Dude shoes fit just a slight bit looser than other types of popular slip-on shoes (but still quite similar).

In general, for both men and women, my recommendation would be to order your normal sizing for Hey Dude shoes.

To read more about sizing, visit my Hey Dude Sizing Guide to see comparison photos – or just watch the quick video below where I included all of my side-by-side comparison sizing photos:

The main takeaway is Hey Dude shoes provide a comfortable fit because they are made with a lightweight, stretchable material that almost feels like a thick sock against the foot. The outsole of the shoe is extremely flexible and the shoe features a thick memory foam insole for comfort under the foot.

I bought my normal sizing for Hey Dude shoes and they fit comfortably.

To read more about Hey Dude shoes, visit my article that discusses whether or not Hey Dude shoes are waterproof.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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