Sandals are the unofficial shoes of summer. They’re easy to pack and quick to slip on, and they protect against hot sand — just don’t get caught wearing them to the office. From flip flops to slip-ons, sport sandals to strap-ins, there are probably more options for your feet this summer than you thought. We’ve sorted through them all and picked out the best sandals to outfit your feet for the dog days.
Best Overall Sandals: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed
These classic sandals have a foam-topped cork footbed that molds to the wearer’s foot. Two adjustable straps guarantee a secure fit appropriate for all-day wear.
Best Upgrade Sandals: Yuketen Bostonian Suede
This suede slide from Yuketen is a luxurious take on a classic style. It features a contoured leather footbed, a jute midsole, a crepe outsole and a distinct brass buckle.
Best Affordable Sandals: Teva Hurricane XLT2
This water-friendly sandal has straps made from polyester, nylon and recycled PET webbing. They are easily adjustable and are appropriate for a range of activities.
Havaianas Top Flip Flops
These classic black flip flops are appropriate for the gym, the beach or weekend lounging. One of the most affordable options on the market, this style is available in a range of colors.
Mr P. David Suede and Webbing Sandals
These are the best blue suede
shoes sandals. Fit for formal occasions or casual walks, they're made from leather footbeds and soles, contrasting German-made webbing and suede straps.
Adidas Adilette Slide
Since debuting in 1972, the Adidas Adilette has become a staple homebound or beachside. The molded footbed and cleat-inspired soles make for a sandal that’s as comfortable as it is durable.
OOFOS OOah Sandal
Built for athletic recovery, OOFOS’ range of footwear has caught the eyes of the stylish set, earning designer collabs along the way. The unique aesthetics of its OOah Sandal are best compliments with a pair of baggies and a trippy t-shirt.
Rider R Next Sandal
Rider's R Next sandals are the convertible of the bunch. They feature a detachable heel strap that converts them to slip ons, but with it, you're wearing a sneaker-sandal hybrid capable of staying on through even the most strenuous of activities. There is, however, a footbed that's quite the upgrade on your usual slides. (But, please, be safe if you choose to do something truly foolish in a pair of shoes akin to flip flops.)
Chaco Z/1 Classic
These easy-on Chaco sandals have a supportive midsole and non-marking outsole. They are more laid-back than traditional styles from the brand, appropriate for post-activity lounging.
Keen Uneek Sandals
Unlike Keen’s other sandals, these are decidedly off-duty sandals. The two-cord upper adapts to the foot’s shape and provides lightweight PU midsole gives support for hours of wear.
Malibu Sandals Latigo Sandals
These sandals mix the woven style of huaraches with the comfort of crepe sole shoes. The faux leather upper sits on a moulded EVA footbed that offers support and cushion.
The resurgence in technical sandals has no doubt been headed by Japanese brand Suicoke and its KAW sandal is a key part of the movement. It features suede uppers with velcro nylon straps atop a comfy Vibram footbed and thick Vibram Morflex sole.
Yuketen Crus Woven Leather
A lightly cushioned footbed and rubber sole offer traction and support while a supple leather upper adds style. Yuketen's Crus Woven sandal is as close to closed-toe as it gets but remains breathable courtesy of its woven construction.
Merrell 1TRL Alpine Slide
Make the most of the warmer months in Merrell's adventure-ready 1TRL Alpine Slide. A subtle ripple sole offers traction; the upper is water resistant; and the Lycra Neoprene overlay offers temperature regulating properties.