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Best Sandals on The Market: Make Your Feet Stylish!

Best Sandals review
Jerry Mueller
Written by Jerry Mueller

Nothing is worse than being out in the sun, walking around with the family, doing activities, having fun, and wanting to head home because your feet hurt.  It can put a damper on any day, and can ruin the rest of a week.

If you’re not wearing comfortable sandals, it can cause blisters and all kinds of other painful things, which will bother you for an extended period, and no one wants that. Some people use flip flops, which are the best sandals for the beach, because they slip on and off very easily.

Other people prefer croc style sandals because they prefer the closed toe comfort to protect their feet, along with the style. We have compiled a collection of the best comfortable sandals that can be found here, to make your life easier.

How to Find The Right Sandals

Not all sandals are made the same, so it’s important to know what you should look out for when you want to invest in the best sandals.

Sandals features

There are some important features to keep in mind while you’re on your search:

  • Activity: not all sandals are constructed the same; you wouldn’t wear a pair of sandals to go hiking, so it’s important that you know where you’re going to be wearing them and what you’re going to be doing. Here are some tips on finding sandals to fit your chosen activity:
    • Hiking: should have rugged outsoles and stiffer midsoles, straps that can be cinched around the foot, and sturdy toe boxes for added protection. Their main goal is to provide stability and protection on uneven terrain.
    • Fashion: forget looking for protection or support, these sandals are designed to look good. They’r more suited for dressed summer occasions.
    • Closed toe: provides protection again debris and surrounding obstacles; can be good for hiking and walking around the city.
    • Flip flops: thin rubber soles with a V-shaped strap that fits between the toes; there is no support so they’re best for use around the beach or a pool.
    • Water sandals: made of water-resistant material so they’re not weighed down, and are also very lightweight. Great for wearing during rafting or other water-related activities.
  • Fit: when trying on sandals, it’s important to know how they should fit. A lot of people tend to think that they should be loose, but sandals that are too big will slide around too much and can cause abrasions on the foot.
    Instead, it should be wide enough to accommodate the width of the foot, and the foot should not hang over the front or back either. Straps should fit snuggly but not too tight.
  • Material Quality: the choice of material determines how long the shoe will last and the price that you’ll pay for them. If you’re looking for breathable shoes that won’t chafe, then you’ll want to look at sandals made of leather, suede, or fabric.
    If you’re going to be engaging in water activities, then you’ll want to look at nylon webbing or polyurethane. For soles, look for memory foam, ethylene-vinyl acetate or rubber to provide a lot of cushioning.
  • Comfortable Straps: straps that aren’t made well or use cheap materials are going to cause blisters and irritation, so look for those that are made of soft leather or suede to minimize these. Also be on the lookout for seams in the straps that can further cause irritation.
  • Arch support: sandals aren’t really made to be worn for long ventures, but for avid hikers, they’re going to want to look at sandals that provide quality arch support. Without this, you can experience a lot of fatigue, muscle cramps, and even back pain.
  • Flexibility: you’ll gain nothing from a rigid sandals that won’t work with you. Look for a sandal that allows you to flex the sole in the area where the ball of your foot would be to see how flexible it really is. If it’s too rigid, then cross it off your list.
  • Cushioning: many people don’t understand just how much pressure they put on their feet until they feel like they’re on fire after a good long walk. Having cushioning throughout the sole of the shoe will help to minimize the pain and damage to your heel.

Now that you’re aware of what you should be looking for, here are some of the top rated sandals in the market.

Top Products for 2017

Birkenstock Unisex Arizona Soft Footbed Sandal

Birkenstock Unisex Arizona Soft Footbed Sandal

Cost: $99.95 – $159.99

Special Features: With the synthetic Birkibuc and suede build, they are unique in their durability and comfort. Unique to Birkenstocks, this material and unique build allows them to be worked in easily.

Description: These Birkenstock Unisex Arizona Soft Footbed Sandal are the best, most comfortable sandals on the market. Birkenstocks are known far and wide, as the most comfortable sandals around. The cowhide and suede design can be broken in pretty easily, and show that they are very durable.

They are very easy to slip on and off, and totally fit any foot, once sizing has been tested. Both men and women can wear these, and couples can even match them.

Being a stylish sandal, and combining it with the comfort, the user can feel confident all day, in look and feel.

This would work well for a parent on the go. They can wear the sandals in the mall, while taking the kids in soccer practice, and transition easily to the errands that are required before dinner, while still looking stylish. Birkenstocks have been around for a very long time and are revered as some of the best sandals around, these are no exception.

Birkenstock Women’s Mayari Sandal

Birkenstock Women's Mayari Sandal

Cost: $89.95 – $159.99

Special Features: With the rubber sole and synthetic straps, this sandal is easy to clean and maintain. Coming in a large variety of colors, there are many choices that will keep anyone happy.

Description: These Birkenstock Women’s Mayari Sandal are built for women, and are similar to the first pair of sandals, but have a nice look to them that gives them a feminine edge. With the wrap around toe, they show a nice smooth difference from the original, unisex Birkenstocks.

Along with the toe wrap, they have a thinner band, giving more of a dainty look without sacrificing the feel and comfort of the sandal. They also grip to the foot quite well, making them sandals that can be used on terrain other than urban sidewalks.

They go great on a beach or outdoors, while still maintaining a classy elegance. They have a slight angle on the heel of the rubber sole, giving them a bit of a pump, while not being too loud about it.

Coming in colors such as Golden Brown, Habana Oiled Leather, and standard colors such as Patent Leather and Silver, these can go with any outfit, while still maintaining their tear resistant durability.

The beauty of these ones is that they are made of a synthetic material, called Birkibuc, which allows them to be cleaned with simple soap and water, as compared to the others that are made of leather. The sole itself will mould to the wearer’s foot, providing a longer lasting comfortable shoe for a long time.

Teva Men’s Terra Fi Lite Sandal

Teva Men's Terra Fi Lite Sandal

Cost: $44.99 – $119.00

Special Features: With an EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning, the impact shock on a foot is minimized during the intensive use of the sandal.

Description: These Teva Men’s Terra Fi Lite Sandal are rubber soled for men. They are very sturdy and can take all kinds of pressure.

Being made with woven fabric straps, they can take the daily grind of walking around, along with the increased stress of keeping up with children, running and doing sports, as well as general maintenance around the house.

The Teva Men’s Terra Fi Lite Sandal is lightweight, as well as a very comfortable sandal. This one comes in many colors, but all are very basic, they are: Black, Firetread Midnight, Glacier Olive, Guide Brown, Sine Red Ochre and Ceramic Green.

Featuring three upper closures, they conform to the foot very well, and make for a very comfortable on the go sandal. Yard work, casual play and general merriment are an ideal match for these comfortable sandals.

Teva Men’s Hurricane XLT Sandal

teva-mens-hurricane-xlt-sandal

Cost: $32.81 – $69.99

Special Features: With their flashy design, the sandals can be the best comfortable sandals, while still providing a sleek look.

Description: These Teva Men’s Hurricane XLT Sandal are very similar to the last ones shown, but they have more grip and are set in a different way. While still having the benefits and durability of the stitched fabric they have a different grip on the bottom allowing them to be extremely functional and comfortable.

They are more gripped for the outdoors, as they are an outer walking shoe. Their straps have a more flashy design, and come in a variety of brighter colors. They come in Mosaic Orange, Blue, Green, As well as Geometric Red and Geometric Black.

These flashier colors give the sandals a different look, with their hook and loop design. They come in a variety of sizes, and fit as expected. These sandals can fit to the foot and come on and off with little effort.

KEEN Men’s Arroyo II Sandal

KEEN Men's Arroyo II Sandal

Cost: $69.82 – $129.99

Special Features: Being made of a leather exterior gives them a solid outdoor look, while having the rubber sole and patent rubber toe cap. They have a removable footbed for easy cleaning or replacement, as they can often get dirt or grime inside the sandal.

Description: These KEEN Men’s Arroyo II Sandal are ones that are made tough for a nature walk, that can get really good grip for rock climbing and trail hiking.

While still being breathable for the average foot to stay cool, it can be strong and durable enough to make it through the wilderness as much as a hiking boot.

These are made of an affordable, strong material that can get through seasons of wear and tear. With a mesh material airing the foot, they do not get overheated while still protecting the foot more than an average flip flop.

They come in Black Olive/Bombay Brown, Slate Black/Bronze Green and Gargoyle/Tawny Olive. These comfortable sandals are more comfortable than a shoe, while still giving the protection needed for everyday outdoor life.

Merrell Women’s Enoki Convertible Flip Flop

Merrell Women's Enoki Convertible Flip Flop

Cost: $45.84 – $89.95

Special Features: With a Dual density EVA footbed, and a Flexible Forefoot shock absorbing pad the sandal can be used to cushion the foot, while still looking fashionable.

Description: Now these strappy Merrell Women’s Enoki Convertible Flip Flop have a very strong grip as well, and are a day to day shoe. The comfort of this sandal is a good supplement for the daily grind. Being in it all day does not hurt the feet, and they work really well with a lot of outfits.

With a flexible forefoot shock absorbant pad, these are the most comfortable sandals a woman can find. They hold the sandal to the foot, preventing blisters, as well as grip the ground so as to not slip off the foot.

With synthetic upper leather straps that come in many colors, they can go with a lot of different looks. Ranging in colors from Red, to Sky Blue, Black, Brown and Purple, these affordable comfortable sandals are a steal.

Columbia Sunbreeze

Columbia Sunbreeze

Cost: $29.99 – $59.95

Special Features:  Air holes and the water drainable TechLite midsole allows the sandal to be both a day to day shoe, as well as a water shoe.

Description: These athletic Columbia Sunbreeze give off a functional vibe for women. They are made for the lady on the go, who wants to take all day in the shoe, going from place to place and not have to worry about her feet.

Whether she is going to do errands, go for a walk around town or even just for a quick jaunt with a pet, she won’t have to worry.

These sandals come in three separate colors, Shale Columbia, Mud Sorbet, and even Black Platinum, these comfortable sport sandals offer a non marking rubber soles.

It would be ideal on a beach, as the woman wouldn’t have to worry about taking them off, and putting them back on after or before water activities, while not wasting time fiddling with them.

Chaco Men’s Z1 Unaweep Sandal

Chaco Men's Z1 Unaweep Sandal

Cost: $62.24 – $199.00

Special Features: Polyester jacquard webbing upper straps go around the foot, to make sure it is fastened properly and comfortable. With adjustable straps, as well as adjustable heel risers, allows the sandal to fit the foot in the best possible way.

Description: These comfortable sandals, have a synthetic sole, with a non marking outsole. Chaco Men’s Z1 Unaweep Sandal work to increase traction on both land and water, without sacrificing the comfort. They come in a variety of sizes, and polyester wraps that surround the foot.

They conform well to the foot, while still providing maximum comfort. They come in fifteen different colors, some being basic like black, iron and bark, and some more complicated ones, such as Bow Tie, Army Brown, Bachelor Blue and Mod Squad.

These are the most comfortable sandals, because they have such a thick sole, and many bands to distribute the strain on the foot. They don’t put a lot of strain in one place, allowing the stress to be spread out, and avoiding blistering, as well as chafing.

KEEN Women’s Newport H2 Sandal

 KEEN Women's Newport H2 Sandal

Cost: $39.00 – $172.42

Special Features: This sandal comes in 31 different colors, with AEGIS Microbe Shield lining, as well as compression-molded EVA midsole. This means that they will fit around the foot snugly, not only be the best sandal, but the best comfortable sandal.

Description: These synthetic KEEN Women’s Newport H2 Sandal offer a strong, durable comfortable feel, with an open stitching pattern. They have a rubber toe bumper for safety, as well as contrasted stitching. Available in 31 different shades and colors, as well as many different sizes, this shoe will help any woman make it through a long trek in the woods, or through land, sea with ease.

Combining AEGIS Microbe Shield lining, with Compression-molded EVA midsole and Multi-directional lugs, these sandals dry easily, contorts around the foot and grab the ground very well.

Looking almost like a shoe, this sandal will work for most women on a daily basis, and will be a very comfortable feel for many shoe sizes.

ECCO Women’s Yucatan Sandal

ECCO Women's Yucatan Sandal

Cost: $87.85 – $134.95

Special Features: These comfortable sandals have an omni directional sport grip, meaning that they grip the ground in any direction, no matter which way the user is heading.

Description: These sporty ECCO Women’s Yucatan Sandal have a sporty look, with an even better functionality. Made with polyester, these sandals have a strong hook and loop design, that has been so popular lately. These are the most comfortable sandals for a woman in the summer.

Long gone are the times of slipping and sliding, when trying to stay planted in flip flops. With these, a woman will never have to worry about being bogged down by the loose fit of an ill fitting sandal.

These sandals come in a variety of colors, with either a base of white or black. They can add colours such as Chilie Red, Frosty Green, and even a Multi Color Pastel. Based with a strong rubber sole, this sandal will work for any woman who wants a strong, well fitting, comfortable sandal.

Final Words

Finding the right sandals doesn’t have to be a harrowing ordeal. Just following our simple advice and testing them out for yourself will help you to find the perfect one for your needs.

Choose your sandals

Has this article helped you to find the sandals of your dreams?

Already have a pair that wasn’t mentioned on this list? Please be sure to leave a comment below sharing your stories and suggestions with us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jerry Mueller
Jerry Mueller

Jerry ‘Boy Scout’ Mueller spends 99% of his time camping or teaching others how to live in the wild. He became an Eagle Scout which is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting division when he was 17 and after that he still lives the scout life. Jerry always plans neatly every trip, takes leadership very seriously and if you listen to his tips and stories, you can learn tons of useful things.

  • Kendra Larson

    Merrell Enoki sandals are wonderful for ladies with narrow feet, and they fit exactly as I expected. The four adjustable straps offer a secure, snug fit. I ordered the Enoki’s particularly for wet activities, and they have been great for that purpose, lots of grip and no slipping when wet. Everything is great, only one bad thing – zero arch support.

  • Jerry Mueller

    The Merrel Enoki offers great traction and most of my friends swear that it offers that best cushion and support for their feet. Although not all feet are created equal, though so you might want to try another brand – the Birkenstock is a good option.

  • Lee Williamson

    Bought a pair of Teva Terra sandals for my Dad as he already used to own a pair until he misplaced them. He really loves how comfortable they are and reckons that, as long as he doesn’t lose them again, they’ll last a good few years. I’ve tried them on myself and they seem to offer a lot of support for the sole of the foot. I can attest to them being comfortable too, though I could never wear them myself. They’re not the most stylish footwear, as sandals seldom seem to be!

  • Jerry Mueller

    I love the Teva Terra! It may seemed a bit unstylish but then, such comfort! It’s an excellent footwear and the traction is also awesome. I wear them for errands, when I work around the yard…almost everywhere. Great price for a stellar sandal!

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