Through the summer, whether you're trekking distances on your daily commute, exploring new terrain on a summer family vacation, or running errands, you need a pair of walking sandals that look cute and can keep up with your busy lifestyle — without hurting your feet. By now you probably know that typical flip flops just won't cut it. We found comfy sandals that will keep your toes (and arches!) happy all day long.
Dr. Jordan Metzl M.D., a sports medicine physician at the Hospital For Special Surgery in New York recommends trying out a bunch of different walking shoes styles, as each has variations in sizing and fit. Remember to trust your feet: No matter what the product claims, the walking sandals must be comfortable for you.
Using Dr. Metzl's medical advice, we found the best walking sandals to fit your arch and stay comfortable all day. The GolfHr Institute Textiles Lab made these picks by looking at brands we love and trust, styles with rave reviewers, or designs that have innovative and fashionable features. Style and comfort? Yes!
Here are our top picks for the best walking sandals you can buy:
Best Overall Walking Sandals: Vionic Kirra Backstrap Sandal
Best Value Walking Sandals: Sanuk Women's Yoga Sling Sandal
Best Waterproof Sandals: Keen Women's Whisper Sandal
Best Sandal Wedges: Clarks Annadel Eirwyn Wedge Sandal
Best Flip Flops: Vionic Bella Toe Post Sandal
Best Active Sandals: Teva Women's Tirra Sandal
Best Travel-Friendly Sandals: NAOT Kayla Sandal
Best Sandals for Flat Feet: Birkenstock Yara Leather Ankle-Strap Sandal
Best Sandals for Wide Feet: Clarks Leisa Cacti Slide Sandal
Best Sandals for High Arches: OOFOS Slide Sandal
Vionic makes orthotic shoes, but they're such fashionable designs, you can’t even tell. This brand was also featured as our top pick in our round-up of shoes for people with plantar fasciitis. These sandals have a super soft microfiber wrapped footbed and rubber outsole with a leather upper. Offered in multiple styles and shades, these shoes can go from day to night with ease.
This cozy pair of sandals has a sole that is made from the same material as yoga mats to provide extra cushioning while the fabric straps keep your foot in place without irritation. Reviewers have worn these sandals everywhere and have given them over 7,000 five-star reviews. Note that these are not orthotic sandals, so other picks would provide more arch support.
From water parks to river exploring, these sandals are up for any water adventure. Keen’s “Metatomical Footbed” design is meant to provide arch support and comfy cushioning. Since the rubber sole extends upward, your toes are kept secure and protected and the bungee lace detail ensures a snug fit. Plus, the polyester upper is waterproof so these sandals won’t weigh you down after any water activities. We love that these are machine washable, too!
Good news: Wedge sandals can actually be supportive and comfy. There is extra cushioning for the ball of your foot and a platform for additional relief. With an orthotic footbed and a 3-inch heel, you can have both comfort and height — stilettos be gone. Reviewers recommend going up a size as they run a bit small.
Flip flops typically provide no support whatsoever, but these sandals are the exact opposite. Vionic created a better flip flop with built-in arch support and a shock-absorbing foam midsole. These easy slip on sandals may need some time to break in to get them extra comfy.
Expert hikers and everyday trailblazers adore these durable hiking sandals from Teva. The contoured footbed is designed to support your arch while providing cushioning to absorb impact. Uneven terrain is no match for the durable rubber outsole. Plus, the synthetic and polyester webbing upper is designed to dry quickly and has a treatment to reduce stink. Say goodbye to wet, sweaty feet!
These sandals are a must if you are constantly on the go. The cork and latex footbed is designed to fit your arch without a long break-in period; plus, it's wrapped in suede that will adjust to your specific foot shape. These stylish sandals come in 33 colors, including sea green, black patent leather, and silver. Whether you are touring the sights all day or dancing all night, these luxe walking sandals will keep up with whatever adventure you have planned next.
When you have flat feet, you want sandals that are the same width of your feet, fit your arch to provide proper alignment, and have a deep heel cup to prevent ankle rolling. This pick from Birkenstock checks off every box. The anatomically designed latex cork sole will break in to match your foot but will require a bit of time to get a perfect fit. Once they fit though, you'll never want to take 'em off. Take note that some reviewers find the straps a bit short on wider feet.
Whether you have bunions, hammertoe, or just wider feet, these slides are designed to be comfy. Coming in either narrow, medium, or wide, there is a pair meant for your feet. Plus, there are three adjustable straps to ensure a snug fit. The orthotic footbed is designed for support while the rubber outsole makes walking in them a breeze.
These sandal slides are made from foam that supports your arch, cushions your foot, and absorbs shock as you walk to take the pressure off your high arch. They are designed as a recovery tool after working out but they are so comfy, reviewers wear these walking sandals everywhere from amusement parks to the beach.