The 6 Most Comfortable Wedges

While wedge sandals are adorable and can work with just about any outfit, they aren’t always comfortable. With height, tough soles, and straps that pinch, they can be downright painful. Luckily, there are way better options. The most comfortable wedges actually protect your feet without compromising on style.

There are so many options for wedges out there, but one thing is key: Can you wear them all day without wanting to toss them in the trash? When choosing shoes, you’ll want to look for wedges with flexible soles that bend as your foot does. You’ll also want to check out what the upper fabric is made from. Fabrics that are soft, breathable, and allow for slight swelling as you walk add to the comfort factor.

Another thing to keep in mind is your personal style. While the right pair of wedge sandals can amp up an outfit, there are also tons of wedge booties and pumps that look amazing with jeans or a skirt. And the best part? They can be extremely comfortable, too.

And, as with any shoe purchase, think about your preferred heel height. Because taller shoes put more stress on your feet, they tend to be less comfortable. Consider this as you shop.

Bottom line: The perfect wedge shoes don’t have to leave behind marks and blisters every time you wear them. Here’s a roundup of some of the most comfortable (and stylish) options out there. Your feet will thank you.

1. These Wedge Booties Made From Buttery Soft Suede

Made with extremely soft suede, these wedge booties are just as comfy as they look. The entire upper fabric is constructed of a luxe faux leather suede that allows for a little give as your feet naturally swell throughout the day. The rubber outer sole bends with your foot as you move for extra comfort. Plus, these wedges easily slip on and can be worn everywhere from work to running errands. These come in 12 different color options, so you can find the perfect one for you.

2. A Strappy Wedge With A Low Heel

If you’re looking for something with a little less height, this low-heeled wedge sandal is the perfect fit. The sole measures just under 3 inches so it’ll still give you a little lift, and the soft cork insole offers some flexibility. Plus, the upper fabric is made from 100 percent vegan leather that gets softer as you wear it. With an easy slip-on style, these sandals are comfortable enough to wear all day, every day. This stylish pair of wedges comes in nine different patterns and colors, ranging from metallic silver to a faux snakeskin print.

3. A Gladiator-Style Wedge With A Flexible Sole

There’s a reason why Dr. Scholl’s is a brand known for comfort, and it has a lot to do with the soles of these gladiator-style wedge sandals. Reviewers agree, insisting these shoes feel like walking on “air cushioned tennis balls.” The key is in the insole — it’s contoured to cradle your foot as you walk and to stave off bumps and blisters. Plus, the fabric upper features a buckle you can adjust to fit your foot perfectly. This style comes in four colors, including the blue-gray pictured above, black, and two neutral browns.

4. These Stretchy Canvas Wedges With Room To Breathe

With more than 1,000 positive Amazon reviews, these canvas wedges have won over plenty of reviewers. The insole is constructed of extremely soft fabric so your feet feel like they’re held up by a cloud as you walk. The upper is made from textured fabric that stretches as you move, and the crisscross buckles are adjustable. Plus, reviewers mention that they barely notice the wedge lift because these shoes are so comfortable. These wedges also come in 25 different versatile colors and shades for you to choose from.

5. A Thong Wedge With A Memory Foam Footbed

These thong sandal wedges are so comfortable you won’t want to take them off. The upper is constructed of a soft mesh that allows for maximum airflow, and there’s a thick layer of memory foam on the footbed. Reviewers insist that their feet literally sink into the foam as they walk. Plus, with a low platform and 3-inch heel, you can wear these wedges all day without an ounce of discomfort.

6. These Classic Wedges With A Padded Insole

These classic wedges are perfect for the office or a night out on the town. Not only are they sleek and simple, but they also feature a luxe, padded insole to gently hold your foot. The fabric upper is soft and breathable while protecting your feet, and the rubber outsole has traction to keep you from slipping. Reviewers rave about these wedges, with one even stating they have worn them while trekking across the globe.

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Sorry, but what even is a comfortable shoe? For so long, I kind of just assumed that in order to walk around all day and not want to rip my shoes off the moment I walked through the door, it was a given that I had to wear something a little clunky (or else sneakers). I blindly accepted that comfortable shoes had to sacrifice style and looking on trend, which just simply isn’t the case as you’re about to find out. Had I known about the following shoe brands earlier, I could have saved myself some serious time, money, and blisters (so many blisters).

Once I realized that there’s actually a wealth of shoes that are just as comfortable as they are cool, it was like I won the lottery, and now I go around telling anyone who will listen about my findings. I should also point out that there isn’t a sneaker in sight in the below roundup. Nope, instead I wanted to show just how sleek and polished the shoes on offer from these brands really are—you’ll find everything from a pair of epic cow-print knee boots to patent-leather kitten heels. Ahead, discover why I’m recommending the following labels, and then shop my picks of the most comfortable shoe brands I’ve ever tried.

These Are The Most Comfortable Slip-on Sneakers I’ve Ever Worn—and They’re Ridiculously Cute, Too

Living in a major city means that I’m on my feet a lot: I walk blocks to work, I’m often dashing from coffee shop to lunch spot during the day, and even after 5 p.m. you can find me walking to an event. To put it simply, I don’t give my feet much time to rest—which is why wearing comfortable shoes, like my current go-to: Naturalizer’s Marianne slip-on sneaker ($55;—is so important for me.

Now, I know where your mind probably goes the instant you hear “comfortable” shoes: Straight to the thick and chunky orthopedics that line your grandpa’s closet. I’m going to stop you right there—just because comfort is my priority, does not mean I’m willing to sacrifice style. Many of my days are a mix of quick errands and meetings where I want to look presentable, so I like to wear cute, casual shoes that pull my look together.

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Enter: slip-on sneakers. When this style first started gaining popularity a few years ago, I hopped right aboard the bandwagon. Gone were the frumpy commuter shoes of my past; anything with laces was shoved to the back of my closet and reserved for actual physical activity such as workouts or hiking.

Years went by and I wore the same pair of black slip-on sneakers on repeat. I loved them so much that I bought a new version of the same style every year after wearing out my old pair. I thought I had struck gold with these beauties and that no new shoe could ever replace them—but it turns out, I was wrong. You see, whenever I bought a new pair of my former favorites, it would take about a week to wear them in. “Why don’t they feel the same,” I would think as I put them on my feet.

So when I recently tried out a new pair of Naturalizer Marianne slip-ons, I was blown away at how comfortable they instantly felt from the minute I put them on. You don’t have to wear these sneakers in—you can literally buy them and walk right out the door without worrying about blisters or pain. The brand’s signature N5 Contour technology makes the insole so soft and squishy, you’ll feel like you’re floating through the streets. And so far, my shoes have kept their shape, feeling just as comfortable as they did the first day I put them on.

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As far as design goes, there are currently a whopping 34 color options available on, and a few different fabrics to choose from. I have the white perforated leather option, and absolutely love how sleek the shoe looks with practically anything in my closet. While these shoes started off as my go-to for commuting and running errands, I’ve since worn them to the office paired with flowy skirts and dresses to make them feel more casual. Last week, I was forced to pack only a carry-on for a week-long trip to Germany and Austria. Normally, this would have been an impossible feat for an over-packer like me, but the Naturalizer slip-on sneakers changed that: They match so well with anything and everything—and I knew i could walk around in them for hours upon hours with no pain or discomfort—that they were the only sneaker I brought with me.

Case in point: I was able to wear these sneakers with my most flowy dress to visit Hohensalzburg Castle in Salzburg, Austria, shown here.

My friends and I traveled at a fast pace to get in as much sight-seeing as possible, meaning our days were long, and we did a ton of walking through city centers. My feet may have been tired a few times, but they never felt painful. Even my heels, which are the first to get sore after a long day, still felt good at night. The one thing to note is that these sneakers do run slightly big, so I would consider sizing down to prevent your feet from slipping around at all.

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Now that I’m back from my trip, I’m more obsessed with my Naturalizer slip-ons than ever. And with the cooler weather approaching, I have big plans to order another pair in black to go with my sweaters and leather leggings. Grab a pair of the most comfortable slip-on sneakers I’ve ever worn at Amazon or Nordstrom, and they might just become your go-to fall shoe, too.

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Your votes are in: the 30 most comfortable shoes for teachers

Teaching involves a lot of standing and walking around, and without comfortable shoes (okay, even WITH comfortable shoes), that can be pretty hard on your body.

I recently asked my followers on Facebook to share the most comfortable shoes they’ve found for teaching, and got a wide range of responses regarding sneakers/tennis shoes, ballet flats, sandals, wedges, and even heels! I only heard one response from the men (it’s included below), but many of the brands shared here also make men’s shoes. No matter what the dress code or weather in your area, I think you’ll find some helpful suggestions below.

Here are the 30 brands and styles I saw mentioned most frequently, listed in alphabetical order. Only the links to Amazon are affiliate links (this means I get a small commission, at no cost to you). I have not been compensated in any way by these brands/stores for listing the shoes below–they are a true representation of what teachers shared with me as their favorite picks! Click any shoe’s picture to learn more:


Heels and comfort? Apparently, it’s possible with Aerosoles. Teachers swear by this brand’s heels!

“I wore nothing but Sketchers dress shoes my first 2 years of teaching due to knee and ankle problems. Now that everything is fixed, I love Aerosoles dress shoes and my Sketchers still.” – Jessica H.


Alegria was one of the top brands mentioned. These have a patented removable footbed which is cushioned with memory foam.


Feeling sporty? Running and tennis shoes are another teachers’ favorite, particularly ones from Asics which have gel cushioning and special foam for the midsoles.

Bernie Mev

Bernie Mevs can provide both extra height and comfort. Their pumps are lightweight and have a memory cushion footbed.

Bernie Mev !!!! They are divine!!;) – Chelsea Garrett Waldon

Birkenstock Sandals

Birkenstock sandals are not only back in style, but provide arch support for comfort and have an adjustable strap to make them a perfect fit. Plus, they are said to be lightweight as well!

“Birkenstock sandals. Hands down.” – Katey C W


B.O.Cs have been compared to Danskos. They are lightweight and provide enough support even for feet that has suffered injuries in the past.


Countless teachers are in love with Clarks not only because they are comfortable but also because they have a lot of cute styles. Clarks offers ballet flats, boots, clogs, mary janes, among other kinds of shoe styles.

“Clarke bendables. They have some very classy and not so school-marmish looking models! QVC and Amazon are two places I’ve gotten them!” – Missy M.

“Wore Clarks for years.” – Olivia Junkin Sansing


Crocs are love ’em or hate ’em, I suppose, but many people don’t realize there are new styles beyong the iconic monster-shaped Crocs. The brand also offers surprisingly cute flats with non-slip bottoms.

“Crocs: I’ve injured my feet at school wearing ‘proper shoes’ so often that I am in constant pain. Crocs make a couple pair that are for the food industry that have a nonslip bottom. I live in them.” – Lisa M.


Danskos are a steady favorite among teachers, and were named repeatedly among those who have had foot surgery in the past or managed other foot issues. The brand offers quite a wide selection which includes open-toed sandals, boots, and pumps.

“Danskos: my feet, knees and legs don’t hurt at the end of the day. Their closed toe shoes aren’t the cutest but they have awesome open toed shoes and sandals! Won’t wear anything else now.” – Marcie S.

DexFlex Comfort from Payless

Because you can’t wear house slippers in school, wear the next best thing. Some teachers say these are as good, if not better!

“Dex flex from Payless! Love them! They feel like house slippers.” – Deidre S.D.

Italian Shoemakers – DSW

For teachers who are not willing to forego style and heels, footwear by the Italian Shoemakers from DSW are heaven-sent. Their wedges are very stylish and more importantly, easy to walk in.

“Italian Shoemakers at DSW Shoes. Dressy Wedges for teachers and the vertically challenged like me!” – Danielle B.

Easy Spirit

Sneakers are great, but if you want to pull off a more professional look with the same level of comfort (or more!) then Easy Spirit Traveltime mules and Zero Gravity shoes are are a good bet. They look a bit like regular flats when worn with long pants, and all styles are lightweight and breathable.

“Easy Spirit Traveltime. Lightweight and feels like you’re wearing sneakers but have a more professional look.” Diane T.C.


Take a cue from the 70’s and celebrate your vintage style with Famolares. These shoes have thick soles that provide ample of support and cushion to tired heels.

“Back in the ’70s it was wooden Swedish clogs, but they were too noisy and I opted for thick soles Famolares.” – Marcy L.

Fit Flops

Fit Flops offer not only open-toe sandals but lace-ups and ballet flats as well, along with other styles. Designed to activate leg muscles, these shoes have patented cushioning that makes walking around easy.

Fly London

Fly London has killer wedges that are both stylish and comfortable. Plus, they offer many designs to choose from, with lots of different solid colors and even animal prints!


Keen slip-ons are classic in style and feature breathable terry cloth panel (or tongue if you choose lace-up sneakers) that allows air to circulate better.

“Keen, came across them in my previous life working retail- you can stand in them all day.” – Leasa F.L.


Pumps are rarely comfortable – except if they are Naots, according to teachers. Though a bit pricey, Naot pumps can give the support sensitive feet need. They usually have removable insoles that are made of natural latex.


Naturalizer is another favorite for a lot of reasons other than being comfortable: they are cute, are available in tons of styles, are easy-to-find, and apparently, they are often on sale.

“Shoes from Naturalizer. Seriously, the best! I bought two pairs of super cute wedges, one high heeled pair, and and sneakers. They’re cute, the stores consistently have sales, and you can buy in-store or online. Highly recommend!” – Amanda B.

Gretchen clog – Payless

Flat-footed teachers rejoice–the Gretchen clogs from Payless work well with your foot structure. These clogs are slip-resistant and have a soft lining and airy insoles that give sufficient cushioning.

“Payless Gretchen clog. I have flat feet and scoliosis, so without the right shoe I am in pain and my ankles swell like hams. They have multiple styles on the website and I get lots of compliments on my shoes from the kids.” -Salica W.

Rockport RBXs

Lets not forget the men. Male teachers seem to love Rockport RBXs. These office-appropriate shoes are made of leather and have synthetic rubber soles designed to grip a variety of surfaces.


Imagine standing on a yoga mat all day – that’s how it feels like to wear Sanuks, according to some teachers. Some designs all feature an anti-microbial additive to the footbed, making them great for sweaty feet!

“Sanuk. They are made from yoga mat material and are great. My district isn’t very strict about footwear.” – Nicole Triplett Blanc


If you are a fan of feminine, open-toe sandals then you’ll love Sass. These sandals are handmade and provide great support that doesn’t go away after a few uses. Some teachers say they’ve been wearing them for as a long as a decade!

“SAS (San Antonio Shoes). Hard to find but I swear by them. They are a little expensive but are hand made and the support just doesn’t fade. Haven’t had sore feet or knees since I started wearing them at work 10 years ago”. – Angela D.A.

Skechers Bobs

A lot like Toms when it comes to shape, these shoes come in a wide array of colors and styles, and have a memory foam footbed which makes them easy to wear all day.

Skechers GoWalks

If you like Skechers and can wear something a bit more sporty, teachers rave about GoWalks.

“Skechers Go Walk. Great range of colours, too, that go with anything you are wearing!” – Lisa S.H.

“Skechers Go Walks with memory foam. NO QUESTION! They’re cute, too!” -Cory L.H.

Softwalk Slip-Ons

Need arch support? Softwalk slip-ons have an egg crate sole that does the job wonderfully. They are also fitted with breathable lining which is another reason they are great to wear all day.

“Softwalk slip ons. They have an egg crate sole and support my arch. Much more comfortable than my sneakers!” – Beth Johnson Fenimore

Sonoma flats

Flats are synonymous with comfort when they are from Sonoma. Sonoma flats have memory foam insoles which makes walking in them all day much easier. These shoes also feature a treaded sole which provides a good grip on most floors.


Sperrys are another favorite because of their classic styles and reliable quality. Some styles are even water and stain resistant.


For gorgeous and comfy ballet flats that won’t break, teachers go for Tieks. Tieks shoes feature cushioned insoles and non-slip rubber soles which make them classroom-perfect. They are quite pricey but have a cult-like following of teachers who can’t live without them.

If you want cute and comfortable, I love Tieks ballet flats. I am in love with them! – Sarah M.D.


Though I have to disagree here, this list would not be complete without Toms. The brand just has too many fans! With canvas uppers and rubber soles, the comfort they provide is just as iconic as its style.

Vionic Orthaheel

Vionic’s Orthaheel range feature removable EVA orthotic inserts which are covered with microfiber. They align feet and relieves heel pain by minimizing over-pronation.

“Vionic orthaheel. More comfy than slippers.” – Mb Estman

Yellow Box Flip Flops

Flip flops from Yellow Box have soft footbeds which makes walking in them feel heavenly. If you like wearing heels and wedges for extra height and your dress code allows very casual shoes, you can give these flip flops a try.


If you are having hard time looking for any of the suggestions above, you can go directly to Sole Provisions which sell a selection of specialty shoes for people with feet problems. Sole Provisions carry many of the brands suggested earlier though some of the exact styles may not be available.

“Shoes on are all for people with feet problems. Free shipping too.” – Henthorn Myers

As for my favorite? Nine West is my go-to brand. I look on Amazon first because they’re cheaper and many of them come with free shipping both ways, so I can try everything on at home with my outfits and return what I don’t like. All of Nine West’s shoes have a genuine leather upper, which means they last a LONG time and don’t create stinky feet like synthetics. I prefer wedge heels, and I’ve found that I can walk endlessly in just about any pair of Nine West shoes with less than a 2.5 inch heel (anything higher tends to throw my weight too far forward and cause knee/back pain.) I own several of the styles pictured above and LOVE them.

What are the most comfortable teacher shoes YOU own? Please share in the comments!

What are the Best Slip On Sneakers for Travel? These are 10 of the Most Comfortable Styles

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Looking for a cute and comfy travel shoe? Sneakers are always a popular option especially in a versatile, easy to wear style. Find out what our readers vote as the best slip on sneakers for long sightseeing days. Your feet will love these comfortable slip ons!

Most Comfortable Slip On Sneakers

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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:

I’m looking for a pair of really comfortable slip-on sneakers. Open to different colors, but they must be super comfortable to walk in. Thanks for your recommendations!

Slip ons are the perfect mix between a sporty and comfortable sneaker and a stylish loafer. You don’t have to worry about laces, yet they’re more durable than flats. Our readers share their picks for the best slip-on sneaker!

Sketchers Pureflex Mary Jane Flat

Sketchers Pureflex Flat: Editor’s Top Pick!

After years of seeing the readers rave about Skechers I finally stumbled upon a pair that flatter my narrowish feet! I LOVE THEM. They’re super comfy slip on sneakers with soft memory foam and a sturdy sole.

I have the Pureflex Mary Jane Flat in the taupe metallic color (shown in the above pics), which is the perfect neutral for a variety of outfits. I like the shoes the most for an easy every day look or when I want something comfortable that I can easily pair with jeans. Highly recommend! Buy it here!

You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!

ECCO Soft 7 Slip-On II Slip On Sneakers

Ecco Soft 7 Slip-On II

Another pick from Ecco for the most comfortable slip-on sneaker, the Soft 7is a minimalist slip-on sneaker that combines contemporary style and well-cushioned comfort, making it a go-to everyday choice.

One reader says, “Love, love, love this shoe!” We love the grey shade, as it’s easy to keep clean while remaining neutral enough to match with a variety of outfits. Buy it here!

Packing cubes make the perfect shoe bags to protect your luggage from dirty shoes. Take a look at other shoe bag ideas here!

Dr. Scholl’s Madison White Fashion Slip On Sneaker

Dr. Scholl’s Madison Slip-On

Dr. Scholl’s is known for making shoes you can practically live in! Along with a memory foam cool fit insole, this slip-on sneaker features a super soft lining at collar, rubber sidewalls and sole, and material mixing for added interest and contrast.

One reader rates these as the most comfortable slip-ons, saying, “I love these Madison Slip On! I wore them all over Spain in fall and wear them to work where I stand all day. They are memory foam and so comfortable. I even have two different pairs.” Buy it here!

ECCO Aimee Perforated Black Slip on Sneaker

Ecco Aimee Slip-On

Ecco shoes are known for delivering superior fit, durability, support, and flexibility, making them perfect for long days of city walking and traveling. The Aimee Perforated slip on offers a removable leather-covered inlay sole for comfort with a fashion-forward design for style.

One reader says, “I have the Ecco Aimee slip-on. It has a leather upper and is so comfy.” We love the Moon Rock shade. The metallic hue is perfect to pair with sleek all-black outfits to match chic European style. Buy it here!

VIONIC Midi Perf Perforated Slip On Sneaker

Vionic Midi Perf Slip-On

Our readers love Vionic as much as we do. Vionic makes some of the most comfortable slip-on sneakers, among other shoe styles. The Midi Perf has a fashion-forward perforated design and is available in unique shades to add a pop of color to your outfit.

One reader says of these shoes, “these are the best,” while another adds, “I have about four pairs of Vionics and love them all. They are super supportive and comfortable.” Buy it here!

Dr. Scholl’s Scout Black Slip On Sneaker

Dr. Scholl’s Scout Slip-On

Another recommended style from Dr. Scholl’s! The chic Scout is perfect for the fashionista looking for a casual day without sacrificing style. This comfortable slip-on sneaker offers a padded collar in an easy slip-on style, a soft breathable textile lining, and a cushioned footbed with memory foam for all-day comfort and support.

One reader says, “I just bought my second pair of Dr. Scholl’s Scout slip-ons. LOVE them,” while another reader adds, “I have a pair of these as well. I’m bringing them with me for my two week trip to Italy! They take some breaking in so make sure to get a few months before your trip.” Buy it here!

Skechers Go Walks Slip-On Walking Shoe

Skechers Go Walk Slip-Ons

We’ve talked about Skechers Go Walks before, and our readers rave about them. They’re some of the most comfortable slip-on sneakers for long days of walking. They may not look as stylish as some of the other options here, they’re great for sensitive feet that need a little TLC.

One reader says, “I love my Skechers Go Walk shoes. They’re comfortable, lightweight easy to clean, and provide great arch support.” Buy it here!

Naturalizer Marianne Fashion Sneaker

Naturalizer Fashion Sneaker

Naturalizer is a great shoe brand that offers feminine style and comfort. The Marianne is a sleek leather slip-on with a memory foam footbed that provides light cushioning and breathability.

These slip-on sneakers offer supportive wear that’s perfect for spending all day on your feet. Available in narrow, medium, and wide widths, they fit great for travelers of varying shoe sizes.

If you’re looking for a stylish sneaker, the Marianne is a great choice. Plus it comes in two colors: black and metallic-brown. Buy them here! Buy them here!

Teva Willow Leather Slip-Ons

Teva Willow Slip-On

We are big fans of Teva sandals, so it makes sense that they also make amazing slip-on sneakers. Their Willow Slip-Ons has a printed textile footbed absorbs shock for daylong comfort plus a pigskin and canvas lining for great next-to-foot feel.

One reader says, “the Teva Willow slip-on worked well for me in Scotland last summer. Decent arch support but they have a removable insole as well if you need to add your own.” Buy it here!

SeaVees 02/64 Baja Standard Slip On Shoe

SeaVees Baja Slip-On

SeaVees make some of the cutest, classic white sneakers, so we aren’t surprised they make equally as adorable slip-ons. This classic style is made with a soft canvas fabric that is flexible and smooth, while the outsole is made with genuine gum rubber for a softer, more elastic result.

One reader says, “I’m a big fan of SeaVees. They are very comfortable. I would probably add an insert if I planned to wear them on a heavy walking day. They were comfortable right out of the box, with no break in period needed.” Buy it here!

Product Comparison Chart

Here is a quick comparison of the most comfortable slip on sneakers:

Sketchers Pureflex Mary Jane Flat “I like the shoes the most for an easy every day look or when I want something comfortable that I can easily pair with jeans. Highly recommend!” Check Price
ECCO Soft 7 Slip-On II “Love, love, love this shoe!” Check Price
Dr. Scholl’s Madison Sneaker “I love these Madison slip ons! I wore them all over Spain in fall and wear them to work where I stand all day. They are memory foam and so comfortable. I even have two different pairs.” Check Price
ECCO Aimee Perforated Slip on “I have the Ecco Aimee slip-on. It has a leather upper and is so comfy.” Check Price
Vionic Midi Perf Slip-On “I have about four pairs of Vionics and love them all. They are super supportive and comfortable.” Check Price
Dr. Scholl’s Scout Slip-On “I have a pair of these as well. I’m bringing them with me for my two week trip to Italy! They take some breaking in so make sure to get a few months before your trip.” Check Price
Skechers Go Walk Slip-On “I love my Skechers Go Walk shoes. They’re comfortable, lightweight easy to clean, and provide great arch support.” Check Price
Naturalizer Marianne Fashion Sneaker “These slip-on sneakers offer a well-cushioned and supportive wear that’s perfect for spending all day on your feet. Plus they fit great for travellers with slightly wider feet!” Check Price
Teva Willow Slip-On “The Teva Willow slip-on worked well for me in Scotland last summer. Decent arch support but they have a removable insole as well if you need to add your own.” Check Price
SeaVees Baja Slip-On “I’m a big fan of SeaVees. They are very comfortable. I would probably add an insert if I planned to wear them on a heavy walking day. They were comfortable right out of the box, with no break in period needed.” Check Price

What do you think are the best slip ons for travel? Share in the comments below!

For more of the most comfortable shoes for travel, please read:

  • The Most Comfortable Ballet Flats for Travel
  • Reader’s Choice: The 40 Best Travel Shoes of All Time
  • 20 Most Cute and Comfortable Walking Shoes Ever
  • Extra Wide Shoes for Female Travelers


The best sneakers for plantar fasciitis that are comfortable AND on-trend

Anyone who suffers from Plantar Fasciitis knows how painful it can be. But, thankfully, there are lots of sneakers for plantar fasciitis which can make sure your feet are both comfortable AND stylish.

Whether you are looking for sneakers to add some comfort and style to your everyday outfits, or you need athletic shoes for running or sports, there are plenty of great options here.

What is plantar fasciitis

It’s a condition which can affect every aspect of life, making walking or running painful.

But, not only are there lots more shoes available these days which provide foot arch support, they are also hipper than they have ever been.

Sneakers are very on-trend this season and can be a great option if you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis. As with any clothes or shoes, it will be about finding the

Even if you don’t suffer from plantar fasciitis, you may find that you are more comfortable in these sneakers which offer additional arch support.

There are also lots more ideas in this piece on the best plantar fasciitis shoes for women over 40.

How to choose plantar fasciitis sneakers

While everyone’s feet are different and finding the perfect pair of plantar fasciitis shoes can be a question of trial and error, there are some general tips from foot experts on finding a pair of sneakers.

1. One of the best tips is to wear arch support shoes all of the time.

Whether you’re doing the shopping, exercising, going to work or heading out to dinner, choose shoes which have good arch support. Your shoes need to distribute your weight over your whole foot, not just your heel.

2. Think about cushioned insoles.

If you need to modify the sneakers you already have in your wardrobe, buying cushioned insoles can provide extra support.

3. It’s vital to choose a pair of sneakers which offer good heel support.

Because Plantar Fasciitis causes shooting pain in the heel, it is vital to choose sneakers with great heel support. The heels should act as shock absorbers to prevent more damage to your foot.

4. Look for good grip on the soles of your sneakers.

Any trips or falls could do extra damage to your heels, making the condition even worse.

5. Don’t think you have to compromise on style.

When it comes to plantar fasciitis shoes, there are more brands and styles than ever before in stores, most of which look no different to ‘normal’ footwear!

Whether you suffer from plantar fasciitis or not, a pair of sneakers which have good heel support can look incredibly stylish. These ones, as worn by Helen above look like they offer support as well as being a great addition to lots of outfits.

Slip-on plantar fasciitis sneakers

Slip-on sneakers are great for adding a casual vibe whether at home or on vacation, but where you don’t want to wear sneakers which look too sporty.

The Vionic Kea sneakers are comfortable and easy to wear. A well-recommended sneaker style from one of the leading brands for plantar fasciitis, they have podiatrist-designed orthotic cushioned soles as well as a lightweight, breathable upper.

Vionic Kea sneakers

Silver plantar fasciitis sneakers

Many arch support shoe brands have embraced the trend for silver shoes. These are an instant way to update your wardrobe and support your feet at the same time. A definite win-win!

Naturalizer is another great brand to try if you have plantar fasciitis or need extra arch support.

This Marianne style is a classic that you will generally always find in stock, with new shades and patterns released each season. For an on-trend, yet timeless, look you could opt for the yellow, black or metallic.

Naturalizer Marianne sneakers

Embellished sneakers for plantar fasciitis

Just because your feet need a little extra support, that doesn’t mean they should have to forgo fashion! Embellished sneakers were a huge trend on the runways for spring and summer.

Luckily, the brands which make arch support shoes have embraced the trend for more-is-more embellishment seen on the runways at the likes of Gucci, Balenciaga and Dolce & Gabanna.

JSlides’ Liberty sneaker have a foam footbed to offer arch support.

JSlides Liberty sneaker

walking shoes for plantar fasciitis

If you’re a keen hiker, do a lot of walking, or walk around the course while playing golf, then you’ll want to choose a pair of sneakers which offer high levels of support for your activities.

Choosing sports shoes which add a pop of color can add some fun to your exercise outfit.

The Vionic Walker Classic is just what it says – a classic. There’s a removable, elevated footbed designed to make the transition of weight from heel to toe as you walk a smooth, painfree experience.

They have a 1980s feel which is on trend now.

Vionic classic walker

best running shoes for plantar fasciitis

If you run, or do athletic exercise of any kind, this can obviously be so much more difficult if you suffer from plantar fasciitis. You can be in so much heel pain that you no longer want to exercise.

Ascics is one of the top sneaker brands recommended for exercise and running. Look for a pair with gel support. The Ascics GEL-Nimbus 21 running shoe has a special “heel clutching” system to give you support where you need it most if you suffer from plantar fasciitis.

Ascics GEL- Nimbus 21 running shoe

New Balance shoes for for plantar fasciitis

New Balance is another brand recommended by podiatrists and by women who suffer from plantar fasciitis.

The heel of these New Balance sneakers has a comfortable, snug feel which many women with plantar fasciitis appreciate.

New balance running shoe

tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis

If tennis is your sport of choice, you may find you simply can’t manage a full match anymore because of your foot pain.

But choosing a pair of tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis which are specially designed to offer support if you suffer from a foot condition or need arch support.

If you are looking for tennis shoes to offer comfort and stability, and to make you stand out from the crowd on the court, you could opt for the New Balance WC1005 Stability shoe. They are designed with stability technology to ensure you can stay on court for as long as your stamina allows.

Many reviewers on Amazon also recommend them for bunions sufferers.

New Balance tennis shoe

Brands for foot arch support

There is a big choice of brands which make foot arch support shoes and many of you have already told us about your favorites.

Based on experience, and lots of useful comments from you, some brands you might want to try are Ecco, Fly London, Naot Footwear, Earthies and Keen.

Naturalizer also has many sneakers which are on-trend this season, as does Geox and Frye.

There are more suggestions in this extensive guide to arch support shoes.

Plantar fasciitis inserts

If you have shoes you love but have relegated them to the back of your wardrobe because they are no longer comfortable, then you might want to think about buying insoles or inserts for plantar fasciitis.

There are lots of other brand ideas and suggestions in our guide of best shoes for plantar fasciitis.

Have you found the perfect plantar fasciitis sneakers? Let me know which brand of arch support sneakers you wear!

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Today’s walking shoes are sleeker and more stylish than ever. Whether you like to walk in sneakers, casual slip-ons, or sandals, there are so many comfortable shoes to choose from, but it’s critical that you wear a pair best suited for your activity.

How to shop for the best walking shoes

The good news is that many running shoes can be used interchangeably with walking. In fact, many running shoes are suitable for walking because they’re designed with special features with comfort in mind.

Paul Langer, DPM, a sports medicine podiatrist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a Superfeet wellness panel member, says, “Running shoes are perfectly suitable for walking. In fact, I like running shoes better for my walking patients who have foot pain because there tends to be many more models to choose from, they also tend to be lighter in weight and more breathable than most walking shoes.”

But the most important thing to consider, whether you’re buying walking or running shoes for walking, is your own comfort. “We have to be our own expert on what feels more comfortable to us. For example, some people would prioritize cushioning over arch support, while others would find a roomy toe box more important than a snug instep,” Dr. Langer explains.

However, it’s important to note that cushioning isn’t the only thing to look for if you’re trying to prevent foot pain, Dr. Langer says. “A well-fit shoe with the proper amount of support and cushioning is often helpful, but the tricky part is determining what is the ‘proper amount,'” he explains. “So focusing on overall comfort is more important than focusing only on cushioning.”

That said, here are some other features to look for when shopping for comfortable walking shoes:

  • Contoured footbed
  • Wide toe box
  • Breathable and flexible upper
  • Deep heel cup for ankle stability

To keep your feet feeling good mile after mile, it’s best to try a bunch on and go with the shoe that feels best for your stride. Pro tip: Try on walking shoes at the end of the day when your feet have expanded. Here you’ll find our top picks based on fit, stability, and—of course—style.


Best Overall: ASICS Gel-Quickwalk 3 Walking Shoes

3.9 out of 5 stars
200+ Amazon customer reviews


You can walk for miles in these walking shoes without feeling any hint of pain, thanks to ASICS’s rear foot gel cushioning in the midsole, which helps absorb shock upon impact. They also have a durable rubber sole and a breathable upper that makes your feet feel great with every step. What’s more, there’s a molded foam insole that matches the natural contours of your feet.

An Amazon reviewer writes, “I power walk on the treadmill doing three to five miles a day. This is my second pair of ASICS gel quickwalk. I have tried so many others, but to me these are the best for my feet. They also run true to size!”


Best Value: Saucony Originals Bullet Sneakers

4.3 out of 5 stars
1,800+ Amazon customer reviews


Saucony’s original bullet sneaker is lightweight and has just enough arch support to keep your feet comfy when you’re on the go. With a durable rubber sole, you can feel supported whether you’re walking in rain or shine. “Love the sporty retro look of these,” says one wearer in her Amazon review. “They’re comfortable enough to wear all day, though they’re best for walking and not for running around.”


Best for Jogging: Brooks Bedlam Sneakers

4 out of 5 stars
100+ Zappos customer reviews


Podiatrists like Brooks Bedlam sneakers because they are designed with a dynamic midfoot cushioning that supports a runner’s foot as it moves and expands. They’re also designed with special guidance technology that conditions your feet to stay in proper alignment, reducing heel and shin rotation. Walkers who want to add some jogging bursts or work their way to a 5K should consider snagging a pair of these walking shoes.

“I’m a walker and could have been wearing these running shoes and had far more comfort! I have buinons, plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs, so it’s a big deal for me to find a pair of shoes that fit so well and provide comfortable cushioning and support,” one Zappos customer says.


Best for Trail Walking: Keen’s Targhee II Hiking Shoe

4.3 out of 5 stars
1,300+ Amazon customer reviews


Finding a shoe that’s durable enough for trail walking but not full-on hiking boot can be tough. Fortunately, these Keen waterproof hiking shoes fit the bill. They feature extra heel support to keep your ankles stable as you walk or run up a mountain. Plus, an EVA midsole and removable midsole for extra comfort. The liner also dries quick so you’re not walking around in soggy shoes when it rains.

As one Amazon reviewer puts it: “These hiking shoes are rugged and actually a little stylish, with the lavender accents. Although they provide firm support, I really find Keen footwear comfortable as they have a wide toe box and are contoured well around the ankle/heel. I have slightly large ankles and they don’t cut in like other hiking shoes that I’ve tried.”


Best for Plus-Size: New Balance WW411v2 Sneakers

4 out of 5 stars
300+ Zappos customer reviews


If you are walking to lose weight and have some pounds to shed, you need a well-supported shoe to help with balancing weight in your shoes to relieve pressure on the arches and heels. As an approved shoe for people with diabetes, New Balance’s WW411v2 Walking Shoe has a removable foam insole and cushioning in the arches to absorb heavy impact. It also offers a deep toe box and wide forefoot width to accommodate people with a variety of foot issues.

One Zappos reviewer says, “My podiatrist told me I need to wear a diabetic shoe. These are great! No one will even know I had to switch from my regular New Balances, and my feet are much happier.”


Best for Plantar Fasciitis: Orthofeet Comfort Plantar Fasciitis Shoes

4.2 out of 5 stars
800+ Amazon customer reviews


The Orthofeet Coral’s roomy toe box and non-binding upper take the squeeze off swollen joints and toes, and the shoe’s soft, foam-padded interior keeps your feet super comfy and supported. Their ergonomic design also helps ease pain at the heel, if you suffer from plantar fasciitis pain. “These are so comfortable, my feet feel like they are walking on clouds,” writes a pleased Amazon reviewer. “I have OA pretty badly in my knees and I can already tell these shoes will be better for my pain and balance.”


Best Everyday Sneakers: Allbirds Wool Runners

4.9 out of 5 stars
500+ Allbirds customer reviews

We tried Allbirds ourselves and think these wool runners are one of the most comfortable shoes on earth. These walking shoes are made with super-soft Merino wool and a foam cushioning that gives you freedom of movement and reduces your carbon footprint. The lightweight insoles are also removable, so you can insert your own orthotics if you’d like. Bonus: You don’t need to wear socks because they’re comfortably snug and keep your feet warm.


Best Ballet Flats: Vionic Minna Flats

4 out of 5 stars
300+ Zappos customer reviews


Prevention readers are a little obsessed with Vionic shoes, and that’s because the brand designs stylish footwear that helps ward off pain. These polished slip-on Minna flats come in five different styles and boast the Orthaheel technology that supports your foot’s natural alignment, so they’re a smart investment for work.

“These shoes are great for those in-between days when you don’t want to wear athletic sneakers but want something more flexible and comfortable than ballet flats,” writes one very happy Allbirds customer.


Best Slip-ons: Dr. Scholl’s Madison Sneakers

4.5 out of 5 stars
200+ Nordstrom customer reviews


For a stylish sneaker that prevents foot pain while on your feet at work or traveling, try the Madison from Dr. Scholl’s. This slip-on comes in three neutral tones so you can pair them with just about any outfit you want, and customers swear by them for all-day comfort. “Very comfortable. Bought a pair a year ago and was sure to get the same thing again. They’re very bouncy to walk around in and slip on easily. Plus, they’re nice on the back of the heel—no blisters here! I already purchased an extra pair as a backup, and I hope they never stop making these shoes!,” a happy Nordstrom reviewer writes.


Best Flip Flops: OluKai U’i Sandals

4 out of 5 stars
100+ Zappos customer reviews


Yes, you can wear flip flops and still protect your feet from injury. This OluKai U’i pair is perfect for a day hanging at the beach or hosting a fun barbecue. The curved footbed offers maximum support for your arches, and the contoured plate fits perfectly with the natural alignment of your feet. Moreover, the durable rubber outsole makes it easy to trek through any terrain, whether it’s sand or pavement.

One Zappos reviewer says, “They are so well designed that they give you as much support as a tennis shoe but it’s a sandal.” Another reviewer says: “Normally, I can’t go longer than a couple of hours in flip flops, and my feet are usually aching, but these felt good on my feet all day.”

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13 Comfortable Walking Sandals that Don’t Sacrifice Style

Comfort continues to dominate footwear, and female travelers can enjoy their warm weather travels with stylish shoe options. Here are comfortable walking sandals that are stylish, too!

Comfortable and Cute Walking Sandals

One of the biggest challenges for female travelers is to find footwear that’s both functional and fashionable to add to their capsule wardrobes, like cute walking sandals. Many readers ask us for footwear recommendations, so we’re answering this common question:

What are the most comfortable walking sandals?

These are our readers rated as the most comfortable walking sandals:

  • Vionic Kirra
  • OluKai Upena
  • Ecco Damara
  • The Flexx Band Together
  • Söfft Mirabelle
  • Clarks Leisa Vine
  • Skechers Desert Kiss
  • Naot Sabrina
  • Birkenstock Daloa
  • Ecco Damara SP
  • Gentle Souls Leah
  • Teva Verra
  • Ahnu Maia

Tip: Packing cubes make the perfect shoe bags to protect your luggage from dirty shoes. Take a look here for other shoe bag ideas!

Vionic Rest Kirra Brown Backstrap Sandal

Vionic Kirra

The Kirra from Vionic are cute walking sandals that are sleek and chic with a triangular thong-style design and back strap for stability and adjustability. The microfiber wrapped EVA footbed offers is so soft you’ll think you’re walking on a cloud.

The brown leather is a great neutral, making it easy to pair with any outfit or color. We love that you can keep these casual for beach days or dress them up for excursions in the city. Buy it here!

OluKai Upena Gladiator Sandal

OluKai Upena

Channel your inner boho babe with these cute walking sandals from OluKai! Whether it be the pretty bronze sheen or the cute strappy design, we’re loving these comfortable walking sandals from OluKai.

Adjustable leather straps provide a secure fit while a soft microfiber lining keeps you comfortable.

The thin straps are a stylish take on the chunkier sport sandal look. Pack this as you head to a beach resort or European seaside vacation. Buy it here!

ECCO Damara 2-Strap Flat Sandal

Ecco Damara

Feeling the androgynous style? Check out this two-tone leather combination from Ecco. Dual-colored, thick elastic straps are constructed atop an indulgent footbed for optimal comfort.

The leather and textile upper is perched atop the rubbery, synthetic sole – key for overcoming cobblestone streets.

Offering versatility in both movement and appearance, these cute walking sandals will be your best friend if you’re planning to take cropped pants, boyfriend jeans, and blazers. Buy it here!

The Flexx Band Together Cognac Gladiator Sandal

The Flexx Band Together

Get the gladiator look without a sting on your ankle with this pair of contemporary yet cute walking sandals. The tan Virginia nubuck leather is a great match to any color palette.

Pair it with shorts, cropped jeans or a dress, and look effortlessly fab as you jet-set. It has a one-and-a-half-inch heel that provides a proper boost of ease and poise. Buy it here!

Want more ideas? Take a look at these gladiator-inspired lace up sandals!

Söfft Mirabelle Anthracite Sport Sandal

Söfft Mirabelle

This leather strap sandal simply ignites a curious charm. But more than its shade, these comfortable walking sandals are crafted with a signature cushion footbed and a low heel platform.

The straps can be easily adjusted according to your liking, thanks to its straightforward buckle closure. Another sporty number, wear this on your urban escapades and feel cozy yet chic. Buy it here!

Clarks Leisa Vine Black Platform

Clarks Leisa Vine

For the ultimate in comfortable walking sandals, you’ll love the Leisa Vine by Clarks. With a cushioned footbed for maximum foot support and a hook and loop fastening at the heel for a secure fit, you can tackle the streets of your next destination without any aches or pains.

The geometric pattern on the leather upper makes these such cute walking sandals, while the ortholite footbed with cushion soft technology ensure all-day comfort. Buy it here!

Skechers BOBS Desert Kiss Black Sandal

Skechers Desert Kiss

Another pair of comfortable walking sandals is the black ankle strap sandal with a thick sole. This classic style with a boho touch will keep your look fresh while its comfortable build will keep your feet happy!

Slide into this pair of comfortable walking sandals whenever you want to add a feminine touch to a minimalistic look. Mix and match it with your favorite ankle jeans, skirt or culottes. Buy it here!

Naot Sabrina Black Flat Sandal

Naot Sabrina

These cute walking sandals continue to be a TFG favorite. The Naot Sabrina offers a comfortable footbed like a Birkenstock but looks more like a regular sandal, which is awesome.

The shoe is lightweight, which is a major plus for packing light and is also pretty cute for a “comfort” shoe brand. It’s casual but doesn’t look like a sport sandal – perfect for the classy, casual traveler with a unique sense of style. Buy it here!

Birkenstock Daloa Black Sandal

Birkenstock Daloa

The famous German footwear brand is always a great choice for comfortable walking sandals and this Daloa Birko-Flor design is no exception.

The cork and latex insole is embellished with a wrap-around leather strap, offering a completely feminine charm to this usually masculine make.

Your feet will feel relaxed on the contoured footbed that also provides arch support and a tailored fit. Wear this breezy pair during summer and let your feet breathe as you globe-trot. Buy it here!

Learn more about why this brand is awesome for travel with the Birkenstock Gizeh review!

ECCO Damara SP Silver Sandal

Ecco Damara SP

Want something that shines? You’ll literally stand out from the crowd with these gladiator inspired comfortable walking sandals with a silver color.

The wide bands not only create a statement, but you’ll also benefit from the adjustable straps and loop closures. Your feet will feel at rest with its curved footbed, smartly designed for the women who loveto go on a walking spree. Buy it here!

Find out what other cute walking sandals by ECCO are Travel Fashion Girl Approved!

Gentle Souls Leah Black Wedge Sandal

Gentle Souls Leah

Go effortlessly chic with these visually endearing wedge cute walking sandals in black leather. The color harmonizes perfectly with every item in your wardrobe, so mix and matching won’t be a problem.

It’s not just a sweet peep-toe; the ankle strap adds a sexy vibe to the wedge that stands 1 1/2 inch below the PORON memory-foam footbed and leather lining. Use this for casual and semi-formal events—you won’t go out of place, or out of style with this spongy soft pair of shoes. Buy it here!

Teva Verra Sandal

Teva Verra Sandals

Want something sporty yet, pretty and polished? This pair is brazen enough to catch anyone’s attention.

The Teva Verra Sandal by a comfort shoe brand, Teva, is chic enough to pump up any dull outfit as you get on the road, making them cute walking sandals.

Teva supports the outdoor athletic lifestyle and remains committed to innovation in outdoor performance footwear, the platforms which carry enthusiasts beyond the offices of the day-to-day and onto the rivers, trails, and canyons of the next adventure. Buy it here!

Ahnu Maia Black Thong Sandal

Ahnu Maia

For a shoe that’s just as simple as it is versatile, we’re loving Ahnu’s Maia thong comfortable walking sandals. This hassle-free piece is easy to wear and perfect for the laidback fashionista.

It can be dressed up or down to your liking and work well in a variety of destinations, especially tropical ones. Pair with a swim cover dress, a floppy hat, and sunnies for an instant casual glam getup.

Equipped with an aegis microbacterial treated footbed to eliminate bacteria, a medial gore that offers an adjustable fit and plenty of cushioning, there’s no shortage of functionality either in these comfortable walking sandals! Buy it here!

Here’s a quick overview for each of these comfortable and cute walking sandals:

Vionic Rest Kirra Brown Backstrap Sandal “The Kirra from Vionic are cute walking sandals that are sleek and chic with a triangular thong-style design and back strap for stability and adjustability. ” Check Price
OluKai Upena Gladiator Sandal “Channel your inner boho babe with these cute walking sandals from OluKai! Whether it be the pretty bronze sheen or the cute strappy design, we’re loving these comfortable walking sandals from OluKai.” Check Price
ECCO Damara 2-Strap Flat Sandal “Feeling the androgynous style? Check out this two-tone combination from Ecco. Dual-colored, thick elastic straps are constructed atop an indulgent footbed for optimal comfort.” Check Price
The Flexx Band Together Cognac Gladiator Sandal “Get the gladiator look without a sting on your ankle with this pair of contemporary yet cute walking sandals. The tan Virginia nubuck leather is a great match to any color palette.” Check Price
Söfft Mirabelle Anthracite Sport Sandal “This leather strap sandal simply ignites a curious charm. But more than its shade, these comfortable walking sandals are crafted with a signature cushion footbed and a low heel platform.” Check Price
Clarks Leisa Vine Platform “For the ultimate in comfortable walking sandals, you’ll love the Leisa Vine by Clarks. With a cushioned footbed and a hook and loop fastening, you can tackle the streets of your next destination without any aches or pains.” Check Price
Skechers BOBS Desert Kiss Sandal “Slide into this pair of comfortable walking sandals whenever you want to add a feminine touch to a minimalistic look. Mix and match it with your favorite ankle jeans, skirt or culottes.” Check Price
Naot Sabrina Flat Sandal “These cute walking sandals continues to be a TFG favorite. The Naot Sabrina offers a comfortable footbed like a Birkenstock but looks more like a regular sandal, which is awesome.” Check Price
Birkenstock Daloa Black Sandal “The famous German footwear brand is always a great choice for comfortable walking sandals and this Hazel Birko-Flor design is no exception.” Check Price
ECCO Damara SP Silver Dress Sandal “Want something that shines? You’ll literally stand out from the crowd with these gladiator inspired comfortable walking sandals with black color.” Check Price
Gentle Souls Leah Sandal “Go effortlessly chic with these visually endearing wedge cute walking sandals in sand leather. The color harmonizes perfectly with every item in your wardrobe, so mix and matching won’t be a problem” Check Price
Teva Verra Sandals “The Terra Verra Sandals by a comfort shoe brand, Teva, is chic enough to pump up any dull outfit as you get on the road, making them cute walking sandals.” Check Price
Ahnu Maia Black Thong Sandal “For a shoe that’s just as simple as it is versatile, we’re loving Ahnu’s Maia thong comfortable walking sandals. This hassle-free piece is easy to wear and perfect for the laidback fashionista.” Check Price

Okay ladies, now it’s your turn: what do you think are fashionable and comfortable walking sandals? Please comment below!

For more ideas on cute walking sandals for travel, please read:

  • 10 Steps to Packing the Best Travel Shoes for Any Trip
  • The 10 Best Sandals Reinventing Comfort
  • Cute Summer Sandals for Women
  • Birkenstock Sandals: Master the Trend


14 Pairs of Sandals That Are Incredibly Comfortable to Walk In, According to Thousands of Reviewers

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Seasoned travelers know that one of the most important things to pack for upcoming vacations is a comfortable pair of walking shoes. The perfect pair should be sleek, supportive, and as fashionable as they are functional. You probably already have a supportive pair of flats, boots, or sneakers that you regularly travel with, but if you’re headed to a warm-weather locale and want to let your feet breathe, finding a comfy pair of walking sandals is key.

While there are thousands of sandals in stores that claim to be comfortable, you’ve probably found out the hard way that most are more painful than they look. So instead of wasting money on options that give you blisters, pinched toes, and achy feet, we turned to real reviews from shoppers to see which ones are actually comfortable and cute.

Related: 17 Women’s Waterproof Walking Shoes to Make the Most of a Rainy Trip

These top-rated sandals, outlined below, not only have countless glowing reviews and thousands of five-star ratings between them, but they are also stylish and versatile enough to easily transition from early morning walking tours to after-dinner strolls. Some feature cushioned footbeds and padded insoles for extra comfort, while others offer slip resistance, additional traction, and ample support for your arches and ankles.

Whether you’re looking for a sporty pair to wear on hikes or glam options with a slight heel, here are 14 pairs of sandals that are so comfortable customers say you won’t want to take them off.

These are the most comfortable sandals to walk in:

  • Most Comfortable Lightweight Option: Sandalup Elastic Flat Sandals
  • Most Comfortable for Wide Feet: Munro Pisces Sandal
  • Most Comfortable Strappy Option: Plaka Flat Sandals
  • Most Comfortable Flatforms: Steve Madden Kimmie Espadrille Sandal
  • Most Comfortable Thong: Olukai Ohana Sandal
  • Most Comfortable Sporty Option: Teva Tirra Sandal
  • Most Comfortable Option with a Heel: Everlane Block Heel Sandal
  • Most Comfortable Wedge: Crocs Leigh Wedge Sandal
  • Most Comfortable Flip-Flop: Teva Olowahu Sandal
  • Most Comfortable Classic Option: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandal
  • Most Comfortable Slides: Adidas Adilette Sandal
  • Most Comfortable Option with Ankle Support: Top Moda Vision-75 Ankle Strap Sandal
  • Most Comfortable for High Arches: Clarks Arla Jacory Wedge Sandal
  • Most Comfortable Option for Traction: Ugg Kari Sandal

Most Comfortable Lightweight Option: Sandalup Elastic Flat Sandals

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With over 1,800 reviews, this pair of lightweight sandals from Sandalup is one of the most popular options on Amazon for a reason. The sleek sandals feature elastic straps so they mold and stretch to fit your feet perfectly. They also have a lightly padded footbed and rubber sole for extra comfort and traction. “Very comfortable and lightweight. These sandals are stylish and fun. Perfect for spring and summer. I loved the quality and the way they were made. They seem very durable. The straps are comfortable and they fit true to size,” raved one reviewer.

To buy:, from $11

Most Comfortable for Wide Feet: Munro Pisces Sandal

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If you have a difficult time finding sandals that are comfortable for wide feet, check out this pair by Munro. The cute shoes come in five different widths, ranging from super slim to extra wide. They also feature an elastic back strap and padded insole for all-day comfort (and extra insurance that your shoes won’t slide off your feet). The supportive sandals have an impressive 4.5-star rating at Nordstrom with many of the reviewers calling them the “best sandal ever.”

To buy:, $145

Most Comfortable Strappy Option: Plaka Flat Sandals

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Over 3,500 Amazon shoppers have given these strappy sandals by Plaka their seal of approval thanks to the shoes’ durable rubber sole and stylish rope details that stretch to fit your feet. The shoes are also water-resistant, so you never have to worry about getting them wet, and they come with a cute cotton shoe bag, making them super easy to pack. “Bought these to wear on a trip to Sayulita,” said one customer. “The sandals were perfect as I spent plenty of time walking around on the beach, on unpaved and hilly cobblestone roads. At the end of the day, it was easy to rinse off the dust and grime from these sandals. I also love that they’re cute and don’t look like those clunky ugly travel sandals.”

To buy:, from $30

Most Comfortable Flatforms: Steve Madden Kimmie Espadrille Sandal

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These stylish sandals by Steve Madden may look like your average pair of flatforms, but they actually feature a durable rubber outsole for traction and stability and a molded cork footbed for additional comfort and support. They also have an impressive four-star rating and over 400 likes on Zappos, with one reviewer raving, “I love these shoes! They fit so great and the material is so comfortable, not to mention they match with everything.”

To buy:, $70

Most Comfortable Thong: Olukai Ohana Sandal

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With a water-resistant strap and wet/dry traction, it’s easy to see why these thong sandals from Olukai have a 4.7-star rating with over 1,300 reviews at Nordstrom. They also have a quick-drying lining and a molded EVA midsole that’s extra comfortable. And it’s just an added bonus that the vegan-friendly sandals come in 14 stylish colors. “Bought these for Orlando vacation,” said one customer. “So comfortable for walking, no hot spots, not slippery when wet (which was a lot), dries fast. They seemed to be a bit pricey for a fancy flip-flop, but so worth it. I ordered a second pair when I got home.”

To buy:, $65

Most Comfortable Sporty Option: Teva Tirra Sandal

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Looking for a sporty pair of sandals to wear on long summer hikes? Check out this pair by Teva. The quick-drying sandals feature a padded EVA midsole, as well as a patented Spider Rubber outsole that will help avoid any slips or falls. They also have shock pads in the heels and stretchy mesh-lined straps that won’t cause blisters. “I cannot say enough good things about these shoes. I bought them for a trip to Europe last summer and wanted to keep wearing them once the trip was over! We walked on average 7 miles per day and my feet never experienced any pain. I highly recommend these shoes,” raved one happy customer.

To buy:, $80

Most Comfortable Option with a Heel: Everlane Block Heel Sandal

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If you want to add a little polish and height to your travel looks, reach for these sleek, low block-heel sandals by Everlane. The thick straps offer ample support, while the two-inch heel makes them completely walkable. Over 300 customers have given them an impressive 4.6-star rating with one calling them “perfect” before adding, “These sandals are very comfortable, the leather is soft and the heel is just right. I also appreciate that they are classic, it is not a shoe that you won’t be able to wear next year or the next.”

To buy:, $145

Most Comfortable Wedge: Crocs Leigh Wedge Sandal

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In the market for a cute and comfy pair of wedge sandals? Over 1,000 Amazon customers recommend this pair by Crocs. The summery sandals have a padded insole and a durable rubber sole, making them super comfortable and easy to walk around in. “Love them! So comfy. I wore these on a day of travel through three airports and they were comfy the whole way. The easy slip off buckle makes taking these on and off a breeze,” said one happy customer.

To buy:, from $48

Most Comfortable Flip-flop: Teva Olowahu Sandal

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Flip-flops aren’t known for being supportive enough to wear for a full day of sightseeing, but this cute pair by Teva is here to change that. The water-ready sandals have an EVA sole and topsole cushioning that makes them extra comfortable. The crisscrossing straps help keep the sandal in place, while the quick-drying fabric makes them ideal for beach trips. “I have been buying this same pair of sandals for over 10 years,” raved one reviewer. “Teva has earned my loyalty with these shoes — by far the most comfortable and stylish casual sandals I have ever worn. I have traveled the world in mine and never come home with tired or hurt feet.”

To buy:, from $15

Most Comfortable Classic Option: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandal

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Birkenstock is known for producing high-quality comfortable sandals, and it’s easy to see why this sleek pair is the brand’s most popular style. The cozy shoes have a shock-absorbing footbed that is super soft and gentle on the feet. They also feature extra cushioning, ample arch support, and a rubber sole that offers excellent traction. “These are so comfortable and super stylish. I love them cause I can just throw them on and while still staying comfortable and trendy. Highly recommended,” said one of the many perfect five-star reviews.

To buy:, from $135

Most Comfortable Slides: Adidas Adilette Sandal

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These comfortable slides from Adidas have been a go-to sandal for women since the silhouette was originally released in 1972. The water-ready shoes feature a contoured footbed that molds to your feet and a rubber sole that makes them super durable — so if your plans include heading to the beach or lounging by the pool, this is a great pair to consider throwing in your bag. Customers also love how the sleek slides also offer tons of arch support.

To buy:, $45

Most Comfortable Option with Ankle Support: Top Moda Vision-75 Ankle Strap Sandal

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Need a sandal that offers ankle support but still looks dressy enough for a nice dinner? Try this cute pair by Top Moda. The stylish sandals’ low block heel makes them easy to walk in, while the thick ankle straps offer ample support. They have an impressive 4.4-star rating on Amazon, with one customer raving, “I bought these because of their great reviews and they did not disappoint! I first tried them out in San Francisco traipsing around the hills. On the first day, I walked 4.5 miles in them with no discomfort. Also walked all day in Rome and London with these on and could not be happier. Even wear these on travel days through airports.”

To buy:, from $15

Most Comfortable for High Arches: Clarks Arla Jacory Wedge Sandal

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Do you suffer from high arches? Opt for a comfortable pair of sandals with plenty of support like this pair by Clarks. The sandals are not only incredibly lightweight, but they also feature patented cushion soft technology for superior comfort. The slingback strap helps keep them in place, while the 1.5-inch wedge gives you a slight lift. “Love these sandals! They are so comfortable, like walking on pillows. The soles are so thick and cushy that they support my foot. There was no break-in period at all. I wore them for five days straight while on vacation and my feet felt great the whole time. Highly recommend,” said one happy customer.

To buy:, from $22

Most Comfortable Option for Traction: Ugg Kari Sandal

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If you are headed somewhere with a rocky terrain or uneven cobblestone streets, you’re going to want a comfy pair of sandals with great traction like this pair by Ugg. The EVA insole offers all-day comfort while the ridged rubber sole provides stability as you’re walking around. One five-star reviewer wrote, “I was looking for a comfortable pair of sandals for an upcoming trip. I anticipate a lot of walking and these are perfect. They’re very comfortable!”

To buy:, from $65

The best walking sandals for exploring the outdoors are different to the majority of fashion sandals in that they provide enhanced arch support, and higher levels of cushioning and footbed comfort. They’re also more durable for off-road walking, with grippy soles designed to keep you upright on slippery terrain.

Walking sandals are ideal for wearing on beach, park and country trail walks, and for those days when you’re exploring your nearest ‘big hill’. Some of them, especially ‘shandals’ (walking shoes meets walking sandals) are water-repellent and fast-drying, so you can wear them through the sea or streams.

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In the past, there has been an unfortunate side effect of a sandal designed with boosted durability, comfort and grip: ugliness. Yes, walking sandals of old haven’t been the best looking shoes in the shop, but the new breed (featured below) are getting more stylish by the day.

Don’t go expecting them to take your breath away on first site, but do expect them to blend easily into your casual walking wardrobe and, of course, with your hardier outdoors gear.

Best walking sandals: our expert pick

  • If you want a summer shoe that’s highly breathable and comfortable from the first wear, and one that puts in an impressive performance to keep you steady on your feet, try a great pair of walking sandals. The majority of these have an open design, encouraging greater airflow around your feet. Our top pick is a little different though…
  • Although it doesn’t look like any other shoe in our best walking sandals buyer’s guide, the Merrell Choprock Shandal is a walking sandal-shoe hybrid and is a real ally when it comes to more intense summer walking and hiking. It’s superb on the trail and loves splashing through pools and streams too.

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Choosing the best walking sandals for you

Are you getting excited about owning some dedicated walking sandals? Well, you should be, because they’re an absolute revelation for enhancing your walking joy outdoors during the spring and summer.

If you’re planning on a big hike, especially a multi-day hike where you’re carrying a heavy load, choose proper hiking boots. For something in between, where you need more support and full foot coverage than these sandals offer, go for walking shoes.

Unsure as to which of those you need? Take a look at our guide to walking boots vs walking shoes, and discover how they differ.

However, if you want a highly breathable open shoe for walking, and preferably one that can cope with some water (sea or rain) every now and then, go for one of the best walking sandals we’ve rounded up below.

When choosing a pair, consider the type of fabric they are made from. Yes leather can take longer to break in compared to synthetic materials, but both materials can cause blisters if they start to rub. Leather feels cool on hot days, but synthetic materials are faster-drying, making them a better choice for those who regularly hit the beach.

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Also think about what kind of terrain you’ll likely be traversing on the regular, and how much grip you’ll need as a result. You may find that a pair of sports walking sandals are the best option for you, as these promote fast and light walking but have great grip to keep you steady.

Ready to set your feet free? Then let’s take a look at the best walking sandals that are available now and discover which are the ideal pair for you…

The best walking sandals you can buy now

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1. Merrell Choprock Shandal

Bringing a whole new dimension to the concept of walking sandals

Reasons to buy

+Water-friendly+Protective rubber toe bumper+Vibram Megagrip keeps you steady+Webbing loops aid a secure fit

Summer has only just started, but already we’ve had tons of wear out of our Merrell Choprock Shandals – not to be confused with the equally awesome Choprock Shoes for hiking. The Shandals have visible ‘cut-out’ ports on the sides of the shoes for allowing water to drain out and to boost airflow around your feet.

That’s why we’re saying they’re the best walking sandals for splashing through streams or pools when you’re out walking. We tested the Choprock Shandals on recent hikes, which included clambouring in rock pools and traipsing through shallow streams.

We were impressed by the level of grip dished out (Vibram Megagrip tech and 5mm lug depth helps here) and they didn’t take an age to dry out either. Word of warning: if you plan on wearing them to the beach, sand will get into those drainage ports and build up on the bed of the sandals, but rinsing the shoes in the ocean gets rid of any residue.

Traditional walking sandals leave your toes exposed, which isn’t necessarily an issue depending on what type of walking you’re doing and the type of terrain you’re likely to encounter. We’d recommend Merrell’s Choprock Shandals for hiking as they have a protective rubber toe bumper ensuring complete coverage of your toes.

They were comfy to wear from the first hike and have webbing loops to ensure a more custom fit, which is handy as the sizing on ours ran a little bigger. These shandals still feel hot compared to walking sandals with a more open design, but that’s the trade-off if you want a super-protective sandal-type summer shoe on the trail.

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2. Keen Kids Moxie Sandals

The cutest walking sandals for kids who love to adventure

+Cushioned footbed+Protected toe box+Natural odour control

Your little one will love running, jumping, climbing and walking in these adventure-ready walking sandals from Keen. The Moxie Sandals for older kids have a protective toe bumper, and sport a secure fit lace capture system to prevent any trip-ups.

They’re comfy to wear too, thanks to a cushioned footbed, and boast Keen’s Cleansport NXT natural odour control. So even if your little one is wearing these all summer long, they should smell fresher for longer.

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3. Ecco Offroad Walking Sandals

A comfy and supportive choice for all-terrain action

+Improved stability+Enhanced breathability+Wonderfully comfy

You don’t necessarily need a pair of hiking boots to wander off the beaten path during the warmer weather. Not when you’re wearing the Ecco Offroad Walking Sandals.

Thanks to something fancy called Receptor technology, the sandals constantly react to the motion of your feet, maximising stability and reducing muscle fatigue. This should help you walk comfortably for longer.

Rubber outsoles are there to provide long-lasting grip and durability on dirt tracks and beyond. We’re also fans of the three-point adjustability on the leather uppers, boosting airflow and breathability to keep slippery foot sweat to a minimum.

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4. Merrell District Women’s Mendi Sandals

Easy-wear summer walking sandals with a grippy sole

+Lightweight feel+Comfortable sole

If you want to feel as much of a breeze as possible wrapping around your feet, and you want much more support than flip flops can afford, the Merrell District Mendi Sandals could be your new summer shoe.

Lightweight and comfortable to wear, they’re ideal for warm weather strolls in the park, along the beach or on leafy country trails. If you have wider feet, you may find the fit at the top of the sandal to be too narrow, just like with the Teva Elzada featured elsewhere in this guide, so that’s worth keeping in mind.

There are adjustable straps at the back of the District Mendi, and there’s decent padding on pressure points to keep rubbing and blisters at bay. Merrell’s SelectGrip sole is on duty too, providing decent grip on slippery surfaces.

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5. Clarks Tri Walk Sandals

The best walking sandals for city to countryside

+Supportive yet lightweight+Optimises your foot’s natural movement+Easy riptape fastening

Sporty walking sandals are having a moment on the runway as well as the trail, and the Tri Walk is Clarks’ answer to stylish summer walking sandals with an outdoors-friendly performance. They come in four different colours, though we wouldn’t be brave enough to wear the White Combi version on the trail – yes the leather uppers are wipe-clean, but mud has a way of sticking to those straps.

More importantly, the sandals use Clarks’ Trigenic System, designed to optimise the natural movement of your feet to make walking more enjoyable, easier and better supported.

One of the main benefits of wearing these walking sandals are the sheer ease of use – thanks to a riptape fastening they’re easy to pull on and off. The design is multi-adjustable too, so you can play around with the fit to make it work for you. This is handy towards the end of the day when feet naturally swell in size.

Clarks knows how to make comfy shoes, so no surprises to hear that these were a delight straight out of the box. The grip doesn’t have a patch on some of the other shoes featured elsewhere in this best walking sandals guide, but it’s plenty enough for hitting the park, countryside pathways and less challenging trails.

6. Jack Wolfskin Lakewood Cruise Walking Sandals

This unisex walking sandal is so easy to wear

+Hard-wearing+Good grip+Cushioned for comfort

Summer is a time for spontaneous adventures, beach walks, forest hikes and riverside rambles. However you decide to spend your time, Jack Wolfskin’s lightweight but robust Lakewood Cruise are ready to strap on and go.

This unisex walking sandal is made entirely from synthetic materials and boasts grippy Wolf Aero soles that’ll keep you steady across a variety of terrains.

If you tread in a puddle or get caught by an incoming tide, those fast-drying Air Flow Mesh uppers will ensure your new sandals don’t stay damp for long.

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7. Columbia Men’s Salerno Sandal

The best walking sandals for heavy footed types

+Supportive+Good traction on trails+Lightweight

Named after a picture-postcard city near Naples, the Salerno walking sandals for men are as luxurious as the views from Mount Bonadies. The canvas and leather uppers look more expensive than they are, while the memory EVA insoles and cushioned Techlite midsoles make each step a pleasure.

Columbia’s offering utilises an antimicrobial treatment to ensure the health of your feet. So no unbearable build-up of whiffs, sweat or nasties on the soles.

The outsoles combination of OMNI-Grip rubber and EVA will provide you with decent traction during flash summer rain showers. As far as the best walking sandals for men go, these look decent enough to take you from trail to the pub afterwards.

8. Teva Elzada Women’s Walking Sandal

These stylish women’s walking sandals go with everything

+Quick-drying design+Comfy footbeds

According to conventional wisdom, footwear can either be sensible or stylish. Well, Teva’s Elzada sandals laugh in the face of such nonsense, providing everything you need for a comfy ramble.

That includes responsive polyurethane footbeds, quick-dry poly webbing and rubber outsoles for effective grip… All while looking good enough for you to wear your ‘normal’ clothes as well as your outdoor gear. We did find them to be quite a narrow fit towards the toes, so look elsewhere if you have wider feet.

Slip these beauties on when you’re hitting the beach, park or trail during late spring through summer and your feet will enjoy the breeze as well as ample cushioning underfoot.

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9. Keen Seacamp II CNX Kids Sandals

Cute walking sandals for kids who love the water

+Sturdy and supportive+Easy-pull velcro straps+Fun colour options

If you’re embarking on a big family walk, you’ll need to protect your little one’s feet too. Keen has managed to cram an impressive amount of features into its super cute walking sandals for kids, which is why they’ve made this list.

First up, metatomical footbeds are there to cradle the natural contours of your kid’s feet, working to keep them steady and in true comfort as they walk, run and climb. These hybrid water sandals also have non-marking rubber outsoles, so they won’t ruin floors.

Even better, they feature an environmentally friendly water-repellent treatment and eco-friendly anti-odour insoles that don’t use heavy metals or hazardous chemicals. Kids being kids, though, they’ll probably be much more interested in the crazy-cool colour options.

10. Decathlon Quechua NH120 Women’s Walking Sandals

The best walking sandals for a casual ramble

+Comfy and hygienic+Adjustable size

Despite their Olympic sounding name, the Decathlon Quechua NH12Os are ideal for casual strolls and rambles. They’ll easily take you from park to beach, and are easy to tug on and off thanks to two rip-tab straps.

They’re light and breathable, so keeping your feet dry if they get sweaty during longer walks, and have grippy CrossContact outsoles for when you encounter a slippery surface. Cushioned EVA midsoles add for an extra level of comfort, which is essential on longer outings.

Available in Dark Ivy Green or Walnut Brown, these best walking sandals contenders are a solid choice for those not looking to spend a fortune.

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11. Crocs Men’s Swiftwater Wave

Just as happy on dry land as they are splashing through surf

+Highly breathable+Water repellent

Walking along the seashore on a hot summer’s day, it’s always tempting to dip your feet in the cool water. Usually, this means taking your sandals off first – but not if you’re wearing a pair of Swiftwater Waves.

These all-purpose walking sandals are constructed from Croslite foam, so they won’t absorb water. Durable yet soft perforated uppers enable easy drainage – as well as helping your feet to breathe.

Siped outsoles give you plenty of traction as you chase the tide. Just don’t go wearing them with socks, ok?

12. Skechers Go Walk Pizaz Women’s Flip Flop

An easy on/off option for hitting the beach

+Easy to pull on and off+Lightweight for throwing in your backpack

For the ultimate airy, easy to flip on walking sandals, go for these Skechers. They’re not good for extensive walking, but for finding the perfect spot on the beach, or as a comfortable sandal for nipping out to the shops, they’re the perfect buy.

They feature a spongy, comfortable sole, a soft upper and a supporting contoured footbed, so you’ll never go back to cheap market stall flip flops again.

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13. Birkenstock Arizona Unisex Sandals

These walking sandals for wide feet are a real classic

+Minimal design is unusual for a walking sandal+Stylish compared to most walking sandals

Birkenstock are the kings of comfortable sandals and while they’re no good for extended summer hikes, for a stroll along the promenade or on an equally flat surface, they can’t be beaten.

Available in a huge range of colours and patterns, they’re as close to fashionable you can get, while the level of comfort they provide thanks to the the moulded cork footbed and posture enhancing heel certainly shouldn’t be sniffed at.

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The final word

The Merrell Choprock Shandal is our top pick of the best walking sandals featured above because it’s ideal for tackling all types of summer walking and hiking, providing impressive grip on different terrain. It’s water-friendly, adjustable in terms of fit, and has unique drainage ports to allow water out and to boost airflow.

If you want a more traditional and far more open walking sandal, we would also recommend the Clarks Tri Walk Sandals. These aren’t as intense as the Merrell’s, but they do boost the natural movement of your feet to ensure a more comfortable time walking. Plus, they look pretty darn good with most summer clothes.

About the author…

Claire Davies is Senior Content Editor at T3 and routinely tests camping gear, and walking and hiking tech for the Outdoors channel.

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