The Best Walking Sandals

It’s true—there really are sandals that don’t require you to sacrifice style for comfort. Here are six wear-all-day pairs you won’t want to take off.

Comfortable footwear is especially important when you have a busy summer schedule that doesn’t allow for a bad sandal situation, like pinched toes, blisters, or aching feet. What’s on the checklist for a walk-able sandal? First, they need to support and flatter your feet (and your outfit). Next, make sure there’s an ankle strap to keep them in place and ensure easy walking. Finally, they need to be lightweight, because dragging feet will totally cramp your style. And of course, you’ll want them to be fashion-forward as well, so you can wear them with every outfit. Whether you’re going for sporty-chic for running errands or just wandering city streets, or relaxed-yet-dressy for your dream vacation, here are six wear-all-day pairs you won’t want to take off. Get ready to step lively in the sandals of your dreams.

1

Sofft Mira Ankle Strap Sandals

mira-ankle-strap-sandals
Photo by nordstrom.com

With ankle straps (to hold everything snugly in place) and a signature comfort footbed that’s designed to be supportive, these sporty-chic sandals are your new super comfy must-haves, full of athleisure allure. Pack them for your next trip, and you'll never know how you lived without them. Also available in navy.

To buy: $90; nordstrom.com.


2

Seychelles Botanical Sandal

seychelles-botanical-sandal
Photo by athleta.com

You’d never guess the soles of these delicate and strappy sandals are also seriously soft and cushy. Their neutral color makes them easily wearable with nearly any outfit (try a cover-up or shorts and a tee for everyday wear), but they look remarkably good with a summer dress, too.

To buy: $64, athleta.com.


3

Teva Universal Sandal in Monterey Tan

teva-universal-sandal
Photo by teva.com

The outdoorsy 90s icon is back and still just as comfortable. Made with lightweight, durable materials and Velcro straps (hello, waterproof!), they’re designed to stay on, which makes them perfect for wherever your day takes you, whether that’s to the beach or just to the post office. Available in four other colors.

To buy: $50; teva.com.



4

Soludos Biarritz Lace-up Espadrille Sandal

biarritz-lace-up-espadrille-sandal
Photo by shopbop.com

A summer favorite, espadrilles are known for their remarkably soft jute soles. This fresh, white canvas pair has a lace-up design that ties securely for adjustable (read: pain-free) summertime strolling and cutouts that let your toes wiggle freely. An adventurous bride might even find these just right for the occasion. 

To buy: $65; shopbop.com.


5

& Other Stories Elastic Strap Sandal in Burgundy

elastic-strap-sandal-burgundy
Photo by stories.com

This pair’s chunky, cushioned sole and ankle strap give your feet support and keep you stepping smoothly, while the elastic design means you can slip on these sandals and go the distance (great for sightseeing adventures!). Also available in black, beige, and khaki green.

To buy: $75, stories.com.


6

Birkenstock Gizeh Sandal

birkenstock-gizeh-sandal
Photo by zappos.com

A classic for a reason, the forever-comfortable Birkenstock sandal—with its cork footbed and roomy design—still has a place in your summer shoe rotation. Try this silver slip-on version to add a hint of luxe to this otherwise down-to-earth staple. Also available in six other colors.

To buy: $95; zappos.com.