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.
There are a few non-negotiable criteria when it comes to the best walking sandals for summer. For starters, they have to be comfortable: they must absorb shock and support your soles, arches, and ankles. They should never dig into your skin or cause blisters. Of course, they have to be fashion-forward as well as lightweight, because dragging feet will totally cramp your style. Sound like a tall order? We've found six pairs of sandals that fit the bill — and will take you from errands to the office, and from Sunday brunch to a weekend getaway.
Sofft Mirabelle Ankle Strap Sandals
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. Available in 10 colors.
To buy: $90; sofftshoe.com.
Franco Sarto Oak Platform Wedge Espadrille
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: $108.95, nordstrom.com.
Vionic Marbella Platform Sandal
It's time to upgrade your ordinary flip flops. This pair features a cushioned, cork sole with arch support and an adjustable suede upper in rich caramel (shown), red, or black.
To buy: $100, vionic.com.
Birkenstock Gizeh Sandal
A classic for a reason, the forever-comfortable Birkenstock sandal—with its cork foot bed 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 eight other colors.
To buy: $95; zappos.com.
Seychelles Botanical Sandal
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.
Teva Universal Sandal in Miramar Fade Sage
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 eight other colors.
To buy: $50; teva.com.