Buying cute new pair of sandals to match your summer wardrobe is always fun—but breaking them in? Well, that's a different story. Hello, flip flop blisters!
So, what makes a sandal comfortable? Good question! When it comes to comfortable sandals for women, it's not just about good looks; you also need a pair of shoes that will support you. When shopping for sandals specifically, you'll want to consider more than just how they fit, says podiatrist Dr. Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, CES. "The best comfortable sandals provide a balance between support and natural movement," she explains. "Having a sandal with a slight arch support helps most people, especially if they have flat feet. It's also important to make sure the sandal is appropriately secured to the foot." In other words, look for a pair with secure straps, ties, or buckles.
There are all sorts of comfortable sandal brands to try; it's really more about the shape of the shoe. The ones we've compiled here are primarily flat or offer a comfortable wedge-like shape, and most have adjustable straps. You should be able to stand comfortably in any of the sandals we've featured on our list, but if your comfort level starts to decrease after a while, there are some things you can do outside of buying a new pair, says Dr. Splichal. To soothe achy soles, she suggests releasing your feet five minutes every day with RAD Rounds and stretching calves daily for five minutes. Arm & Hammer Moisturizer is also a soothing treat for heals and feet in the shower, she says.
If you're wondering who makes the best walking sandal, we love the Vionic sandals featured on this list, which have a lightweight, flexible EVA midsole that absorbs shock—all the better for walking around in! Another great idea? use Naboso Neuro Insoles to give yourself a mini foot massage while you walk. Now, time to get shopping! Sandal season waits for no one.
If you're transitioning from being a flip-flops fan to a sandals connoisseur, this cute pair is a great option. It's got a three-layer insole to provide tons of support, and
We love Cushionaire sandals—we've got another pair on this very list! This particular pair is a winner for several reasons: It's got a flexible insole, it's made of vegan materials, and the ankle strap is elastic and stretchy, too.
These pretty, pink sandals are just as good for your feet as the others on our list: They've got a thick sole, a broad strap, and are extra supportive.
Who knew Crocs could be quite so fashionable? These wedge sandals can be dressed up or down, and they've got a nice heel height, too.
Take a walk on the wild side! In these leopard suede ankle-strap sandals (complete with a cushioned insole!), you'll have no other choice.
Comfort is key, but so is having a shoe that you can easily get on and off your foot. These elastic straps are as easy as one, two, three—and the entire shoe is just plain cute to boot.
Don't need tons of arch support? You might want to try a flatter sandal like these. The elastic, strappy design will keep your feet held in beautifully.
You don't always need to wear something too flashy to be in fashion. These simple sandals feature a cushioned synthetic suede insole and the tiniest wedge heel for just a little extra support.
Dr. Splichal recommends a sandal that hooks around the ankle. Why? It provides the most stability when you're walking, of course! This pair fits the bill and comes in a few different colors.
Hate breaking in your sandals? With these Crocs you won't have to. They feature, flexible lightweight straps for that broken-in feel.
If you need a little added comfort, go for something like these Skechers sandals. They feature a cushioned, contoured footbed that's supposed to make you feel like you're walking on clouds.
A comfortable fit and soft material will keep your feet feeling fine.
Gladiators were known as fierce fighters! But maybe they were also secretly very fashionable and onto something with their fun sandals like this metallic gladiator-style pair.
What's not to love about a classic? These sandals are totally durable and go with any outfit.
Proper support is key if you want your sandals to feel comfy. This pair features a suede insole that contours to your foot after you wear them for a bit.
These sandals look like they're wrapped in a gorgeous patterned silk scarf, so you'll definitely have people asking where you got them. They slip on and off for easy wear.
These no-frills sandals are just plain comfy. Your feet will feel just as good as they look.
Get ready for the great outdoors with these Chaco sandals. You definitely won't end up with pesky blisters after a day in nature.
Did you know that your feet change shape while you walk? That's why you absolutely must walk around in a pair of sandals before buying them. This pair's thick bands will keep you strapped in and looking very trendy!
City dwellers: These sandals were made for you! Their flat platform (a.k.a. flatform) sole is great for staying comfortable while pounding the pavement.
These simple sandals are perfect for summer. They're definitely the pair to have for a day at the pool or the beach and feature a breathable leather lining for ultra comfort.
Walking around all day, especially on concrete, creates a lot of stress on your feet. This sandal has a lightweight, flexible EVA midsole that absorbs shock, reducing stress on feet, ankles, and knees.
These sandals are barely-there, elongating your leg line and making them a great fit for almost any outfit. But, the best part is that the sole massages your foot!
A cute sporty sandal that is also comfortable? This pair of Clarks with its super soft EVA footbed and pops of color does it all.