The 20 Best Sandals for Men, Tested by Style and Gear Experts

The 20 Best Sandals for Men, Tested by Style and Gear Experts

The Absolute Best Sandals for Men, Based on Testing and Expert Reviews

line

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Most popular Sandals

Birkenstock Arizona Sandal

Arizona Sandal

Most popular Sandals

Birkenstock Arizona Sandal

Credit: Courtesy of Retailer
Pros
  • A firm, supportive arch footbed that molds to your feet
  • Outsole has a strong grip to provide more traction and stability when walking
  • Timeless style meets comfortable upper that doesn’t dig into the skin
  • The more you wear, the more comfortable they get
Cons
  • A bit pricey for a style that’s so ubiquitous
  • Suede upper is not water-friendly—avoid beach or outdoors with tehse

Every man must own a pair of Arizona’s in their lifetime. It’s an unwritten footwear rule. The combination of comfort, versatility in styling, and incredibly long lifespan is why these bad boys take the crown. According to board-certified foot surgeon Brad Schaeffer, D.P.M. who has worn these Birks for years, their design plus support structure work together to offer everyday comfort. “They have a solid cork footbed and contouring for our arch and toe box. I love the overall feel and wearability of these sandals and have been wearer since my teen years,” says Dr. Schaeffer.

What we love the most about Arizona is the comfort of the footbed. Made of cork and latex which is extra soft and supportive, not only does it mold to the feet but also offers cushioning that will make you feel like walking on sponges. We love that the straps feel easy to adjust—and don’t chafe on the skin. The EVA sole feels lightweight and flexible when we walk, but because of the overall city-friendly design and the fact that a suede upper isn’t quick-drying, we wouldn’t recommend you wearing these Birks to the beach or to places in the great outdoors.

What Do Other Experts Say?I’m particularly partial to Birkenstock’s Arizona sandal—it’s the all-purpose shoe that works well in practically every situation. I love to pack them for vacation because I wear them everywhere—to the beach, to dinner, around the hotel. They pair as easily with a bathing suit as they do with a camp shirt and pleated cotton trousers,” says Justin Berkowitz, men’s fashion director at Bloomingdale’s.

Read more: Best Flip-Flops With Arch Support

Outsole EVA
Upper Leather or suede
Weight 9oz

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Most comfortable sandals

Hoka Ora Recovery Slide 3

Ora Recovery Slide 3

Most comfortable sandals

Hoka Ora Recovery Slide 3

Pros
  • Breathable and lightweight but extra durable
  • Cushioned footbed with arch support relieves tension and massages feet
  • Easy to slip on and slip off after hard training
Cons
  • Traction is on the lower side; not the grippiest
  • Chunky design might not be your cup of tea

This editor-favorite, APMA-Approved option allows those barking dogs to recover and breathe easily after your intense HIIT workouts. As recovery shoes, we love that these have a wide-open slip-on design that is so accessible. We have tried them on at the end of a hard race day, and they slid over the feet with zero effort while letting them breathe (this latest model even comes with more airflow channels) and keeping them cradled and supported with an oversized midsole design. Fit-wise, it’s roomy enough even for wider feet.

The star of these sandals is the dual-layer construction that, basically, is heaven for your worn-out feet and also offers extra height for anyone who’s vertically challenged. With cushioned, soft EVA built into both its outsole and midsole, we were impressed by how beastly these are at absorbing shock while remaining lightweight and flexible for walking. To us, that’s the ultimate tension-relieving feature in sandals. So we say wear these everywhere to cop comfort—and a futuristic style flex.

What Do Experts Say?They provide an excellent form-fitting arch that helps massage the sole of the feet allowing the intrinsic foot muscles to relax and release tension in the foot,” says multi-board certified podiatrist, Mark J. Mendeszoon, D.P.M.

Outsole Injection-molded EVA
Upper MATRYX® fiber
Weight 8oz

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

best sandals for walking

ECCO Yucatan Sandal

Yucatan Sandal

best sandals for walking

ECCO Yucatan Sandal

Pros
  • Provide superb stability and support for walking
  • Midsole foam offers long-lasting cushioning while absorbing impact
  • Straps ensure a perfect fit customized to you
Cons
  • A bit pricey
  • Not fashion-forward when it comes to style

The robust construction and premium materials of ECCO’s Yucatan sandal really sets it apart from the rest, especially when it comes to comfort and support for walking. You will experience a one-of-the-kind foot-hugging sensation with its contoured microfiber footbed. The sandal also uses a Fluidform midsole featuring the Receptor tech to support and cushion every step while absorbing ground impact to relieve pressure and keeping the build flexible for walking. All in all, the stability these sandals offer is second to none.

We also love the adjustability of the nubuck leather straps which ensures a snug fit, and the tough rubber outsole that delivers outstanding grip and traction on various terrains. Lastly, because style points should always be considered, we especially approve of the rugged dad style that is everyday-friendly and easy to work into your wardrobe.

What Do Experts Say?They provide more support for the ankle with their higher stabilizing strap, and have a well-made molded foot bed to support the feet in the right places but yet provide cushioning,” says multi-board certified podiatrist, Mark J. Mendeszoon, D.P.M.

Read more: Best Walking Shoes for Men

Outsole Rubber
Upper Nubuck leather
Weight 13 oz

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best everyday sandas

Teva Hurricane XLT 2 Sandal

Hurricane XLT 2 Sandal

Best everyday sandas

Teva Hurricane XLT 2 Sandal

Credit: Courtesy of Retailer
Pros
  • All-terrain-friendly: great for everyday walking or light hiking
  • Excellent traction from the outsole
  • Footbed is enhanced to provide extra stability and arch support
Cons
  • Straps and webbings might dig into the skin if too tight

When it comes to reliable everyday performance and enduring comfort, TEVA’s Hurricane Xlt2 rises above the rest and is my personal favorite. First, for walking about the city, the robust EVA footbed of these sandals delivers enhanced support that will last all day. In addition, the nylon shank plays a crucial role in stabilizing and supporting the feet—even on uneven terrain or when I’m walking fast—to grant you the ability to strut in sandals. The straps or webbing are also made to be quick-drying and offer a wide range of adjustability so that you can secure the sandals on your feet with a perfect fit that is customized to you.

What most impressed us about the Hurricane Xlt2 is its outsole which offers extraordinary traction for the price. You see, I’ve worn these on a rafting trip just a few weeks back, and the exceptional traction of the sole did not give off once even on the raft’s wet surface. During a hike in a state national park where the terrain was uneven and bumpy, the grooved outsole still managed to have a good grip on the ground to make the journey smoother. The webbings, however, will chafe on the skin if they’re too tight, so be sure to test the fit before you actually walk in these.

Outsole Polyeste
Upper Durabrasion Rubber™
Weight 11 oz

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best flip-flop sandals

OLUKAI Ulele Beach Quick-Dry Flip-Flop

Ulele Beach Quick-Dry Flip-Flop

Best flip-flop sandals

OLUKAI Ulele Beach Quick-Dry Flip-Flop

Pros
  • Dual layers of EVA at the footbed and midsole to offer arch support
  • Provide extra stability for walking
  • Quick-drying, water-resistant, and grippy for the beachside and poolside
Cons
  • Runs narrow, so may not be great for wide feet

Boasting a water-resistant build for all your long walks by the beach and a lightweight for easy carry and friendly mobility, these flip-flops are one of the best—and most comfortable—we’ve ever tested. As ergonomic sandals, they offer arch support with their EVA-made footbed—and extra stability when you walk with an extra layer of EVA midsole. (The footbed also contours to the shape of our feet to bolster the comfort level.)

We also love that the upper and lining are quick-drying, making these sandals perfect for the poolside and beachside. The rubber outsole crafted with “Wet Grip” rubber then ensures a great grip even on wet surfaces. We enjoy casually strolling and traveling for short distances in these, although, for men with wider feet, we don’t think the fit will be optimal.

What Do Experts Say?It’s a favorite of mine that I always recommend to my patients. They are comfy, supportive, and not flimsy. A flimsy or hyper-flexible flip flop will cause your foot to bend in places it shouldn’t or overstretch the places it does,” says NYC-based podiatrist Daniel Geller, D.P.M.

Outsole Rubber
Upper Synthetic leather
Weight 7.8 oz

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best huarache sandals

Nisolo Huarache Sandal

Huarache Sandal

Best huarache sandals

Nisolo Huarache Sandal

Pros
  • The build molds to feet over time without stretching out
  • Soft linings inside the sandals that maximize comfort when walking
  • Great style for summer days and vacations
Cons
  • Sole is not grippy enough for rough terrains
  • Might need to size down a half

Bound for summer vacation, the huarache is a traditional Mexican sandal with an instantly recognizable woven leather upper that is breathable, flexible, and durable. Nisolo’s take stay trues to the classic slip-on design but makes the style versatile enough to be dressed up and down.

Additionally, its comfort is just as impressive: we found that the supple upper will mold to the feet like warm butter—although it does require breaking-in over time—while the foam midsole cradles them like a sleeping baby, and the leather material is water resistant for hitting the beach, pool, lake, beach, etc. As you walk, the insole already comes with cushioning, and the linings at the heel or the underside of the upper ensure unobstructed softness and comfort.

What Do Experts Say?This style offers fashion and function with water-resistant leather that allows you to wear poolside, beachside, or on the city streets. A classic style, these sandals work great for men of any age. Plus they have a cushioned footbed, which makes these a perfect pick for long summer days, which is something to always look for when shopping for a sandal,” says personal wardrobe stylist Grace Thomas.

Outsole rubber
Upper Handwoven leather
Weight 8 oz

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best closed-toe sandals

DREAM PAIRS Adventurous Summer Outdoor Sandals

Adventurous Summer Outdoor Sandals

Best closed-toe sandals

DREAM PAIRS Adventurous Summer Outdoor Sandals

Now 19% Off

Pros
  • Quick-drying upper and non-slip sole for perfect for going canoing or boating
  • Protective toe cap for outdoors environment
  • Offers arch support and reduces underfoot stress for walking
Cons
  • Sand can get past the toe cap if you’re wearing them to the beach
  • Very dad style

These sandals are a versatile option for those seeking comfortable and durable footwear for outdoor activities. While I’m still in the “break-in” phase, I’m already won over by their sturdy construction and comfort right out of the box. The soft lining adds an extra layer of comfort to protect against any rubbing or irritation, which to me is a vital factor to consider for my delicate skin.

I’m even surprised that they offered a decent amount of support, all courtesy of the cushioned EVA footbed that absorbs shocks. With a pretty high arch, my feet feel well-supported in these when wearing them to hike or walk on even terrains.

The closed-toe design might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it really shines in the great outdoors to protect my pinkies from external impact or even injuries. The rubber outsole provides high traction, with a grooved non-slip texture to instill confidence in my steps and reduced the risk of slipping.

What Do Experts Say?They are unbelievably comfy with soft cushioning that molds to your feet, just the right blend of practicality and comfort. The stitched vamp adds a timeless look that pairs well with almost anything in your suitcase. Plus, these sandals are lightweight and flexible, making them easy to pack and wear,” says travel writer and expert Nick Kembel.

Outsole Rubber
Upper Synthetic
Weight 10 oz

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

best slide sandals

OOFOS OOahh Slide Sandal

OOahh Slide Sandal

best slide sandals

OOFOS OOahh Slide Sandal

Pros
  • Lightweight and flexibility for walking
  • APMA-approved for sports recovery with special foam cushioning that absorbs more impact and relieves more pain
  • Great for the beach too with a grippy sole and a water-resistant upper

If these are good enough for Tiger Woods, they’re definitely good enough for you—especially for your post-sports or post-training recovery. With a name to themselves in that domain, Oofos’ OOahh recovery sandals are made with a patented foam technology—which we’ve found to be able to absorb more impact and reduce more energy exertion in the ankle than the traditional foam—at the footbed to support joints in all the right places. No wonder Tiger Woods was seen wearing them—during his own injury recovery nonetheless; that’s convincing enough for just how foolproof they are for recovery.

Additionally, these slides turn the heat all the way up for arch support and natural foot motion to guarantee comfort on the go. In fact, during our testing of commuting or traveling in these, we found that the anatomically correct footbed has molded to the shape of our feet over time, making them feel almost like a second skin—and making walking with them feel cloud-like. The style is a tad basic, but it’s the everyday-friendly look we rely on.

Read more: Best Recovery Shoes

Outsole Synthetic
Upper Synthetic
Weight 4.6 oz

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best outdoor sandals

Chaco Z1 Classic Sandal

Z1 Classic Sandal

Best outdoor sandals

Chaco Z1 Classic Sandal

Pros
  • High-performing outsole that’s textured to perfect traction
  • APMA-approved midsole and footbed mold to your feet to provide arch support
  • Perfect for treks or walks in the outdoors
Cons
  • One of the heavier ones we’ve ever tested

The next time you head out for a ride in the wild, your feet will thank you for putting them in Chaco’s sandals. We have strapped these bad boys onto our feet and were impressed by how fit they are once the strap is tweaked and tightened, like a custom-made hug. We were also impressed by how tanky they are with a sturdy, extra grippy sole that has survived us kicking rocks, trudging through muddy rails, and dipping in shallow river water in them. Really, the outsole can survive an apocalypse.

But the real star of Chaco’s sandals is the comfort. We tested out the LUVSEAT™ footbed it has and were amazed by how it molds to our feet to provide support that’s borderline out of this world. We’re talking about cloud-like cushioning that will keep your underfoot and arch happy all day long in the wild. All in all, with these sandals, you shall conquer the mountain.

What Do Experts Say? “What I find interesting about Chacos is their LUVSEAT footbed, which is designed for all-day comfort and support, so they are ideal for long treks or walks. The classic Z-strap system is fully adjustable to fit perfectly to your foot. They might feel a bit unusual at first, especially if you’re new to Chacos, but I’ve found that after a brief breaking-in period, they fit like a dream,” says seasoned world traveler Shelley Marmor.

Outsole Polyester webbing
Upper ChacoGrip™ rubber
Weight 11 oz

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best casual sandals

Rainbow Leather Single Layer Wide Strap with Arch

Leather Single Layer Wide Strap with Arch

Best casual sandals

Rainbow Leather Single Layer Wide Strap with Arch

Pros
  • Easy and comfortable to walk and travel in
  • Non-slip build that keeps your feet on the footbed
  • Soft leather that will wear well and nicely break in over time
Cons
  • A bit pricey for the style
  • Outsole is not grippy enough for the tough terrains

A surprising number of men have developed a personal relationship with their Rainbow flip-flops, and it’s easy to see why. The closed-cell SBR rubber of these sandals is perfect for traveling and vacationing in destinations with a warm, humid climate, but we love wearing them for those impromptu beach visits just as much and often.

Moreover, there’s something to be said about flip-flops that don’t lose their fit and support after a few wears. We have worn these for a few years on end, and they’re still in good condition. We also love that the single-layer arch of these sandals doesn’t look chunky and offers support that comes out easily on the beach and boardwalk. Better yet, the layer is made to counter slipping, which is an important factor to own since for flip-flops, there are only straps to keep your feet in place.

What Do Experts Say? “There’s nothing like kicking off heavy hiking boots after a long day on the trails and slipping into these iconic leather flip-flops. They’re the epitome of casual style, proving reliable when navigating Bali’s balmy beaches or strolling through Barcelona’sboisterous streets,” says seasoned traveler and travel expert Carl Broadbent.

Outsole Rubber
Upper Leather
Weight 7.5 oz

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

More Best Sandals for Men We Love and Approve

sksk

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best value sandals

Reef Cushion Tradewind Slide Sandal

Cushion Tradewind Slide Sandal

Best value sandals

Reef Cushion Tradewind Slide Sandal

Reef’s sandals have everything in spades: style, support, and affordability. With a textured bottom for traction and a cushioned footbed that provides rebounding support, they’re made for comfort on the go. In addition, professional surfer Griffin Colapinto, who’s been really into slide styles recently, says he loves the customizable comfort design of these sandals which he can slip on with shorts and flannel to meet friends for lunch, or even rock with socks.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best clog sandals

Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed Clogs

Boston Soft Footbed Clogs

Best clog sandals

Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed Clogs

Making its second entrance is Birkenstock, but this time we recommend copping the brand’s less ubiquitous but definitely more stylish model—the Clogs. “These are a more elegant spin on the classic Birks due to the closed-toe silhouette. They can be either dressed up or dressed down, and they truly get more comfortable with each wear,” says lifestyle influencer Steven Fingar.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Most versatile sandals

All-Weather Basecamp Sandal

Basecamp Sandal

Most versatile sandals

All-Weather Basecamp Sandal

Credit: Courtesy of Retailer

A buckle strap and a strong Vibram outsole give these supportive sandals a gorp-y for the urban dweller to stay cool and look cool, too. And we love that they’re built with thick EVA cushioning and a contoured footbed for a total package of comfort. In terms of style, well, let’s just say these sandals are the epitome of versatile chic for outdoor or urban treks.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Most comfortable fashion sandals

Camper Brutus Slide Sandal

Brutus Slide Sandal

Most comfortable fashion sandals

Camper Brutus Slide Sandal

“Many men approach sandals with skepticism due to their perceived delicacy and discomfort,” says NYC-based personal menswear stylist Turner Allen. However, Camper’s Brutus sandals completely defy this notion by combining a remarkably comfortable and lightweight lug sole with a luxurious crisscross upper made of buttery nubuck leather. For your long haul on uneven terrains or elevating your summer fits in the outdoors, these sandals will take care of them.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best orthotic sandals

Vionic Wave Toe Post Sandal

Wave Toe Post Sandal

Best orthotic sandals

Vionic Wave Toe Post Sandal

Tricked-out, on-trend sandals are great and all, but a pair of simple nylon-rubber flip-flops has the timeless appeal for every guy to sport for more than one season and the everyday practicality you seek. We even recommend these sandals to individuals with plantar fasciitis. These have excellent arch support and cushioning to relieve pressure on the heels and reduce pain associated with plantar fasciitis. The outstanding orthotic support here makes these a prime choice for style and function.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best fashion sandals

Todd Snyder Nomad Suede Crossover Sandal

Nomad Suede Crossover Sandal

Best fashion sandals

Todd Snyder Nomad Suede Crossover Sandal

Menswear stylist Patrick Kenger says that not only does the relaxed and casual suede of these sandals keep you comfy, but the supportive foam footbed will also ensure your style flex is as comfortable as it looks. We also love how rugged and durable they are: the stitch is as unbreakable as you can imagine, and the outsole as well as the edges are seriously hard while still feeling smooth for your skin. For a fit, we love wearing them with a camp collar shirt and linen pants for smart casual.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best sandals for hiking

KEEN Arroyo II Hiking Sandal

Arroyo II Hiking Sandal

Best sandals for hiking

KEEN Arroyo II Hiking Sandal

These all-terrain sandals are built for hiking—though we certainly have spotted quite a few dads and elderly men sporting them at the airport. In the outdoors, their back heel guard will protect your ankles from any unexpected twists, and the sole with an outer arch will minimize shock impact to keep your feet going sans pain. We also love that the linings inside keep the stains and smells at bay, thus making the sandals very low maintenance overall.

Read more: Best Hiking Shoes

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best leather sandals

UGG Wainscott Slide Sandal

Wainscott Slide Sandal

Best leather sandals

UGG Wainscott Slide Sandal

We’ve dealt with lifestyle slides like the UGGs here before, but these ones really impressed us with their blend of form and function. Their foam-cushioned footbed cradles and contours to our feet which makes it extra comfortable to walk in, and the outsole has great traction and flexibility as well to take you from point A to point B. Wear them with your best summer fits, like a polo shirt with chino shorts, and they’ll really shine.

Headshot of Maverick Li

Maverick Li

Style and Commerce Editor

Maverick Li is the Style & Commerce Editor of Men’s Health, where he covers clothing, footwear, watches, and grooming. He was previously the Assistant Commerce Editor at Esquire.

Headshot of Christian Gollayan

Deputy Editor, Commerce

As Men’s Health’s Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com. He relocated back to New York by way of Portland, where he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian’s work has also been featured in InStyle, Food & Wine, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia. 

Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *