A good pair of sandals can let you go off-trail for a summer of fun in the sun, whether you’re soaking your feet in the pool, going white water rafting or jogging on the beach. With so many choices and styles available, there’s a perfect sandal out there for everyone: one that’s both comfortable and well-suited to your interests. Here’s your guide for choosing the best sandal for your summer adventures.
These sandals are perfect for the amphibians among us. They’re as at home in the water as they are on land. If you’re, say, on a float trip and you’ll be camping out overnight, Keen’s Newports are perfect. They’re seriously versatile sandals that easily transition from tube to trail. The tread’s multidirectional lugs give you better traction across a variety of surfaces, and the ankle strap and locking laces ensure a no-slip fit. Not to mention the roomy toe box that’s built tough to keep your little piggies safe all the way home.
Most people already know that Chacos are trendy, fun, and comfortable, but they’re more than just a cute summer shoe: these things are beasts when it comes to adventure. Like Keen sandals, Chacos are meant to be taken into the water and pushed to the limit. The strap is a single piece of webbing, while the sole is a single piece of perfectly-shaped polyurethane. This adds up to a sandal with unparalleled durability, great support, and incredible comfort.
A pair (or two or three) of Teva sandals is a must for anyone who digs the summer music festival scene. Express yourself or explore the world with a wide variety of shapes and designs ranging from flashy, fashion-forward footwear to rugged and spartan sandals, all serving up functionality and all-day comfort.
Olukai started in Hawaii, and their flip flops are for people who never want to leave the beach. Their shoes all strive to meet the “wet sand principle,” delivering maximum support and comfort for extended use. A deep heel cup cradles your heel, the soles support your arches, and your toes get all the wiggle room they could want. It feels so much like wet sand, you might actually forget you’re not at the beach.
Sanuk looks at the world and asks, “What feels good, and can I stand on it?” This leads to flips flops made of all sorts of squishy things: yoga mats, beer cozies, carpet, and more. All the plush surfaces you love to touch are now available in the palm of your… um, foot. Sanuk flip flops are perfect for people who look at the world just a little differently than the crowd does.