There is nothing better than a comfortable pair of good quality of flip-flops. If you have been wearing cheap drug store flip-flops, you don’t know what you are missing out on! I’m going to run down the best footwear of the summer, and believe me, these things will change your life for the better. The best brands have comfort like you won’t believe, but don’t worry, they’re also cute and versatile, and come in some great designs and styles. You can wear these flip-flops all day without your feet getting sore, check ’em out:
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Clarks Women’s Breeze Sea Flip-Flop
Clarks are well known for their comfortable shoes and these flip-flops are no exception. The Breeze Sea design comes in 20 different colors to match almost any kind of outfit you can imagine. They have a slightly sporty look to them (for Clarks), and an unusual feature (for a flip flop) is the adjustable strap that you can use to help get a better fit. The sole is kind of squishy, but also has amazing support, so the comfort level can’t be beat.
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Women’s Vionic Tide II Sandals
If you have any kind of foot issues that require a lot of arch support, you should definitely take a look at the Women’s Vionic Tide II Sandal. These sandals are designed to have a great amount of built-in arch support, with a contoured heel. The insole is cushioned with an EVA midsole, which is very helpful for absorbing shock while you are walking. This shoe is specifically designed using Orthaheel technology, to help reduce discomfort on your feet and ankles.
These guys are pretty casual looking in person, so they’re great for more relaxed activities, but probably not the best option if you’re looking for a sandal you can dress up. If you do go for this style, you definitely need to plan to give them a bit of a break in period, as they may not be comfortable right off the bat.
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Oofos Women’s OOlala Thong Flip-Flop
The OOFOS OOlala is another casual option, and this flip-flop design is fantastic if your main priority is pure comfort. As you can see in the picture, they have a super-thick foam sole. This sole is there for comfort, not style, and your feet will love it.
Despite looking kind of bulky, the OOlalas are actually surprisingly lightweight. They’re also machine washable, which is great for a casual sandal — we all know that sandals can get a little icky with sweat, dirt and.. well, whatever else you may be inclined to throw at them. And despite being comfortable as all heck, the OOlalas also have a decent amount of support, so they work well if your feet have any sort of arch support issues. These run a little wide, so if you have very narrow feet they may not be the best option.
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Olukai Ohana Sandal
The Olukai Ohana Sandal is one of the most beloved flip flops that you will come across. They’re a little pricey, but people LOVE them and usually find the investment is worth it, because these sandals will last for years. These sandals are also vegan-friendly, and contain 0% animal products.
The reason this design has such a rabid following is that they have a really good amount of support, but still maintain a very attractive style, as well as extreme versatility. They run a little large, so if you’re ordering online, you may need to do some investigating into the sizing. The outsole has a good amount of traction, so you won’t find yourself slipping if you unexpectedly come across a wet surface.
Another great feature of this style is that they’re fine to wear around water, since they are water resistant. The straps are made from a quick drying material, so you can wear them for a lot of different types of activities. If you’re looking for a good quality flip-flop, that uses no animal products, this is a great choice. The EVA footbed will mold to your feet, making them extremely comfortable, and worth the upfront investment.
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Crocs Unisex Crocband Flip-Flop
A lot of people love these Croc Unisex Crocband sandals. They have great support, while maintaining comfort at the same time. The rubber of the straps is very soft, and can mold to your feet. They come in almost any kind of color you could ask for, and they’re easy to clean, so you can wear them forever. You may have some strong feelings about Crocs (a lot of people do), but if you see this style in a store you should give them a try, you may be surprised!
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These are my favorite sandals ever. I love how they look, and they always make me smile when I see them. Most people know that Birkenstocks are known for comfort and support, but some of their styles can be a little clunky. The Gizeh isn’t clunky at all, and looks great with all kinds of different outfits. These are obviously not for the beach or any kind of water activities because of the leather and suede materials, but they are great for walking and most other summer pursuits.
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The next three flip flop picks don’t have any arch support, but they are super comfortable compared to a regular budget flip flop due to their cushioned footbed.
Reef Women’s Dreams Sandal
Reef has a tonne of really good, comfortable sandals to choose from. You can find them at most places that quality flip-flops are sold. The most popular style is the Reef Fanning, although I didn’t choose that style as the most comfortable because I think the Dreams design is better if you are looking for pure comfort. The Fanning has a beer opener on the bottom of the sole, which I believe is the reason for the huge popularly of that design. The Dream design (pictured above) does not have the bottle opener, but instead has an unusual egg crate footbed that makes your feet feel like they are getting a mini massage whenever you put them on. They run a little small, so if you go for this style you may need to size up.
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Teva Women’s Olowahu Flip-Flop
The Teva Olowahu is my go-to casual flip flop. I love them because they have a fantastic soft and cushy sole, and it makes them a lot more comfortable than many of the beach flip flops that are available. They also have a bit of a different style to them, so they make a nice change if you’re bored with your standard Y-strap design. The two extra straps that cross over to help to secure the shoe to your foot make them a little bit easier to walk in. If you don’t like this style, check out Teva Women’s Mush II, it has the same super comfortable sole, but with the standard strap.
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Sanuk Women’s Yoga Sling 2 Flip Flop
I’ve got to say, I love these Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 Flip Flops. They are a little different than your standard design, but they look amazing, and are extremely comfortable when you first put them on. The only problem I have found with them, is that they don’t have much support, so they don’t work that well if you are wearing them all day. However, they’re great for a few hours here and there throughout the day.
The footbed is made of a yoga-mat, so it has a nice cushion to it. In addition to that, the outsole is a rubber sponge, so you can imagine how comfortable these are for walking around. These flip-flops come in a tonne of different colors and patterns. The stretchy fabric straps are great for keeping your feet secured, so you don’t have to worry about slipping out. This design is a little narrow, so if you have wide feet, they probably aren’t the best option.
The other thing I really like about the Yoga Slings is they’re very versatile. You can dress them up, or wear them with a casual outfit, with no problems.
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Support – For most people the key to comfort is getting a shoe that has great arch support. This is key if you have any foot issues such as plantar fasciitis. Yes it is easy to wear a pair of cheap flips around in the summer, but in the long term we all know they aren’t great for your feet and it is well worth investing in a little bit of support. Look for contoured footbeds to help support your arch such as the OluKai Ohana or Birkenstock designs. Your feet should be well supported. Soles that are completely flat are bad; there should be a bit of curve to support your arch, but it doesn’t have to be super contoured.
Comfort -If you are on this site, probably your main concern is finding footwear that is comfortable, luckily there are a lot of really comfortable styles to choose from. There are a few different things you need to look for in order to find the most comfortable shoe for your foot. Think about when you will be wearing a particular piece of footwear, whether it is for work, hiking, or by the pool or beach. Also consider the footbed material and style, as well as the strap material and style.
Straps -The straps are another key feature to consider when looking for a really great sandal. You can get all types of different material for the straps: leather, rubber, many different types of fabrics. Generally, the material of the straps is made to feel comfortable; some of the rubber that is used these days is pretty soft (compared to cheap drugstore brands). Also consider the width of the straps, for the most part wider is generally considered to be better for comfort compared to thinner straps.
Weight- If you have ever worn a heavy flip-flop you will understand just how much easier it is to wear a light shoe. The most comfortable styles tend to be a lightweight design. If you need strong support for conditions like Plantar Fasciitis you will probably be looking for a design that has a heavier sole.
Style– There are lots are variations of the standard flip-flop style that we all know and love. If you want something a little more stylish check out the Sanuk or Birkenstock Gizeh. If you are looking for sporty try the Reef, Teva or Olukai. If you would like more of a classic design, Clarks have some great options.
Can they get wet– Depending on how many water related activities you plan to get up to in your flip-flops, you may want to consider how water resistant the different sandal styles are going to be. Sandals like Birkenstocks that have leather and suede do not mix well with water. The Teva’s and Crocs are great if your feet are going to get wet as they will dry really quickly, or in the case of the Crocs they can be wiped dry.
Grip– If you have ever being wearing cheap flip-flop and come across a bit of wet floor or pavement you will know just how slippery they can become, that is why for safety a good grip on the soles of your sandals is important. Most of styles listed above have great traction (with the exception of the Sanuk) due to the treads and rubber that is used.
Sizing- Unfortunately these styles usually only come in whole sizes, so if you are a half size you will probably need to do some extra research on whether you need to go up or down a size. The width of the footbed is also important for fit and sizing if your feet are wide or narrow. It is a good idea to ensure that the sole is a little larger than your foot, not too big just a bit bigger. You also don’t want your heel to hang off the back of the sole, so make sure there is a little space as well between your heel and the back of the sole.
Versatility – A lot of people wear their flip-flops all day, every day in the summer, it is great to get a design that is versatile enough to work with any kind of activity you may find yourself in. A versatile style that works well for most summer activities is the Olukai Ohana Sandal.
Break in period: As with a lot of shoes, you will need to give yourself a bit of time to break in your flip-flops, especially if you don’t wear them much. Some people find it extremely difficult to get used to the strap between the toes and avoid the y-strap style altogether. It is best to break them in by wearing them around your house for a few hours at a time. No matter how comfortable you find your footwear it is never a good idea to wear a new pair on a long outing right away.