Here's the thing: Even though sandals have gotten a bad rap for being blister-causing and ache-inducing, they don't have to be! The best walking sandals for women provide the support you need to log mile after mile on any kind of terrain, from cobblestone streets to nature trails. There are some unbelievably
comfortable sandals out there that cradle and cushion your feet like a dream — you just need to know what to look for.
First things first, to find a truly
comfy shoe, you need to pay attention to material — and foam is a reliable choice for delivering all-day comfort. One of the most popular foam materials on the market today is EVA, or ethel vinyl acetate, which is incredibly shock-absorbing and cushioning. While EVA is a superstar when it comes to midsoles, you also can't go wrong with some brand’s own proprietary material, like Croc’s Croslite or, in the case of my top pick below, a footbed made from yoga mats.
It's also important to consider how and where you'll be wearing the sandals. Are you looking for a
stylish sandal that you can wear to work and commute home in? Or do you want a casual slide that you can wear all around town? Do you have high insteps that require extra arch support? No matter what your sandal needs are, there is a shoe below that's sure to become your sole mate.
All of the options here are highly rated on Amazon, and some even come with thousands of positives reviews.
1 The Best Walking Sandals For Women, All Things Considered
For a versatile and affordable sandal that you can wear almost anywhere, look no further than
Sanuk's Yoga Slings. With a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, and more than 19,000 customer ratings, these multi-sling style sandals have something of a cult following, and it's easy to see why. The spongy footbeds are made out of real yoga mat for the softest on-foot feel. Plus, the stretchy sling fabric cradles your feet, keeping them securely in place, which means no sliding and no annoying flip flop slapping sound. The sling sandals are available in a ton of different color and print options too, from the chic black featured to the more statement-making leopard print. A helpful review: "I purchased these for a vacation to San Diego where we knew we'd be walking a ton, but also spending time on or by a beach, so I didn't want to rely on my tennis shoes. I pretty much exclusively wore these sandals and my feet never hurt afterwards - and we ended up walking about 20,000 steps a day. They are also stylish & went well with all of my outfits." Available sizes: 5 — 11 Available colors: 25 2 Some Colorful Teva Sandals That Are Having A Moment
sporty sandal trend is still going strong and these classic Teva sandals feel particularly fresh thanks to their color-blocked straps. But while you might buy them now for their on-point style, you’ll appreciate their comfort for years to come. They feature polyester hook-and-loop straps that can be cinched to the perfect fit, and the EVA footbed is cushy yet supportive. The rubber sole comes with grip for staying firmly on your feet. A helpful review: “Honestly, these sandals have changed me! Right out of the box, I took them on a sandy, rocky 6 mile hike and they felt like I was walking on clouds...They’re super quick and easy to take on and off and outperform any other sandals I have ever know. I even wore them on a 12 mile hike with a 35 lb. backpack and while it wasn’t the ideal or choice footwear for the activity, they still got me through quite amazingly. I am now a Teva fanatic and will be buying these for years to come!” Available sizes: 5 — 12 Available colors: 35 3 This Strappy Sandal From A Brand Known For Comfort
Crocs LiteRide sandals have stretchy bands that wrap the feet without digging in, and the proprietary Croslite insole material is made of soft, cushioning foam designed to conform to your foot. The slightly bumpy footbed is also meant to deliver a massaging feel as you stride. Get this pair in neutral colors like black, gray and navy, or bright shades like electric pink and ice blue. A helpful review: “While searching for comfortable Crocks with a little fashion, I came across these and have been very happy with them. They are cushy and the straps have a comfortable hold. I can wear them while walking the dog and walk for miles.” Available sizes: 4 — 11 Available colors: 9 4 These Budget-Friendly Everyday Sandals That Don’t Skimp On Comfort
Sometimes you just want an easy shoe to slip into and go and with these affordable
ankle strap sandals you get just that. While they’re not made with EVA foam, the PU sole is substantial enough to cushion and more than a few fans raved about their “perfect fit.” Choose from a range of ultra-wearable neutral colors and prepare to wear them nonstop. A helpful review: “Needed a simple white pair of sandals that would stay securely on my feet. These are very light and comfortable. I like that they have stretchy parts that go easily over my feet but also hold securely once they are on. I have gotten lots of compliments on these.” Available sizes: 5 — 11 Available colors: 11 5 A Best-Selling Braided Sandal That’s Great For Travel
Whether you're shopping your way down cobblestone alleys or trekking from monument to monument in an urban setting, you need a sandal that will provide long-lasting comfort, while still looking stylish enough to save you from the "obnoxious tourist" label. Enter: These
best-selling braided sandals. They feature a cushy EVA midsole and a durable rubber outsole, and the hand-woven nylon straps can be adjusted for a perfect fit. A helpful review: “I normally buy Vionic everything because I have plantar fasciitis, pronation and a heel spur that occasionally acts up. I thought I'd give these shoes a try after researching and reading reviews in various places. I am completely surprised at how great they make my feet feel! They feel just as good as my Vionics for about a third of the price. The heel cup is nice and deep, the arch supportive with nice soft soles. I couldn't be happier.” Available sizes: 5 — 12 (including select wide) Available colors: 20 6 A Comfy Cork Sandal With More Than 30,000 Ratings
When a sandal comes backed by a 4.6-star average after more than 50,000 ratings, you know that it’s going to be a keeper. The
CUSHIONAIRE Luna sandal features vegan leather adjustable straps for a custom fit, a cork footbed that molds to your feet (and only gets better with time), and an EVA sole for shock-absorption. A helpful review: “I was hoping good things for these and they did not disappoint! I have wide feet, left foot slightly larger than the right and wear a size 9...After adjusting the buckles accordingly they fit and feel great. Like a nice hug for my foot. They snug up to the foot and don’t hang or droop when lifting your foot. They have a nice arch support and foot bed cuddles the foot.” Available sizes: 5 — 13 (including select wide sizes) 7 Some Lightweight EVA Sandals That Float On Water
Not only do these
EVA sandals from TEVA nail the ugly-chic sandal trend, but they’re “nearly indestructible,” according to the brand. They’re so lightweight they can float on water, and fans also rave that they are easy to clean. The straps are adjustable for comfort, too. Vegan, partially plant-based, and eligible for the Teva recycling program, they’re an eco-friendly footwear choice to feel good about. A helpful review: “I bought the black sandals for a trip to Disneyland and they were wonderful. I have wide feet and these gave me the room I needed while giving amazing support all day. On day 2 with them I did have a blister on one foot but otherwise they were amazing and the blister didn’t bother me at all. I was able to wear them all day 12+ hours and my feet were the best they’ve ever been after a day at the parks. I highly recommend and will be buying a white pair now that they are back in stock.” Available sizes: 5 — 12 Available colors: 14 8 A Sturdy Hiking Sandal That Can Handle Rough Terrain
For intrepid hikes, you need a
comfortable, sporty sandal like this one from Chaco, which offers plenty of traction thanks to its ultra-grippy, rubber outsole. With serious outdoor heritage, this is a classic shoe that goes the distance, thanks to its podiatrist-approved, proprietary insole with arch support. The adjustable straps come with a toe loop to prevent slipping forward and the slightly nubbed footbed provides further protection against slippage. Boasting a 4.5-star Amazon rating with more than 1,000 customer reviews, it’s easy to see why outdoor enthusiasts love this lightweight yet supportive sandal. A helpful review: "Have been wearing these non-stop since they arrived. So comfortable and I feel like I can pull them off with workout clothes, shorts, and even casual dresses which is what I basically live in in the summer. Love them! I sized up - typically a 7, my toes overlapped a tiny bit with these 7s, so exchanged for 8s and I think they are perfect.” Available sizes: 5 — 12 (including select wide sizes) Available colors: 2 9 An Affordable Pair Of Teva Alternatives
For a look reminiscent of Tevas but at a more accessible price point, these
CIOR sandals are a fan favorite on Amazon. The polyester straps can be adjusted at two different points and the ultra-soft footbed is made with a foamy yoga mat material that absorbs shock. The rubber soles are grippy and slip-resistant for life on the go, and thanks to the wide assortment of available colors, you may find yourself coming back to buy a second or third pair. A helpful review: “These are literally the most comfy sandals that I have even worn. I prefer these wayyyyyy over my Chacos to be honest. Also, my partner has real Tevas, and side by side you can’t really tell a difference. I actually think these have thicker/more comfortable soles. These are a fraction of the price and I will definitely be purchasing more.” Available sizes: 6 — 11 Available colors: 13 10 A Comfy Sandal Made With Premium Full-Grain Leather
For a sandal that looks timeless and promises to last ages, the
Chaco Tulip sandal is absolutely worth the investment. The full-grain leather straps are soft and supple, with a suede footbed that’s equally as soft. The proprietary footbed material comes with built-in arch support for comfortable wear, while the recycled rubber sole offers good traction wherever these stylish sandals take you. A helpful review: “These sandals are a godsend. They are so comfortable I could go to bed in them. If you’re familiar with Chacos, you know they’re a good bet. All Chacos I’ve had are made well and fit well. These are nice step up from the sport sandals but with ALL the comfort and actually more comfortable; they’re the perfect weight and straps are easier to adjust. You can wear them all day, every day, for long walks the same you’d wear sneakers or wear with nice sundress or jeans. Get these shoes!” Available sizes: 6 — 11 Available colors: 3 11 Some Waterproof Sandals That Are So Versatile
Crocs Kadee II sandal is perfect for walks that take you through some wetter areas, whether that’s down the beach or through the water park. Featuring Crocs proprietary Croslite foam insole that is as soft as it is lightweight, these strappy slide sandals are just so effortless. Slip them on to run errands, wear them as house shoes, or make them your dedicated shower pair. A helpful review: “These are great! Sooo comfortable look great at the pool or for casual wear! These are my new favorite sandals. I would say they run a tiny bit large. I usually wear either a 7.5 or an 8 so I went with an 8, they are just a touch big but still...comfortable to walk around in for [all] day summer activities! My most worn shoe for our week long cruise and I was sooo happy I had them. May not even pack other shoes next time!” Available sizes: 4 — 11 Available colors: 23 12 These Sporty Sandals Reviewers Love
sports sandals have a little more style than your average hiking shoe, but they're still suitable for long-distance walking, light hikes, and water adventures. The quick-drying textile upper has a hook-and-loop adjustable strap so you can customize the fit. Then there's the sole with proprietary cushioning for shock absorption and comfort. You can get this pair of sandals in great neutral hues, all of which are also available in wide sizes. A helpful review: "I have 4 pairs because I never want to be without them. They are great for dressing up but I also wear them with shorts or capris. I’ve taken 3 mile walks with them. They are so comfortable like walking on air plus they give support." Available sizes: 5 — 12 (including select wide sizes) Available colors: 9 13 A Pair Of Comfy Slides With Arch Support OOFOS' Unisex OOahh Sport Slide Sandal were designed as a post-run recovery shoe, but they're also perfect for anyone suffering from painful arches. With a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, and more than 13,000 customer reviews, it's clear that these shoes have something special going on, and it just might be the patented footbed. The OOfoam cradles arches to reduce stress, and according to the brand, it absorbs 37% more impact than foam found in other footwear brands. The closed-cell foam minimizes odors, but if you need to, they can also safely be tossed in the washing machine. A helpful review: "These shoes are definitely worth the $$$. I am recovering from a broken ankle, tendon and ligament damage. Standing to long makes the pain worse which then effects my hips and back. Since I've gotten these shoes the pain has improved significantly. I wear them around the house every day since the floors are hard on my body and in a few days I noticed a HUGE positive change in my bodies tired/soreness. I'd recommend these to anyone who's had any injuries or is on their feet a lot of them time. You won't be disappointed!" Available sizes: 5 — 16 Available colors: 7 14 Some Webbed Sandals Available In Wide Sizes
Yes, they're available in wide sizes, but these
Skechers Slim-Forget sandals are wide-foot-friendly for another reason, too: The web-like upper is stretchy and flexible to suit a variety of different foot shapes — unlike structured designs, which may feel constricting and uncomfortable when walking. They're also breathable (thanks to the open design) and supportive (due to the contoured memory foam footbed). A helpful review: "I purchased these to wear on the beach and they are perfect for that. I've also worn them while walking in the ocean and they have no signs of wear or breakdown from getting wet. They are also just cute sandals to wear during the summer. They are high quality and very comfortable. I've had these about a year and they still look great." Available sizes: 5 — 12 (including select wide sizes) Available colors: 6 15 These Stylish Walking Sandals With Supportive Footbeds
sandal offers concealed orthotic arch support, all while looking totally stylish. It has a contoured footbed that promotes stability, and it boasts a grippy footbed that’s soft and cushioning, while the back strap keeps your foot in place yet still has some "give" so you don't have to worry about rubbing or irritation. If that's not all, it's also available in a welcome range of colors, including some metallics. A helpful review: “These sandals are so comfortable! I am blown away, I have very high arches and so sandals are usually not comfortable at all for me, but these are my second pair and I wear them absolutely everywhere. They are just so dang comfortable and they look incredibly nice as well.” Available sizes: 6 — 11.5 Available colors: 24 16 A Pair Of Low Platform Wedge Sandals
Maybe you're going on vacation and you need a shoe that can transition from a walking tour to a fancy restaurant. Maybe your job has a business-casual dress code, but you walk over a mile to get there. Either way, the
Arla Shaylie wedge from Clarks fits the bill. This shoe has a platform heel and fashionable straps that give it the appearance of a dress sandal (in your choice of six colors). That said, the sole offers cushion-soft technology, the straps are stretchy and foot-conforming, and the heel is adjustable for a customized fit. Pair all that with the half-sizes, and reviewers say they can wear them for hours on end without discomfort. A helpful review: "These are my everyday summer shoes. Can honestly wear them anywhere and with anything and they are COMFY. I go for very long walks in these around town and even in the woods and they hold up and never slip or slide. Favorite shoes." Available sizes: 5 — 9 Available colors: 3
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This article was originally published on
June 16, 2019