Flip-flops are great for their ability to slip on and off easily, but they're not always the most comfortable shoes. This is partly due to the low-profile nature of the design — but there are still some worthy options out there if you know what to look for. The most comfortable flip-flops are designed with some degree of cushioning in the footbed, straps that don’t chafe, and excellent traction to help you stay on your feet. Here’s a little more background on each of these key traits:
- Cushioning: None of the shoes on this list are those cheap models you find in bins at the drugstore. They're all full-fledged shoes with lots of cushioning and, in some cases, dynamic midsoles that offer shock absorption. The footbeds are made from high-quality materials (like cork or EVA foam), and several of them have arch support, too.
- Anti-chafe straps: Another ingredient for comfort is not having blisters or raw skin. The flip flops on this list all boast straps that are made with soft materials that don't have a tendency to chafe the skin between your toes. My picks below feature polyester, leather, and other nonabrasive materials — the common denominator being that customers have vouched for their comfort.
- Good traction: While this doesn't necessarily keep you comfortable, per se, it does prevent you from falling on your face, which is comfort in itself. All of the selections below have strong rubber or synthetic soles with a grippy tread pattern and lots of traction.
Given these considerations, check out the most comfortable flip-flops to find the pair that fits you best.