Cute leather sandals aren't going to cut it around sand and water, but that doesn't mean your beach footwear choices are limited to just run-of-the-mill flip flops. The best beach sandals don't sacrifice style points even though they're water-friendly, and they come with enough grip to keep them from shifting underfoot in the sand.
For a comfortable pair of beach trekkers, consider strappy designs that offer breathability and heel guards to keep your foot in place. A contoured footbed also helps sandals stay on your foot in shifting terrain. Quick-drying materials prevent chafing, and a waterproof rubber or EVA sole with traction is ideal as well.
If you want a versatile sandal you can wear out and about, look for styles that can be worn with your favorite beach caftan or paired with a more "dressed up" maxi dress. Even trusty rubber sandals can be found in embossed metallics that look just right for day to night. One chic braided sandal made out of quick-drying nylon rope has racked up more than 6,000 reviews from Amazon shoppers who wear the cute style both on and off the water.
If you need a utilitarian activewear sandal, check for outdoor-worthy details like heavy-duty, quick-dry webbing straps or thick lug soles with extra traction. (Two of the most comfortable shoe brands — Teva and Birkenstock — combine both, and also happen to be so on-trend right now).
These seven pairs of rave-reviewed beach sandals have you covered for the beach and beyond — just add water.
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