15 Most Comfortable Walking Sandals to Wear Every Day 2023
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15 Most Comfortable Walking Sandals to Wear Every Day 2023

Jun 02, 2023

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From the designer collab sandal of the summer, to good old reliable Birkenstocks, these shoes are made for walking in style.

We love peak sandal season, but with it comes an onslaught of new and annoying foot pain. Skinny heels, trendy wedges, and unsupportive espadrilles, though chic, are probably not doing you any anatomical favors—especially if they're your choice for walking. No need to break out the Hokas for your daytime on foot, though. There are a wide range of summer-friendly sandals that are actually healthy for your feet.

We've curated 15 stellar, comfortable walking sandals below using guidance from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Generally, the APMA recommends finding a well-fitting sandal with cushioning and support. You should have space to move your toes, plus extra width for comfort. For flat sandals, find ones with more rigid soles and noticeable cushion. For platforms, make sure you have ankle reinforcement. We also scoured reviews and sorted through hundreds of styles to find pairs that marry function and form. Whether you're shopping for late summer wear or an upcoming vacation, any of these shoes are sure to support you through every step.

Available in sizes 5.5 to 10.5

These Birkenstocks have a big gold rounded buckle that makes them a little bit more stylish than a pair of normal Arizonas. Like all Birks, these have the contoured footbed to support you while you walk.

One reviewer writes: "I never thought I would be interested in, let alone buy, a pair of Birkenstocks as they've never been my style, but these caught my eye and I decided to give them a try. I'm glad I did! I'm in love with the BIG buckles. Adorable."

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Available in sizes 7 to 11

These perfect-for-summer sandals are dotted with festive lobsters. They have a flat sole and straps with multiple points of adjustment so you can stave off hot spots.

One reviewer writes: "Very comfortable. The padding is soft, yet firm, the straps are sturdy and easily adjustable. I went up a size to accommodate a bunion, and when it's gone they will still work because the straps are adjustable. I also love the lobster!"

Available in sizes 5 to 11

Here's a dressier, strappy sandal from OluKai. Where them that you for your next dinner date, and don't stress if it leads to a leisurely walk through the neighborhood—the contoured footbed and cushion will keep you comfy.

One reviewer writes: "The most comfortable sandals ever! I wore these on a visit to Chicago where I walked over 17,000 steps, and left with not one sore spot or blister."

Available in sizes 4 to 13.5

Many solutions for flat feet are, well, orthopedic. These sandals from popular brand Naot have a Birkenstock-esque footbed bolstered by extra arch support to lift up flat feet for easier walking and no next-day soreness.

One reviewer writes: "I love these sandals so much! They give great arch support for my flat feet. I'm not missing my orthotic supports that I wear in normal shoes. The leather is soft and easy to break in."

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Available in Italian sizes 35 to 41

Rag & Bone's chic, trendy slides offer layers of support, plus an ergonomic, textured footbed that's practically a foot massage.

One reviewer writes: "Love this sandal. It looks great and feels magical on my feet! The style and color are incredibly versatile."

Available in sizes 5 to 11

Imagine you took the sole of your favorite sneaker and placed it on a sandal. Essentially, that's what these are. With an upper made out of knotted bungee cords, these sandals move with you and have plenty of grip and tread for walking.

One reviewer writes: "I was unsure about the style, but they are so very comfortable and the style is a little funky but cute. Excellent arch support. Easy on and off. A winner!"

Available in European sizes 36 to 46.

For running errands and grabbing lunch with friends, turn to these slides from Message. They have an extra wide toe box so you can move freely, plus the sole is made out of unused and upcycled wine corks.

Available in European sizes 37 to 42

Function and style are married in this gorpcore shoe from Chloé and Teva. The sole is inspired by Teva's bestselling Hurricane sandal, with a sturdy footbed and superior grip. The thick, colorful straps are fully adjustable and leave plenty of room for your toes to move.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

Transported straight from the 90s, these surprisingly lightweight lug sole sandals from the arch support experts at Vionic are versatile and comfortable. They have thick cushioning for long days spent on your feet.

One reviewer writes: "I can wear these all day while running all over the school building I work in. Standing and teaching in these has not created foot and arch pain."

Available in sizes 4 to 11

These ultra-popular logo slides make chic pool or beach slides, and they're great to keep by your door for short errands. They're flat, but reviewers note that they have plenty of cushion.

One reviewer writes: "These are it. So so comfortable! They are very narrow at the top and if you have flat feet like me it’s a little snug..but it’s a comfy snug. You can wear these for anything: regular errands or even an outing."

Available in sizes 5 to 12

Chaco is a popular adventure brand for a reason. These classic Z-strap sandals are ideal for hikes and walks on rough terrain. They have firm support and a high arch.

One reviewer writes: "I wanted a cute sandal with secure support and comfort, and that's exactly what I got. Though they are not really for running, I can take off running without my feet falling off the side, and that's another plus to me. You can adjust all the straps easily to fit your foot, regardless of width or size."

Available in sizes 5 to 11.5

These platforms from Buzzy brand Alohas offer a little bit of height and plenty of support without sacrificing style. They're constructed with sustainably-sourced leather and have an ankle strap and two buckles for a secure fit.

One reviewer writes: "I love the Harper sandals! They will definitely be a staple for my looks this summer. Great quality."

Available in sizes 5 to 12

These Nike flatforms give off an undeniably Cool Girl vibe. Like your favorite Air Max's, the sole is made with thick, layered foam to help you soar through your day.

One reviewer writes: "I love how comfortable they are. It feels like you’re walking on pillows. I like how you can wear them sporty or casual."

Available in sizes 5 to 11

Consider trading your pair of Havianas for a more supportive, neutral flip flop like the Cushion Court from Reef. They offer a higher arch than standard pairs, plus a thick leather strap that adds style.

One reviewer writes: "Very comfortable sole, soft thong material, and the rose gold is so pretty. Pretty decent arch support for a flip flop. Reef are some of the best flip flops I have ever owned, so I continue to purchase from this brand."

Available in sizes 5 to 12

If you manage heel pain or foot conditions like plantar fasciitis and still want to wear sandals, look to Kuru for supportive and stylish options. The Glide sandal has a sheepskin sole that cradles your heel for all-day comfort, plus two adjustable straps.

One reviewer writes: "I love these sandals. They were comfortable right out of the box. I could wear them and walk around in them all day long without discomfort. I wore them traveling throughout Asia this summer, and they were amazing even during heavy monsoon rains."

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