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THERE IS no summer shoe style that is as warm-weather-friendly as flip-flops with arch support. Unlike those pair of floppy rubber thong slippers we'd find in a drugstore clearance bin, men's flip-flops with arch support are actually good for your feet and made for long-distance slogs. "Flip flops encourage your toes to scrunch up or, medically speaking, your flexor tendons to contract," says New York City-based podiatrist Daniel Geller, D.P.M. "Because the toes are grabbing while the heel is lifting, there is a disproportionate amount of stress on your plantar fascia which can contribute to plantar fasciitis [extreme heel pain]."
Walking for miles in thin-soled flip-flops is thus not recommended since it will lead to foot problems like plantar fasciitis, hammertoe deformity, tendonitis, or just general foot pain. But the best flip-flops with arch support will let you avoid them by providing the needed comfort even during extended wear.
How to Find Arch Support in Flip-Flops
Aside from the classic Y-shape strap, the best flip-flops with arch support should come with an insole or footbed that has a small hump at where the arch of your foot sits to offer underfoot support and cushioning, as well as prevent over-pronation says Geller, who's also an advisor for Kane Footwear. Some flip-flops with arch support even have a wedge heel, or an extra foam layer to provide added support. "Folks should look for flip flops with some level of medial support," says Geller. "There should be enough to feel a lift in your arch."
Nowadays, a few forward-thinking footwear brands have infused men's flip-flops with incredibly comfortable arch support so you can wear them all day long without hurting your feet. Ahead, we reviewed and tested the 16 best men's flip-flops with arch support, as recommended by podiatrists.
Boasting a water-resistant build for all your long walks by the beach and a lightweight for easy carry and friendly mobility, these flip-flops are one of the best—and most comfortable—we’ve ever tested. As ergonomic sandals, they offer arch support with their EVA-made footbed—and extra stability when you walk with an extra layer of EVA midsole. (The footbed also contours to the shape of our feet to bolster the comfort level.)
We also love that the upper and lining are quick-drying, making these sandals perfect for the poolside and beachside. The rubber outsole crafted with “Wet Grip” rubber then ensures a great grip even on wet surfaces. We enjoy casually strolling and traveling for short distances in these, although, for men with wider feet, we don't think the fit will be optimal.
What Do Experts Say? "It's a favorite of mine that I always recommend to my patients. They are comfy, supportive, and not flimsy. A flimsy or hyper-flexible flip flop will cause your foot to bend in places it shouldn't or overstretch the places it does," says NYC-based podiatrist Daniel Geller, D.P.M.
ORA Recovery Flip
With arch support and a shock-absorbing sole, these Hokas are perfect for a long day at the beach—no matter how long the haul is. Just like Hoka's runners, these APMA-Approved flip-flops are designed with big cushioning for maximum comfort, allowing those barking dogs to recover and breathe easily after your intense HIIT workouts. Our testers have worn this during long hikes and found that their feet had no pain afterward.
As recovery shoes, we love that these have a wide-open slip-on design that is so accessible. We have tried them on at the end of a hard race day, and they slid over the feet with zero effort while letting them breathe (this latest model even comes with more airflow channels) and keeping them cradled and supported with an oversized midsole design. Fit-wise, it's roomy enough even for wider feet.
The star of these sandals is the dual-layer construction that, basically, is heaven for your worn-out feet and also offers extra height for anyone who's vertically challenged. With cushioned, soft EVA built into both its outsole and midsole, we were impressed by how beastly these are at absorbing shock while remaining lightweight and flexible for walking.
What Do Experts Say? "They provide an excellent form-fitting arch that helps massage the sole of the feet allowing the intrinsic foot muscles to relax and release tension in the foot," says multi-board certified podiatrist, Mark J. Mendeszoon, D.P.M.
Sport Flip Flops
Made for outdoor adventures, these sporty slip-ons have a super thick cushion (read: ample arch support), plus a grippy sole to prevent slips during uphill hikes. The thick and rugged footbed offers a decent amount of support that also absorbs shocks and impact. With a pretty high arch, my feet feel well-supported in these when wearing them to hike or walk on even terrains. Though it's not as cushioned as other flip-flops we've tested, the Gubarun still provides adequate comfort for longer walks.
What most impressed us about Gubarun's flip-flops is their outsole which offers extraordinary traction for the price. You see, I hiked in these just a few weeks back, and the exceptional traction of the sole did not give off once even on muddy surfaces. On a trail in a state national park where the terrain was uneven and bumpy, the grooved outsole still managed to have a good grip on the ground to make the journey smoother.
What Do Customers Say? "These feel really well made," said one amazon.com customer. "They're sturdy, have good traction and arch support, and fit the foot nicely. The straps hold the foot in place well so it doesn't feel like they're flip flopping around when I walk."
Men's OOriginal Sandal
If these Oofos sandals are good enough for Tiger Woods, they’re definitely good enough for you—especially for your post-sports or post-training recovery. With a name to itself in that domain, Oofos' flip-flops have a thick footbed that absorbs shock and tress from our joints, to help provide foot relief during those long strolls on the beach and are made with a patented foam technology—which we've found to be able to absorb more impact and reduce more energy exertion in the ankle than the traditional foam—at the footbed to support joints in all the right places. No wonder Tiger Woods was seen wearing them—during his leg injury recovery process nonetheless.
Additionally, these flip-flops turn the heat all the way up for arch support and natural foot motion to guarantee comfort on the go. In fact, during our testing of commuting or traveling in these, we found that the anatomically correct footbed has molded to the shape of our feet over time, making them feel almost like a second skin—and making walking with them feel cloud-like. The style is a tad basic, but it's the everyday-friendly look we rely on.
What Do Customers Say? "I have Plantar Fasciatis, and had to quit wearing flip-flops for the last year," said one customer. "They’re my summer go-to footwear. These have great arch support and cushioning, and are comfortable as heck."
Double Layer Arch Support Flip-Flops
A surprising number of men have developed a personal relationship with their Rainbow flip-flops, and it’s easy to see why. The closed-cell SBR rubber of these sandals is perfect for traveling and vacationing in destinations with a warm, humid climate, but we love wearing them for those impromptu beach visits just as much and often.
Moreover, there's something to be said about flip-flops that don't lose their fit and support after a few wears. We have worn these for a few years on end, and they’re still in good condition. We also love that the double-layer arch of these sandals doesn’t look chunky and offers supreme support that comes out easily on the beach and boardwalk. Better yet, the layer is made to counter slipping, which is an important factor to own since for flip-flops, there are only straps to keep your feet in place.
What Do Experts Say? "There's nothing like kicking off heavy hiking boots after a long day on the trails and slipping into these iconic leather flip-flops. They're the epitome of casual style, proving reliable when navigating Bali's balmy beaches or strolling through Barcelona'sboisterous streets," says seasoned traveler and travel expert Carl Broadbent.
Tide Toe Post Sandal
Tricked-out, on-trend sandals are great and all, but a pair of simple nylon-rubber flip-flops has the timeless appeal for every guy to sport for more than one season and the everyday practicality you seek. We even recommend these sandals to individuals with plantar fasciitis. These have excellent arch support and cushioning to relieve pressure on the heels and reduce pain associated with plantar fasciitis. The outstanding orthotic support here makes these a prime choice for style and function.
Vionic specializes in ergonomic, podiatrist-approved footwear that also looks pretty stylish (which is why it makes one of our favorite white sneakers). This foam-lined sandal is made to hug the arches of your feet like a second skin, and has been shown to treat heel pain. Unlike other cushioned flip-flops we've tried, the Tide Toe Sandal is more streamlined, which is great for guys who like their flip-flops a bit more discreetly looking.
What Do Customers Say? "These saved me when my plantar fascitis was very painful last summer," says one reviewer. "Not only are they cute but the built-in arch support is what made it bearable to walk around all day for work."
It’s no surprise that Birkenstock delivers summer footwear styles like no other, but our testers were taken aback by just how comfortable these Birk flip-flops are for all-day wear. The cork footbed is anatomically correct and contoured to offer firm support while optimizing our toe movements, as we found during testing by walking in them for hours. We also love how the shape of these gives enough room for our toes to stretch and spread, and how the footbed has molded nicely to the shape of our foot.
In addition, Gizeh’s has a heel design that even distributes our body weight across, meaning you can indeed stand in these flip-flops for hours on end and still feel comfortable. The dual-layer jute also wicks away sweat as well. The EVA outsole of any Birkenstock is also tried-and-true for its traction and stability. Lastly, as we broke these flip-flops in, we did find that the leather tongs gradually got more comfortable.
What Do Experts Say? "Tried and true," Geller says of these classic flip-flops. "Leather and cork make up the base which creates structure and support. They also have metatarsal pads built in to help distribute forefoot pressure evenly and a crest pad at the toes to help discourage contracture."
Men's Fanning Sandals
Interesting fact: at the bottom of these slides, there’s a built-in bottle opener which we’ve tested to actually work properly… But that’s not why Reef’s Fanning made our list. This Amazon bestseller has amassed over 20 thousand (!!!) five-star reviews for good reason. The model stands out because of its comfort. In my experience of walking with my feet in these flip-flops, their arch support simply does not give out and grounds my every step. And The foam footbed is shock-absorbing and contours to my feet, offering a great fit and sturdiness that I can rely on while walking.
It's also got a supportive EVA footbed that you can walk miles on, along with with a soft strap that has a strong grip but won't chafe your skin. Our testing also shows that the 360-degree heel airbag absorbs even more shock and impact to provide comfort on the go.
What Do Customers Say? "The flips have good arch support for what they are and a durable rubber sole more similar to a tennis shoe. The upper (part your foot sits on) is also a grippy rubber material so if you are in a wet environment, the flip grips the ground and your foot well. None of that stuff where your foot is slipping all over just because you are on an incline of some sort", says one amazon.com reviewer.
More Men's Flip-Flops With Arch Support We Tested and Love
Crocband Flip Flops Sandals
Nurses swear by Crocs' all-purpose clogs that can be worn for even the longest shifts. We'd say that its flip flops are just as easy on your feet, thanks to its patented foam cushioning that provides all-day comfort.
"Most flip flops make me feel like I'm going to slip and fall (especially when they're wet), but these are a great fit with a safer feeling sole," says one amazon.com reviewer. "The fit keeps the shoe as secure as a flip flop can be, without any discomfort or signs of impending blisters."
Another supportive sandal from OluKai, this one has received thousands of five-star reviews for its arch-supporting EVA midsole, along with a stylish synthetic leather exterior that looks as good as it feels. After testing these sandals for over a year, our editors found that the footbed still maintained its support, and the thong still holds up, a testament to Olukai's durability.
OluKai’s ‘Ohana Flip-Flips aren’t technically billed as recovery shoes. But, the anatomical design and soft nylon toe post are so damn comfortable, you won’t care. They’re built to take a beating too, should you decide to wear them well past your post-workout recovery.
"After two days of walking around in them ... They broke in nicely," said one amazon.com reviewer. "Very comfortable with great arch support. I have long narrow feet so I didn't have any trouble with chafing from the strap. I suggest going one size up from your regular shoe size."
ZERØGRAND Thong Sandal
With a rubber bottom and a leather footbed, you're guaranteed extra stability and traction. An added bonus: The leather makes them more stylish than other flip-flops, so you won't look like a slob coming back from the beach.
"I needed a good pair of sandals that I could not only lounge in but would be OK to walk in for a while," says one colehaan.com reviewer. "These have the comfort I was expecting from Zero Grand. They look way better in person than in the photo."
If you're in the market for a supportive flip-flop that's not too bulky, this one's for you. Reef's bestselling Draftsmen also has a rich grain leather footbed for your arch, along with a non-slip outsole that you can also use as a bottle opener. Perfect for a boozy day at the beach.
"I prefer a minimal sandal and the Draftsman has delivered," says one customer. "It molds to your foot and provides much more support than I expected. The leather break in well and develops a nice worn look."
Kona Flip-M Sandals
Kiss smelly feet goodbye with these sandals that offer not just support and heel lock, but ventilation, too. The sole provides traction on any surface, so whether you're hiking a mountain or wading a river, your feet won't slip one bit.
"It is one of the most comfortable and well-designed flip flops I have tried, said one amazon.com reviewer. "Keen sandals in general are famous for closed toe category and I am glad I found these ones – wait to take it to my next beach vacation."
Clarks' Wesley flip flops look like your typical sandals, but houses an EVA footbed and midsole for extra support and comfort for your dogs. We also love its textile lining, which offered extra grip without making our feet smelly. All in all, the molded outsole, perforated footbed, and anatomic contours in the footbed come together to deliver a natural underfoot experience while you stand or walk.
"My husband has tried all types of flip flops & his back always hurts and his feet bother him when walking short distances. Now with Clark's flip flops his back was instantly feeling great as soon as he tried them on," says one amazon.com customer. "Walking on them for hours is a cloud and they are very supportive & comfortable."
Men’s Base Camp Flip-Flops II
The North Face's base camp sandals are made for the outdoors, and have the specs to prove it. We love its lightweight rubber outsole the provides extra grip, and our testers found it helpful during short distance hikes with small inclines. Plus its EVA footbed provides ample arch support, and we found that it's cushy but still durable.
"Love these flip-flops! How the bumpy top surface seems to massage the sole of my foot, how well they stay put, how durable & comfortable they are…on city streets or in the sand!" says one amazon.com reviewer.
Carver Suede Athletic Sandal
Quiksilver's known for making ergonomic footwear for surfing, snowsports, and everything in between, and its flip flops are no exception. This one has as compression-molded footbed that's also slip-on resistant, so you can wear this all day, every day.
"Great flips for the price especially," says one amazon.com reviewer. "Well built, stuff at first but the break in is great. Go up a size though for sure. Can be narrow for some."
What to Look for in Men's Flip-Flops With Arch Support
Stability: To actually be supported in our heel and arch, Board Certified Foot Surgeon Dr. Brad Schaeffer, D.P.M. says it's important to look for a stable footbed. "After all, sandals are not the most supportive thing we can wear on our feet and cannot replace a great shoe and insole," he adds. So look for a footbed that's slightly firm but still feels cushioned enough to nail both stability and comfort.
Comfort: Aside from built-in arch support, you should also opt for contoured footbeds in flip-flops. "These features promote a natural arch shape and evenly distribute pressure across the foot, minimizing the likelihood of discomfort or foot conditions," says podiatrist Dr. Daniel Pledger. For men with high arches at the foot or those who spend prolonged periods on their feet, arch support is a must, not just a plus.
Outsole: When you're walking on slippery grounds or trailing on uneven terrains, the traction of your sandals' outsole will make or break your steps. "Look for sandals with rubber or non-slip outsoles, as they offer excellent grip and minimize the risk of slips or falls," says Dr. Pledger. Flexible outsoles are also great for walking by allowing for natural foot movement, adds Dr. Pledger.
Upper material: The downside of wearing flip-flops is that the upper straps can rub on your skin and irritate it, so it's important to choose comfortable materials. For instance, stylist Turner Allen recommends opting for leather or suede since they will gradually conform to the shape of your feet over time. On the other hand, synthetic fabrics like nylon or mesh offer excellent breathability, and quick-drying properties, and are often more budget-friendly, according to Dr. Pledger.
How We Selected and Tested
The best men’s flip-flops with arch support are versatile to excel in different settings, from casual wear in the city or around the neighborhood to navigating challenging terrains. At Men's Health, we tested flip-flops comprehensively as well as have spoken to a panel of experts in style, travel, and footwear to find the best men’s flip-flops with arch support. Our testing team ventured through various environments in them—like sporting them to hike, raft, stroll by the beach, lounge by the pool, run errands, and attend casual events in summer—to see how each pair compared to each other.
To find the best men’s flip-flops with arch support, our editors and writers have personally tried on over 40 options since 2021, and tested each of them for at least two weeks. To get a feel for how these flip-flops with arch support really felt and held up, we vetted our options by taking notes of their style, fit, comfort, price point, versatility, and performance such as cushioning, contour, and stability. We examined whether they fitted well and true to size, whether their footbed and outsole could withstand hours of movement during different activities, and whether they could be worn for more than one occasion. This article was updated in August 2023.
Why Trust Us
At Men’s Health, our testing editors and writers always make sure to actually test and use the products ourselves before considering whether to include them. Therefore, rest assured that our product recommendations derive from first-hand experience, and you can read more about our testing process here.
For instance, we have a whole fashion closet in our NYC office dedicated to calling in, trying out, and selecting the best and newest menswear products. We put them on stylish, fit guys to hear their opinions and see how the items look on them before making our final decision. And as style editors, we constantly go into the fashion closet to feel a product’s materials—even put it on ourselves for a spin—to test it.
Lastly, you can trust our opinions on shopping recommendations, whether it’s the products, styling tips, or trends. Not only do we have Fashion Director Ted Stafford and Deputy Editor, Commerce Christian Gollyan, but we also have a panel of style experts—including stylists, fashion influencers, designers, etc.—whom we regularly seek shopping guides from. Therefore, our product recommendations and buying tips are all driven by professional, expert opinions.
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