Last summer we were pretty much confined to our homes, but in 2021 we plan to step out on the town a whole lot more. With a sudden wave of museums re-opening, park dates being planned and vacations on the horizon, our need to find the most comfortable walking sandals has also escalated. Because no one wants to have to cut the day short due to barking feet or blisters. Here you’ll find 16 styles that will support your arches from dawn ‘til dusk, all while looking good too. (Just be sure to take them for a test run around the block before whipping them out for an all-day excursion.)
1. Sorel Roaming Decon Sandals
These super lightweight sandals have an EVA midsole that offers a ton of cushioning and support without being too chunky. The uppers are also made from full-grain leather, so they look dressier than their sporty soles suggest.
2. Cole Haan Strappy Leather Sandals
All those crisscrossed straps mean your foot gets 360-degree support, rather than just from the cushy insole below.
3. Birkenstock Arizona Tory Big Buckle Sandals
Birkenstocks will always top our list of most comfortable footwear, and the classic Arizona style might just be our favorite overall. We love this new take on the OG sandal, which features an oversize tortoiseshell buckle in place of metal.
4. Vionic Demi Slide Sandals
All of Vionic’s shoes are made with podiatrist-approved technology to ensure your feet stay happy and healthy, without sacrificing style. Case in point, these chic, trendy lavender-hued snakeskin slides that will go with all the gorgeous summer frocks in your wardrobe.
5. Naturalizer Kerry Sandals
Naturalizer is another podiatrist-approved shoe brand to know. These strappy sandals also come in black and tan, but the gorgeous snake pattern looks incredibly expensive and is most likely to pull in all the compliments.
6. Sorel Cameron Espadrille Sandals
Just because you’re prioritizing comfort doesn’t mean you have to forgo heels entirely. Opt for a flatform or platform sole, like these adorable espadrilles, to add some height without stressing out the muscles in your feet and ankles.
7. Dr. Scholl’s Originalist2 Sandals
We love the classic Dr. Scholl’s wooden slides, but they can feel heavy after a few hours of wear. This single-strap style has a very similar look, but it’s made from lightweight materials with more support in the sole so your toes will feel better, longer while looking just as fabulous.
8. Teva Hurricane XLT2
Chunky, sporty sandals are in for summer 2021, with this Teva design topping must-have lists across the board. It also comes in a few different patterns and bold color combos, but we think this rosy hue gives the trendy sandal a more relatable and sophisticated vibe.
9. Vionic Wanda Sandals
Minimalist flip-flops, generally speaking, aren’t good for your feet. Sandals with thicker straps and more substantial insoles, like this Vionic pair, are a better way to go. Plus, they come with an adjustable strap so you can ensure you get an ideal fit for even better support.
10. Vagabond Erin Slingback Sandals
Wear these platforms with raw-hem jeans, gingham pants or geometric patterns rather than floaty florals, which contrast a bit too much with their utilitarian vibe.
11. Sanuk Yoga Sling Sandals
These fun sandals come with a premium molded EVA footbed, but it’s the incredibly comfortable fabric straps that we really love most. As an added bonus, they require virtually zero break-in time, so you can pull them right out of the box and go.
12. Birkenstock Mayari Sandals
For those who aren’t sold on Birkenstock’s OG two-strap design, there are plenty more styles to choose from, all with the same signature cushioned footbed. For example, the Mayari slims down the wide straps for a sleeker look that doesn’t skimp on top support.
13. Beek Vireo Sandals
Puffed up sandals are another hot trend this summer, but this pair as the added advantage of an incredibly soft molded footbed that conforms to the contours of your feet after just a few wears.
14. Jenni Kayne Pony Hair Crossover Sandals
These adorable slides have a whopping 4.9 star rating out of 5, with almost every review calling them out as a great everyday shoe. Per one happy shopper, “I wear these sandals almost every day, that’s just how comfortable they are and they go with just about everything.”
15. Chaco Chillos Slide Sandals
These strappy sandals are engineered with Chaco’s proprietary contoured LUVSEAT arch-support for healthy alignment with every step.
16. Clarks Leisa Cacti Q Sandals
The gorgeous embroidery and detail on these leather sandals makes them look twice as expensive as they really are. Plus, all three straps are adjustable, so you can customize them fit to your exact needs.
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