These Comfortable Walking Sandals Are Actually Cute Too
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Buying shoes online is tricky—especially when there’s not exactly a way to gauge how comfortable they’ll be. Will you last 30 minutes standing in them or be equipped to run a mile in them if needed? For shoes that are designed specifically for people who want to walk around—and not just waltz in and out of a room with a pair of high heels—you would think that the quest would be that much easier.
But one quick search on the internet for the best comfortable walking shoes yields thousands of results, and if you’re the type of person who has searched for the specific footwear I can only assume one thing about you: you’re booked and busy. You’ve got places to go and people to see and don’t have the time to be scouring through endless amounts of reviews and TikToks trying to decipher which shoes are worth the hype. And that’s where your helpful Cosmo pals (yes, we’re friends, duh), come in.
Our job as experts is literally to do the research for you and come up with helpful solutions to any shopping dilemmas you might have. Want to shop the latest shoe sales? We got you. Don’t know where to buy cute denim shorts? Leave it to us. And if comfortable walking sandals are what you seek, we’ve gone ahead and found 10 pairs that have our stamp of approval.
Our top picks for the best comfortable walking sandals of 2023:
Finding a mix between comfy and cute is always a difficult medium to settle on. What’s usually considered high fashion will probably result in blisters galore and what's deemed the most cozy are shoes you wouldn’t ever want to leave the house in. Below, we’ve rounded up our most highly recommended sandals we have a feeling you’ll love—and won’t end up wanting to hide in some ludicrously capacious bag (IYKYK).
Arizona Soft Footbed
Does it really come as any surprise that these popular and TikTok-favorite sandals made the list? These handcrafted Birkenstocks are made with an additional foam layer for cushioning, with the soft footbed having that bonus cloud-like feel. These are perfect for running errands around town, heading to appointments, or just going around for a hot girl walk.
Gryphon Brando Leather Gladiator Sandals
For a bit more of an elevated aesthetic, these gladiator sandals will be the star of your next vacation. Available in two different leather finishes, brown and black, they’re chic enough to pair with dresses, skirts, and more. Plus, they have an air-cushioned sole that will allow you to walk in all day.
Hurricane Drift Sandal
If you’re more of a Sporty Spice and less a Posh Spice, these Teva’s are perfect for you. They’re suitable for water activities and ring in at a cool 1.17 lbs. Moreover, these rubber sole shoes are lightweight enough to wear anywhere and come in a variety of 16 colors.
Solids leather flip flops
Not your traditional flip-flops. This classic, tried-and-true style is a more sophisticated version than the ones you’re used to. Made with leather, they’ll be your favorite pair to slip on and off while you peruse a new city this summer.
Adilette Comfort Slides
Everyone needs a go-to pair of slides in their closet. No, you’re not exactly going to wear these on your next dinner date, however, they’re great for when you need to quickly run around the corner for coffee at 2 p.m. after a long night out and can’t deal with anything involving straps. And it doesn’t hurt that they come in really cute colorways too.
Kinetic Impact Strap High Sandals
In the mood to make a statement with a futuristic fashion vibe? These sandals with a platform are bold as can be with a scalloped sole but are still surprisingly lightweight. The foot-to-floor foam makes for a v supportive contact with each step.
Gio Flatform Sandal
ICYMI, metallics are having a major moment rn. These sandals are crafted with rubber sole for support and durability and even have an insole with memory foam cushion. Catch me wearing this exact pair all season long, xoxo.
Tory Burch Sandal
Leather sandals with a bit of a twist—literally. Tory Burch’s oversized rubber lug sole offers a cushioned footbed with additional padding that will feel like you’re wearing your fave slippers. IMO these make for the perfect office shoes.
Hurricane XLT2 Sandal
Available in a doozy of 42 different colorways, your styling options are endless. A cushioned heel tab and nylon shank that preps you for uneven terrain sets you up for success during whatever excursion. And if you find yourself in need of a style tip: Gigi Hadid wore these exact pairs with some white ankle socks and shorts just last month.
A little heel never hurt anybody. If you’re particularly adventurous, these baby mules have a less than two-inch heel that doesn’t sacrifice comfort but looks insanely elegant. As for the insole itself, it is fleece-lined with memory foam for all day comfort.
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