When the weather starts to get warm, it’s time to break out the best men’s flip-flops. If you don’t have a pair, or are considering moving on from your three-year-old Gap flip-flops from college, you should grab a pair of the most comfortable flip-flops.
“But I already have the most comfortable flip-flops,” you complain. Maybe, but if you haven’t upgraded or looked or really thought about what makes flip-flops comfortable, how would you know? Mostly it comes down to the same two things as always: materials and design.
What kinds of materials do the most comfortable flip-flops use?
It depends on the price point and kind of flip-flop, of course! But for the most part, most flip-flops rely on the same handful of comfortable and sometimes water-resistant materials. The number one most common material, by far, is EVA, or ethylene-vinyl acetate. It’s basically foam rubber, so it’s soft yet durable and naturally water-resistant. The vast majority of flip-flops use EVA at least once, sometimes in the upper, sometimes in the midsole or even as the outsole and frequently some combination of all of the above.
Many flip-flops also use their own custom EVA-like foam. Others use things like memory foam for the most comfort, though there are some tradeoffs with water resistance and smell. (Memory foam gets smelly fast.)
And then of course some flip-flops use good old-fashioned rubber for outsoles. It’s durable and helps provide much-needed support to its typically softer, foamier midsoles.
What’s the best style for the most comfortable flip-flops?
While it’s ultimately a matter of personal preference, in our experience, we tend to lead more toward slides instead of thong-style straps. Though both can cut into your feet, a lot of slides address that issue with soft materials on the underside of their straps, and thong-style straps can’t really do that without compromising a bit on their durability. However, given the role personal preference plays, we still included one pick for the most comfortable flip-flops with thong-style straps.
So now that we know the basics of the most comfortable flip-flops, check out our picks below. When the weather’s warm, you’ll be glad to have a pair lying around the house.
1. Under Armour Men’s Ignite VI Slide Sandal
When we’re looking for comfort, we can live with trade-offs. That’s why we love the Under Armour Men’s Ignite VI Slide Sandal. These slide flip-flops are designed from top to bottom for comfort. The strap has a soft foam on the underside for non-cutting comfort, the footbed itself has two layers of foam and anatomical contours for maximum cushioning and the EVA outsole adds additional support and cushioning. Alas, they will get smelly as the puffy foam absorbs some sweat over time, but we’ll be damned if these aren’t the most comfortable flip-flops around.
2. Adidas Men’s Alphabounce Slide Sport Sandal
For highly rated, go-to comfortable flip-flops, you can’t go wrong with anything from Adidas, in particular, the Adidas Men’s Alphabounce Slide Sport Sandal. The contoured Bounce footbed delivers great comfort, cushioning and, of course, bounce. The adjustable synthetic upper also incorporates foam into the underside so your foot will be secured and won’t get cut either. Throw in a rubber sole and you’ve got a supportive, comfortable flip-flop that won’t let you down.
3. Adidas Men’s Adilette Comfort Slide Sandals
For some pleasantly soft flip-flops, we want to point you toward another great pick from Adidas, the Adidas Men’s Adilette Comfort Slide Sandals. A soft, contoured footbed and EVA-injected outsole provide the support and comfort you need and the stiff rubber upper has fabric on the underside to prevent irritation while remaining durable. Add in the fact that everything is 100% synthetic, and therefore water-resistant, and you’ve got another winning pair of flip-flops from Adidas.
4. Puma Men’s Cool Cat Hook and Loop Slide Sandal
Next up, we have the Puma Men’s Cool Cat Hook and Loop Slide Sandal because sportswear makers know a thing or two about providing comfort to sports-worn feet. These flip-flops lean fully into EVA for the sole, delivering plenty of support for weary feet. The footbed is molded for additional comfort and the synthetic leather upper is durable, with some foam on the underside for even more comfort.
5. Birkenstock Barbados EVA Sandals
Birkenstock makes more than their go-to cork sandals you see everywhere. The Birkenstock Barbados EVA Sandals are just a great pair of flip-flops overall. They’re lightweight, comfortable, waterproof — they’re machine washable — and offer plenty of cushion and support with their EVA foam sole and signature Birkenstock sole design. And they won’t break down on you after a few months either. If you’ve ever worn Birkenstock’s most famous sandals, you know you can trust the comfort and quality.
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6. Birkenstock Boston Clog
“I am obsessed with my clogs from Birkenstocks and I don’t care who knows it,” says our e-commerce editor Tyler Schoeber. Recently, the whole socks and sandals trend has become somewhat of an in-office debate on our team and Tyler stands far to one side. “I’m here as hell for pairing socks with sandals. I leave my home daily dressed in socks with my Birkenstock clogs and I get compliments daily.” We’re not sure he gets the compliments as daily as he says, but these Birkenstock clogs sure are good-looking.
7. OOFOS OOAHH Slide Sandal
OOFOS made with OOfoam? Thank goodness. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, this might sound like gibberish. Let us explain. OOfoam is a patented foam by OOFos that absorbs 37% more impact than traditional footwear does. So, all your jumps and missteps won’t ever cause your foot pain at all. Even the straps are complete in the material to ensure comfort all day (and night) long.
8. Crocs Crocband Flip-Flops
Say what you will about Crocs, but there’s a good chance if you’re being critical that you’ve never worn Crocs before. In fact, we love them so much we wrote a love letter to Crocs. We know from wearing them that the Crocs Crocband Flip-Flops are unbelievably comfortable. We think it has to be the brand’s signature Croslite foam since that’s literally the only thing these sandals are made out of. Thankfully, not only is the foam extremely comfortable and supportive, it’s completely water-resistant, so these flip-flops will never wear down in water.
There’s only one downside: If you wear these flip-flops for hours on end or if you keep wearing the flip-flops after they’re wet without letting them dry a bit, the thong will definitely start to cut into your toes.
But overall, these are one of our go-to flip-flops and they’re definitely one of the most comfortable flip-flops we own.
9. Sperry Men’s Baitfish Thong Sandal
We love flip-flop slides and the Sperry Men’s Baitfish Thong Sandal. These sandals take that classic boat shoe look that Sperry is known so well for and transforms them into one of the coolest looking sandals the world has seen. Each flip is made with 100% leather to keep it classy and feature rawhide lacing to ensure every step is taken in style. These are perfect for the kind of guy insistent on doing everything in his flip flops all summer long. Yeah, even fancy dinners.
10. Nike Men’s Training Gymnastics Shoe
You didn’t think we’d forget about Nike, did you? The Nike Men’s Training Gymnastics Shoe is one of Nike’s most comfortable flip-flops for its EVA sole. You’re familiar with EVA at this point, aren’t you? So you should know that these are some of the most comfortable and easiest-to-clean flip flops you can purchase. They’ve got great traction, making them perfect for wet surfaces.
11. Teva Pajaro Sandal
It’s a totally Teva summer. Tevas have risen in popularity over the course of the past two years. Given how comfortable and unconventionally good-looking they are, we’re not surprised at all, either. These Tevas come in a number of colors and are perfect for those who like to go open-toed on hikes. Each sandal is cushioned to put a little more pep in your step, making them great for tons of walking.
12. Adidas Adilette Clog Slide Sandal
OK, we know we’re pushing the definition of flip-flops here with the Adidas Adilette Clog Slide Sandal, but hear us out. We may be stretching flip-flops, but we are not stretching the idea of most comfortable.
This Adidas mule slide has an open back for easy slipping on and off, but unlike the inferior flip-flop, it’s enclosed, so you never have to worry about any straps cutting into you. That alone makes these 1,000 times better than half the traditional flip-flops you can buy.
If that’s not enough, they feel soft all over and sport a contoured EVA footbed for comfort. Clearly, Adidas recognized that Crocs was onto something with its synthetic clogs and decided to try its hand. We’re glad they did because these slides rule, and we’d take them to the beach or the backyard any day.
13. Merrell Hydro Slide
More EVA? Sounds good to us. The Merrell Hydro Slide is made with lightweight, water-friendly EVA foam to make wearers essentially feel like they’re walking on clouds. They weigh close to nothing so you won’t feel like you’re lugging around your shoes all day and feature a contoured arch to support your soles. Easy to throw on, easy to throw off. Always maximum comfort, too.
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