Found: The Most Comfortable (& Stylish) Sandals To Hoof Around In

Emily Ruane
·6 mins read

Despite the fact that we’re traveling much less this summer, it's still managed to feel like we’re walking more than ever. And, all of this bipedalism means that we are in dire need of some serious workhorse sandals to follow suit. No more strapping on those questionably supportive gladiators or flimsy flip-flops and Ubering our ways around town. Now that we're using our own two feet to hoof it to a host of local destinations, our footwear will need to support us (literally) every step of the way.

We learned long ago that just because a shoe falls under the umbrella of “comfort” doesn’t mean it can’t be fashionable, too. With utility and style overlapping now more than ever, there are a plethora of choices this season that will enhance your walkabout without subtracting a single style point. Whether it's an unexpectedly cool cork slide, a recycled-rubber sandal adorned with dancing bears, or a leopard-print clog cousin, we’ve got you covered with summer-ready sandals that are both chic and sublimely comfy ahead.

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<h3>Worishofer 251 Cork Slide<br></h3><br>This <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/what-to-buy-with-100-dollars#slide-12" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopping-team approved sandal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopping-team approved sandal</a> is as chic as it is comfy. Manufactured in Europe for decades before it was embraced by the fashion community in the early 2000s, the granny-endorsed slide has a cushy cork sole for heel-to-toe arch support, along with a buckled leather upper that’s cuter than it needs to be.<br><br><em>Shop all Worishofer on <strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Worishofer&rh=p_89%3AWorishofer&dc&qid=1596815741&rnid=2528832011&ref=sr_nr_p_89_1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Worishofer</strong> 251 Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Worishofer-251-Black-Womens-7-5-8/dp/B001MS791C/ref=sxin_7_ac_d_rm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Worishofer 251 Cork Slide


This Shopping-team approved sandal is as chic as it is comfy. Manufactured in Europe for decades before it was embraced by the fashion community in the early 2000s, the granny-endorsed slide has a cushy cork sole for heel-to-toe arch support, along with a buckled leather upper that’s cuter than it needs to be.

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Worishofer 251 Sandal, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Born Chisana Slingback Slides<br></h3><br>We’ve previously expressed our support for Born’s supportive (!) <a href="https://www.bornshoes.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=14210" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:avarcas-style Trang sandals" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">avarcas-style Trang sandals</a>, but what caught our eye this season were the brand’s chic, minimal crossover slingbacks. With a cushioned leather footbed and premium handcrafted uppers, this substantial slide will keep you cool and comfortable wherever you traipse this summer.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.bornshoes.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Born" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Born</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Born</strong> Chisana Slingback Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bornshoes.com%2FProduct.aspx%3FProductID%3D15523" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Born" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Born</a>

Born Chisana Slingback Slides


We’ve previously expressed our support for Born’s supportive (!) avarcas-style Trang sandals, but what caught our eye this season were the brand’s chic, minimal crossover slingbacks. With a cushioned leather footbed and premium handcrafted uppers, this substantial slide will keep you cool and comfortable wherever you traipse this summer.

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Born Chisana Slingback Sandal, $, available at Born
<h3>Teva Hurricane XLT2</h3><br>Teva’s buoyant foam-rubber soles have been keeping outdoorsy types supported since 1984, and the fashion crowd is now fully on the bandwagon, too. The brand’s Hurricane sandal features padded fabric straps to keep the foot firmly in place, along with a bouncy molded footbed and extra outsole traction for a firm step. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.teva.com/women-sandals/hurricane-xlt2/1019235.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Teva" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Teva</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Teva</strong> Hurricane XLT2, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.teva.com%2Fwomen-sandals%2Fhurricane-xlt2%2F1019235.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Teva" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Teva</a>

Teva Hurricane XLT2


Teva’s buoyant foam-rubber soles have been keeping outdoorsy types supported since 1984, and the fashion crowd is now fully on the bandwagon, too. The brand’s Hurricane sandal features padded fabric straps to keep the foot firmly in place, along with a bouncy molded footbed and extra outsole traction for a firm step.

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Teva Hurricane XLT2, $, available at Teva
<h3>Nike Asuna Slide</h3><br>The sneaker <em>auteurs</em> at Nike hit the mark with this functional yet very of-the-moment slide. With a host of bells and whistles that keep the shoe comfy — a foam insole, grippy traction, and adjustable uppers — it also boasts that just-so “ugly” quality that fashion enthusiasts so cherish in a shoe.<br><br><em>Shop </em><strong><em><a href="https://www.nike.com/w/womens-sandals-slides-5e1x6zfl76" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nike" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nike</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Nike</strong> Asuna Slide, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nike.com%2Ft%2Fasuna-womens-slide-BKVfTf%2FCW9707-102" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nike" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nike</a>

Nike Asuna Slide


The sneaker auteurs at Nike hit the mark with this functional yet very of-the-moment slide. With a host of bells and whistles that keep the shoe comfy — a foam insole, grippy traction, and adjustable uppers — it also boasts that just-so “ugly” quality that fashion enthusiasts so cherish in a shoe.

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Nike Asuna Slide, $, available at Nike
<h3>Sanuk Yoga Sling Sandals</h3><br>The Sling sandal is one of the most popular styles from this surfer-approved brand. With stretchy fabric uppers that conform to the foot and a footbed made from actual cushy yoga mats, these freewheelin’ sandals won’t box you in. The best-selling style is available in a host of colorways, but why not just <em>go there</em> and opt for their exclusive Grateful Dead collaboration? (Bonus: the outsoles are made from 47% re-purposed EVA, a foam-rubber plastic that’s not easy to recycle. Bravo Sanuk!) <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.sanuk.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sanuk" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sanuk</a></strong> </em><br><br><strong>Sanuk</strong> Yoga Sling Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sanuk.com%2Fwomens-sandals%2Fyoga-sling-2-grateful-dead%2F1110612.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zappos" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zappos</a>

Sanuk Yoga Sling Sandals


The Sling sandal is one of the most popular styles from this surfer-approved brand. With stretchy fabric uppers that conform to the foot and a footbed made from actual cushy yoga mats, these freewheelin’ sandals won’t box you in. The best-selling style is available in a host of colorways, but why not just go there and opt for their exclusive Grateful Dead collaboration? (Bonus: the outsoles are made from 47% re-purposed EVA, a foam-rubber plastic that’s not easy to recycle. Bravo Sanuk!)

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Sanuk Yoga Sling Sandals, $, available at Zappos
<h3>Sofft Noele Sandal<br></h3><br>The name says it all — Sofft is in the business of making extraordinarily comfy shoes. These chic, go-with-everything flat sandals boast a flexible TPR outsole with leather welt and stacked heel, along with a lug sole for maximum traction — they’ll have you practically skipping about your business all summer long.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.sofftshoe.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sofft" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sofft</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Sofft</strong> Noele Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sofftshoe.com%2FWomens%2FSandals%2FNoele%2FPale-Olive%2FSF0030306" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sofft" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sofft</a>

Sofft Noele Sandal


The name says it all — Sofft is in the business of making extraordinarily comfy shoes. These chic, go-with-everything flat sandals boast a flexible TPR outsole with leather welt and stacked heel, along with a lug sole for maximum traction — they’ll have you practically skipping about your business all summer long.

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Sofft Noele Sandal, $, available at Sofft
<h3>Chaco Z/1 Classic Sandal</h3><br>Chaco’s claim to fame is their signature LUVSEAT footbed, a molded polyurethane sole that provides contoured arch support. Their Z1 sandal is available in a rainbow of over 20 electrifying colors. The best part? Chaco has a comprehensive repair program called <a href="http://rechaco.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ReChaco" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ReChaco</a>, so you can have your sandals fixed up (instead of tossing them) when they start to wear. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.chacos.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chaco" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Chaco</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Chaco</strong> Z/1® Classic, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chacos.com%2FUS%2Fen%2Fz-1-classic%2F41351W.html%3Fdwvar_41351W_color%3DJCH107676" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chaco" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Chaco</a>

Chaco Z/1 Classic Sandal


Chaco’s claim to fame is their signature LUVSEAT footbed, a molded polyurethane sole that provides contoured arch support. Their Z1 sandal is available in a rainbow of over 20 electrifying colors. The best part? Chaco has a comprehensive repair program called ReChaco, so you can have your sandals fixed up (instead of tossing them) when they start to wear.

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Chaco Z/1® Classic, $, available at Chaco
<h3>Danko Sophie Sandal <br></h3><br>We don’t need to remind you about our <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/08/9940976/dansko-professional-clogs-review" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dansko fangirl status" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dansko fangirl status</a>. While we’re thoroughly obsessed with the Professional clog, a commenter directed our attention to the equally cute and comfortable Sophie sandal. With a sublimely comfortable construction — one Dansko.com reviewer shed tears when she first tried the shoe — that includes an anatomically contoured sole, this jungle-inspired clog-slide hybrid is a great summer bet.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.dansko.com/womens-shoes-sandals" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dansko" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dansko</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Dansko</strong> Sophie Leopard Suede Slide, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dansko.com%2Fsophie-leopard-suede" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dansko" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dansko</a>

Danko Sophie Sandal


We don’t need to remind you about our Dansko fangirl status. While we’re thoroughly obsessed with the Professional clog, a commenter directed our attention to the equally cute and comfortable Sophie sandal. With a sublimely comfortable construction — one Dansko.com reviewer shed tears when she first tried the shoe — that includes an anatomically contoured sole, this jungle-inspired clog-slide hybrid is a great summer bet.

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Dansko Sophie Leopard Suede Slide, $, available at Dansko
<h3>Birkenstock Arizona Essentials Sandal<br></h3><br>We don’t need to remind you that Birkenstock is the original comfort shoe — so when it comes to choosing sandals for this roundup, it’s not a question of whether or not the 276-year-old German label will be included, but rather, which of their highly praised sandals will make the cut? Based on its seemingly unstoppable popularity, the Arizona Essential is our winner — with a bouncy EVA-rubber construction, the sandal lends itself to a cloudlike walking experience.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.zappos.com/birkenstock" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Birkenstock" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Birkenstock</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Birkenstock</strong> Arizona Essentials, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zappos.com%2Fp%2Fbirkenstock-arizona-essentials-white-eva%2Fproduct%2F9457537%2Fcolor%2F142471" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zappos" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zappos</a>

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials Sandal


We don’t need to remind you that Birkenstock is the original comfort shoe — so when it comes to choosing sandals for this roundup, it’s not a question of whether or not the 276-year-old German label will be included, but rather, which of their highly praised sandals will make the cut? Based on its seemingly unstoppable popularity, the Arizona Essential is our winner — with a bouncy EVA-rubber construction, the sandal lends itself to a cloudlike walking experience.

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Birkenstock Arizona Essentials, $, available at Zappos
<h3>Cole Haan Cloudfeel Espadrille Sandal</h3><br>Cole Haan has a quiet legion of superfans who snatch up pieces like their <a href="https://www.colehaan.com/grand-crosscourt-street-sneaker-ivory-leather-rose-suede/W18324.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crosscourt Sneaker" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Crosscourt Sneaker</a> and <a href="https://www.colehaan.com/josie-block-heel-sandal-ivory-black-leather/W18286.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Josie Sandal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Josie Sandal</a> with a quickness. These espadrilles are equipped with a dual-density internal wedge to provide both stability and support, along with the brand’s signature “Cloudfeel” technology for a super-comfy footbed.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.colehaan.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cole Haan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cole Haan</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Cole Haan</strong> Cloudfeel Espadrille Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.colehaan.com%2Fcloudfeel-espadrille-sandal-british-tan-python-print%2FW17066.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cole Haan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cole Haan</a>

Cole Haan Cloudfeel Espadrille Sandal


Cole Haan has a quiet legion of superfans who snatch up pieces like their Crosscourt Sneaker and Josie Sandal with a quickness. These espadrilles are equipped with a dual-density internal wedge to provide both stability and support, along with the brand’s signature “Cloudfeel” technology for a super-comfy footbed.

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Cole Haan Cloudfeel Espadrille Sandal, $, available at Cole Haan
<h3>REEF Cushion Vista Hi Sandal</h3><br>These flatform slides have a host of comfy properties, including a cushy natural cork composition, an EVA outsole with super-grippy treads, a wide, anatomically-molded footbed that supports the arch and cradles the entire foot, and rebound technology for maximum buoyancy. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.reef.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:REEF" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">REEF</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Reef</strong> Cushion Vista Hi Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reef.com%2Fwomens-sandals-all-sandals%2Fcushion-vista-hi%2FRF0A3YP5NAT-110-M.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Reef" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Reef</a>

REEF Cushion Vista Hi Sandal


These flatform slides have a host of comfy properties, including a cushy natural cork composition, an EVA outsole with super-grippy treads, a wide, anatomically-molded footbed that supports the arch and cradles the entire foot, and rebound technology for maximum buoyancy.

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Reef Cushion Vista Hi Sandal, $, available at Reef
<h3>Marion Parke Hayley Sandal<br></h3><br>Surprised to see a delicate, barely-there leather sandal in an otherwise clunky, chunky roundup? Former podiatrist Marion Parke manages to work comfortable footbeds into a very <em>haute</em> collection of high-end footwear. These flat leather sandals boast the designer’s signature contoured insole — sculpted to follow the natural contour of the bottom of the foot — and arch support that cups and stabilizes the foot.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.marionparke.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Marion Parke" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Marion Parke</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Marion Parke</strong> Hayley Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.marionparke.com%2Fproduct%2Fhayley-black-leather-thong-sandal-buckle%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Marion Parke" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Marion Parke</a>

Marion Parke Hayley Sandal


Surprised to see a delicate, barely-there leather sandal in an otherwise clunky, chunky roundup? Former podiatrist Marion Parke manages to work comfortable footbeds into a very haute collection of high-end footwear. These flat leather sandals boast the designer’s signature contoured insole — sculpted to follow the natural contour of the bottom of the foot — and arch support that cups and stabilizes the foot.

Shop Marion Parke

Marion Parke Hayley Sandal, $, available at Marion Parke

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