Looking for the perfect sandal to stay cool and comfortable? While the shelves of shoe stores are lined with all kinds of sandals, this list is focused on the cute and comfy.
Sandals are easily the best type of shoe to wear in hot summer weather. They give your feet some much needed fresh air and look better with your summer wardrobe. Unfortunately, many sandals are incredibly uncomfortable (extremely rigid flip-flops, I’m talking to you). Finding a comfortable pair of sandals can require a little digging, but it’s worth it.
The perfect casual sandal offers some support and cushioning, rather than making you feel like you’re basically barefoot. You should also opt for breathable materials that feel pleasantly lightweight. These might cost a bit more than those $2 flip-flops, but in the long run, they’re completely worth it.
Adidas Adilette Comfort Slides
If you prefer comfort over style, get yourself a pair of Adidas Adilette Comfort Slides. These sporty slides might be the most comfortable pair of shoes you ever wear in your life. As cliché as it might sound, these truly make you feel like you’re walking on clouds. They’re super-cushioned and soft, and mold to your feet instantly for the perfect fit.
They’ll also never make your feet hot, even if you get them in black. They’re not restrictive at all and can take a lot of wear and tear. They might be a bit bulkier and less sleek than other sandals, but they’re perfect for everyday summer activities. They also look great paired with denim shorts.
They’re available in a ton of different colors and patterns (including glittery stripes), so there’s something for everyone.
adidas Women's Adilette Comfort Slide Sandal, black/black/black, 5 M US
Cushioned and mold to your feet.
Reef Women’s Cushion Breeze Sandal
If you’re not a big fan of flip-flops, Reef’s Cushion Breeze Sandals might just change your mind. They’re the exact opposite of the rigid, painfully flat flip-flops you normally see. Nicely cushioned, they even have arch support, which can be hard to find in a flip-flop and makes these worth the extra money.
They also have a bit of a heel, so they don’t feel so flat on the ground when you wear them. The thick strap is made of a comfortable, light material that doesn’t feel painful between your toes. They also have a long life—we’ve had ours for years!
Reef womens Cushion Breeze Sandal, Black/Black, 5 US
A bit of a heel and lots of cushion.
Sanuk Women’s Yoga Joy Flip-Flops
Sanuk’s Yoga Joy Flip-Flops are simple, classic, and much more comfortable than they look. Made from a real yoga mat, they feel pleasantly bouncy and springy beneath your feet and are super breathable.
They also have a nice arch and sponge rubber outsole. The thong strap is thin, but it’s lined with soft jersey that prevents it from becoming obnoxious. These go with anything and will last for a long time.
Crocs Women’s Capri Flip-Flop
Let’s get real: Crocs aren’t exactly the epitome of fashion. They are ridiculously comfortable, though, and sometimes, that’s really all that matters. Plus, the Capri Flips are classic and simple, and don’t feel like your average flip-flop.
Made with a very low heel and a minimalist design, these are some of the sleekest Crocs out there. They’ll go with just about any outfit. The soft foam footbed and foam outsole make these very cushioned and bouncy. The thicker straps are also comfortable.
Nike Benassi Duo Ultra Slides
The Nike Benassi Duo Ultra Slides are another sporty option. Made of super-soft, pliable memory foam, these will make your feet feel supported and cushioned, but never overheated.
The dual-strap not only looks good, but also offers extra support to keep your foot locked in, no matter what you’re doing. They’re very flexible and have just a bit of a heel to keep your feet from being too flat on the ground.
Birkenstock Gizeh Thong Sandals
Sturdy and durable, a pair of Birkenstocks will last much longer than cheap sandals, and they feel better, too! The Gizeh Thong is one of their most popular options for extreme comfort.
Made of suede and the company’s Birko-Flor® nubuck material, these are breathable and feel really nice and soft on your feet. Like all Birkenstocks, the footbed provides a ton of support and the perfect fit.
These also have a buckle, which is nice because then they won’t slide off like flip-flops notoriously do. The overall quality makes these worth the extra money.
Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor Metallic Silver Birko Flor 35 (US Women's 4-4.5) Regular
Made with foot health in mind.
Vionic Women’s Beach Noosa Flip-Flops
If you’re looking for a simple, straightforward flip-flop that doesn’t leave angry red marks on your feet, opt for the Vionic Beach Noosas, which are known for being comfy and light. The arch profile and contoured heel seat give your feet the support they need, while also providing a slight lift.
These come in a few basic colors, and they’re perfect for summer days at the beach or pool.
Vionic Women's Beach Noosa Flip-Flop, Rose Gold, 5 Medium US
Simple and supportive.
Olukai Women’s Ohana
Olukai Women’s Ohana sandals have thousands of positive reviews on Amazon. They also come in a huge array of colors, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. They’re also made with comfort in mind and feel a bit sturdier than other options.
The sandals are lined with a soft jersey knit and feature a neoprene foam backer for more protection. The nonslip footbed and compression-molded midsole will keep your feet stable and comfy. The contoured style also instantly molds to your feet.
OLUKAI Women's Ohana Ocean Depths/Black Sandal 7 M US
Tons of color options.
Havaianas Women’s Slim Flip-Flops
Havaianas Slim Flip-Flops are basically a classic flip-flop, except they’re actually comfortable! They come in a ton of different styles and fun patterns. They’re also made of a material that won’t look ashy or worn after just one trip to the beach.
The signature rice-pattern sole feels oddly nice on your feet. These are also slip-resistant and perfectly fine in the water. If you’re looking for a lot of arch support and a bit of a heel, these aren’t for you. But, if you just want something easy to slip on, that looks casual and feels good on your feet, these are ideal.
Havaianas Women's Slim Flip Flop Sandal, Black, 5/6 M US
Casual and comfortable.
Teva Women’s Olowahu Flip-Flops
Teva Olowahu Flip-Flops are great for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors, especially by the water. Made of a super-soft, cushioned material, these are water-ready and durable. They also dry very quickly after getting wet.
The mush top sole cushions and forms to your feet, so these feel like they were custom made for you. They’re very lightweight, and the fun, crisscross strap design adds a bit of character.