If your feet hurt just looking at someone wearing stilettos on your Instagram feed (@me), you know you need comfortable walking sandals to survive this busy summer. From date nights to family barbecues to beach days, your feet deserve to look cute without sacrificing comfort. So, you need a pair of kicks that can not only get the job done in the moment, but make sure you're still standing at the end of the day. Enter the new generation of comfortable walking sandals.
I know, I know. Historically, sandals boasting top-notch arch support have gotten a bad rep in the style department. But long gone are the days of sturdy shoes looking like they belong in your grandma's closet instead of the front row at fashion week. Sure, comfortable sandals for women still need to have robust, rubberized soles, a cushioned footbed for arch support, soft uppers made of natural fabric or leather, and buckled ankle straps. But—believe it or not—you don't need to sacrifice style to get all that.
These 18 comfortable walking sandals will work for anyone (no matter what kind of foot problems you're dealing with) and go with practically everything in your closet. All you need now is a fresh pedicure, and you're good to go.
1. Megnya Comfortable Walking Sandals
These sandals serve up summer camp nostalgia but with an adult-style flair, thanks to its hand-woven nylon cord upper. Plus, the sole is made of high-quality rubber that'll make you feel like you're walking on air with built-in arch support. Oh, and I did I mention these babies are water resistant? Because they are—and come in 22 colors. (So, if you wanna get a pair for every day of the week... you totally can.)
2. Thicken Cushioned Flip Flops
Nobody wants to be the person slip-sliding around in her flip-flops, which is what makes this option so appealing. With their anti-slip design, you can be sure your feet will be gripped in and ready to take on all of your summer activities. Plus, the design balances pressure and reduces the stress on your feet.
3. Californians Jane Sandal
Sustainably made and designed in California, this classic thong sandal features the Californians brand's signature Coastal Comfort Sole, with a traction rubber bottom, super soft foam midsole, and a hand-stained leather footbed.
4. Birkenstock Sydney Sandals
These aren't your weird hippie uncle's Birkenstocks. The latest updates to this iconic shoe marry serious style with best-in-class comfort. While classic Birkenstocks usually take several weeks to break in, the Sydney Sandals feature the brand's signature Soft Footbed technology. The perks: An extra layer of foam cushioning in between the cork and suede that provide immediate comfort, plus the contoured cork footbed supports all four arches of your foot and conforms to the exact shape of your foot over time. And did I mention it comes in three summer-ready colors?
5. Franco Chazz Platform Sandal
Don’t let the sleek design of these sandals fool you. This super chic heel—which comes in black, tan, and snakeskin—is perfect for a long day on your feet. The memory foam padding will make sure you stay comfy and out of pain all day long. And, you’ll look cute AF doing it.
6. Teva Voya Infinity Sandal
The classic Teva sandal recently got a facelift any Real Housewife would envy with these colorful, rugged infinity straps. Plus, the sporty-chic webbing won't chafe your skin, but is still super durable.
6. TOMS Sicily Sandal
If you're going for a classic look, these sandals are minimalist, while still supportive. (BTW, they come in black, too.) Best part? The cushioned sole, combined with their wear-anywhere style, makes these sandals perfect for any occasion.
7. Square Open Toe Slide Sandals
These flats have just a slight heel. Want to look oh-so-sophisticated, while remaining close to the ground? These are the summer sandals for you. They have one wide band that will keep your feet from slipping while cradling you in a soft and comfy memory foam sole.
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8. Lunna Platform Ankle Strap Sandal
This comfy-cute sandal comes in tons of colors with a sporty white platform. The padded footbed will be easy on your soles, so the only hard part is deciding which shade to get. (Might wanna get a few pairs, just to be safe...)
9. Steve Madden Bandi Wedge Sandal
Platform sandals are a must-have for summer, and the bold designs available on these Steve Madden ones will help add a little ~flare~ to your warm weather wardrobe. Not to mention, the easy on-off straps and cushioned footbed will ensure that your feet won't be screaming at you by the end of the day.
10. Sanuk Yoga Gora Sandal
These yellow sandals were designed with the bright summer sun in mind. Not only will you want to wear them all day and all night, but the yoga mat footbed (yes, really!) means you actually can.
11. Vince Camuto Rickert Crossband Sandal
Not a flip-flop fan but want a stylish slide-on-slide-off shoe? This pair's got ya covered! These Vince Camuto slides are versatile, sleek and chic, and—best of all—won't make your whole foot hurt the way some flip flops do.
12. Dr. Martens Blaire Sandal
Dr. Martens don't just make your favorite pair of combat boots, they've got super cute sandals now, too. The chunky oversized shoe look is a huge summer trend, and the classic air-cushioned outsole offers serious comfort and durability.
14. FitFlop Lulu
Looking to upgrade your traditional summer flip flops? Try FitFlops. The slip-resistant rubber sole is perfect for rainy days, and a contoured footbed offers the arch support you need for a full day on your feet.
15. Vionic Women's Rest Sarah Slide Sandal
There's nothing better than an orthotic shoe fit for your grandmother that doesn’t look like it. And that is exactly what you are getting with these bad boys. Slip your toes into this podiatrist-designed footbed for ultimate comfort and style.
16. Vionic Women's Tide Casandra Toe-Post Sandal
Looking to upgrade your poolside ~lewk~ this season without risking a fall into the pool? Try these sandals on for size. With an orthotic insole, gripping bottoms, and 13 cute colors to choose from, you truly can’t go wrong.
17. Viakix Acadia Hiking Sandal
The sandals are perfect for all the Sporty Spices out there ready to hit the hiking trails this summer. Just because you’re climbing mountains doesn’t mean you can’t look cute. Introducing: your new fix. With lots of padding, straps to keep your feet locked in place, and six neutral color options, these are perfect for your outdoor shenanigans.
18. Skechers Women's On-The-Go 600-Brilliancy Sport Sandal
The Skechers brand is known for maximum comfort, and that's just what you can expect from the Goga Max high rebound insole. Plus, the sporty-chic design comes in nine colors, all of which will keep your toes in place while you’re on the move this summer.
Jacqueline Tempera is an award-winning writer and reporter living in New Jersey with her many pets. She is a business owner and a double Scorpio who loves all things astrology and reality television. She is passionate about body diversity and representation, mental health, and the fight to end sexual assault and harassment. To learn more about Jackie, follow her on Instagram @jacktemp or visit her website at jackietempera.com.