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If you need a summer shoe that has all the versatility of being casual as well as dressy, simple as well as stylish, look no further than cute and comfortable black sandals. Take a look at our top picks!


Womens Black Sandals

Written By: Michelle Nati



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I’m a shoe junkie. It isn’t an easy thing to admit, but I own hundreds of pairs. However, when I went to Europe last August, I really had to trim down my choices of footwear.

We were spending a few days in London before heading off to Paris, Berlin, Rome, and, finally, Madrid. As much as I would have liked to pack different shoes to compliment every look, it wasn’t feasible. So I settled on one comfy pair of sneakers, some simple leather ankle boots (for days with chillier temps), and black sandals. Those three pairs of shoes were enough for my entire trip!

Whether you’re wearing boyfriend jeans and a tee to meet friends for a day at Madrid’s Prado or dressing up to go out for Ethiopian cuisine at a canalside restaurant in Amsterdam, sandals make the grade as the shoes that lend themselves to nearly every summer occasion. You can’t go wrong with this versatile footwear!



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Best Black Sandals for Travel:


These shoe styles won our vote for best of the bunch:




Aetrex Jess Black Arch Support Sandals


Aetrex Black Comfortable Sandals


These high-quality leather shoes by Aetrex may define the success of your trip. You can tell if you picked a good pair by how often you wear them—we’ll bet it will be more than everything else! The shoe’s sued straps define the style, while its cushioned footbed knocks comfort out of the ballpark in terms of arch support. We love the cheetah print in black combination!


For my favorite option, take a look at the Naot Sandals I took on my 12-day trip to Europe! These are the best travel shoes I’ve ever purchased, hands down – although my legs were tired at the end of the day, my feet never were!




Sofft Mirabelle Black Supportive Sandals


Sofft Cut-out Wedges Sandals Black 


Cut-out designs in footwear are here, and this shoe by SÖFFT reflects the trend in a big way.

Lightweight and flexible, you’ll saunter cobblestone streets with a sense of grace and quiet confidence, so much so that you won’t be dying to return to your hotel just to soak your tired feet—all thanks to the Mirabelle’ soft padded rubber sole.


This brand made it to our list of the best walking shoes for Europe!




Naot Kayla Black Lightweight Wedges


Naot Black Wedge Sandals


Naot is hands down one of the most comfortable shoe brands for travel. They’re shoes aren’t just practical, they’re also cute, too, as you can see with the above Naot Kayla wedge. Wear them to sightsee during the day then dress them up at night. These black leather wedge sandals are the perfect mix of travel fashion!


Wedges are back and more travel friendly than ever! Check out what’s on our list!




Dansko Reece Black Lightweight Sandals


Dansko Reece Black Flat Sandals 


These Dansko Reece black leather sandals are everything! At under $150, this sophisticated design offers a timeless look that you can pair with everything from a breezy summer dress to cute wide legged linen trousers. 

Supportive, attractive, and totally comfortable, you’ll want this to wear at home and on vacation, too! Also available in many sizes and other colors.


Here are comfortable walking sandals that are stylish, too!




Blowfish Malibu Granola Vegan Black Sandals


Blowfish Black Gladiator Sandals


From Helsinki to Hamburg, you’ll turn the heads of fellow footwear lovers in these adorable shoes by Blowfish. The crisscross pattern of the upper gently touches the front of the foot and connects to the shoe’s high back for a lovely and secure fit. And while we’re all about the neutral color design, ease of wear is also important and found in the shoes’ anatomically shaped footbed.


Want an alternative? Opt for comfortable espadrilles instead!




Rockport Briah Wedge Platform Sandals


Rockport Black Platform Sandals


For fashionistas that prioritize fashion over luggage space, these black platform sandals are more edgy than your usual shoe! This head turning style by Rockport is as statement making as it is comfortable for all day wear. 




Taos Trulie Black Dressy Sandals


Taos Black Dress Sandals 


An elegant black sandal never seems to go out of style, and for good reason—they can be worn for just about any occasion. These cute black sandals by Taos are not only pretty but practical and comfortable, too.


Here are our readers’ recommendations for the best walking shoes for travel that are cute and comfortable!




Vionic Elvia Black Leather Slide Sandals


Vionic Arch Support Black Slide Sandals


These Vionic black sandals look casual enough to be worn beachside with your favorite denim cut offs yet polished enough to be worn with a breezy maxi dress for dinner at the resort. Versatile and easy to pack, bring these along on your next coastal vacay! Also available in wide widths, too.


We’ve got the scoop on the best slide sandals of the season!




Propet Farrah Black Wide Sandals


Propet Black Wide Feet Sandals


For warm summer nights dining at an Italian outdoor restaurant or dressy evenings aboard your favorite cruise ship, you’ll be the belle of the ball in these Propet casual sandals

They may look a little thin, but looks can be deceiving—these beautiful leather shoes are top rated for comfort and have a cushioned footbed for arch support.  Did we mention they’re also available in narrow, wide, and extra-wide widths? 


Lighten up your summer wardrobe with these white sandals!




Clarks Arla Gracie Black Comfortable Sandals


Clarks Black Comfort Sandals 


With a soft footbed and lightweight sole, feel supported yet on-trend with these comfortable sandals by Clarks. Choose classic black or one of the other beautiful summer colors, these sandals are available in regular and wide widths to accommodate women of all shapes and sizes. 


If you are looking for traditional outdoor hiking sandals, read this post!




Naturalizer Riviera Wedge Strap Sandals


Naturalizer Black Leather Sandals with Wedge


The Naturalizer brand is synonymous with a relaxed, elegant vibe that has been sought after for decades and these black leather wedge sandals certainly live up to the hype and expectations. They come with a contour technology that will keep your feet comfortable for hours. They are so lightweight, you may even forget you’re wearing them!


Here are our readers’ recommendations for the best walking shoes for travel that are cute and comfortable!




Skechers On-The-go 600-Brilliancy Sport Platform Sandals


Skechers Sporty Black Sandals Flat


Athletic and lightweight, these shoes by Skechers are not just form, they’re also fashion. Pair them with sleek wide leg pants or a chic dressy romper, they’re beautiful flat black sandals that will make any outfit as cute as it is comfortable. 

Rest assured, the cushy platform footbed will give you more spring in your more than 20,000 daily steps traversing all over Europe this summer. 


If you want MORE of this brand, check out our post on the best Skechers for all occasions—from boots, sneakers, to sandals!




Vionic Amber Black Walking Sandals


Vionic Black Strap Sandals


Add a little boho flair with these black strappy flat sandals by Vionic. Four points of adjustability and metallic embellishment elevate this slingback sandal, making it your go-to style for all day wear and ultimate support. Wear them with flowy white dresses or a wide leg playsuit, they’re the ideal addition to any summer vacation wardrobe. 


TFG readers are ALWAYS recommending Vionic for comfortable shoes. Whether it’s sandals, sneakers, or boots, here are their top picks!



Black Sandals Comparison Chart


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Read this post or watch the Youtube video above where I explain how to choose summer vacation shoes!


Why Black Sandals are Essential


Sandals are a wonderful accessory overall because they are so versatile. But, specifically, black sandals are a classic color that never loses style relevance and can be taken from a casual vibe to nightlife chic instantly. Which makes them a pretty vital item to add to your packing list.


For another color option that’s equally as versatile, try tan leather sandals, instead!




Compass Rose Packing Cubes


How do I pack sandals?


Packing cubes make the perfect shoe bags to protect your luggage from dirty shoes. Take a look at other shoe bag ideas here!

Many of our readers use packing cubes to organize their shoes. Compass Rose packing cubes allow you to organize by number and color, so you know what’s in each bag, even when you use them as a shoe carrier.

We put together a five-part YouTube series showing you the different methods to use packing cubes. If you use this specific packing strategy, they can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carryon only!


Buy Compass Rose Packing Cubes here!



What do you think are the best black sandals for travelers? Comment below!


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