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Gone are the days where comfort equals hideous fashion. These shoes are reinventing how comfort looks. Find out the best sandals for travel this summer!
The Best Sandals for Travel
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The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to comfortable sandal brands is this: finding the best option depends on your comfort needs, planned travel activities, your foot shape, and your personal style. Scroll to the end of the article for a full explanation on how to choose the best travel sandals!
What are the best sandals for travel?
Over the past few years we continually update this post with our readers’ top choices along with our own new finds. This is our tried and tested list of the best sandals for travel this summer:
- Naot Sabrina Sandals
- Vionic Karina Thong Sandal
- Ecco Flash Gladiator Sandal
- Aerosoles Conchlusion Gladiator Sandal
- Fly London Wege669fly Platform Sandal
- Teva Olowahu Sandals
- Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 Sandals
- Keen Dauntless Thong Sandal
- OluKai Upena Sandal
- Birkenstock Mayari Birko-Flor Sandal
- Avarca Pons Classic Style
Based on the shoes I’ve tested along with styles that other travelers have recommended, here’s the best sandals for travel:
Naot Sabrina Sandals
I wore the Naot Sabrina sandals non-stop for an exhausting 12-day trip to Europe in June 2018 and they were EVERYTHING. I knew this trip was going to include endless hours of walking so I wanted to bring some shoes that were guaranteed to keep me comfortable and pain-free. These Naot Sabrina sandals were perfect!
I experienced zero break-in time with them and I’ve worn them all over LA and New York in summer 2015 when I first got them. Over the years, I’ve traveled with them to Central America and Southeast Asia and found them to be the most comfortable sandals ever!
I wore these so much since I bought them that I actually ordered a second pair in the exact same color! Zero break-in time wearing them on a 12-day trip to Europe. Perfection!
I LOOOVE the Naot Sabrina, which offers a comfortable footbed like a Birkenstock but looks more like a regular sandal, which is awesome.
The shoe is lightweight, which is a major plus for packing light and is also pretty cute for a “comfort” shoe brand. It’s casual but doesn’t look like a sport sandal. Normally, I prefer a thong sandal as I don’t feel that a wide strap flatters my foot. However, these were truly the exception. One of my favorite features is the leather ankle strap detail with the edgy silver hardware.
They’re Birkenstock-like sandals because of their comfortable, supportive footbed and they have the added benefit of offering long-lasting designs. I also like that they have a supportive ankle strap yet they’re easy to remove when visiting temples in Southeast Asia.
I’ve received tons of compliments from a variety of women and can confidently say these are the best sandals for travel! If you’re looking for comfy sandals like Birkenstocks but with a different look, give these a try. Buy it here!
Vionic Karina Thong Sandal
When we ask our readers to vote for the most comfortable travel shoe brands, Vionic always wins hands down!
Vionic actually has the world’s first and only true orthotic available without a doctor’s prescription. Because the shoes are made to provide adequate support for serious foot pain sufferers, they’re actually amazingly comfortable for travel!
They claim that their shoes and sandals hug your arches like a natural footprint, giving you all-day support and it seems our readers agree. Vionic’s efforts to merge “science with style” has developed great looking shoes that look and feel great.
I was a bit hesitant at first but I ended up buying the Karina thongs shown above and I was pleasantly surprised that they looked flattering once I was actually wearing them (and the footbed was covered).
Dena Roché is a travel journalist from The Travel Diet and tells us she has a love/hate relationship with shoes. “Love sexy shoes, hate that most KILL my feet. I recently stumbled onto Vionic. Admittedly, they don’t scream sexy like a red sole, but they are cute and comfortable. Pretty important when traveling as much as I do.”
In addition to having cute sandals with arch support, Vionic also has super supportive espadrilles and ballet flats. This is definitely the most stylish brand for “comfort” footwear! Buy it here!
Ecco Flash Gladiator Sandal
TFG’s fashion writer, Niki Landry, also found it difficult to find the right style of travel sandals for her feet and loved Ecco Flash Sandals.
“The leather was so soft, and the foot bed was crazy comfortable. I happily forked over the money, and without looking back we spent four lovely months traveling together.”
While the specific style she purchased is no longer available, Ecco has a variety of styles in their “Flash” collection that are just as swoon worthy and are some of the best walking sandals for travel.
Their Lattice T-strap huarache sandal rocks a similar look while also coming with an EVA footbed for moldability, a natural leather lining that wicks away moisture and an overall feel that’s lightweight and comfortable. We’re obsessed!
Our readers, however, can’t get enough of the Flash T-strap Gladiator.
It’s their go-to Ecco style for moderately supportive sandals and top-notch comfort!
The gladiator has a classic leather ankle strap with an easy fit and comfort foam footbed. It also has a durable yet flexible sole made for all day walking. Buy it here!
Read her full review on the Huarache travel sandals and why they were a fortunate but unexpected find.
Aerosoles Conchlusion Gladiator Sandal
Aerosoles have been around forever and their collection of cute and comfortable sandals really feel like you’re walking on a soft, plush pillow.
Our readers seriously love this brand’s Conchlusion Gladiator Sandal and so do we! Our favorite colors are the Black Snake and the Tan Combo but they have several more to choose from.
We have to admit, out of the top sandals listed, this one gets our vote for having the best balance of comfort, function, fashion, and VALUE, too.
Averaging at around $49.99 on Amazon, they’re seriously less expensive than other comfort shoe brands, which is a major plus.
I gave my first pair to a friend, as a 6.5 was slightly too small for me. She absolutely loves them and found them to be super comfy.
After hearing her and all the TFG readers rave about this travel sandal, I had a serious case of FOMO and decided to ordered them in a size 7 so I could find out what all the fuss was about.
SO GLAD I DID! I could easily vote these as the best sandals for travel!
These travel sandals are incredibly versatile because you can wear them with a casual outfit by the beach, with a pretty sundress on a cruise, or pair them with a chic outfit to sightsee in a city in summer.
One of the best features is the rubber-grip sole to help you prevent slips – essential for travel! Many travelers feel these comfy sandals offer adequate support unless you are medically required to wear arch support.
The cushion-like, double padded memory foam insole is oh-so-soft and the thong style is always a bonus in my book. The colors and prints are also sleek, simple, and fashion forward.
If you’re on the hunt for the cutest comfortable sandals for walking, Aerosoles has some awesome options! Buy it here!
Fly London Wege669fly Platform Sandal
Dressy women’s sandals with arch support are not the easiest to find but our many travelers think that Fly London is as good as it gets.
Beth D’Addono, contributor at USA Today, recommends Fly London. She has three pairs and “all of them rock!” She says they’re spendy but she can walk in them for miles, making them worth every penny.
Our readers also love these shoes because they’re well made, have adequate arch support, and look good, too. From cruises to European vacations, they wear them everywhere and say that they’re always getting compliments.
“I have had my sandals almost three years and they still look great!” explains Linda, one of our readers. She loves the Velcro fasteners and the comfy foot beds, which is extremely important because she had surgery on both feet.
Reader Ellen says that she wore hers to walk in Barcelona and climb the Acropolis in Athens while another wore them traveling through the cobblestone streets of London and Germany over the summer with no problems.
“I have two pairs of Fly London wedges and I love them,” says reader Brigitte. “I also have bunions so finding the most comfortable walking sandals is huge for me.”
If you’re looking for something versatile enough to be dressed up or down and more comfortable than a flat shoe, consider Fly London! Buy it here!
Teva Olowahu Sandals
Teva is one of the most well-known brands for comfortable sport sandals designed specifically for outdoor enthusiasts.
While a few years ago their Original Universal sandal became very popular in the fashion world, trends come and go and we like to focus our efforts on finding classic travel sandal styles that will stand the test of time. One of those styles is the casual but oh-so popular Teva Olowahu sandals. Travelers find them incredibly comfortable!
Shannon Healey from Camera & Carry On has traveled all over the world with her Teva Olowahu sandals and absolutely adores them!
“They’re more stylish than the basic flip-flop sandal and keep my food from sliding around like they sometimes do in others. The straps are a durable fabric that does not rub, the foot bed is cushy and supportive, and the bottom has a slight tread to prevent slipping.”
Our readers seem to agree with Shannon because this is one of THE best selling comfortable womens sandals for travel!
They’re made with a cushy, contoured footbed and mold to your foot offering light support for travelers with high arches. They also have two cross straps that help the sandal stay on your foot securely versus using a regular slip on flip flop.
Everyone says they’re much comfier than a traditional flip-flop and are also easy to clean – you can just throw them in the washing machine and they’re good as new.
Although they’re available in over a dozen colors, our readers particularly like the Mix Black on Black color shown above.
They were also recommended for flat, wide feet and you can view even more choices in our post on the best shoes for wide feet!
If you’re on the hunt for a casual but comfortable sandal for a beach vacation or to relax in after you hit the trail then this is a great choice! Buy it here!
Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 Sandals
Next on our list, the Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 shoes get the prize for being the fourth best sandals for travel according to our readers!
Like the Teva Olowahu mentioned previously, they also have a soft footbed that is the same material as a yoga mat, which molds to your feet. This style is a good option for a beach side vacay or a chilled out retreat.
I’ve worn the Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 Sandals around the beach and to yoga class but not for extensive walks. They’re the ideal replacement for a standard flip flop and are recommended for women that don’t require extensive arch support. They’re also good for narrow feet.
I’ve also seen them worn by women all over Venice Beach and Santa Monica so it seems many others would agree that this is one of the best sandals for travel this summer. They’d make a great addition to a casual travel wardrobe!
TFG readers also voted them as one of their favorite beach sandals!
Keen Dauntless Thong Sandal
Keen is a long-time favorite for our readers, so it was only fitting that we showcase our top picks in this list of the best sandals for travel. This brand specializes in making good walking sandals that are all about functionality.
Ranging from trendy straps to sleek, modern silhouettes, these are definitely a step up from utilitarian travel shoe styles and and a step in the right direction!
Keen sandals are often equipped with features such as shock absorption, non-marking rubber outsoles, adjustability and a comfortable footbed. These selections will easily get you through the day in comfort!
Reader Cynthia shared that she lived in her Keen Rose sandals on her trip to Rome while another reader wore the same sandals all over France in June. “They’re not fancy, but are super comfy and breathable!” she said. They also offered good support and protection from cobblestones.
Because Keen gets rave reviews from our readers for their quality, support, and durability we had to include them on our list of the best sandals for travel! Buy it here!
OluKai Upena Sandal
Channel your inner boho babe with these cute walking sandals from OluKai! Whether it be the pretty bronze sheen or the cute strappy design, we’re loving these comfortable walking sandals for travel from OluKai.
Adjustable leather straps provide a secure fit while a soft microfiber lining keeps you comfortable.
The thin straps are a stylish take on the chunkier sport sandal look. Pack this as you head to a beach resort or European seaside vacation. Buy it here!
Birkenstock Mayari Sandal
One of the most popular aspects of Birkenstock sandals is the fact that they are unbelievably comfortable.
These shoes are a favorite among female travelers who say they require no break-in period, allowing you to wear them straight from the box without feeling those horrible first time pains!
The cork footbed allows your feet to feel cushioned with firm arch support while walking, making them comfortable walking sandals for travel for long periods of time when exploring cities or wandering the countryside. Buy it here!
Avarca Pons Classic Style
Avarcas (also known as “Abarcas o Menorquinas”) are the traditional leather footwear of Menorca, Spain and are designed to be incredibly easy on the feet. They feature a comfy and versatile slingback design with breathable leather and a wide variety of colors to match every personality.
Locals and travelers share a love for this brand. Reader Penny loves the ones with the leather sole but suggests that ones with the rubber bottom would be better for walking.
This is definitely one of the best sandals for women who want a chic, versatile shoe to take them from day to night! Buy it here!
Choosing the Best Sandals for Summer Travels
Here’s a quick overview for each of these travel sandals:
|BRAND / MODEL||REVIEW||RATING||PRICE|
|Naot Sabrina Sandals||“The shoe is lightweight, which is a major plus for packing light and is also pretty cute for a "comfort" shoe brand. ”||Check Price|
|Vionic Karina Thong Sandal||“Vionic actually has the world's first and only true orthotic available without a doctor's prescription.”||Check Price|
|Ecco Flash Gladiator Sandal||“The gladiator has a classic leather ankle strap with an easy fit and comfort foam footbed. It also has a durable yet flexible sole made for all day walking.”||Check Price|
|Aerosoles Conchlusion Gladiator Sandal||“We have to admit, out of the top sandals listed, this one gets our vote for having the best balance of comfort, function, fashion, and VALUE, too.”||Check Price|
|Fly London Wege669fly Platform Sandal||“If you’re looking for something versatile enough to be dressed up or down and more comfortable than a flat shoe, consider Fly London!”||Check Price|
|Teva Olowahu Flip Flop||“They’re made with a cushy, contoured footbed and mold to your foot offering light support for travelers with high arches.”||Check Price|
|Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 Sandals||“They're the ideal replacement for a standard flip flop and are recommended for women that don’t require extensive arch support.”||Check Price|
|Keen Dauntless Thong Sandal||“Ranging from trendy straps to sleek, modern silhouettes, these are definitely a step up from utilitarian travel shoe styles and and a step in the right direction!”||Check Price|
|OluKai Upena Sandal||“Channel your inner boho babe with these cute walking sandals from OluKai! Whether it be the pretty bronze sheen or the cute strappy design, we’re loving these comfortable walking sandals for travel from OluKai.”||Check Price|
|Birkenstock Mayari Birko-Flor Sandal||“These shoes are a favorite among female travelers who say they require no break-in period, allowing you to wear them straight from the box without feeling those horrible first time pains!”||Check Price|
|Avarca Pons Classic Style||“This is definitely one of the best sandals for women who want a chic, versatile shoe to take them from day to night!”||Check Price|
What are your comfort needs?
What you have to realize about travel is that you’re going to be spending hours on your feet walking and sightseeing, much more than you might be used to.
This is why it’s absolutely important that you choose your travel shoes wisely. Do not prioritize fashion over comfort – trust me, I’ve been there and you don’t want to ruin the trip of a lifetime because you wore the wrong shoes.
Instead, the goal should be to find the most comfortable sandals that also suit your personal style.
Different travelers will find certain shoes better suited for them simply because not everyone has the same comfort requirements.
Some women have high arches and require travel sandals with arch support while others have more natural padding and can walk for miles with regular insoles relatively pain-free.
What one traveler thinks are the best walking sandals may not work for another. Our list features a wide variety of sandal styles suitable for a range of style and comfort needs. Review each one to find the right option for you.
What are you planned travel activities?
Not all trips require the same support because you might have different activity levels. Not all trips are super active and your aim for your trip might be just to chill out by a pool and relax, in which case you’ll probably be fine with the shoes that you already own.
On the other hand, if your trip consists of non-stop sightseeing then consider one of the travel sandal options below.
What’s the best sandal style for your foot shape?
Whenever I wear a style with a strap that goes across my foot, like the one mentioned in the reader question, it makes me look clunky and ages me, and I’m in my early 30s.
No matter how trendy Arizona Birkenstocks and traditional Tevas became over the past years, I can’t wear these types of shoes because I don’t have the foot shape to go with them. I’ve found that thong-style sandals flatter my narrow foot best.
What style do you think most flatter yours? This is a good place to start your search as it will help you eliminate some options.
What are the best travel sandals to suit your personal style?
When traveling, choosing a classic and interchangeable travel wardrobe is key to simplified packing. Use this same principle with your shoes. Choose neutral shoes that will go with all of your outfits and above all stay true to your personal style.
Some comfort sandal styles can be quite unattractive but there are many that do offer a good balance of fashion and function. That’s one of our main goals, in fact! You can view a summary of our top travel fashion shoe picks here.
Don’t forget about the heat.
One more thing to note is that when it’s hot outside, sandals allow your feet to breathe! In some cases, you might even find your feet swelling from the heat and also from exhaustion so wearing closed toe shoes might not be the most comfortable choice for a summer trip.
Sandals can get disgusting while traveling; cleaning them is an absolute must. Nikwax is a cleaning product meant specifically to care for your sandals. Even if you don’t travel with it, you can use it once you return home to ensure your shoes are ready for your next adventure!
Watch the last ten minutes of my first episode of Travel Fashion Talk to see the first four sandals up close as I review each one.
Okay ladies, now it’s your turn: what do you think are the best sandals for travel this summer? Comment below!
To find the best travel sandals, please read:
- 10 Steps to Packing the Best Travel Shoes for Any Trip
- 11 Beach Sandals for Hot Weather Vacations
- 13 Comfortable Walking Sandals that Don’t Sacrifice Style
- Cute Summer Sandals for Women
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