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While flip flops shouldn’t replace regular travel shoes, they’re still relevant for certain types of trips. They’re easy to wear when lounging beach side and they’re an absolute relief after you’ve been hiking all day. We asked our readers what they voted as the best womens flip flops and these are their top picks!
Best Womens Flip Flops
Flip flops are a must for certain types of travel such as camping, backpacking, round the world trips, multi-day treks, beaches, or poolside resort vacations.
While flip-flops aren’t the most comfortable shoes for long days on your feet and not the most fashionable option for metropolitan European cities, they’re ideal if you’re staying at hostels or camp sites. In fact, nothing beats a pair of easy to wear sandals such as flip flops after a long day of trekking or sightseeing. And if you’re chasing the sun around the world, then they’re an obvious choice to bring along on your adventures.
Womens flip flops are particularly essential for backpackers and long term travelers. This is because these types of adventurers also tend to be budget travelers that stay in economic accommodation such as hostels and guesthouses. A pair of shoes to wear in the shower might protect you from picking up foot fungus or other infections.
Flip flops are also prevalent in some local cultures and island regions. In some parts of the world such as Southeast Asia many locals wear flip flops and you probably will want to as well. Pack one pair of flip flops in addition to comfortable walking shoes, too.
For the most practical and versatile options, try to choose stylish flip flops like these Ipanema thongs that can work double duty, acting as womens flip flops and cute sandals. I’ve owned several pairs of Ipanema sandals over the years and can’t recommend them enough! (In the above image I’m wearing the Cleo but it’s now sold out. This pair is similar and super cute!)
Here’s what else our readers recommend as the best flip flops for women that travel:
Ipanema Thong Sandals
I’ve previously written about Ipanema sandals, but I wanted to share why these womens flip flops are perfect for long term travelers.
When it comes to long-term travel, your gear has to be comfortable, durable, and versatile. The Ipanema thongs sandals tick all the boxes plus they have the added benefit of having the appearance of a regular sandal with the rubber from womens flip flops.
I’m not the only one who loves these. One reader says, “Ipanema sandals are great. They’re perfect for the shower and beach, but also cute with dresses.” Another reader also raves about them saying, “Ipanema sandals! Comfy, classy and durable. I’ve been wearing mine for 2 years now, and my sister’s pair has been going for 5 years! They are so worth it.”
We agree! They’re 100% TFG Approved!
Havaianas Flip Flops
Similar to Ipanema, Havaianas offer simple and straightforward flip flops that are great for the beach. The cushioned footbed with a textured rice pattern makes them comfortable, while the rubber sole means you can get them wet without damaging them.
Several readers recommended these, with one saying, “Havaianas are great! I wouldn’t wear them for long periods of walking, but I love them for the pool or beach.”
Vionic Beach Noosa Flip-Flop
We’ve mentioned Vionic shoes a lot on this blog because they make so many comfortable shoe styles. For flip flops, our readers love the Beach style from Vionic. One reader says, “once you try Vionics, you’ll never switch. Fabulous arch support!” Another adds, “I have a pair of Vionic Beach flip-flops, which I love because they have arch support and a heel cup.”
These are available in several colors and patterns, but we love a basic neutral so we can take them everywhere and wear with anything.
Teva Olowahu Flip-Flop
Teva makes shoes for the rugged outdoors, so you know they’re durable and comfortable. The Olowahu flip flop has an EVA-foam sole and contoured mush footbed for ultimate comfort. The decorative thong strap and securing cross straps make them easy to walk in.
One reader says, “I love my Teva sandals. They’re super comfortable,” while another adds, “the Teva Olowahu style is one of my favorites.”
Crocs Kadee II Flip-Flop
Like Birkenstock sandals, Crocs is a brand that people either love or hate. However, we and many of our readers love Crocs shoes for a few reasons. The Kadee II is a comfy flip flop with the brand’s famous Croslite foam cushion that is soft, flexible and incredibly light, but also remarkably tough.
One reader says, “I’ve never been a fan of Crocs, but I got a pair of their flip flops that have been awesome,” while another adds, “Crocs do a great and very comfy flip flop.”
Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 Spectrum Flip Flops
Sanuk gets our vote for the most unique flip flop. They the squishiest, most comfortable sandals because the footbed is actually made from a real yoga mat with cozy, stretch knit cloth straps. They come in so many colors and patterns, from basic hues to bohemian prints.
One reader says, “Sanuk sandals are made from a yoga mat and they are super comfy and so cute,” while another adds, “the Sanuks are comfy in a barefoot kind of way. They look good with a casual outfit.”
FitFlop iQushion Ergonomic Flip Flop
We think FitFlop makes some of the most comfortable flip flops for travel and our readers agree. One reader says, “I have six pairs of FitFlops and they have seen me through Pompeii, the Acropolis, and 10 miles of walking through Turkey.”
The iQushion is a great basic style that has ultra-lightweight, ergonomic iQushion midsoles with arch contouring and micro-bubble foam cushioning. The rubber makes them easy to clean if they get dirty or wet, too.
Taos Primo Flip Flop
Taos is a popular brand among travelers thanks to their durable and comfortable shoes. One reader says, “I love flip flops from Taos. They’re lightweight and cushioned, and they have good arch support. I’m wearing them tonight!”
The Primo flip flop is quick-drying and slip-resistant, perfect for beach or lake destinations. The webbing, dual straps offer a sporty look, plus support so your foot doesn’t move around. The one-inch heel helps your foot feel more comfortable walking on the cushioned footbed.
Oofos Ooriginal Thong Flip Flop
If you’re looking for the best shoes for plantar fasciitis, consider these flip flops from Oofos. One reader says, “I love Oofos. They feel like you’re walking on marshmallows and are very comfortable, and I have plantar fasciitis.”
The Ooriginal Thong Flip Flop is made with the brand’s classic OOfoam, which absorbs 37% more shock than other materials, reduces stress on sore feet, knees and lower back, and cradles your arches, while the conforming toe post eliminates toe chafing.
Reef Cushion Threads Flip-Flop
When people think of Reef flip flops, they usually think of surfers, but travelers love them too! One reader says, “I love my Reef flip flops. I own two pairs and both are light and super comfortable.”
The Threads flip flop has a cute bohemian feel with the fabric strap, while the sole offers arch support and amazing cushioning. You can easily wear these with a bathing suit or sun dress!
Chaco Flip Ecotread Flip Flops
So many travelers rave about Chaco shoes. One reader says, “Chaco flip flops have everything you want in a sandal,” while another adds, “I’ve had the same pair of Chaco flip flops for 10 years.”
The Flip Ecotread has the brand’s famous Luvseat™ footbed, which offers durable and long lasting all-day comfort and support certified by podiatrists. The polyester jacquard webbing upper with high-tensile webbing toe post keeps your foot from slipping, while the midsole has an antimicrobial application for odor control.
What do you think are the best women’s flip flops? Share in the comments below!
For more travel sandals, please read:
- Best Sandals Reinventing Comfort
- Best Beach Sandals for Vacation
- Best Slide Sandals for Travel
- Birkenstock Sandals: Master the Trend
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