These styles are durable and will leave your feet protected and comfortable. 

By Rebecca Carhart and John Scarpinato
April 09, 2020
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After spending the past few months cooped up indoors, you’re probably planning on spending as much time as possible outside this summer. If you’re going to be doing a lot of hiking, you might want to consider investing in a high-quality pair of hiking sandals, because the last thing you’ll want to wear during a hot summer hike is a heavy boot.

Hiking sandals will still provide the same amount of support and comfort as your favorite hiking boots, but they are also lighter and provide much-needed ventilation to keep your feet from overheating. Like most footwear options in stores, there’s an overwhelming number of hiking sandals available, and seasoned hikers have probably found out the hard way that many don’t live up to their claims.

So to help you avoid aching feet, we’ve rounded up 12 pairs of top-rated sandals that are both sturdy and comfortable enough to help you get through a full day on the trails. Some of the styles on this list boast padded insoles for added comfort, while others provide ample arch support and shock-absorbing capabilities to help you tackle the most rugged terrains.

Whether you’re looking for lightweight, waterproof sandals to wear on beach hikes, or rugged closed-toed options, there’s an option for just about everyone. Keep reading to shop them all.

These are the best hiking sandals for men:

Keen Newport H2

These sandals are perfect for those who find themselves hiking through streams or near the water. The washable webbing on top of the shoe makes for an extremely durable sandal, and the extra protection around the toes will leave you worry-free. There’s an antibacterial foot bed to control moisture and odor, and a razor-siped sole to provide traction on both dry and wet surfaces. The style runs about a half-size small, so be sure to order your sandal a half-size larger than your usual size.

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To buy: amazon.com, from $60

Merrell Kahuna 4 Step

The rubber soles, stretch collar, and hook-and-loop Velcro closures make the Merrell Kahuna 4 Step sandals easy to slip on and comfortably form fitting. Wear these on the boat, near the creek when fishing, or on a casual stroll along the water.

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To buy: zappos.com, $100

Teva Terra FI 4

This sandal has an airy design, but also provides a sturdy fit. The straps can be adjusted on the top of the foot rather than at the heel, and the rubber outsole is known to grip both dry and wet surfaces extremely well. You’ll also find the same shock-pad technology and antimicrobial treatment as in other Teva shoes.

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To buy: amazon.com, from $70

Keen Rialto H2

Another closed-toe sandal by Keen, though this one boasts a top made with water-resistant leather. The adjustable bungee laces and adjustable heel strap allow you to customize the fit to your foot. Hikers also rave about the removable PU footbed, as it’s soft and conforms to your foot, preventing slippage and providing tons of comfort.

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To buy: amazon.com, from $140

Chaco Z/2 Classic

Chaco’s Classic design has been close to adventurer’s hearts since 1989. The adjustable straps provide an extremely custom fit and the new “ChacoGrip” rubber offers the best traction to date. The design is sturdy and trendy. If you don’t believe me, check out the brand’s Instagram. You’ll find globetrotters, concert goers, and rock climbers sporting the shoes from all over the world.

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To buy: amazon.com, from $57

Kamik Byronbay Sandals

The Kamik Byronbay Sandal, like the other closed-toe options on the list, offer great foot protection while providing optimum breathability. The straps on this sandal are adjustable by bungee straps so you should be able to find a comfortable fit easily.

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To buy: amazon.com, from $24

Teva Terra-Float Universal

While the Teva Terra-Float Universal isn’t a sandal I’d necessarily recommend for hiking, the ultra-light shoe is extremely durable and perfect for other adventure activities—think paddle-boarding, white-water rafting, and fishing. If you’re near or on the water, these are great. They’re open, supportive, and will dry quickly.

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To buy: amazon.com, from $59

Keen Arroyo II

The Keen Arroyo II is the embodiment of the perfect hiking shoe and sandal hybrid, though this one leans toward the boot design. At first glance, it may not look much like a sandal, but the mesh and open vents offer great breathability. The multi-directional outsole is perfect for rough terrain, so those planning a summer mountain trip would be wise to consider these.

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To buy: zappos.com, $100

Chaco Z/Volv 2

Similar to the Chaco Z/2 Classic, the Volv offers the same customizable strap technology. The difference between these sandals is in the sole. The Volv 2 features a one-piece PU footbed, midsole, and outsole providing a much lighter weight shoe with the same look and feel of the Classic. Choose the Volv 2 to keep your backpack light when traveling.

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To buy: amazon.com, from $51

ECCO Sport Yucatan Sandal

This ECCO sandal has a sportier design, and it’s covered with soft microfiber for a comfortable feel. The two-point adjustment makes for a snug fit, and the rubber outsole allows for adventures through tough terrain.

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To buy: zappos.com, $135

Columbia Sportswear Techsun Vent

This light, comfortable, two-strapped sandal is designed to increase airflow and eliminate water buildup. There are actually two ports built into the midsole in order to drain water as quickly as possible. It’s also a cheaper alternative to some of the other sandals on the list.

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To buy: amazon.com, $50

Teva Omnium

The Omnuim is Teva’s version of a hybrid sandal. The closed-toe design offers more protection, and the Microban Zinc fights odor-causing bacteria and fungus. Additionally, the heel is equipped with a shock pad to transfer the impact of each step throughout the footbed and away from the heel.

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To buy: nordstrom.com, $90

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