The Most Comfortable Men's Sandals
Nothing can ruin a day of sightseeing faster than wearing the wrong shoes, which is why packing a comfortable pair of travel shoes is so important. You may already have a comfy pair of sneakers in your closet, but if you're heading to a warm-weather locale, you may want to invest in a comfortable pair of sandals. Along with providing all-day support, something that can easily transition between early-morning hikes and after-dinner drinks is a must.
The best men's sandals to buy are the Dockers Fisherman Sandals. We love the soft memory foam footbed for comfort and the fact that they're designed for easy mobility over virtually any surface, whether that be rocky trails or pavement.
From rugged sport sandals to sturdy pool slides and fashion-forward flip flops, keep reading to see the best comfortable sandals for men.
- Best Overall: Dockers Fisherman Sandal at Amazon
- Best Leather Flip-flops: Olukai Mea Ola Flip-Flop at Nordstrom
- Best Sport: Teva Katavi Outdoor Sandal at Amazon
- Best Slip-on: Birkenstock Arizona Birko-Flor Sandal at Zappos
- Best for Ankle Support: Ecco Off-Road Sport Sandal at Amazon
- Best for Arch Support: Reef Fanning Sandal at Amazon
- Best Leather: Dr. Scholl's Gaston Sandal at Dr. Scholl's
- Best Rubber Slides: Nike Benassi JDI Slide at Zappos
- Best Rubber Flip-flops: Crocs Crocband Flip-Flop at Crocs
- Best Waterproof: Oofos OOahh Slide Sandal at Zappos
- Best Eco-friendly: Mephisto Shark Sandal at Nordstrom
- Best for Traction: Columbia Two-Strap All Terrain Sandal at Amazon
T+L Top Picks
Best Overall: Dockers Fisherman Sandal
Best Leather Flip-flops: Olukai Mea Ola Flip-Flop
Best Sport: Teva Katavi Outdoor Sandal
Best Slip-on: Birkenstock Arizona Birko-Flor Sandal
Best for Ankle Support: Ecco Off-Road Sport Sandal
Best for Arch Support: Reef Fanning Sandal
Best Leather: Dr. Scholl's Gaston Sandal
Best Rubber Slides: Nike Benassi JDI Slide
Best Rubber Flip-flops: Crocs Crocband Flip-flop
Best Waterproof: Oofos OOahh Slide Sandal
Best Splurge: Mephisto Shark Sandal
Best for Traction: Columbia Two-Strap All Terrain Sandal
Tips for Buying Comfortable Sandals
Arch Support Is a Must
If you ask Dr. Jacqueline Sutera of City Podiatry in New York City, shoes with an arch can work wonders. "For most people, arch support is a must-have," she says. "In general, it is best to skip over the shoes with thin, flat insoles and outer soles. Wearing shoes with more structure and support is not only more comfortable, but also healthier overall." Wearing shoes in your true, correct size also makes a world of difference, she says.
Choose the Right Material for Your Use
While there are always exceptions, shoes made of good quality leather and rubber tend to be easier on the feet than materials like canvas or hard plastic. Pairs with memory foam in the sole also typically reduce pressure on the feet. Also consider when you'll be wearing your shoes. If you're planning to buy a pair for the beach or pool, look for waterproof materials, such as rubber or neoprene.
Find Your Style
Style depends on personal preference and needs. If you require some extra ankle support, choose a pair with a back or ankle strap. Looking for something to stand up to rugged terrain? Steer clear of flip flops and instead go for a durable style with a thick heel, like the Ecco Off-Road or Columbia Two-Strap. Still, if a fashionable shoe is your main objective, you can't go wrong with Dr. Scholl's Gaston Sandal.
Why Trust Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure writers are shopping, fashion, and product experts who use personal experience and customer recommendations to choose the best items for shoppers. For this article, editors Rebecca Carhart and Hillary Maglin researched dozens of men's sandals, interviewed a podiatrist, and used their expertise as fashion and lifestyle writers to round up the most comfortable sandals for men.
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