The best walking sandals for travel can be harder to find than a good deal on airfare. These elusive shoes need plenty of arch support, cushioning and comfort—without sacrificing the style factor. Fortunately, we’ve found 10 pairs that meet the requirements.
Oka-B Morgan Sandal
Looking for an easy-to-clean, ethically made, walking sandal for travel (and one that actually has arch support)? It’s a tall order, but Oka-B fills it with the Morgan sandal. All of the brand’s shoes are made in Georgia from partially recycled materials that are machine washable—and even dishwasher safe. The Morgan sandals are ergonomically designed to support your foot, with extra arch support and a heel cup for added stability.
Koolaburra By UGG Saige Fringe Sandal
You can be both comfortable and cute in Koolaburra By Ugg’s Saige Fringe Sandal, which hides a surprising amount of arch support in a stylish package. A small one-inch wedge gives you a little bit of lift, and the zipper closure back makes these comfortable walking sandals easy to slip on and off.
Teva Original Universal Sandal
Long loved by river guides and other nature enthusiasts, Tevas have become popular with the fashion crowd as well (see the brand’s recent collaboration with Outdoor Voices). The Universal Urban sandal is a good choice for almost any kind of hot weather trip, be it on land or in the water, and it comes in a men’s and women’s version.
Havaianas You Riviera Crystal Sandal
Havaianas’ You Rivera Crystal Sandals are lightweight and slim like flip-flops, but have an adjustable backstrap to keep the sandals secure on your feet. The sole is non-slip and the footbed is cushioned, so you can wear these both on and off the beach.
Cocobelle Alexia Sandal
All of Cocobelle’s sandals are handmade in Bali and Italy using local materials. The company does not use single-use plastics in shipping, so you can feel good about buying from the company. And you’ll look good, especially in the Alexia Sandal, which takes the classic leather slide silhouette and modernizes it with an adorable high ankle wrap and stable sole.
Crocs Isabella T-Strap
Classic Crocs are known for their comfort (but not so much for their style), but the brand has moved way beyond clogs. The Isabella T-Strap sandal has the same cushy, comfortable platform as the originals, but in a cute mini wedge style. Click here to see Crocs’ sandal options for men.
Born Mai Easy Sandals
Born’s Mai Easy Sandals are a classic style that will go with practically any outfit this summer. The sole and straps are leather-lined, and there is a steel shank in the sole for extra arch support. The ankle strap is adjustable and will keep the sandals from sliding off your feet while you walk.
Chaco ZX1 Classic Sport Sandal
Chaco’s ZX1 Classic Sport Sandal is the perfect blend of casual and athletic. Available in a women’s and men’s specific version, these comfortable sandals for travel dry quickly and have an antimicrobial coating to keep odors at bay.
Aerosoles Watch Box Sandals
The Watch Box Sandals’ memory foam cushioned footbed, elastic slip-on bands, and casual style will have you reaching for these shoes any time you’ve got some walking planned this summer.
Vionic Rest Kirra Backstrap Sandal
Vionic’s Rest Kirra Backstrap Sandals are designed for comfort and performance. They have a podiatrist-designed footbed that’s earned these shoes the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance, so you know your feet will feel good in these.
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Caroline Morse Teel loves walking sandals for warm weather travel. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline for style and travel photos from around the world.