When it’s just too hot even for lightweight travel shoes, sandals are your answer. They’re great for travel since they’re lightweight and nearly flat. But good summer sandals for travel need arch support and durable materials, too. That’s where these nine lightweight sandals rise to the occasion. They’re perfect for packing in your carry-on bag or personal item for any warm-weather trip.
Summer Sandals for Travel
Wearing Oka-B sandals will make you feel good, not only because they’re so comfortable, but also because of the company’s ethos. Its shoes are made in the United States using recycled material, and all of the shoes can be recycled once you’re done with them. The Neptunes are my favorite summer sandals for travel—they’ve got some of the best arch support of any sandal that I’ve tried, so they’re perfect for walking.
The adjustable ankle strap keeps them firmly on my feet, and the flexible Microplast material is easy to clean, water-resistant, and shock-absorbing. Bonus: the Neptune’s cute nautical style is on-trend for summer.
Never lose your perfect pair of summer sandals to the ocean again—OluKai’s Ohana sandals (available for men and women) float. These summer sandals are also made from vegan, water-resistant, quick-drying, lightweight, and durable materials. The sole is non-marking (great for boats) and has a unique reef design that adds grip even on wet surfaces. The compression-molded footbed contours to your foot and adds awesome arch support.
Malvados Icon Stevie
Add a little style to your summer sandals with the Malvados Icon/Stevies. Made from rubber, EVA, and vegan PU, these sandals are ultra-light and thin, so they’re easy to pack. The metal detailing on the strap classes these up, so you can wear them out for a night on the town.
Teva Azure Flip
Teva sandals are a staple for many travelers, thanks to their durability and comfort. For casual vacations, Teva’s Azure Flip (available for men and women) sandals are easy to slip-on and off. And they’re made for wearing at the beach or pool—the polyester webbed strap is quick-drying, and the rubber outsole won’t be damaged by water.
Merrell Solstice T Strap Sandals
Merrell’s Solstice T Strap Sandals are just as comfortable as sneakers, thanks to their t-strap design (no irritating toe post) and air cushion in the heel (that absorbs shock and helps you keep your footing). Plus, they’re made from recycled materials and they won’t weigh you down, since thesethe summer sandals weigh just 11 ounces.
Ahnu Malini Sandal
Hot weather and sweat are no match for Ahnu’s Malini Sandal, which has a cork-wrapped footbed that’s treated with an antimicrobial material to help block odor-causing bacteria. These sandals have a closed toe, and a woven design that lets air in without exposing your feet to grimy streets and other elements
Crocs Meleen Sandal
Crocs shoes are famed for their comfort, even if you’re on your feet all day. The company’s Meleen Sandals are a more stylish, summery option than the standard clogs, but they still offer plenty of support, padding, and are made from an easy-to-clean material.
Birkenstocks Daloa Sandals
Birkenstocks have been a classic sandal choice for travelers for many years (due to their ultra-comfortable footbed that molds to your feet), but their slip-on design isn’t the best if you plan on walking a lot. Instead, pick the Daloa Sandal, which has the same great footbed but also an ankle strap to keep the sandal secure on your foot.
Xero Shoes Barefoot-Inspired Z-Trek
If you’re looking for the absolute lightest and most travel-friendly sandals on the market, Xero Shoes’ Barefoot-Inspired Z-Trek is what you need. These unisex sandals claim to be up to 70 percent lighter than other sport sandals, weighing approximately 5.5 ounces. They’re just 5.5 mm thick, and can be rolled up for even easier packing.
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Caroline Morse is on an endless quest to find the best summer sandals for travel. Follow her on Instagram @TravelwithCaroline and Twitter @CarolineMorse1 to see her fashionable adventures around the world.
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