The Best Men’s Flip-Flops of 2022 for Style and Comfort

The perfect pairs for every occasion with the Sanuk Fraid NS topping our list

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TripSavvy's Picks

The Sanuk Fraid Not ST flip-flops provide hours of much-needed comfort underfoot and are our top overall pick. For a budget pick, we like the Freewaters Ci-Friday Channel Islands flip-flops, which include full arch support, molded cushioning, and a spongy rebound while being the lightest flip-flop in the brand’s line.

Beautifully simple by design and as laid back as sipping a sundowner in the tropics, the flip-flop remains the quintessential hot-weather piece of footwear. Even the most basic models offer the easy slip-on-and-go convenience loved by travelers. Still, the best ones also amp the details to provide more cushioning and contoured footbeds to combat foot fatigue, high-end upper fabrics like leather and cloth to avoid chafing, and smartly engineered outsoles to provide grip on wet, slick surfaces and sure traction on uneven terrain.

In evaluating each pair, the fit and feel ranked paramount, focusing on models with anatomical footbeds that provide arch support, flip-flops that really layer in lots of midsole cushioning for day-long comfort, and reliable outsoles for a sure grip. We also considered the longevity of the materials to help justify the higher price points that some models carry. Also prioritized were activity-specific designs for hiking, recovery, navigating water, and handling high arches or wide feet, as were the baseline aesthetics.

These are the best men’s flip-flops of 2022.

Best Overall: Sanuk Men's Fraid Not ST Sandals

Sanuk Men's Fraid Not ST Sandals

Sanuk

What We Like
  • Reasonably priced

  • Great out-of-the-box comfort

What We Don't Like
  • Frayed straps may not fit everyone’s style

For hours-long comfort, the Fraid Not St is hard to beat, with a modest outsole to provide grip on slick surfaces and just the right touch of laid-back styling. Thanks to a boost of extra-cushy, high-rebound Soft Top Foam placed between the suede footbed and the jute/rubber outsoles, the Sanuk Fraid Not ST flip-flops provide hours of much-needed comfort underfoot. The hemp blend straps are lined with a fuzzy blanket textile to avoid hot spots and boost the cushy feel, and the canvas lining wicks sweat. And they also come with an excellent eco story, from the responsibly-sourced suede to the eco-conscious outsole materials and the use of hemp.

Sizes: Full sizes from 7 to 14 | Materials: Suede, canvas, hemp, jute, rubber

Best Budget: Freewaters Men's Ci-Friday Channel Islands Flip Flop Sandal

Freewaters Men's Ci-Friday Channel Islands Flip Flop Sandal

Amazon

What We Like
  • Inexpensive

  • Classically styled

  • Sales support Friday’s global Clean Drinking Water Projects

What We Don't Like
  • Active uses may want more padding or a more aggressive outsole

The classic Freewaters flip-flop looks like a classic rubber sandal, but Friday has integrated several intelligent features to provide comfort and support. Simplicity is the prominent feature of the Freewaters, with ample comfort thanks to a comfy molded footbed. It includes full arch support, molded cushioning, and a spongy rebound and is the lightest flip-flop in the brand’s line. The 100 percent vegan-friendly Freewaters are waterproof and are washing machine-friendly (on cold cycle).

Sizes: Full sizes from 7 to 13 | Materials: Rubber

Best Splurge: hari mari Fields Camino Sandals (Men's)

hari mari Fields Camino Sandals (Men's)

hari mari

What We Like
  • Neutral colors and woven patterns inspired by the Southwest

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

If you’re willing to pay for the Fields Camino, you’ll be rewarded with a high-functioning, highly stylish pair of flip-flops that’ll age gracefully, last for years, and will fit perfectly right out of the box. The vegetable-tanned leather is buttery-soft for instant comfort and durable enough to age gracefully over several warm-weather seasons. A cupped heel improves foot stability, and Hari Mari’s MemoryFoamToe Post makes break-in periods a thing of the past. Underfoot, the boat-safe rubber outsole provides ample traction for assured movement over slick surfaces.

Sizes: Full sizes from 8 to 13 | Materials: Leather, rubber

Best Orthopedic: Rainbow Men's Navigator Premier Leather Sandals with Tapered Strap

Rainbow Men's Navigator Premier Leather Sandals with Tapered Strap

Rainbow Sandals

What We Like
  • Out-of-the-box comfort and hours-long comfortable support

  • Pricey

  • Limited to three color options

The Rainbow Navigator comes with an orthopedic leather footbed to provide the best fit possible, a godsend for those who suffer from sore feet or have high arches. No need to break them in; just slip them on and go—a new serrated bottom provides extra grip and support, and the tapered strap avoids hot spots. The Navigator also boasts some seriously robust construction, including triple-glued layers, double stitching, and bonded nylon threads.

Sizes: Full sizes from 7 to 14 | Materials: Leather, rubber

Best for Wide Feet: Reef Men's Fanning Flip-Flop

black and white sandals

Amazon

What We Like
  • Loads of color options and sizes

What We Don't Like
  • Beach-ready aesthetic may not resonate with some travelers

Inspired by pro-surfer Mick Fanning, the Fanning flip-flop from Reef comes with wider than average synthetic nubuck upper straps so that it can more easily distribute the pressure points across the upper foot and accommodate those with wider-than-average feet. Comfort comes from a compression-molded EVA footbed, a padded jersey liner, and the brand’s “360-degree” heel airbag. Underfoot, a robust herringbone-pattern rubber sole grips confidently, and—bonus—there’s a bottle opener integrated into the footbed.

Sizes: Full sizes from 4 to 17 | Materials: Synthetic nubuck, EVA, rubber

Bests for High Arches: OOFOS OOriginal Sandal

OOFOS OOriginal Sandal

Nordstrom

What We Like
  • Works as a recovery flip-flop

  • Machine-wash friendly

What We Don't Like
  • Some may not love the aesthetic

The OOriginals are some of the most forgiving flip-flops on the market, built to drastically reduce foot fatigue and aching knees and backs. Oofos uses proprietary OOfoam technology in their OOriginal flip-flop to provide 37 percent more impact absorption than traditional footwear form, which will be a blessing to anyone with high arches. It also reduces stress on the entire foot, the knees, and the back, cradling your arches and promoting a more natural motion.

Sizes: Full sizes from 3 to 16 | Materials: OOfoam

Best for Water: The North Face Men's Skeena Sport Flip

The North Face Men's Skeena Sport Flip

Zappos

What We Like
  • Materials are quick-drying and water-friendly

What We Don't Like
  • Only color option is pretty bold

When water becomes central to your future outdoor adventures, reach for the Skeena Sport Flip from The North Face. From lakes to oceans to rivers and unexpected downpours, this flip-flop uses bio-based Surface Control rubber outsole pods that deliver solid traction and versatility with an anti-slip molded texture. TPU webbing backed with foam composes the uppers, which boast a wider-than-average strap to reinforce stability and comfort. A drop-in EVA footbed should support your feet all day, and a molded EVA midsole provides added cushioning. The Skeena Sport Flip provides a confident grip on the slickest surfaces and quick-drying uppers to handle any wet environment.

Sizes: Full sizes from 7 to 14 | Materials: EVA, TUB webbing, foam, rubber

Best Leather: OluKai 'Ilikai Men's Leather Sandals

OluKai Ilikai Men's Leather Sandals

OluKai

What We Like
  • Imbued with style

  • Delivers out-of-the-box comfort

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Crafted with premium full-grain leather, the OluKai ‘Ilikai proves that a simple pair of flip-flops can be a head-turner. Designed with a softly curved line that mirrors the calm ocean surface, the sandal features kapa-inspired chevron artwork that makes it stand out from lesser leather flip-flops, and the “in-board” construction style lets the straps slide into the footbed platform for a more secure fit and a cleaner, sharp overall aesthetic. An anatomical, lightweight PU footbed provides ample support and cushioning, and the brand’s nonmarking Wet Grip Rubber outsole comes with a podded texture to handle slippery, wet, uneven terrain. Considering buying the ‘Ilikai as an investment may help justify the price, and the sandals are crafted to last for years.

Sizes: Full sizes from 7 to 15 | Materials: Leather, wet grip rubber

Best for Hiking: Teva Men's Pajaro Flip-Flop

Teva Men's Pajaro Flip-Flop

Zappos

What We Like
  • Aggressive outsoles

  • Nylon shank

What We Don't Like
  • Only available in two colors

  • Heavy at 10 ounces

Ideally suited for short hikes on forgiving terrain, the Pajaro from Teva comes with a burly rubber outsole and an aggressive tread pattern to provide a solid grip on most surfaces. A nylon shank stabilizes and supports your feet on uneven terrain while the EVA “sockliner” provides cushioning and effective rebound. The suede uppers straps are wider than most flip-flops to further reinforce control on the trail. And a breathable mesh lining helps regulate temps. The Pajaro is the best choice if you like to wear flip-flops while hiking (or are looking for a camp shoe that can handle uneven terrain).

Sizes: Half and full sizes from 7 to 12, and full sizes 13 and 14 | Material: Suede, mesh, EVA

Best for the Beach: OluKai Koko'o Men's Beach Sandals

OluKai Koko'o Men's Beach Sandals

REI

What We Like
  • Seven color options

What We Don't Like
  • Outsole not ideal to navigate sharp rocks or uneven terrain

Quick-drying and stylish, the OluKai Koko’o will be at home in any tropical beach setting. Embracing the youthful aesthetic of a tropical island, these stylish Koko’o sandals will float to the surface if you kick them off in the water, and they shake dry in seconds. Molded straps in the upper provide grip for a secure fit, and an anatomical, dual-density footbed provides hours-long comfort, support, and cushioning. Underneath, a nonmarking “Wet Grip Rubber” outsole has been crafted with a chevron pattern to add traction on wet surfaces.

Sizes: Full sizes from 7 to 15 | Materials: Rubber

Best for Recovery: Hoka One One Men's Ora Recovery Flip 2 Sandals

Hoka One One Men's Ora Recovery Flip 2

Hoka One One

What We Like
  • One of the most cushiony, plush options out there

What We Don't Like
  • Uber-stacked midsole isn’t a look everyone loves

When Hoka dropped its first pair of running shoes, it ushered in the still-going-strong trend for footwear with maxed-out layers of cushioning, so it’s only natural to extend that approach to the ORA Recovery Flip. Built to be a welcome reward for finishing a long run, it boasts an oversized midsole with a soft top layer of EVA for immediate comfort. A jersey textile strap wicks moisture, while an early-stage Meta-Rocker and a six-millimeter heel-to-toe drop offer a touch of forward momentum and a smooth ride. Waves of textured rubber in the outsole provide a bit of extra grip.

Sizes: Full sizes from 7 to 14 | Material: Jersey, rubber

Best Eco-Friendly: Teva Men's Reflip Sandal

Teva Men's Reflip Sandal

REI

What We Like
  • Inexpensive

  • Antimicrobial treatments help fend off foot odor

What We Don't Like
  • Speckled platform design may not appeal to some travelers

The Reflip is Teva’s most sustainably-minded sandal, using recycled content across the straps, midsole, and outsole—without sacrificing any of the style and performance for which the brand is known. The quick-drying webbing (made from recycled plastic) cradles your upper feet comfortably, and the cushiony top sole adds 30 percent recycled EVA to add spring to your step, with another 30 percent recycled EVA in the outsole. You can even recycle the Reflip with the brand’s TevaForever program, so they’ll never see a landfill. 

Sizes: Full sizes from 5 to 11 | Material: Plastic, EVA

Best Vegan-Friendly: Chaco Men's Lowdown Flip Flop

Chaco Men's Lowdown Flip Flop

Chaco

What We Like
  • 3-mm lug patterns in the outsole provides traction without over-engineering the design

What We Don't Like
  • Limited to six colors

The low-profile, lightweight Lowdown from Chaco integrates a poly jacquard webbing with synthetic trim in the uppers and the brand’s LUVSEAT Care+ EVA midsole for ample, day-long comfort on the beach or boardwalk. Bonus: It’s vegan-friendly. A nonmarking ChacoGrip rubber compound lines the outsole with a lug depth that provides a secure grip without over-engineering the streamlined design. If you like to align your apparel with vegan-friendly construction and materials, the Lowdown delivers with solid grip underfoot and excellent foot support despite its low-profile design.

Sizes: Full sizes from 7 to 15 | Material: Polyester, EVA, rubber

What to Look for in Men's Flip-Flops

Materials

For such a simple piece of footwear, the materials used in flip-flops can run the gamut, from rubber, EVA and proprietary foam to leather and fabric. Some are crafted of the same material throughout. In contrast, others employ a mix of materials (synthetic or organic fabric uppers, microcloth-lined straps, soft foam midsoles, and stiff rubber outsoles with aggressive tread underfoot). Basic all-rubber or all-foam flip-flops keep things relatively simple, while leather reigns at the high end, both in price and performance; the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) says that “leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.” Fabric also makes for a less-expensive option, affording a clean, soft feel against the skin, though they tend to dry slower than those made entirely of rubber or foam.

Comfort

Most higher-end flip-flops geared toward travel or other uses will have a solid slip-in feel and use chafe-resistant materials in the uppers and padded midsoles to fight foot fatigue and deliver a bit of bounce back. Those with anatomical footbeds up the comfort level considerably and typically include more arch support. And flip-flops designed to handle uneven terrain will also add a rugged rubber outsole (or sections of hard rubber to not inhibit flex), which helps protect the feet from sharp rocks or unforgiving terrain.

Intended Use

Flip-flops were born out of a necessity for a simple-to-wear footwear solution for hot climates, and all deliver. But some brands have integrated additional features that make them environment- or activity-specific. For basic travel and beach-going needs, you want ones that fit well, can handle water without impacting performance, dry quickly, and provide a sure grip on wet, slick surfaces. For all-day usage, choose flip-flops with anatomical footbeds and more cushioning to avoid foot fatigue. And for more specific activities like hiking or navigating uneven terrain, up the cushioning with flip-flops that come with wider straps for better foot control, more padded/foam layers in the midsole, and aggressive treads in the outsole.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I care for and wash flip-flops?

    Almost every pair of flip-flops can handle exposure to moisture, but the overall care and cleaning methods for each pair largely depend on the materials. All rubber (or rubber and EVA, or other foam materials) can be wholly soaked without impact and can likely be cleaned in a washing machine when needed—just use cold water and a gentle detergent.

    Fabric uppers may also go in a machine but check with the manufacturer prior. For more expensive materials like leather, use a hand-applied cleaning solution that caters to leather, so you don’t damage the material.

  • Are flip-flops bad for your feet?

    It might be easier to say that certain flip-flops can be bad for your feet, especially if you have raised arches, flat feet, or suffer from plantar fasciitis. Avoid inexpensive models with a thin, flat (read: not contoured) footbed, which don’t provide additional support and have nominal cushioning. The APMA suggests you “bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring that it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.”

    They also suggest that you ensure there’s no irritation between the skin of your toes and the toe bar, which “can lead to blisters and possible infection.” They also suggest not wearing them for walking long distances and not playing sports in flip-flops, which “can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.”

    Instead, look for flip-flops with anatomical footbeds, contoured arch support, ample layers of EVA or some other shock-absorbing foam, and robust outsoles designed to grip wet, slippery surfaces.

Why Trust TripSavvy

Nathan Borchelt has been rating, testing, and reviewing outdoor and travel products for decades, and has spent many years wearing all types of flip-flops while traveling, beach-combing, scuba diving, paddle boarding, and lounging around at poolside bars. Fit ranked paramount and included such considerations as materials designed to avoid hot spots or blisters, the overall foot control provided by the uppers, the rate of cushion and rebound in the midsole, and the level of grip provided by the outsole, especially on wet, slick surfaces typical to most environments where flip-flops are worn.

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