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Best Overall: Chaco Z/2 Classic at Amazon
"This versatile sandal features adjustable straps and a rugged outsole for stability and traction."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Teva Omnium 2 at Amazon
"Comfort and protection with a sturdy build and a large toe bumper."
Best for Light Hiking: ECCO Yucatan at Amazon
"For an all-day casual sandal, the ECOO Yucatan will provide comfort, support, and decent style."
Best Flip-Flop: Sanuk Yogi 4 at Amazon
"Its footbed is made out of the same material found in yoga mats so they're super comfortable."
Best Budget: Teva Original Universal at Zappos
"This affordable sandal is made from recycled materials so you can feel good about getting a few pairs."
Best for Steep Terrain: Keen Newport H2 at Amazon
"The heavier sandal has extreme toe protection, plus top traction and grip for rocks, both wet and dry."
Best Slip-Ons: Birkenstock Arizona Unisex Leather Sandal at Amazon
"Once these two-strap slip-ons are worn for a week or two, they mold to your feet with extreme comfort."
Best for Rafting: Keen Zerraport II Sandal at Keen
"Has a tacky outsole that sticks to anything while deep lugs let water slip through."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Chaco Z/2 Classic
Versatility is a top factor in the Chaco Z/2 Classic sandals. The quick-drying, adjustable straps create a custom fit for stability on steep terrain, while the rugged outsole gives you maximum traction even on wet surfaces. These lightweight sandals have a toe-loop for added durability, as well as adjustable heel risers. Chacos do come with a bit of a break-in period, but their pediatrist-approved footbed is extremely comfortable and combats odor. The patterned polyester webbing comes in several colors including port, moss, black, and navy.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Teva Omnium 2
The close-toed design of the Teva Omnium 2 offers comfort and protection with a sturdy build and a large toe bumper, but they're still breathable and work to allow water to pass through. The sandal has three ways to adjust the fit: a cinching bungee system, a hook-and-loop strap on the heel, as well as above the mid-foot for a custom fit. In the heel, you’ll find a shock pad for extra cushion.
Best for Light Hiking: ECCO Yucatan
For an all-day casual sandal, the ECOO Yucatan will provide comfort, support, and decent style. Though the sandals are sturdy and come with three adjustable straps (toes, mid-foot and heel), they're best used for travel days and easy hikes. The upper is made from leather with soft padding underneath the straps, while the footbed is cushiony and molds quickly to your feet. Colors available include a variety of neutrals, plus light gray and blue.
Best Flip-Flop: Sanuk Yogi 4
Sanuk is known for its flip-flops, and the brand's Yogi 4 sandals are some of the best out there for men. We like that they’re not too sporty—they have some structure to them that makes them OK for wearing outside the pool and beach. The four colors it comes in—black, brown, charcoal, and tan go with everything from swim trunks for a day at the beach to jeans for running errands. They’re comfortable, too, thanks to a footbed that's made out of the same material found in yoga mats. Another nice detail? The terry-lined strap and nylon-covered toe post reduce those pesky friction burns at the beginning of summer.
Best Budget: Teva Original Universal
The Teva Original Universal provides optimal support and traction without an insanely high price point. It’s a simple, lightweight sandal with no frills, but all of the custom adjustments you want and need with two straps around the toes and ankle. The contoured footbed makes for comfort on any type of terrain and the rubber outsole means you won't slip anywhere. This sandal has no break-in period, plus it gets more and more comfortable over time. Colors include some stylish patterns and a variety of neutrals. For an added bonus, this affordable sandal is made from sustainable and recycled materials so you can feel good about buying multiple pairs.
Best for Steep Terrain: Keen Newport H2
The Keen Newport H2 sandals perform best in the water, as well as on moderate to hard hikes. The heavier sandal has extreme toe protection, plus top traction and grip for rocks, both wet and dry. With the bungee lacing system, you can cinch the sandals tight to your foot to keep them in place on all sorts of adventures. The sandals are washable, dry quickly and offer top comfort with a soft, yet sturdy footbed. Colors available include neutrals, as well as blues, reds and greens.
Best Slip-Ons: Birkenstock Arizona Unisex Leather Sandal
Although Birkenstock’s do have a break-in period, once these two-strap slip-ons are worn for a week or two, they mold to your feet with extreme comfort. The Birkenstock Arizona sandal has tear-resistant synthetic suede straps, plenty of room for your toes, a deep heel cup for cushion and security, as well as a contoured footbed for maximal support. Styles include iron oiled leather with a rustic, broken-in look, along with neutrals in soft suedes and even bright metallics.
Best for Rafting: Keen Zerraport II Sandal
Perfect for keeping you on your feet even when in the water, the Keen Zerraport II sandals have a tacky outsole that sticks to anything while deep lugs let water slip through. The upper is made from a webbing-and-textile washable mix, and the midsole offers supreme arch support for any hikes you can fit in during a water break. Colors include black, olive, and tye-die.