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Best Overall: Chaco Z/2 Unaweep at Amazon "The quick-drying, adjustable straps create a custom fit for stability...while the lugged outsole gives you maximum 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 Latitude at Amazon "Not too sporty — they have some structure to them that makes them OK for wearing outside the pool and beach."
Best Budget: Teva Hurricane XLT at Amazon "A simple, lightweight sandal with no frills, but all of the custom adjustments you want."
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 Maupin at Amazon "A tacky outsole...sticks to anything while deep lugs let water slip through."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Chaco Z/2 Unaweep
Versatility is a top factor in the Chaco Z/2 Unaweep sandals. The quick-drying, adjustable straps create a custom fit for stability on steep terrain, while the lugged outsole gives you maximum traction even on wet surfaces. The lightweight Unaweep have a toe-loop for extra control, as well as adjustable heel risers. Chacos do come with a bit of a break-in period, but are extremely lightweight and combat odor. Colors include patterns of muted green, bright oranges, blues and neutrals.
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 Latitude Flip-Flop
Sanuk is known for its flip-flops, and the brand's Latitude 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 two colors it comes in — black and brown — go with everything from swim trunks for a day at the beach to jeans for running errands. They’re super-comfortable, too, thanks to what the brand calls a “compression-molded midsole” with “an organic footbed texture”; basically, the shoes will conform to and support wearers’ feet at a custom-fit level. Another nice detail? The faux-nubuck-covered toe post reduces those pesky friction burns at the beginning of summer.
The Latitudes are also great if you’re planning a day on the boat: Excellent traction on the soles makes it a pinch to grip onto slippery boat decks and docks, but they’re equally shock-absorbing for walking long distances on city sidewalks. Although some users say they’re a little heavy, the durability and comfort of these shoes win out for rave reviews.
Best Budget: Teva Hurricane XLT
The Teva Hurricane XLT 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 three straps (toes, ankle and heel). The contoured footbed makes for comfort on any type of terrain and the lugged outsole means you won't slipping anywhere. The sandal has no break-in period, plus gets more and more comfortable over time. Colors include a variety of neutrals, as well as white, yellow, bright blue and a few funky patterns.
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 Maupin
Perfect for keeping you on your feet even when in the water, the Keen Maupin 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 and gray, black and yellow and black and orange.