If you can go from the beach to the trails and then out to dinner without ever changing footwear, why wouldn’t you? Plenty of sandals offer style and function, as well as comfort and support. Whether you are looking for a pair with closed-toed protection or a slip-on version for easy transitions, there’s a sandal for you. Here are our recommendations for this season’s most comfy, stylish and functional sandals.
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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.
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The close-toed design of the Teva Omnium 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. Colors include dark blue, brown, burnt orange and tan.
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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.
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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.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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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.
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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 Soft Footbed sandals have 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.
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This flip-flop is not only stylish, but comfortable, too. It provides top arch support and a footbed that has no break-in period and instead forms to your feet instantly. For flip-flops, these perform well during multiple activities such as walking around town or hopping on a bike — no blisters or aches. Plus, the outsole has large lugs to keep traction at its best. Colors include a variety of blacks, browns and grays to match whatever you are sporting.
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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.
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