15 of the Best Sandals for Traveling, No Matter the Destination

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Whenever I travel, I like to get out and do a lot. Yes, a day or two at the beach or pool is nice, but I’m a sightseer. Museums, city walking tours, bar and restaurant crawls—you name it, I’m probably doing it. That's why I’m always on the lookout not only for the best sandals for travel (that are fashionable and comfortable), but the best sandals for walking long distances, too. I know firsthand that from amusement parks to the Amalfi Coast, it’s important to consider which shoes will accompany you on your journeys. Below, hear what podiatrists say makes a great travel sandal—then shop some of the best options to take on your next adventure.

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The best sandals for travel, at a glance:

Why buy travel-friendly sandals?

There’s nothing worse than spending a long day sightseeing and coming back to the hotel to discover aching arches, pinched toes, and unsightly blisters. While we may look to sneakers first as a source of comfort, it’s summertime—and who wants to stuff their feet into sneakers on a hot and humid day, anyway? Speaking as someone who lives for a strappy sandal or a flip-flop year round (okay, living in Los Angeles may have something to do with that, but still), comfortable sandals are the way to go when the temperatures reach 80 and up. Of course, that doesn't mean that any old pair of Old Navy five-dollar flip flops will do (no shade, Old Navy!). Read on to learn what exactly you should look for in a travel-friendly sandal.

Things to consider before buying sandals for summer travel

Whether you’re looking for the best walking sandals, supportive sandals for women, or comfortable sandals, there are a host of factors to keep in mind when planning your summer travels. Maybe you’re hiking. Maybe you’re laying out on a tropical beach. Here’s what to think about when packing your sandals, wherever your summer plans may take you.

Size matters

When it comes to choosing the best sandals for travel, sizing is everything. “Make sure the width and length of the sandals fit your feet,” says Dr. Hillary Brenner, DPM. “Choose a sandal that is the correct size—go shoe shopping midday [or] towards the end of the day, that’s when your feet are true to size.” Also, keep in mind whether you need narrow or wide sizes, as not all brands offer those variations with sandals.

Comfort is key

We’ve all bought that pair of shoes that didn’t necessarily feel the best right away, but we figured they’d loosen up. But that’s not the case, according to Paragon Podiatry’s Dr. Ernest Isaacson, DPM. “Summer sandals, like all shoes, should be selected with an emphasis on comfort,” he says. “If it doesn’t feel good in the store or the first time it’s worn, it’s probably not going to improve over time.”

Arch support

Considering your arches is important, especially when you’re walking far distances or standing for long periods of time. “Sandals should have an arched contour, helping support your arch,” says Dr. Brenner. Flats are typically preferable to heels, and “should ideally have good arch support,” Dr. Isaacson says.


When choosing the right pair of sandals for summer travel, look for pairs that offer stability throughout a variety of activities. “Look for adjustable straps, preferably around the ankle,” recommends Dr. Brenner.

Now that you’ve thought through all the reasons to choose comfortable sandals, here are our 15 favorites to take you around the globe in comfort and style.

Shop 15 of the best sandals for travel

teva midform universal, one of the best travel sandals
Best overall sandal: Teva, Midform Universal — $65.00

Available sizes: 5-13 (whole sizes only)

Simply put? I’m obsessed with this style from Teva. I’ve been wearing them on and off since high school (which was [redacted] years ago), and they haven’t steered me wrong yet. Whether I’m spending a long day at Disneyland or trekking around a new city, this is the sandal that gets me through the day with tons of comfort by my side (or on my feet, as it were). With double adjustable Velcro straps, a treaded rubber outsole, and a cushioned EVA footbed, it’s hard to go wrong. The webbing is also crafted from quick-dry fabric, which comes in handy in freak rainstorms or even if you want to wear them into the water.

I’ve found that the Midform style offers more support and comfort than the Original Universal style, which is lower to the ground and causes the straps to dig into the skin more easily. They’re also extremely durable and long-lasting—they’re basically non-destructible, even after years of walking thousands of steps daily. With an almost staggering array of colors and prints (at last count, Amazon offered 54 different ones), it’s near impossible not to find at least one you want to wear.

Colors: 54


  • Supportive and lightweight    
  • Many colors to choose from
  • Relatively affordable
  • Available in a wide variety of sizes
  • Fits true to size


  • Colors aren’t always restocked  
  • No half sizes or other width options
  • More rugged look might not appeal to everyone

ecco flowt wedge cork, one of the best travel sandals
Best wedge sandal: Ecco, Flowt Wedge Cork — $150.00

Available sizes: 5-10.5

Even when we’re aiming for comfort, we still have days when we want to dress up, too. These wedge sandals from Ecco easily toe the line (pun intended) between comfort and style. The strap across the ankle is adjustable, and the upper is made from brushed nubuck leather. The footbed is crafted from Ecco’s signature CORKSPHERE™, which adheres to the shape of your foot, and the sole features their FLUIDFORM™ Direct Comfort Technology for added support and comfort.

I’m partial to the Pure White Gold/Powder hue, which features a pebbled gold upper that looks ultra-chic while offering up tons of comfort. Plus, they’re washable! I love that the sole is rubber, which means they’re easier to wipe off after a long day of walking outside.

Colors: 3


  • Adjustable ankle straps  
  • Some colors include a size 5
  • Easy to walk in


  • Sizing is a whole and a half together, so figuring out what fits best can be tricky
  • May take some time to break them in

Reef cushion breeze, one of the best travel sandals
Best flip-flop: Reef, Cushion Breeze — $28.00

Available sizes: 5-12 (whole sizes only)

I’m a Cali girl at heart, so I always love a good pair of flip-flops. This style by Reef features a pillowy, cushioned footbed and treaded rubber outsole that encourage me to walk right out of my hotel room and not come back ’til sundown. Our editorial commerce director recently took these with her on a trip to Mexico where there was a lot of beach walking involved, and she was surprised by how soft and supportive these felt—and she didn’t need to break them in at all.

While some flip-flops can feel uncomfortable between the toes right out of the box, that’s definitely not the case with this pair. Since I’m always looking for ways to become more sustainable in my clothing and footwear choices, I also love that the lining and toe post are made from 100 percent recycled PET derived from post consumer plastic bottles. All four colors are versatile, but the white is especially sleek. This is a great style for more casual days, especially at the beach and pool.

Colors: 8


  • No break-in required  
  • Pretty affordable


  • Not available in half sizes or other widths  
  • Some folks say they run small (we didn’t experience this, though)

Best with arch support: Dansko, Krystal — $80.00

Available sizes: 5-12

I first heard about Dansko when I worked for a scrubs company and interviewed nurses about the shoes they preferred for long shifts. Over and over, they mentioned Dansko. So it stands to reason that I immediately checked them out for myself! While I don’t love the clogs (sorry, Dansko!), this modified flip-flop style appeals to my aforementioned love of flip-flops while also being undeniably easy to wear day in and day out.

I don’t typically have issues with my arches—but for people who do, this style is designed with the brand’s Natural Arch technology to offer extra comfort and support. I also love the interesting take on a classic flip-flop design, with a toe loop and wider vamp strap for added security. Plus, they’re designed with over 50 percent bio-based EVA—so they’re durable while also being good for the planet. Whether you want a more neutral hue like grey or black, or opt for a colorful color like the baby blue or lavender, this is one sandal that offers up must-have comfort.

Colors: 4


  • Made from durable rubber  
  • No break-in needed
  • Fits true to size


  • Toe loop might not work for everyone
  • Combined whole and half sizes can make sizing difficult

Best slide sandal: Vionic, Mayla — $47.00

Available sizes: 5-11 (some half sizes available)

It seems I’ve been searching my whole life for the perfect pair of comfortable yet stylish slides—and I think I’ve found it with this Vionic style. The puffy faux nappa leather is pillowy soft, while they’re also biomechanically designed to hug your arches and support natural body alignment. This style also received the APMA Seal of Acceptance, which is granted to products that promote good foot health. Dr. Brenner likes Vionic, too, and says they focus on arch support, shock absorption and minimizing blisters. “Most importantly, they take biomechanics into consideration when designing,” she says.

The 1.5-inch platform also lends added comfort and support while walking longer distances. They feel more secure than other slides I’ve tried, which just, well, slide right off my feet as soon as I take a step. I will caution that the midsole is raised a bit, which gives the slides the feeling of a little ball you’re rocking back and forth on as you take steps forward. This can feel a bit off-putting at first.

Colors: 4


  • Whole (and some half) sizes available
  • Super cushiony feel
  • No break-in needed


  • Curved midsole can feel strange  
  • Run a bit large
  • No other width options

birkenstock kyoto, one of the best travel sandals
Best casual sandal: Birkenstock, Kyoto — $150.00

Available sizes: 4-12.5

It’s taken me an almost embarrassingly long time to hop on board the Birkenstock train. My friend Cari has been telling me how comfortable they are for years, but I’d tried a couple pairs without success. Then the Kyoto walked into my life—and the rest was history. While the brand’s signature two-strap Arizona style has just never fit me correctly, this style fits so well that I never want to take them off. I love the double Velcro strap design, with one slender strap encompassed within the wider outer strap.

Birkenstock’s iconic footbed encourages proper foot wellbeing and health and the longitudinal arch support runs along both sides of the footbed, while the deep heel cup cradles the heel and keeps natural cushioning right under the heel bone. There’s even a raised toe bar, which helps encourage the natural gripping motion of your feet and stimulate circulation. (I never knew I actually wanted my shoes to give me a workout until I tried these.) The result? Stable, comfortable, supportive sandals that easily stand up to long days of walking, walking, and more walking.

The Kyoto comes in a ton of different colors, with multiple different fabrications available, so finding at least one to covet is pretty easy. I love the Nubuck/Suede in Candy Pink for a subtle pop of color.

Colors: 20+


  • No break-in needed  
  • Designed for comfort
  • Long-lasting materials


  • Might run a bit large  
  • No other widths available
  • Suede might be too warm for some

chaco z1 classic, one of the best travel sandals
Best sandals for exploring: Chaco, Z/1 Classic — $99.00

Sizes available: 5-12 (some wide sizes available)

If your travels take you off the beaten path, these sandals from Chaco will be ready for anything. With a grippy outsole and a supportive rubber footbed, they’re a great adventure shoe. The waterproof design means you can stomp through rivers, while the rugged (yet cute!) adjustable strap keeps a secure fit. Plus, they’re approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

W+G contributing writer Jamey Powell loves these sandals: “I brought them to Costa Rica with me last month and they were perfect for traversing rocks, walking along the beach, and just kicking about.” She does add that the polyester strap may require some breaking in.

Colors: 6


  • Waterproof design
  • Supportive footbed, approved by the APMA
  • Adjustable strap helps you customize your fit


  • May require some breaking in
  • Colors are limited for wide sizes

oofos oolala luxe, one of the best sandals for travel
Best lightweight sandal: Oofos, Oolala Luxe — $70.00

Available sizes: 5-11 (whole sizes only)

I’ve already told you how much I love flip-flops, so it should come as no surprise that I’m including another pair on the list. This style by Oofos is equal parts comfortable and lightweight, the latter of which is always nice when trying to figure out what to cram in an already overstuffed suitcase. They’re made with the brand’s trademark OOfoam™ technology to absorb a high percentage of impact.

The footbed also helps reduce stress on knees, ankles, and other joints—although it’s also so soft and cushy that it can take a bit of getting used to, though I’m of the opinion that it feels like you’re walking on clouds. I also love the wider thong straps.

Colors: 14


  • Many color options
  • Durable, water-resistant materials
  • Very cushioned


  • Straps take a while to get used to  
  • No half sizes
  • No other width options

bobs pop ups 3.0, one of the best travel sandals
Best supportive sandal: Bobs from Skechers, Pop Ups 3.0 — $55.00

Available sizes: 6-10 (whole sizes only)

True story: As soon as I slipped these sandals on my feet, I texted my mom a photo and said, “I’m in love with these Skechers sandals.” They’re cushy, they’re comfortable, they’re a bold mint green, and they’re a dupe for Tevas. Seriously, what’s not to love? Skechers is definitely having a style renaissance as of late, and these sandals from their Bobs line are an example of that. The woven strap upper features an adjustable ankle strap and the brand’s signature Plush Foam® footbed for added support. The treaded outsole makes it easy to, ahem, tread long distances.

Colors: 2


  • More affordable option to Teva sandals    
  • Machine-washable
  • No break-in period
  • Skechers donates a portion of the proceeds to help an animal in need


  • Footbed is a bit bulky  
  • Limited colors and size options

aerosoles greta sandal, one of the best travel sandals
Best stylish sandal: Aerosoles, Greta Sandal — $99.00

Available sizes: 5-12 (half sizes available)

For days and nights when you want to be comfortable yet stylish, this option from Aerosoles is a good stand-by. I love the more elevated take on a classic flip-flop, and the gleaming gold interlocking buckle detail adds a polished touch. Not to mention the wide thong strap that effortlessly shows off your summer pedicure.

These sandals are also designed with a supportive ortholite insole, diamond flex outsole, and flat heel that lend themselves easily to long days and nights of walking. I will caution that the upper feels a bit stiff right out of the box, so they might take a bit of breaking in before popping them into your suitcase.

Colors: 4


  • Both full and half sizes available  
  • Super stylish


  • Only available in one width  
  • Can take some time to break in
  • A bit pricy

cushionaire feather sandal, one of the best travel sandals
Best affordable sandal: Cushionaire, Feather — $25.00

Available sizes: 5-12 (whole sizes only)

With a staggering 30 different colors to choose from and a desirable price tag, these Cushionaire slides are a summer comfort must. The spongy molded footbed confirms effortlessly to your foot, and the waterproof material makes them ideal for the beach. Plus, the non-slip bottom keeps you from—you guessed it—slipping when you walk. I was pleasantly surprised when I first slipped these out of the box and onto my feet; the subtle 1.75-inch platform heel lends a bit of height and a lot of support. Plus, these slides have over 20,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, so I’m definitely in good company.

Colors: 30


  • Many color and size options  
  • Waterproof
  • Very affordable


  • No half sizes or other width options

sanuc cosmic sutra sling lx, one of the best sandals for travel
Best sustainable sandal: Sanuk, Cosmic Sutra Sling LX — $85.00

Available sizes: 5-11

I’ve long been a fan of Sanuk—the brand’s signature yoga mat footbeds make every pair of shoes they offer supremely comfortable. I already owned three pairs of the Yoga Sling 2, so it stood to reason that I’d need to try the Cosmic Sutra Sling LX, too. Walking in these is somehow pillowy and supportive all at once. The ankle strap and double top straps make them secure yet comfortable, and the previously mentioned Yoga Mat footbed offers resiliency and support. Better yet, the sandals are designed with an impressive variety of sustainable materials.

I’m partial to the tan color, especially for summer, though they also come in basic black.

Colors: 2


  • Comfortable right out of the box  
  • Versatile style
  • Sustainable


  • No half sizes or other width options  
  • Takes a bit of breaking in

crocs classic sandal v2, one of the best travel sandals
Best ventilation: Crocs, Classic Sandal V2 — $35.00

Available sizes: 4-15 (whole sizes only)

Say what you want about Crocs, but they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. They give most shoes a run for their money when it comes to comfort, because the treaded rubber footbed molds to your feet and they’re made for miles and miles of walking. Plus, the perforated foam upper helps keep your feet well-ventilated—ideal for sticky summer travel days.

I held off on buying Crocs for years, no matter how many friends of mine told me I was making a mistake. But as soon as I finally bought my first pair, I knew just what I’d been missing. Crocs may not be the most attractive shoes out there, but when it comes to comfort, they’re pretty much unparalleled!

Colors: 6


  • No break-in needed  
  • Well-ventilated
  • Waterproof


  • No half sizes available
  • No heel strap for security

foresake rogue, one of the best sandals for travel
Best quick-drying: Forsake, Rogue Unisex Open Toe Sandal — $85.00

Available sizes: 6-15 (unisex sizing, whole sizes only)

If you’re planning any outdoor adventures that involved getting wet this summer, pack Forsake’s water-friendly Rogue sandals in your bag. These durable, open-toe sandals are made for wading through rivers, paddling lakes, and staying protected from sea critters.

Nearly every feature in these supportive sandals are made with sustainable materials, including a shock-absorbing midsole made from recycled EVA foam and algae (yes, really). The outsole provides serious traction for navigating slippery rocks or slick docks, while the recycled polyester straps keep your feet in place. They dry so quickly. All the materials are water-resistant, especially the straps which don’t stay soggy long after they get wet. The best part? They float!

Colors: 4


  • Supportive
  • Sustainable materials
  • Water-resistant and quick-drying
  • Super durable


  • No half sizes available
  • The top straps slip a bit after long hours of wear

aerosoles camera platforms, one of the best travel sandals
Best platform heel sandal: Aerosoles, Camera Platform Sandal — $135.00

Sizes available: 5.5-12 (in medium and wide)

Another pick from W+G contributing writer Jamey Powell, these platform sandals from Aerosoles give the illusion of a dressier shoe with all of the comfort of a flat sandal. “I’m not typically a heels girl, but I’ll talk about these cushioned platforms to anyone who will listen,” she says. “I bought them last year and wore them to several weddings and to nicer dinners on vacation—they’ve never once caused me pain! They’ve also held up really well, so despite the many dance floors and cobblestones they’ve seen, I’ll be pulling them out again as the weather warms.”

The Camera style is available in a wide range of colors, from basic black, to denim, to metallic silver. You’ll find even more seasonal colors crop up throughout the year on the Aerosoles website.

Colors: 20+

How to choose a comfortable pair of summer sandals

Whether you opt for flat sandals, wedges, espadrilles, or heels, make sure they’re comfortable and supportive.


“A 1-2-inch heel feels good as it provides stability for the ankle and structures toward the heel,” says Dr. Isaacson. “It relieves pressure on the arch and heel without exerting pressure on the ball of the foot.”

Flat sandals

For flat sandals, Dr. Isaacson recommends a thick flip-flop or sandal with a solid cork and leather insole.


“I personally like wedges made of raffia, which aids in shock absorption,” says Dr. Brenner. "Plus, they have a wide, chunky heel.”

Frequently asked questions about travel-friendly sandals

What sandals do podiatrists recommend?

There are a lot of brands that podiatrists and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recommend, so you'll find no shortage of podiatrist-approved options. In this article, you'll find recommended pairs from Vionic, Chaco, and Birkenstock.

Should you buy sandals a size bigger or smaller?

The sizing for a pair of sandals will vary from brand to brand, so there's not a hard-and-fast rule about sizing up or down. It can be helpful to read reviews to hear whether other customers found them true to size. And, as Dr. Brenner mentioned above, it's best to try them on near the end of the day when your feet are the most swollen to get a sense of how they'll fit after wearing them for long periods of time.

What brand of sandals have the best arch support?

Some of the best brands that make sandals with good arch support are Vionic, Birkinstock, Chaco, Aerosoles, and Dansko. Just make sure they tick other important boxes, like cushion and support. And, of course, make sure they fit your personal style.

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