These sandals are truly made for walking.
Whether you’re strolling through Main Street of a town oceans away, or pounding the pavement in the concrete jungle you call home, your feet definitely take a beating on the regular.
And, now that the sun is out for summer, you’re likely enjoying spending many more waking hours walking around, as opposed to cozying up in front of the fireplace at home.
Which means…drumroll please…you’re in need of some walking sandals for women that will take you anywhere this season.
Best sandals for walking
While you surely know Birkenstock, a brand built on the premise of comfort and foot health above all, there are many other brands that have produced slides, lace-ups, Teva-style Velcro and more, all with the same thought.
Ahead, find the best walking sandals that were truly made for walking. It might just be the single best purchase you will make all year.
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Before they were the “cool girl sandal,” Birkenstocks were made as orthotics. They’re not only the most comfortable walking sandals you’ll own, but they’re actually good for your feet!
Loeffler Randall designs a killer pair of slide sandals, but these take the cake when it comes to comfort. The footbed is like the pool slides you know and love, but with a cozy woven terry cloth upper.
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These waterproof sandals feel like you’re walking on a cloud, with a molded footbed and flexible, waterproof material. Not to mention that the top is ultra-soft—and a bright yellow tone, too!
There’s something special about a Birkenstocks-style sandal in terms of support and build, but with a trompe l’oeil Marni twist that comes via a totally woven, knit stretch upper design. Here is your comfortable yet stylish walking sandals!
Even though these walking sandals are fairly flat, they are more comfortable than classic slides because they come up higher on your foot.
That way, they don’t flip and flop too much, staying snug to your foot even without much material. Perfect for wearing with your favorite beach dress.
These flat walking sandals stay snug on your foot, and look chic all the while, thanks to not only a double strap, but one that crosses over your toe to ensure there’s no slippage as you walk.
Do you remember those foam sandals from your youth? They were covered in some sort of thin patent leather and floated when you threw them into a pool?
These are basically the grown-up version of those when it comes to comfort. Though they aren’t exactly waterproof!
Plus, with minimal straps, it still offers heel support for those who prefer to be strapped into their sandals and not just slide into backless styles.
Give yourself a little bit of extra height in a pair of sandals that boast all the lift without the discomfort.
These platform walking sandals are the perfect solution when you’re seeking comfort, but want to stand a little bit taller as well.
Most of Madewell’s walking sandals offer a little bit of extra cushioning on the bottom that, while flat, allow for a pillowy design for your toes, which is a welcome design feature—especially when walking long distances.
Not only do these walking sandals have straps that wind all the way up your ankle to ensure that the footbed stays perfectly in place while you stroll, but there is an elevated trim around the sole of the shoe that does the same. Wear it with a breezy linen dress.
When you’ve grown up wearing Tevas, and can’t believe they’re back in style, turn to brand Arizona Love. They’ve taken the comfortable walking sandal and made them look much more stylish with a DIY-style wraparound fabric design.
Cole Haan prides itself on its Cloudfeel technology, which is an ultra-comfortable design that incorporates comfort foam, energy foam, and dual-density interiors. Even these chic slides boast the iconic footbed. Your toes will thank you.
When you want more than just comfort for the sole of your feet, Kaanas has come to your rescue with slides that, yes, protect the bottoms of your feet, but also feel great on the tops as well.
When all you really want to do is wrap your feet in a towel, slip into these ulta-comfortable walking sandals from Skin. Not only are they as soft as—yes—a towel, but the footbed is like a pillow for your tired feet as well.
From Gucci’s “Ouverture” collection, these rubber sandals are available in romantic hues. They’re a practical choice for your walking sandals, but the monogram hardware is perfect for your gorgeous social media posts.
We covet this pair of low wedge crocs. While their design is simple, we can guarantee that this will be one of your most comfortable walking sandals.
When you are shopping for comfortable walking sandals, the footbed is where your focus should be when it comes to footwear comfort, first and foremost. The rest is important, but secondary.
Shop the above walking sandals and your toes will thank you.
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