Imagine you’re on vacation, ready to enjoy a nice walk down the street of whatever picturesque location you’ve jetted off to, only to slip on your newly purchased sandals and instantly feel a blister start to form.
Now, push that horrible thought well out of your mind, because you’re in a position to never have to experience an ill-timed footwear failure again. How can we be so sure of your fate? Because we’ve decided this is the summer we won’t settle for sandals that hold us back. This summer, we want comfortable, cute walking sandals and nothing less. So, we set out to find them.
How We Found The Internet’s Most Comfortable Walking Sandals
Wearing the wrong shoes on a day when you have things to do and places to be is a real-life nightmare we’ve all experienced. Fortunately, today’s footwear brands understand that comfort and functionality are top priorities for many of us. But in order to separate the shoes that are made for walking from those that just seem to be, we knew we needed to call upon our algorithm. This data-powered tool uses information such as social buzz, reviews, and editorial mentions to rank products for us, so you can trust that the 10 pairs of sandals below will stand up to the test of your daily steps goal.
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June 2, 2022
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FitFlop Lulu Adjustable Leather Sandals
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Fitflop’s Lulu sandals are designed with Microwobbleboard technology. And if you, like us, are curious as to what that could possibly be, here’s what we learned in a gist: a Microwobbleboard midsole delivers superior comfort and cushioning.
ADDITIONAL INFO: Why are the Lulu sandals deemed some of the most comfortable walking shoes ever? Because they’re made from soft leather and microfiber with three levels of targeted cushioning—all thanks to their Microwobbleboard makings.
UGG Goldenstar Platform Sandal
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Sporty and sassy, UGG’s take on women’s walking sandals have a bouncy platform footbed that you haven’t experienced the likes of since Nickelodeon’s Moon Shoes. Add on the fact that the straps are secured via a simple, Velcro-like system, and we might have to order all four colors.
FUNCTIONAL FEATURES: UGG doesn’t cut corners—that’s for sure. Their Goldenstar women’s walking sandals are designed with arch support and a memory foam footbed.
Madewell The Charley Double-Strap Slide Sandal
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Wish granted: comfortable walking sandals with a timeless sense of style. If a bright future for the earth is also on your wishlist, these will double deliver, because they’re crafted with leather that’s made through sustainable environmental practices.
FUNCTIONAL FEATURES: One subtle toe divider. Two stretchy straps. Countless comfortable walks while wearing these sandals in your future. Okay, we got a little carried away with that last one, but you get the idea.
SARTO By Franco Sarto Gia Sandal
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Streamlined—that’s how Franco Sarto describes the Gia's design. Strap (pun intended) these on if you want to glide—not walk—to the coffee shop down the street.
FUNCTIONAL FEATURES: When a pair of women’s sandals has a loop toe, that’s when you know you’re in for a comfortable day. In fact, the general strap design of these makes them great for walking, so you’ll have no worries next time you want to get out and enjoy the nice weather.
Söfft Bali Sandal
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Cute. So cute. But also, comfortable. Finally, a brand that gets what women are looking for in a sandal (and life, tbh). Söfft has been hard at work perfecting their handcrafted footwear for nearly 100 years—and it shows.
FUNCTIONAL FEATURES: The value of adjustable straps in a pair of sandals should not be understated, so we’re pleased to see these have them. They also come with arch support, which has us thinking they might just be the ideal pair of women’s walking sandals.
Sorel Ella II Sandal
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Women’s walking sandals are comfortable, but they aren’t always cute, so when they are, don’t hesitate to add to cart.
FUNCTIONAL FEATURES: These have a molded rubber sole with criss-cross leather straps, and while at first glance they may look difficult to get on and off, the thoughtful addition of elastic in the strap design solves that problem.
Birkenstock Mayari Birko-Flor Sandal
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Birkenstock: you know them. If you don’t, you will after reading this list because (spoiler alert) this isn’t the last time you’ll see their name. This particular pair of sandals is designed for comfort with an extra secure, loop-toe design.
ADDITIONAL INFO: One pattern we picked up when scrolling through women’s reviews for these walking sandals is that they will stay on your feet. So if you’re worried about losing a shoe at an inopportune time, these might be just what you're looking for.
Teva Midform Universal Sandal
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Rugged. Comfortable. Universal. Teva’s reimagined walking sandals responded to women’s call for a pair of bad-a, down-for-anything summer shoes. Oh, but they went over the top too with 15 different color variations of their to choose from.
ADDITIONAL INFO: These sandals come in whole sizes only. For half sizes, Nordstrom recommends ordering the next size up.
Tory Burch Miller Cloud Sandal
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Tory Burch makes iconic women’s sandals. It’s just a fact. But with a lightweight, ergonomic design, the Miller Cloud Sandals are built for walking—so if you want to show off that fresh pedicure but also have things to do, these are for you.
FUNCTIONAL FEATURES: Here’s how Tory Burch’s most comfortable sandals ever are built: they have a contoured, dual-density foam footbed that’s wrapped in soft leather with a secure but cute matching leather strap.
Birkenstock Arizona Slide Sandal
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: How could it be anyone else? But really, is it any surprise to see Birkenstock top the list? They’ve been crafting footwear since 1774 and their Arizona Slide has nearly 1,000 five-star reviews on Nordstrom’s site alone.
FUNCTIONAL FEATURES: With a contoured footbed made of plush foam cushioning, wearing Birks is like walking on a firm pillow that’s made for your feet, arch support included.
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