Flip-flops are basically synonymous with summer. If you don’t have a half-decent pair of comfortable flip-flops or shower slides in your closet, there are so many reasons to reconsider. The first and one of the best reasons is the value. For around $40, a decent pair of men’s flip-flops will last you years, as long as you don’t wear them all the time. Unless you’re buying a luxury brand, the best flip-flops typically don’t cost much because their designs are simple and use relatively inexpensive materials such as foams, plastics and synthetic materials. Not only do those materials keep flip-flop prices down, but they also make many flip-flops water-resistant and unbelievably comfortable and durable for their price.
Whether you’re kicking it at the pool with friends, hitting the beach for some sun or packing the duffel for a weekend trip, a pair of stylish flip-flops will carry you through any casual adventure. Sure, flip-flops aren’t the most fashion-forward footwear in the world, but this year consumers are prioritizing comfort in clothing like never before. Comfy dad shoes and everyday favorites like Birkenstocks and Crocs are common sights this summer, and there are plenty of great flip-flop brands, too. If you don’t want to go without this summer style staple, SPY rounded up some of the best flip-flops to help prep your closet for those sunny summer days.
Before we run through the best flip-flops, we just need to clear up a technicality: All flip-flops and slides are sandals but not all sandals are flip-flops. In the spirit of not getting too bogged down in definitions and in the interest of identifying and including the best open-toed footwear for summer fun, we evaluated all options but trended toward stereotypical, lighter, flip-flop sandals as described above. We’ve included both thong-style flip-flops and more traditional sandals, as the term flip-flop generally encompasses both styles in common usage.
The best flip-flops are the ideal footwear for casual summer fun like taking a walk in a park or partying in the backyard. After all, if you’re looking to go for a hike, we’ve got sturdier men’s sandals for you to wear instead. Below, you’ll find our favorite flip-flops for men to wear in 2021.
1. Reef Men’s Fanning Flip-Flop
For a great summer flip-flop, you can’t do much better than the Reef Men’s Fanning Flip-Flop. Popular among surfers and more active beachgoers, Reef’s Fanning flip-flops use a rubber outsole and a foam footbed with synthetic uppers. That means they’re comfortable enough for lounging around but also durable enough to handle a bit more wear and tear. That might be standard fare for most flip-flops, but this pair adds one more detail to stand out from the crowd: a bottle opener on its sole! So no matter what you’re up to, at least you know you’ll be able to open a beer.
2. Nike Benassi Solarsoft Slide Athletic Sandal
The Nike Benassi Solarsoft Slide Athletic Sandals deliver on both classic style and comfort. The sole uses a dual-density foam construction to give your feet plenty of support for walking. These are the classic socks and sandals kind of flip flop you wear when doing laundry or walking to the local bodega for a quick snack. A true classic that will never go out of style.
3. NORTIV 8 Men’s Flip-Flops
Sometimes, you just don’t need bells and whistles when shopping for flip-flops. Sometimes you just want the best, cheapest pair there is. If that’s your goal, then you can’t do better than the NORTIV 8 Men’s Flip-Flops. A sponge footbed with arch support built means you can go from the beach to the street to the boardwalk time after time again while never worrying about foot discomfort. The durable, long-lasting PU strap holding the shoe together has customers raving, too, so worrying about your sandals breaking mid-step will stay a problem of the past. At such an affordable price, these will be your go-to flips all summer long.
4. Havaianas Top Flip Flops
What you see is what you get with these Havaianas. These flip flops offer zero support, low-key materials and come in only solid colors. They’re both lightweight and waterproof and come in an array of colors to keep things chill. They claim to be durable, but we’ve all had a pair like these before. They’re cheap, they’re worth the money, but let’s be real — they won’t last you a lifetime.
5. Crocs Crocband Flip-Flop
FOR CROCS LOVERS
True to the Crocs brand, the Crocs Crocband Flip-Flops are extremely comfortable, durable and will keep your feet feeling fresh for hours. The only downside? If they get wet, they won’t dry as you wear them because the water will stay stuck between your foot and the foam material. But give them a quick wipe down or a few minutes to dry in the sun, and you’ll be ready to hit the streets again in no time.
6. Quiksilver Carver Suede 3 Point Flip Flop
Quiksilver is a brand incredibly well-known in the space of summer favorites. The surf brand has been dominating men’s, women’s and children’s clothing for years upon years now, so don’t be so shocked that these suede 3 point flips are one of our favorites right now. These sophisticated sandals feature really soft suede straps that won’t tear at the top of your feet and a comfortable heel contour with massive arch support. These flip flops are totally quality, too, so they won’t fall apart in a matter of a couple of wears.
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7. Under Armour Men’s Ignite VI Slide Sandal
MOST COMFORTABLE SLIDE
If you’re in the market for pure comfort, check out the Under Armour Men’s Ignite VI Slide Sandal. The EVA outsole provides great support and cushion and the upper has a soft foam on the underside to avoid blisters. But the real clincher for these flip-flops is the footbed made with two layers of foam and anatomical contours. Seriously, it’s like walking on a memory foam pillow. The only downside is the foam can soak up sweat and get smelly over time, but that’s a small price to pay in our opinion and one that’s fairly avoidable too.
8. Rainbow Sandals
The classic Rainbow Sandals were built to last, and they’re not completely hideous like some super comfortable flip-flops. The multilayer midsole provides outstanding arch support, the straps are lined with 2,000-pound nylon and the soles are pure rubber. They’re easy to put miles on and it’ll take you years of wear before they’re worn down enough to consider replacing, if ever. And they’re pretty comfortable along the way too once you break them in.
9. Adidas Adissage Sandal
Adidas is one of the king’s of casual flip-flops, the Adidas Adissage Sandal are among the brand’s best. These look excellent out on the town accompanying long socks and 5-inch inseam shorts. Or, better yet, wear them to the pool or beach next time you head there.
10. Sanuk Beer Cozy 2 Flip-Flops
Looking to conquer the retro style dad pulled off so well back in his day? These low-key, squishy flips will give pops a run for his money. This decker style look is seriously warping time and space by bringing us a vibe we thought was long over. Foamy soles play with the old-school aesthetic by simplifying and restyling the modern flip. If you’re ready to rock that vintage look in 2021, these are the way to go.
11. UGG Brookside Flip
BEST FROM UGG
If you ever wondered why women for the past 15 or so years have been fawning over calf-high spacey UGG boots, you’ve never tried a pair of the male equivalent yourself. Now deemed the most comfortable winter staple for both women and men alike, UGG unbeknownst to us have been dipping their toes in summer-wear for a bit now. The brand’s Brookside Flips for men prove comfort doesn’t have to stop at fluffy slippers but can continue into your summer seaside days. Made of suede with a contoured EVA footbed, you’ll finally understand why the hype over UGG is so real. Effortlessly combining style and comfort, these are the most stylish flip-flops for everyday wear.
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12. Cole Haan Feathercraft Slide Sandal
An affordable slide with leather and suede straps? Sign us up! Cole Haan’s Feathercraft Slide Sandals are designed for sun-drenched summer days and sandy beachside sunsets alike. The GRANDFØAM footbed ensures lightweight cushioning so no achey bottoms, while a lightweight design means you don’t feel like you’re lugging weights along all day.
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13. Suicoke Urich Slide Sandal
The Suicoke Urich Slide Sandals have high-quality design and materials, resulting in one great pair of flip-flops. The thick adjustable rubber straps will easily secure your fit and last forever, while the EVA midsole provides solid comfort and support. Additionally, suicoke worked with Vibram make custom, durable rubber soles suitable for any surface. If you don’t mind spending a bit more, these flip-flops look awesome and will last a long time.
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14. Chaco Chillos Flip
Who doesn’t love tie-dye? If you’re looking to make a splash with some wild colors on your flip-flops, the Chaco Chillos will be perfect for you. Not only are they tie-dye (which is perfect for summer) but they are also totally comfortable.
15. Gucci Men’s Signature Stripe Slide Sandals
BEST DESIGNER SANDALS
You thought we were going to forget the oh-so-classic Gucci Flip-Flops? Designed solely for flexing on your friends and family, these are sandals made to impress. That said, we’re not going to lie, they aren’t the most comfortable. These are the “you get for what you pay for” type, but solely in regards to the name, not the comfort. But, I hate to say it, they are pretty cool — and you know what they say, beauty is pain!
16. Hammer Anvil Men’s Flip-Flops Summer Sandals
BEST CHEAP FLIP-FLOPS
We warn you that you get what you pay for, but if you’re just looking for some summer beater flip-flops on the cheap, go for the Hammer Anvil Men’s Flip-Flops Summer Sandals. They’re basically one thick foam sole and soft rubber straps, making them reasonably comfortable and water-resistant but mostly extremely affordable.
17. OluKai Ohana Flip-Flops
BEST FOR WALKING
With over 860 reviews on Zappos, these five-star OluKai Ohana Flip-Flops are really something to rave about. On those super hot days where sneakers just won’t cut it, walk miles and miles instead in these flip-flops. We know what you’re thinking, walking long distances in flip-flops? Yeah, feel free. Designed to be waterproof, these flip-flops were made to be easy to wash, so they’ll never stink. Additionally, the arch support allows for maximum comfort and foot-huggage as you step. One reviewer even said he wore them day in and day out during a two-month backpacking trip in the Middle East and then for another six weeks in Africa. Call him crazy, or simply snag a pair and try them out yourself.
18. Teva Men’s Mush II Flip-Flops
Teva’s been one of the top makers of all things sandals forever. The Teva Mush II flip-flops, the next generation of the ever-popular Mush sandal, boasts all the classic Teva features you’d expect: a Mush top-sole that forms to your foot, an EVA-foam outsole and snazzy quick-dry polyester yarn thong-straps.
19. Reef Cushion Phantom Flip-Flops
BEST FOR WATER
Like almost all our other picks, this flip-flop is made entirely with synthetic materials, so it basically doesn’t soak or stay wet. In particular, these Reef flip-flops have a higher density rubber outsole for additional traction, so you can step into the waves without any fear of slipping. Made with a soft, cushy footbed, you’ll feel as if you’re walking on clouds.