The Best Men’s Sandals to Tackle Spring and Summer in Style

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Though you probably own a pair or two, not all men’s sandals are created equal. Depending on what you’re trying to do, your closet’s plastic flip flops might not get the job done. So we rounded up a few of the best men’s sandals to help you find the right sandals for whatever’s on your agenda this spring and summer.

While no sandal will perform perfectly in every environment and keep you comfortable in every situation, we’ve offered options for most use cases, whether you’re a beach bum, a seasoned outdoor hiker, an office warrior or just a guy trying to get some chores done around the house on the weekend.

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1. Birkenstock Arizona Leather Sandal

BEST OVERALL

Comfort is hard to qualify and quantify. Generally, either something is comfortable for you or it isn’t. At the same time, we can all agree that customized or personalized clothing and footwear tend to be more comfortable because it’s made for you. That’s where Birkenstock’s sandals come in. If you are willing to put the time and walking into mold Birkenstock’s cork sole to your foot, you will acquire the most comfortable sandal of all time. That’s the no-frills promise of this simple, faux leather, two-buckle Birkenstock: You walk, the sandal’s cork bed molds to your foot and the sandal becomes even more comfortable and personal to you. If you’re willing to bear the break-in period, we bet you’ll wear your Birkenstocks into the ground.

Birkenstock Arizona Leather Sandal, men's sandals Courtesy of Zappos

  

2. Rainbow Sandals

BEST EVERYDAY SANDAL

These Rainbow sandals are comfortable, not too pricey and can pair with just about everything. Their understated, simple style makes them very versatile in terms of what you can wear with them and where you can wear them. Whether you’re going for a brisk walk, strolling by the pool or hitting the office, these sandals will keep you styling and their arch support will help keep your feet feeling strong.

Rainbow Sandals, men's sandals Courtesy of Amazon

  

3. Under Armour Men’s Ignite VI Slide Sandal

MOST COMFORTABLE

When the weather gets warm, nothing beats a pair of ultra-comfy slides like the Under Armour Men’s Ignite VI Slide Sandal. Walking on these foam footbeds feels even better than the cool side of the pillow. Unfortunately, foam soaks, so these aren’t the best for sweaty feet or wet weather. But for a sunny day in the backyard or chores around the house, these sandals just can’t be beat.

Under Armour Men's Ignite VI Slide Sandal in black, best men's sandals Courtesy of Amazon

  

4. Teva Original Universal Men’s Sandal

BEST FOR THE BEACH AND SWIMMING

One of SPY’s favorites, Teva’s Original Universal Men’s Sandal handles wet environments with authority. When you’re on a light hike through a small river or walking next to the waves on the beach, you don’t want your foot slipping around in the sand and water. Teva’s strap system keeps the sandal on your foot no matter what’s happening, and the straps dry super fast if they get wet. Throw a pair of socks on with these sandals and you’ll be ready for all but the most arduous adventures summer can throw your way. Sure, they look a little dorky, but dorky is in right now.

Teva Men's Sandal Courtesy of Zappos
  

5. Adidas Men’s Alphabounce Slide Sports Sandals

ALSO CONSIDER MOST COMFORTABLE

For another pair of comfy men’s sandals, we recommend the Adidas Men’s Alphabounce Slide Sports Sandals. The special contoured Bounce footbed offers plenty of support and, yes, bounce. But these slides also add foam to the underside of the straps, so you’ll never have to worry about them cutting into your foot.

Adidas Originals Men's Alphabounce Slide Sport Sandal Courtesy of Amazon

  

6. Birkenstock Barbados EVA Sandals

EASIEST TO CARE FOR

Though we’ll stand by the Birkenstock Arizona sandal as the GOAT, we also love these Birkenstock Barbados EVA Sandals. They have the same attention to detail and quality materials that Birkenstock uses for all it’s sandals, plus, they’re machine washable.

Birkenstock Barbados EVA Sandal Courtesy of Amazon

  

7. Cole Haan Feathercraft Slide Sandal

BEST WOVEN SANDAL

Crafted from leather and suede, Cole Haan’s luxuriously designed Feathercraft Slide Sandals are as cool as can be. They’re also as cozy as they are stylish because of the sandal’s foamed footbed, providing both a lightweight feel and tons of comfort for your feet. If you’re a true Cole Haan fan, or a Cole Faan, if you will, these will be a staple to your summer style.

Cole Haan Feathercraft Slide Sandal Courtesy of Cole Haan

  

8. Dr. Martens Myles II Double Strap Sandal

BEST PLATFORM

From the brand that’s been bringing us iconic boots for generations, we were surprised to find out Dr. Martens also dabbled in sandals — though not so surprised after seeing what they look like. The Myles II Double Strap Sandals have Dr. Martens written all over them. It really goes to show that the brand really generated such a readable style, and it transforms into sandals so incredibly well. The sandals themselves offer a slight height boost, which is great for you short kings out there, and the overall look really throws us back into the 90s grunge scene we *miss* so much.

Dr Martens Myles II Double Strap Sandal Courtesy of Amazon

  

9. Nike Men’s Benassi JDI Sandal

BEST AROUND-THE-HOUSE SANDAL

Some days you need to get up and do some chores, but you don’t feel like dressing for the day. You know the day: a T-shirt and athletic shorts kind of day. The only thing you’re missing to tackle your day in complete comfort is the right slip-on sandal. Nike’s Men’s Benassi JDI sandals are just the sandals for you. The sandal’s Phylon foam midsole and soft jersey lining will keep your feet feeling relaxed as you take on the day in style. Overall, Nike’s Benassi sandal is simple, affordable and great to roll out of bed and cook breakfast in.

Nike Men's Benassi JDI Sandal Courtesy of Nike

  

10. ECCO Men’s Yucatan Offroad Hiking Sandal

BEST FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Of all the things you can do in sandals, serious hiking is the one that requires the most specialized sandals. If you want the hike to last and you’d rather finish it without pizza-sized blisters, you have to find a sandal that prioritizes security, stability and comfort. ECCO’s Men’s Yucatan Hiking Sandal offers all of that to help keep you moving on even the hardiest of trails. Its strap system will keep you locked in, the rubber sole will keep you gripped to the ground and the neoprene lining will make sure the durable leather doesn’t rub you raw. Add in a footbed that’s comfortable out of the box, and you’ve got the ideal hiking sandal with the ECCO Yucatan.

ECCO Men's Yucatan Offroad Hiking Sandal Courtesy of Amazon

  

11. Reef Men’s Fanning Flip Flop

BEST PARTY SANDAL

Spring and summer wouldn’t be the same without a few beach parties or outdoor barbecues. If you’re looking for the best sandal for a bit of eating and drinking, you’ll be the life of the party with Reef’s Fanning Flip Flop for one simple reason. Of course these sandals come with standard offerings such as a rubber outsole, arch support and water resistance, but the pièce de résistance is the built-in bottle opener! Wherever the party is, with Reef’s Fanning Flip Flop, you’ll be just a quick flip away from your beer of choice.

reef men's fanning flip flop sandals best men's sandals Courtesy of Amazon
  

12. Crocs Baya Flip Flop

BEST FOR TRAVEL

Though Crocs Baya Flip Flop is excellent pair of sandals overall, they’re specifically fantastic travel sandals. Because Croc’s sandals are made from foam, they’re cheap, super light and comfortable, very bendable and packable, and they dry out quickly. It’s as if they’re designed to keep travel in mind; stuffing them inside tight-squeezed suitcases comes with full ease. We never travel to warm weather places without these and they hold up just as well on long city walks as they do on casual beach strolls.

Crocs Baya Flip Flop Courtesy of Crocs

  

13. Indosole Light Blue ESSNTLS Slide Sandals

MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS

You cannot do better than Indosole if you’re looking for vegan and environmentally conscious men’s sandals. As a Certified B-Corporation, Indosole’s legally defined goals include making positive impacts on workers, communities and the environment.

The company demonstrates that commitment with its men’s Indosole Light Blue ESSNTLS Slide Sandals. These sandals use recycled tires for their soles, combine natural rubbers with vegan uppers and are manufactured without the use of animals, animal products or fuel-powered machines. They’re also comfortable, waterproof and produced by local artisans in Indonesia, in case you were worried your dollar wasn’t doing enough good already.

Indosole Light Blue ESSNTLS Slide Sandals Courtesy of Amazon

  

14. Crocs Crocband Flip Flops

WRITER’S PICK

The Crocs Baya Flip Flop is great, but the Crocs Crocband Flip Flops were the first Crocs I ever bought — like seven years ago — and they’re still as comfy as the day I bought them.

Not only are they super comfortable due to the Croslite foam sole, they’re completely waterproof, which makes them great for days spent near the water. But there are two downsides: Your feet will get tired if you put a lot of miles on these in one day — trust me on that one — and once they’re wet, they need to dry before you wear them, otherwise you’ll be slipping around the sandal all day.

But if you can avoid those two situations, the Crocs Crocband Flip Flops are some of the best men’s sandals around. Remarkably, the band is only starting to strip now after all this wear and tear.

Crocs Crocband Flip Flops in blue Courtesy of Amazon

  

15. Chaco Men’s Zcloud Sport Sandals

BEST STRAPPY SANDAL

We will rep strappy Teva sandals for life, but if you’re not keen on Teva or are looking for a more modern strappy look, check out the Chaco Men’s Zcloud Sport Sandals.

A rubber sole and polyurethane midsole offer plenty of support and comfort while the jacquard polyester webbing keeps your foot secure and adds a little style pop too.

Chaco Men's Zcloud Sport Sandal, best men's sandals Courtesy of Amazon

  

16. Adidas Men’s Adilette Shower Sandal

BEST FOR THE BATHROOM

A mainstay of college dorm bathrooms everywhere, the Adidas Men’s Adilette Shower Sandal is popular for a reason. You won’t want to hike in this sandal, but if you’re just looking for something to survive the public bathroom or step outside for a minute, this slip-on sandal is a great option. It’s cheap, it looks cool and it’ll dry quickly once you’re out of the shower.

Adidas Men's Adilette Shower Sandal Courtesy of Amazon

  

17. Saturdays NYC Banya Leather Slides

BEST REFINED SLIDES

For a classier, more refined slide-style men’s sandal, we love the Banya Leather Slides from Saturdays NYC. A chunky rubber footbed and treaded rubber outsole support your arch and deliver plenty of traction. At the same time, the polished leather strap, which is practically patent leather it’s so polished, elevates the sandal from casual to classy.

Saturdays NYC Banya Leather Slides in black Courtesy of Saturdays NYC

  

18. Dr. Scholl’s Men’s Gordon Sandal

DRESSIEST OPTION

Depending on the dress code, sandals can be hard to pull off in a professional setting. But as long as your office doesn’t mind open-toed footwear, wearing sandals to work feels great on hot days.

When looking to buy the best sandals for the office, you’ll want to keep this in mind: You want something comfortable without drawing too much attention to your feet. After all, you don’t want people staring at your feet all day. Because flashy won’t always fly in the office, we recommend brown or black sandals with good foot coverage and a comfortable sole. Dr. Scholl’s delivers all those qualities with its men’s Gordon Sandal. You can buy the sandals in black or brown, they offer good foot coverage and the memory foam sole will feel like walking on clouds as you coast from meeting to meeting.

Sure, they look a bit dorky, but dad shoes are cool.

Dr. Scholl's Men's Gordon Sandal Courtesy of Amazon

  

19. Birkenstock Boston Clog Sandal

BEST CLOSED-TOE SANDAL

Not every pair of sandals needs an open-toe design, just check out these wildly unique Boston Clog Sandals from Birkenstock. Built with that classic comfortable bottom that Birks’ fans know and love, this evolved sandal is made from durable suade with a soft napped finish providing an effortless additive to your casual style. The closed-toe design also keeps those tootsies safe, so feel free to even ride your bike in these—something we’d never suggest you do in open-toed sandals for obvious reasons.

Birkenstock Boston Clog Sandal in taupe suede, best men's sandals Courtesy of Amazon

  

20. Adidas Adilette Clog Slide Sandal

ALSO CONSIDER CLOSED-TOE SANDAL

Do not knock the Adidas Adilette Clog Slide Sandal until you’ve tried it. It’s basically one foot-shaped piece of EVA, so it’s extremely comfortable and completely waterproof. Sure, it ain’t sexy, but utility is back in fashion and these clog men’s sandals offer all the utility in the world, short of running a marathon.

Adidas Adilette Clog Slide Sandal in black with white stripes Courtesy of Amazon

  

21. Crocs Classic Tie Dye Clog

MOST COLORFUL

You have to love Crocs for consistently staying true to their original, almost ugly holed clog style. These Tye Dye Clogs are a real smack in the face, but we can’t hate them for it—they’re genuinely too iconic. Made for hot summer days and seaside walks, cover your feet in a style that shows you truly don’t care and can rock whatever your heart desires.

Crocs Classic Tie Dye Clog, best men's sandals Courtesy of Amazon

  

22. Kappa 222 Banda Aster 5 Sandals

BEST BOLD DESIGN

These sandals from Kappa are the bright, fun sandals you need to step out boldly this summer. They’re unisex, so you and your girlfriend can easily share them and they’re made of comfortable, supportive material and consist of two fully-adjustable velcro straps. They come in three different colors, blue yellow and red, and are a totally unique design that’s sure to stand out.

kappa banda sandals, best sandals for men Courtesy of Kappa

  

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