It’s almost springtime and that means it’ll be sandals season before you know it. Though you probably own a pair or two, not all 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 10 of the best men’s sandals to help you find the right sandals for whatever’s on your agenda this spring and summer.
Typically we would award a “Best Overall” sandal, but no sandal will perform perfectly in every environment and keep you comfortable in every situation. Instead, 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.
1. Dr. Scholl’s Men’s Gordon Sandal
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.
2. Teva Men’s Sandal
BEST FOR THE BEACH AND SWIMMING
One of SPY’s favorites, Teva’s Men’s Original Universal 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.
3. 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.
4. Indosole Men’s ESSNTLS Vegan 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 ESSNTLS Vegan Flip Flop 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.
5. 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.
6. Crocs Crocband Flip Flop
BEST FOR TRAVEL
Crocs Crocband Flip Flop is one of Amazon’s Choice products and for good reason. But even though they’re excellent sandals overall, they’re also 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. 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.
7. Birkenstock Arizona Leather Sandal
BEST FOR LONG-TERM COMFORT
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 in to 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.
8. Rainbow Sandals
BEST FASHION 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.
9. Nike Men’s Benassi 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 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, cheap and good to roll out of bed and cook breakfast in.
10. 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.