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 16 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. Birkenstock Arizona Leather Sandal
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.
And if you’re looking for something a little more waterproof, check out Birkenstock’s waterproof EVA sandals, available this summer for just $45.
2. 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.
3. 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. Sure, they look a little dorky, but dorky is in right now.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Dr. Martens Myles II Double Strap Sandal
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.
7. Chaco Z1 Classic Strap Sandal
BEST STRAPPY SANDAL
While men’s strappy sandals have been a popular style for quite some time, these Chaco Z1 Classic Strap Sandals take the idea to a more modernized level by tampering with the overall strapped look and function. The look completely strays away from a classic men’s strapped sandal by using a more multi-gender style by webing and interlocking straps within eachother to fit your foot comfortably. Finished with a slip-proof sole, these sandals are made for any kind of day.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Cole Haan Feathercraft Slide Sandal
BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Originally starting off at $110, Cole Haan’s luxuriously designed Feathercraft Slide Sandals now only cost… wait for it… $40. A damn steal. Crafted from leather and suede, they’re 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.
11. Saturdays NYC Banya Leather Slides
BEST WHITE SANDALS
White sandals are great and all, but if you’re the type to let your feet breathe all season long, they can really begin to show their age pretty early on. While a white pair of flips that keep their cool after tons of use are essentially unreal, these white Banya Leather Slides from Saturdays NYC are an exemption to the issue. Though the sandals technically aren’t fully white, they’re pretty dang close. The black bottoms ensure that most filth that hits the material can be wiped off which means you can kiss stains goodbye. Try getting that from your classic all-white pair.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. Crocs Classic Tie Dye Clog
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.