The 12 Best Fisherman Sandals for 2024

Don't be the last to catch on.

woman in black prada fisherman sandals
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You might assume they're a fad, but upon closer look, you'll find that the trending fisherman-style shoe is a classic. "The best fisherman sandals are a great mix between traditional work attire, open-toed summertime vibes, and the comfort of your favorite flats," explains Diego Abba, CEO of luxury retail site Italist. "Like the chunky sneaker trend, we think they have staying power as the ideal hybrid shoe." Not to mention, the versatility of the fisherman shoe goes beyond any ordinary walking sandal, with a bevy of heel heights, hardware variations, color options, and woven fabrications to choose from. 

Fisherman sandals also boast the ability to complement any outfit for virtually any occasion. "The fisherman sandal will take you to virtually any occasion," details Ryan Kleman, director of non-apparel and fine jewelry at Moda Operandi. "Day to night, casual to semi-formal—this makes it a must-have shoe!" As for some real-life outfit inspo, try styling fisherman sandals with a breezy summer dress, a straw tote or raffia market style, and your favorite sunglasses for an off-duty warm-weather look. And when the season ends, pop on a sock to seamlessly transition the summer shoe during fall's colder temps. 

What to Look For in Fisherman Sandals

  • High-Quality Textiles

Since shoes are meant to withstand wherever your feet take them and whatever they walk on, you want to ensure your fisherman sandals are made of high-quality textiles that won't degrade over time. "It's important to pick a pragmatic and durable upper with a timeless design," Kleman shares. "This ensures your purchase will last you for years and seamlessly pair with your evolving wardrobe."

  • Sole Type

You also must "consider the sole type you most prefer, as this dictates the wearability of the style and the overall mood," says the Moda Operandi accessories director. "Think leather soles for more evening and dressed-up occasions, while rubber soles and platforms are best suited for daytime and casual."

  • The Best Shoe Brands

"One of the two biggest factors to keep in mind when shopping for a fisherman sandal is the brand," says Kleman. "The Row does my favorite sandal. It has the perfect balance of fashion and high-quality craftsmanship. Prada's variation is a close second." If a luxury price tag isn't in your budget, look to more affordable footwear brands like Steve Madden and Dr. Martens.

The Best Fisherman Sandals

Meet the Expert

Diego Abba CEO of Italist
Diega Abba
Ryan Kleman
Ryan Kleman

Ryan Kleman has worked at Moda Operandi for five years and is currently the Director of Non-Apparel and Fine Jewelry. Born and raised in Ohio, after attending Bowling Green State University, he began his fashion career at Saks Fifth Avenue, later spending time working at Amazon and Gucci. Ryan currently resides in New York City.

Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.