Finding a comfortable sandal often requires trial and error, blisters, and foot cramps. You don't have time for that. To make your summer shopping easier, we've found 21 pairs of stylish shoes that also check off the comfort box. From the latest pair of Birkenstocks to a cute little kitten heel, these pairs cater to anyone who desires functionality and style. A summer shoe needs to carry you from walks around the neighborhood to weekend adventures, and also last through every activity on a vacation itinerary, which is no small feat. Luckily, the 27 pairs ahead can do all this and more; shop the comfiest summer sandals, ahead, before they completely sell out. (PSA: if you also really want a doctor's advice, see the types of shoes a podiatrist recommends.)
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These shoes pass the cobblestone street test, thanks to the sturdy wedge slide and a thick strap across the foot. (Plus, Naturalizer is known for making comfortable, podiatrist-approved shoes.) The streamlined silhouette makes this sandal easy to style with anything, from a pair of cropped jeans to a midi skirt.
When you want to look polished and sophisticated, slip into these JW Anderson loafers. They have a comfortable cork sole and a polished chain across the front that gives them day-to-night appeal.
These are the under $100 sporty sandals you'll want to wear for the rest of summer. I mean, they're literally called the "Walking Sandal" so you know they have to be good for all-day wear.
If you're going to wear flip-flops, upgrade to a pair you won't be embarrassed to show off. This one from Reformation has a very on-trend chunky platform that makes it wearable with either a pair of suit pants or a denim mini skirt.
This plastic slide from Freedom Moses will take you from the beach to the streets this summer. The neutral floral pattern isn't too in-your-face either so you'll be channeling all the chill vibes. Plus, each sandal from Freedom Moses is made from recyclable plastics and comes packaged in biodegradable materials.
For a minimalist strappy sandal that you can wear every day, try this one by TKEES. It has buttery smooth leather straps and a flexible skid-resistant rubber sole, so you won't slip and slide as you walk.
For a sandal that you can just slip into and go on your merry way, try this white option from Birkenstock. The oversized buckle adds major fashion points to this comfortable shoe.
These sandals from Paloma Wool will instantly make even the simplest of looks feel a little more elevated. The rounded block heel will add a bit of height without causing discomfort after hours of wear.
The color change on this sandal from Camper is so subtle, you may not even notice it. These are perfect for the gal who doesn't usually wear bold accessories, but who is looking to experiment in 2021.
Shine on in this pair of barely-there modern gladiator-style sandals by Tamara Melon. The coppery hue will highlight your end-of-summer tan.
The lightweight woven upper on this sandal by Paul Green adds some seriously beachy texture to an otherwise neutral shoe. It also has a cushioned insole, so say goodbye to rubbing and soreness!
Before you say that thin heels can't also be comfortable, consider this: The heel on this particular sandal by H&M spans the entire back of the shoe so that your weight will be evenly distributed.
The padded strap on this pair of sandals from Vagabond Shoemakers means that blisters caused by painful rubbing will be a thing of the past. Yes, these are chunky—but that's what makes them so fashionable.
In a world of platforms, this more minimal sandal from Vi0nic is a breath of fresh air. The chestnut brown shade will make any outfit feel more a little more warm-weather-appropriate.
Lavender is shaping up to be one of the most in-demand colors this year, so why not stock up on a few pairs of shoes that come in the shade? These sandals from Mango make a strong case for never wearing sneakers in the summer ever again.
Had enough of your basic black and white sandals? Then why not give this pair of mules from Sam Edelman a spin? Yes, the heel is a little high, but the slight platform and wide strap make walking around a breeze.
Think of these sandals as the updated version of those shoes you used to wear as a kid, but more fashionable! The rubber sole means that you won't slip while you wear them.
You probably already love Dr. Martens' boots because of how damn comfortable they are, so why would you expect anything less from their range of sandals? The Mackaye Sandals are one of their top-rated pairs for that very reason.
I can't see how a pair of shoes that has "Quilted" in the title could not be comfortable. This olive green pair of mules just shot to the top of my must-buy list.
Ashley Benson was spotted wearing this pair of sandals by Goya recently—and I can see why! The puffy strap and thick sole screams comfort.
Behold the perfect picnic shoe. You'll look Instagram-ready in this pair of wooden sandals by Villa Rouge. But don't let the sturdy structure deter you from giving these a try. They have a cushioned leather sole!
This platform sandal by Aerosoles is made of entirely vegan materials and is designed with a memory foam footbed so yes, they're worth picking up this season.
This best-selling sandal has been around for years and there's a reason why. The sole actually molds to fit your feet as you wear them which means that your arches will stay supported every single time you put them on.
The caged style of this sandal by Franco Sarto will keep your foot from sliding around while you walk around throughout the day. The cushioned sole only ups the comfort factor.
You know that feeling when the buckles and straps on your shoes begin to rub? So brutal! This pair from Rekayla is specifically designed not to do that thanks to the stretchy elastic straps.
Espadrilles are the official shoe of the summer months, I don't make the rules! The jute footbed and platform on this pick from Castaner make for the perfect beachy shoe.
Wearing bright colors seems fun and all, but this pair of strappy white shoes from Charles & Keith will go with literally every single item in your closet. The toe loop and low block heel make them perfect for all-day wear.