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 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 heel and 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 Italian leather loafers. They have memory foam insoles and a low stacked heel for a comfortable fit, so you can wear these no matter where you're headed this summer.
The under $100 sporty slides you'll want to wear for the rest of summer. Nike Air Max 90's slide has a foam footbed and plush strap lining for both support and comfort. This style has been in the company's rotation for the past 30 years, so enjoy the newer color iterations for 2020.
If you're going to wear flip-flops, upgrade to a pair you won't be embarrassed to show off. This one from Havaianas has a twisted canvas strap and metallic threading for elevated qualities that don't clash with its laidback function.
We're all for this sandal adorned with crochet flowers. It reminds us of something you'd find at a vintage flea market after hours of browsing through the bins. Luckily, you can skip that hassle and just add this shoe directly to your checkout cart.
For a minimalist strap sandal you can wear every day, try this one by Banana Republic. It has a padded footbed and flexible skid-resistant rubber sole, so you won't slip and slide as you walk.
A dash of animal print is sometimes all you need to up your footwear game and help you step outside of your style comfort zone. This slide sandal has a raised back for better arch support.
The leopard spots on this sandal are made from embellished black beads, so as you walk they will reflect light and give your footwear a shimmery, lively feel. The footbeds are lightly padded and have a tiny raised a sculptural heel.
This two-toned sandal is made in Portugal and comes in three different colors. Although the leather and footbed for this shoe is said to be comfortable, the footwear does run small so you might want to size up.
This classic pair of crisscross slides has been in Everlane's footwear rotation since it first launched shoes. With over 600+ reviews, this sandal has captured the heart of Everlane fans everywhere for its timeless design, colorful options, and comfort.
Each sandal from Freedom Moses is made from recyclable plastics and comes packaged in biodegradable materials. The lightweight shoes won't drag down your feet and are also water repellent, so you'll always be prepared for that sudden summertime rain storm.
For a shoe that's called the "roaming sport sandal," you can bet on it to comfortably take you from point A to point B. The shoes have a two-inch thick sole to absorb some impact from the ground and thick straps secure the sandal to your feet. Wear with your favorite summer skirts.
Everyone needs a dressy sandal option for date night and this gold strap sandal is perfect for that post-dinner stroll. It has a low-block heel, so you're not in pain after walking for 15 minutes, and ankle straps to keep everything in place.
Gucci's luxurious take on the pool slides. The rubber footbed and chevron leather strap with the fashion house's double gold logo make this slide a must-have for the designer obsessed.
The classic leopard print gets reworked onto the corduroy straps of these flatforms. Style the shoe with one or two of spring/summer 2020's biggest trends from knit dresses to Bermuda shorts.
Birkenstocks are known for their wear-in comfort and for their effortless ease in summer dressing. If you've worn yours to the ground, replace your Birks with the latest style from its collab with Proenza Schouler. This one is crafted from slightly glossy ochre leather with contrasting black stitching and has cushioned, molded footbeds.
With "comfort" in its name, these Greek-style sandals won't steer you wrong. A slightly elevated rubber sole gives your feet support while the straps ensure the shoe stays put off as you walk. The beige color will match many of your summer outfits, which means the cost per wear will be (basically) negligible.
First spotted on Anna Sui's spring 2019 runway, these Teva collab sandals are finally here. The limited-edition style takes its cues from nature's vibrant flora and fauna as well as Polynesian prints. You can choose between this flat form or a thicker one, depending on how much height you want. Both will be equally comfy.
This Cole Haan shoe is one of Nordstrom's most customer-reviewed sandals. They're quote, "well-made, comfortable, and more elegant than your average sandal." These shoes come in six colors and appear to suit those with wide feet, though this fit will vary from person to person. The design is crafted from a soft, smooth leather and fitted with a comfortable padded footbed and flexible sole.
For a comfortable mule you can walk hours in, try Tamara Mellon's "Saint" sandal, which has a 2.17 inch heel. Two straps make the shoe extra secure on your feet and the versatile black hue will match with everything, from a white summer dress to a denim midi skirt.
These Chloé sky-high espadrilles will make you feel like you're walking on clouds. They're not heavy and the fun fringe canvas strap adds a unique touch to the espadrille shoe. I've had mine for over three years and can attest to their wearability, from the streets of Europe to the plush garden lawns at weddings.