The 6 Best Walking Sandals for Women of 2021

Keep your feet comfortable after a long day

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During the warm weather months, you need a pair of shoes that won’t make your feet sweaty and uncomfortable as you’re commuting to work, running errands, or exploring new sights while on vacation. A basic pair of flip-flops won’t do, since you want a shoe that’s comfortable, cushioned, supportive, and actually looks stylish.

With all these features in mind, we’ve researched walking sandals to find ones that can go the distance, keeping your feet happy all summer long.

Here are the best walking sandals for women on the market that are both practical and attractive.

Our Top Picks
The Velcro ankle strap ensures a perfect fit and also makes it easy to get out the door in a jiffy.
These sandals are flexible in the right places so your foot is both supported and able to move through a step naturally.
Have a slight platform with a 1-inch heel which gives some height to your overall look without compromising comfort.
Best for Plantar Fasciitis:
BIRKENSTOCK Arizona Leather Sandal at Amazon
The footbed seems to even out pressure and the distribution of your weight, letting your foot find some relief.
Best for Wide Feet:
SAS Nudu Sandals at Amazon
Available in wide and double wide as well as medium, narrow, and slim sizes so you can find one that is just right.
Have anatomical compression-molded midsoles that give support to people with high arches.

Best Overall: Teva Women's W Sanborn Sandal

Whether you are going to be pounding the pavement in the morning to walk your dog or taking in the sites for the day on your next vacation, you'll want a pair of sandals that are not only comfortable but also stylish and will stand up to the weather. Teva—a trusted footwear brand for many years—makes the pretty Sandborn sandal that comes in a chic black or five other colors that can work with your style. 

These sandals not only look good—they feel good too, with a 1-inch heel and a 0.75-inch platform that will support you through your travels. The Velcro ankle strap ensures a perfect fit and also makes it easy to get out the door in a jiffy. Plus, if rain occurs or you are taking your walk off-road, these sandals dry fast, leaving you with fresh feeling feet.

Reviewers rejoice for these sandals, saying they have a super comfortable footbed that even kept one customer feeling good after a whole day at Disneyland.

Best Budget: Skechers Performance Women’s On the Go Brilliancy 600

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This bargain sports sandal is well-loved for comfort. These sandals are lightweight and have responsive cushioning, both of which can help prevent foot fatigue. Skechers uses a proprietary memory-foam midsole to absorb impact, but it doesn’t stay compressed—it rebounds so you get feedback to keep moving. These sandals are flexible in the right places so your foot is both supported and able to move through a step naturally.

For brisk walking and tackling hills, you will appreciate having a heel strap on the sandal so you can get a good push-off and won’t walk out of your sandals when going downhill, as can happen with flip-flops. The heel strap is padded to help prevent rubbing and blisters, and the ankle strap is adjustable. The heel height is less than an inch, which is the general guideline for walking heel height. You’ll also appreciate that the footbed is textured, so your feet won’t slide around if they sweat, plus it provides a bit of airflow to prevent bacterial growth (which can lead to foot odor).

These sandals are available in wide as well as medium and in seven color combinations, so you are sure to find a pair that is sized and styled right for you.

Look and feel good with these top-rated sandals. Available in 14 different hues and patterns, these sandals work just as well sightseeing as they do out on a romantic date. The cork and latex footbed provides ample comfort when you log the distance. These go on as a slingback, but reviewers note that they do not stretch out over time, which was a cause for concern for most. They have a slight platform with a 1-inch heel, which gives some height to your overall look without compromising comfort. 

These come in five different width options, so both people with wide and narrow feet as well as high and low arches have said these have worked great for them. 

Best for Plantar Fasciitis: BIRKENSTOCK Unisex Arizona Leather Sandal

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

While each person with plantar fasciitis may have different needs, the Birkenstock Arizona has been the go-to choice for decades. Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the fibrous cord on the bottom of your foot and heel. While you may be reducing your walking as you heal from it, you need sandals that won’t cause further irritation or a recurrence for when you do need to get around.

The Birkenstock Arizona sandals provide the level of comfort you need from plantar fasciitis, because the footbed seems to even out pressure and the distribution of your weight, letting your foot find some relief.  They also have a roomy toe box that contours to the toes to help keep your foot in the right position while walking. Plus, the sandals have built-in arch support, which is great if you are going to be standing or walking for a long period of time. The durable rubber sole provides good traction so you are less likely to slip on a variety of surfaces that come your way. The sandals come in regular or narrow widths, and the two buckle straps allow you to further adjust the fit.

The upper is made of Birko-Flor synthetic that has a leather-like finish and a soft backing. There are many colors available, from the classics to metallic stone.

What Our Editors Say

"Yes, these Birkenstocks do require a brief break-in period. But once you're past that short phase (I have two pairs and it took about a week each with each one), the sole molds to your footbed and fits like a two-strap glove. They're easy to slip on and off, and only get more comfortable with time." Ashleigh Morley, Commerce Editorial Director

Best for Wide Feet: SAS Nudu Sandals

If you have wide feet you know how difficult it is to find comfortable sandals that actually fit you. San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS) has been pleasing walkers for more than a generation with their well-cushioned designs that are available in wide and double wide as well as medium, narrow, and slim sizes so you can find a size that is just right.

The Nudu sandal brings that high level of cushioning and comfort to a sandal you can wear for a long day of walking with their padded straps that prevent hot spots and blisters, a top complaint amongst sandal walkers. There are also three adjustable straps so you can get a tailored custom fit for your forefoot, ankle, and heel. This sandal flexes in the right place in the forefoot while also providing support and stability at the midfoot and heel, which is important in a sandal. The heel is low and shaped to help you roll through a step, while the suede footbed will help keep your feet dry and fresh after a long day.

These sandals are available in a two-toned leather in classic colors that will go with all of your outfits for walking, shopping, or touring. Many people also favor SAS shoes because they are a family-owned company and make many of their shoes in the United States.

Best Flip-Flops: OLUKAI Kulapa Kai Sandals

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While flip-flops aren't recommended to wear by podiatrists, there is a time and place for these—if you are running out the door or going on a beach vacation. If you are going to go the flip-flop route, this top-rated pair from OluKai has anatomical compression-molded midsole, which gives support to people with high arches. They are also water-resistant, so they can hold up at the beach and also have traction to prevent you from sliding around. 

Reviewers say these are the first and only pair of flip-flops that have been comfortable, and a few said these helped ease plantar fasciitis issues. 

Final Verdict

Teva’s Women’s W Sanborn Sandal (view at Amazon) checks all the boxes for a walking shoe. Its hook and loop closure means easy on and off while its 1-inch platform heel offers some lift. For a budget pick that ensures you’re getting both comfort and style, Skechers’ On-the-Go Brilliancy Sport Sandal (view at Amazon) is a solid choice thanks to its memory foam midsole and textured footbed. 

Why Trust Verywell Fit 

Wendy Bumgardner has walked over a thousand 10-kilometer events, over 100 half-marathons, seven marathons, two Breast Cancer 3-Day Walks, and one Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. She has a Leki Nordic Walking Instructor certificate and is an RRCA certified marathon coach.  

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