The 9 Best Walking Sandals to Buy in 2019

These fitness sandals will protect and support your feet during long walks

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Walkers choose walking sandals or trail sandals for both short and long distance walks. As with any walking shoe, it is important to find a good fit and to test the walking sandals at shorter distances and with or without socks. Look for stability, motion control, and cushioning features needed for longer walks. Some designs have a closed toe for more protection against rocks and roots, while others are open-toed as with traditional sandals. Popular brands of walking sandals include Teva, Keen, and Birkenstock. Flip flops are usually a less-recommended choice and you will need to learn how to pick healthier flip flops.

Our Top Picks


Best Overall: Keen Newport Sandals

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The Keen Newport outdoor sandal design gets excellent reviews from wearers for everything from hiking to all-day city touring. The straps are made from waterproof leather, so you can wear them in a variety of conditions. It has an enclosed toe to provide protection against rocks and roots and it has an adjustable lacing strap. This would be a good choice for a sandal you want to do solid duty on the trail when you don't want to wear hiking shoes, such as on the Camino de Santiago. This is also made in a women's version


Best Overall Runner Up: Keen Men’s Rialto 3 Point Sandal

For town-to-trail you will enjoy the Rialto 3-Point adventure sandal. The footbed and sole are designed to give your foot the support, traction, and protection it needs for hiking as well as walking on asphalt and pavement. You can adjust the heel strap, ankle strap, and forefoot strap to get the fit and support and you need while walking. The straps are all fully padded so there is less risk of friction blisters.

Men who have bought them say they have good arch support and cushioning and many say they are the most comfortable sandal they have ever worn. Another plus is that you can remove the molded footbed and replace it with your own chosen insole or orthotic. You’ll even be able to splash through streams and puddles as the leather is water-resistant and the mesh lining dries quickly.

The open toe design isn’t as protective for rocky trails, but if you want to give your feet lots of air, this sandal can do the job. This sandal is American-built in Portland, Oregon, where they love to hike but there is a chance of rain any month of the year.


Best Budget: Teva Tirra Women’s Athletic Sandal

This sandal is well-designed for walking. It says a lot when there are over 5000 online reviews from women who bought this sandal and fewer than one in 10 is critical. The words that stand out from the reviews are comfort, support, and femininity.

The two forefoot straps give this sandal its feminine design while also allowing you to get the right fit. The ankle and heel strap keeps your foot in the sandal so you can walk with a powerful stride. Best of all, the straps are all fully padded to help prevent painful blisters and hot spots. The sandals are flexible in the forefoot, which is just where you need it to be for a good walking step. They provide support with a stability shank while also having a cushioned heel pad and good cushioning under the forefoot.

You’ll be able to enjoy these sandals on a variety of surfaces with the athletic sole for traction. You can find them in a large variety of colors. If you love them, you’ll be able to match your favorite walking outfits.


Best for Pressure Relief: FitFlop Sandals

FitFlop sandals have a microwobbleboard in the sole that helps relieve pressure points. That can be a welcome feature for the walkers who love this brand. You may want to choose their designs that have a heel strap so you can get a good walking stride. These are sandals that can be worn all day for walking while traveling, as well as at work. For those who like flip flops, many of their designs have a toe post.


Best Classic: Birkenstock Arizona Sandals

Birkenstock Arizona Sandals
Birkenstock Arizona Sandals. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

Birkenstocks are highly favored by their many converts for city walking, to the point where some Birkenstock-lovers wear no other shoes. They have have their ups and downs in popularity but always seem to make a comeback. The deep heel cup is the reason. It provides a "barefoot experience" that may take some getting used to, but once converted, few go back to other footwear. If you dare take the first step towards this cult, give Birks a try. You may become part of their longstanding (and long walking) following.


Best Style: Skechers BOBS from Women's Desert Kiss Sandal

You don't have to sacrifice style for comfort with these pretty sandals from Skechers. Not only will they feel good on your feet from the museum and then out to dinner they will look good while getting there. A 1.5" heel will give you just a little height but not enough to make it uncomfortable to login in the miles. 

These shoes come in four different colors so you can match them to your most worn outfits since these are sure to be a favoirte. And the memory foam footbed and flexible sole ensure that you'll feel comfortable on both cobblestones and grass. ​

Reviewers agree that these are cute, comfortable, and get a ton of compliments from friends. 


Best for Women: Cobb Hill Women's Hollywood 2 Piece Sandal

Are you looking for sandals you can wear for both work and walking? The Cobb Hill Hollywood Sandal gives you a 1.75" heel height which pairs nicely with more formal wear but is also comfortable for long strolls with its anatomically molded EVA footbed. Plus, it comes in four colorways so you can find a pair that suit your style needs. 

The shoe clasps with Velcro on two straps which gives you the right fit for your foot. Reviewers remark these were comfortable right out of the box (no break-in period!) with one having danced the night away in these.  


Best for Men: Teva Original Universal Premier Men’s Sandal

The Teva Universal Premier sandal can be your go-to walking sandal throughout the warmer months. It is available in a version with leather uppers and one with quick-drying polyester webbing uppers in a variety of colors. The straps are well-padded, even underneath the rings that connect the straps. This is an important feature to reduce the risk of rubbing, irritation, and blisters that sandal straps can give you, especially on longer walks.

The ankle strap and forefoot strap are adjustable with hook-and-loop closure, allowing you to get a good fit and keep your heel in place for a walking stride. Your foot is supported by the contoured footbed that provides a great amount of cushioning. These sandals work well in the city, on the beach, and on gentler natural paths and trails. Men who have bought them compliment how comfortable they are and how well they hold the heel in place.


Best Flip Flops: Orthaheel Vionic Sandals and Flip Flops

Orthaheel Vionic Flip Flop
Orthaheel Vionic Flip Flop. Courtesy of

Sandals with heel straps are necessary for a good walking stride. But many other walkers want something fashionable or they are unwilling to wear anything but flip flops. If you insist on wearing flip flops, at least get a brand that has good foot support. Orthaheel sandals have motion control elements and arch support. If you overpronate but still want to slide into a pair of flip flops, look into these. Maybe you still won't be walking right to suit my tastes, but you won't be completely ruining your feet and gait. Meanwhile, Vionic also has models with straps.

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