Most Comfortable Walking Sandals (Updated 2017 Styles)
Summer is practically here and whether you are an avid walker or love stylish walking sandals there is no doubt that style, comfort, and protection are paramount on your list when it comes to selecting a pair of cool summer sandals.
Sometimes it can be a challenge to select the best sandals for walking since like most of us you’ve probably experienced the misery that comes from wearing uncomfortable sandals and then developing blisters and aching feet.
So what should you consider when selecting a pair of comfortable walking sandals? Aside from fit there are technical considerations such as form, cushioning, stitching, and support but chief is the sole. If the sole is too stiff then your foot will end up fighting the sandal with each step.
The sandal should be able to flex in the forefoot. So, the best sandals for walking are the ones that provide the cushioning, support and flexibility of athletic shoes. Additionally, walking sandals must have sufficient adjustment points to keep your heel in place at the back and prevent your foot from moving back and forth, rubbing against the straps during walking. This consistent rubbing motion can definitely lead to blisters.
So what I've done is to put together a guide of 5 top rated comfortable walking sandals without sacrificing style.
Walking Sandals Comparison Table
KEEN Women's Whisper Sandal is an incredible sandal and truly one of the best hiking sandals on the market. In truth, this sandal is more than a hiking sandal but for hiking it is ideal.
The compression molded lightweight EVA midsole and stability shank together assists the shoe in hugging the foot and bending at the toes instead of under the arch, mimicking the natural movement of the foot as it does the same thing when the heel lifts and weight transfers to the forefoot in gait.
This results in a comfortable second skin fit and perfect stability support and enhanced balance. The strappy textile upper is durable and water resistant and the lining is soft to the touch preventing any irritating rubbing.
The Tirra is a favorite and it is the other of the two best hiking sandals in the market.
It features the compression molded EVA midsole and stability shank for comfort and support. Where the Tirra excels though is in the heel cup in the foot-bed. It surrounds the foot and the arch support snuggles deep into the arch. The upper is made of textile and synthetic and is water resistant and durable. It features a traction outsole with water channeling lugs.
Its a great versatile sandal. Take take them hiking, to the beach or to the movies.
The strappy, open toe Naturalizer Women's Cooper Sling Sandals is uber comfortable. It is designed with the N5 technology and N5 comfort elements and it includes an ergonomic heel and toe to help maintain balance as you move.
This sandal is super flexible and features a polyurethane foam foot-bed for extra cushioning. The practically weightless outsole feels light on your feet. The smooth, breathable lining helps keep feet cool and dry. The upper is made of high quality leather and criss-cross straps make it easy to adjust with a hook-and-loop closure at the instep.
With all these features its no wonder this sandal is one of Naturalizer's top rated.
The Dr. Scholls Paige Sandal is for grown-ups. This shoe screams sexy and sophisticated with its open-toe and constructed pattern with a choice of a fabric (the one shown) or synthetic upper. It has an adjustable buckle closure that offers easy entry and a customized fit. The insole is a cushioned Memory Fit Foam sock that supports your foot at every step. It features a TPR outsole that makes this sandal lightweight and comfortable. It has high flexibility, strong grip and good ventilation. Add to that a lightweight and supple heel and you've got a shoe that behaves like a glove.
No doubt about it, this is a shoe with impeccable technical specs and also makes a bold, sexy style statement.
I love the classic cork platform wedge of this slingback sandal.
Clark's Caslynn Lizzie's upper is crafted of suede leather. The footbed is made with an OrthoLite cushioned guaranteeing all-day comfort. This most comfortable sandal with marry well with all your Summer basics from short shorts to maxi dresses. The synthetic linings buffer the foot enhancing comfort. The rubber outsole is slip resistant and durable.
A great fun shoe in an awesome Summer tan color, other color options are available.
And so there you have it ladies, these are some of the most comfortable walking sandals for this Summer. If you liked this review please check out our review on our general women's shoe review and our men's best supportive flip flops review. And don't forget to give your feet some protection from the elements as they will be very exposed. If you plan on snatching up any of these picks, leave us a review comment. I would love to hear what you think.
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