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Whether we're running errands, enjoying the great outdoors or hitting the beach, many of us pretty much live in flip-flops, but there are definitely times when we need a bit more support. At those moments, we tend to turn to walking sandals to help our feet feel free and secure all at once.
To help break down the best ones on the market, Good Housekeeping's Institute Executive Textiles Director, Lexie Sachs, stopped by TODAY to talk about their most trusted styles for summer walking sandals. The experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab have tested a number of options and based their top picks on brand performance, arch support, fit and, of course, what thousands of reviewers are saying.
With summer in full swing, we're stocking up on a few of the following walking sandal styles, so we'll be ready when the opportunity for adventure arises. Keep reading to see all of Good Housekeeping's summer walking sandal picks, plus more top-rated finds.
Best walking sandals as seen on TODAY, according to Good Housekeeping
Best overall walking sandals
Good Housekeeping chose these adjustable sandals because they're both orthotic-made and fashionable. One brand reviewer said she was able to walk around Las Vegas for a week without any foot pain. Available in seven different colors, the sandals feature a flexible EVA midsole that's designed to hug your arches, absorb shock and reduce ankle stress.
Best value walking sandals
At $35, the price point of this walking sandal is unbeatable and a Shop TODAY contributor favorite. Good Housekeeping notes that although these aren't orthotic sandals, they do love the foam cushion sole, which are made from real yoga mats.
Most popular walking sandals for women
The Good Housekeeping Institute loves these Birkenstock sandals for the variety of colors and contoured footbed, which they say is great for flat feet. Not to mention their General Manager, Laurie Jennings, has dedicatedly worn these shoes for over 15 years. According to the brand, the sandal's cork footbed can absorb shock and offer arch support.
Best sandals for walking all day
According to the brand, these walking sandals are perfect for activities involving uneven terrain. They feature quick-dry webbing and a contoured EVA midsole, which keep your feet dry while adding maximum support. The fiber scientists at Good Housekeeping recommend "looking for a durable rubber outsole like this pair for extra grip."
Best walking sandals for travel
Travel in comfort without sacrificing style with these American Podiatric Medical Association honored sandals. The Good Housekeeping Textile Institute says that with over 40 colors to choose from, these shoes are easy to dress up from day-to-night. Featuring a moldable latex footbed, one brand reviewer wrote, "I trekked all over Spain with these sandals, miles and miles, and I cannot say enough good things about them. They are lightweight, comfortable and pack well."
Best waterproof walking sandals
Now you can hop into a lake or stream after an exhilarating hike without worrying about ruining your footwear. Good Housekeeping chose these machine-washable sandals for their comfortable arch support, polyester waterproof webbing and durable outsole, which allows you to safely walk on wet surfaces.
Best walking sandals for plantar fasciitis
If you suffer from painful plantar fasciitis, these Dr. Scholl's sandals may be your best friend all summer long. According to Good Housekeeping, their pros love this shoe for the "contoured midsole that keeps the pressure off your arches." They say this is an important feature when looking for a sandal. The brand also says it features the Dr. Scholl's Insole Technology, which offers maximum arch support and comfort.
More walking sandals for summer, according to shoppers
The brand Crocs is known for comfy shoes and this walking sandal is no exception. The sleek black style features adjustable hook-and-loop enclosures to create a snug fit and the durable design was made to transition from land to the water, making it a marvelous multitasking addition to your sandal collection.
Walking sandals typically offer a lot of support, so they're naturally a bit heavier. But if you prefer a more lightweight design, this pair from Teva will be right up your alley. The ankle-strap shoe comes in several vibrant colors and is easy to slip in and out of thanks to its Velcro closure.
Summer is the perfect time to have fun with patterns, and this cheery design certainly brings a smile to our face. The soft lining, cushioned footbed and traction outsole were added with comfort in mind, and the adjustable side straps are also pretty handy.
Walking sandals tend to have a sporty look, but there are also some more fashion-forward designs that are equally as comfy. Take this Ryka sandal, for instance. The sturdy shoe has a slight wedge heel, an adjustable Velcro heel strap and memory foam lining, so you'll feel cozy while you're tackling your next adventure.
We're "keen" on these lightweight platform sandals from this sporty footwear brand. Your feet will be prepped for all-day support thanks to a compression-molded EVA midsole and footbed, while wider straps create a stronger, more secure fit.
This sporty style from Clarks cushions your feet with every step thanks to its step-propelling motion tread sole and foam-padded footbed. The black color will also help hide any dirt you come across while you’re out and about.
Slip into style this summer with this chic pair of walking sandals from Baretraps. We’re currently crushing on the caramel color and love how the slip-on style has a slight wedge for those of us who want a little bit of lift, even when we’re walking. It also features patented Rebound Technology, which helps ensure that you’re comfy all day and your arches are supported.
Talk about traction! The outsole on these sandals provides all the grip you need wherever you're going, so you don't have to worry about tired tootsies after a long day. The foam insole and adjustable straps are also said to offer comfort and support. The pair comes in five colors, but we simply can't take our eyes off that stunning green!
You’ll be ready for impromptu summer strolls with this strappy walking sandal. The cushioned footbed molds to support your foot and the strong sole helps provide plenty of traction wherever you go, according to the brand. It comes in three colors, but we're loving the Honest Beige option!
Who said walking sandals have to be boring? This pair comes in three fun prints and envelops feet with plenty of support, according to the brand. The round-toe design has Velcro closures, a soft suede upper and several other features that help to up the comfort factor.
We always love it when shoes have a little something extra, and this solid pair of walking sandals certainly does. It features a patent-pending toe guard for protection and an antimicrobial footbed that works to repel odor and control moisture. According to the brand, the waterproof sandal also dries in a flash and can be worn for any number of outdoor activities.
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