It’s nearly sandal season. Summer’s the time to let your feet breathe, but there’s also a lot of action to be had. Chances are, you want need footwear that gives you that Big Lebowski chill-out feel but still performs if you are boating, combing the beach, or heading out on a hike. The best sandal’s for men have you covered. But before you pick out your go-to sandals, bear a few things in mind. Mostly, the people who have to look at your feet.
Celebrity groomer Marissa Machado works with good-looking and style-conscious guys like Rami Malek and Zachary Levi. And when it comes to men and sandals, she doesn’t mince words.
“I truly believe if a man is going to show his feet they need to be presentable,” says Machado.
This means, guys, go get your toes handled. “Men can go to any nail shop for a pedicure,” says Machado.
But if this too, well, out there for some guys, they can DIY things at home.
“Fill a large bowl or bucket of sorts with hot water and a pinch of epsom salt and soak for about 5-7 minutes. After your feet are good and soft, clip nails to desired length,” says Machado. “Use a cuticle pusher and clipper to clean up dead skin around the toenails. Finish by filing the nails for smooth edges and you’re flip-flop-ready.”
Foot management aside, when shopping for sandals or flip-flops, the American Podiatric Medical Association recommends you opt for leather ones, because they minimize blister potential. Make sure your feet fit snugly and don’t hang off the edge. And don’t wear sandals or flip-flops when walking truly long distances, because many don’t offer enough shock absorption or support.
That being said, the following sandals can handle all of summer’s fun, give your dogs some breathing room, and look the part when you are just hanging out with a mojito. Choose wisely.
Damn we love these Chaco sandals, which also double as hiking shoes. They're all-terrain while still giving you you that going-barefoot feel, and make a smooth transition from land to water to drinks. There's a breathable mesh upper, and synthetic overlays for toe protection. The midsole is antimicrobial so your feet don't smell. Minor nitpick: We only wish the heel strap was a bit tighter.
Both casual and comfortable, this Timberland sandal has a removable orthotic for added support. The uppers are made with leather and feature a handy hook-and-loop closure while the brand's Smart Comfort system tech gives wearers all-day comfort and support.
Sandals can get gross, fast. And that's why you'll appreciate that this sandal, which has three adjustable straps for closure, also features an EVA topsole with Microban zinc for some anti–microbial protection. Features aside, these sandals are casual enough for dinner, but rugged enough for a light hike, thanks to impressive traction.
We never thought we'd say this, but these are some damn fine-looking Tevas. The athletic sandals feature patterned webbing with adjustable hook-and-loop system. The quick-drying straps keep you comfortable in water and on land. And the print is on point. Just note that they can run on the narrower side.
These sandals are not what you would call good looking. But who cares? We love these Columbia sandals because of their Techlite footbed and frame, which offers solid cushioning and impact absorption. Also nice: The adjustable straps across the instep and the convertible heel. A high-traction grip prevent you from wiping out on both wet and dry surfaces.
- Triple-texture thong sandal with sporty outdoor traction and contoured footbed
A water shoe/sandal meant for hiking? This is it. It has ventilated construction for fast dry-out times and a siped sole for traction in and out of the water. The Merrell sandal has a lace closure, a lycra neoprene lining for extra comfort, an EVA footbed for moisture control, and an EVA midsole for stability.
These sandals don't look like much, but they're actually meant for action. They're your sandal if you plan on hiking, running, doing yoga, rafting, or kayaking. They're flexible enough to roll up and fit in your pack.
- Polyester jacquard webbing upper wraps around the foot and through the midsole for a customized fit Toe loop for secure fit Adjustable and durable high-tensile webbing heel risers Injection-molded ladder lock buckle
- Men's specific LUVSEAT PU midsole Vegan-friendly construction
- Non-marking ChacoGrip rubber compound 3mm lug depth
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