It’s sandal season, at last. Summer’s the time to let your feet breathe, but there’s also a lot of action to be had. Chances are, you want footwear that both gives you that Big Lebowski chill-out vibe but still provides arch support for when you’re boating, combing the beach, or heading out on a hike. The best sandals for men do it all.
“I truly believe that 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.
If the process is not your style, she suggests a DIY method: Fill a large bowl or bucket of sorts with hot water and a pinch of epsom salt and soak for about 5 to 7 minutes. After your feet are good and soft, clip nails to the desired length. She also suggests using a cuticle pusher and clipper to clean up dead skin around the toenails. To finish, file the nails for smooth edges and you’re sandal-ready.
Foot management aside, when shopping for men’s sandals, 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 open-toe sandals when walking truly long distances, because many don’t offer enough shock absorption or support.
That being said, the following men’s sandals can handle all of summer’s fun, give your feet some breathing room, and look the part when you are just hanging out with a mojito. Choose wisely.
The Best Men’s Sandals for Summer 2020
A timeless sandal — this one's Italian-made — that's been workshopped to perfection over centuries in the Mediterranean and beyond. The design offers all the airiness and kick-off ease of a flip-flop, while looking formal enough for any out-of-doors occasion. With flexible rubber sole, and smooth-finished leather construction.
Teva sandals have been gripping slick rocks and hitting the trail since 1984. The Hurricanes perform across all terrains, whether you're hiking a dusty track or fording shallow creeks. The quick-dry webbing is tough as nails but comfortable over the long haul. They're als vegan-certified and made from plant-based materials and recycled plastics, as are all Tevas.
Damn we love these Chaco sandals, which also double as hiking shoes. They're all-terrain but still provide that going-barefoot feel, and make a smooth transition from land to water to drinks. A mesh upper allows your little piggies to breathe; synthetic overlays offer toe protection. The midsole is antimicrobial so your feet don't smell. Minor nitpick: We only wish the heel strap was a bit tighter.
If you're looking for a simple, toe protecting men's sandal that has great arch support as well as cushion, the Hopara is best for you. The sport sandal is great for hiking or long walks, and are so comfortable you can wear them all-day. Consider them akin to crocs — only better looking.
The Mountain Goats earn their moniker — they're minimalist, have a barefoot feel, and are ultra high-functioning. Each pair is handcrafted in California from goatskin leather, with a Vibram Newflex and Morflex minimalist sole that is secured to the foot through a sophisticated three-way lacing system that's infinitely adjustable. They're supportive and oh-so-comfortable.
Teva's Cross Strap Trail sandal is sort of like the SUV of the brand's minimalist sports-sandal line — still ruggedly minimalist, but with additional support, featuring hook-and-loop closures on heavy-duty straps and an airy, breathable mesh.
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.
Few sandals feel as cushy and natural on your hard-working feet than Birkenstock, thanks to the iconic brand’s cork footbed that molds to the idiosyncrasies of your feet the more you wear it while still supplying lots of support.
Ecco’s tough Receptor outsole and plush midsole mean this sandal can handle long days of touring ancient ruins or running through airports. It also provides lots of stability up top with a combination of Nubuck leather and neoprene that keep your foot in place but still offer enough breathability to deal with humid weather and sloshing around in the water. They do, however, weigh two pounds, which may be a deal-breaker for some.
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.
With a plush footbed that keeps your foot secure as if it were in boot and a tough outsole that can eat up the trail, this sandal has the pedigree of a serious shoe. Plus the classic Chaco fit system, which includes a big toe loop to keep everything battened down ensures the sandal does not flop around when you're out on a serious hike. Good to note: The strap system can take some futzing to adjust and some people simply do not like the feel of the big toe loop.
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