There are few types of men’s footwear as seasonally mandatory as the flip-flop. There’s nothing quite like freeing for your feet after long months trapped in boots. But like last year’s leaves, they’re not getting any fresher, and with the new year should come a new pair of men’s flip-flops.
Before you start shopping, keep a few things in mind, courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Make sure the flip-flop bends at the ball of the foot, and also make sure that your foot doesn’t hang off of the edge of the flip-flop. Get new ones regularly because these babies wear out, fast. And this sounds obvious, but because of the risk of injury, don’t do yard work, play sports, or operate heavy machinery while wearing flip-flops.
If you're worried about blisters, with leather flip-flops you're less likely to get them.
Pros: You get the classic look of the Reefs, combined with a leather strap that makes blisters less of an issue, per the APMA. Plus, they have a soft EVA footbed and you can wear them in the water.
Cons: The only downside is that they’re on the pricier side.
A classic, basic and supremely comfortable flip-flop, the Olli molds to your feet and is an indispensable summer shoe.
Pros: These flip-flops are great beach shoes. They’re made of premium natural rubber from rubber plantations in Sri Lanka. It’s light, and basically molds to the shape of your foot.
Cons: These flip-flops are ideal for kicking around, but do not provide enough support for any more rugged outings or activities.
OluKai is known for its commitment to quality and craftsmanship. The Ohana flip-flop has a compression-molded midsole with a brushed drop-in ICEVA footbed for daylong comfort.
Pros: These are solid summer shoes. The OluKai flip-flops are lightweight and comfortable, with a non-marking rubber outsole. They’re vegan-friendly and provide ample footbed support.
Cons: While these feel great and look better, they have that collared shirt look to them, and if you’re just hanging out in the backyard, some men may not like their refined appearance.
A quintessential Reef style, the Fanning has been made year after year in innumerable colors because it brings the party with you. The ingenious design is always handy.
Pros: Even without its signature feature—which we’ll get to in a second—these sandals are super-comfy thanks to an EVA foam cushion (the same you’d find in your favorite running shoes) and a heel air pod for ultimate support. But what most know it for is its signature bottle opener on the sole of the shoe. Voila, you’re never without a means of cracking a cold one.
Cons : People love this sandal, but the idea of walking around all day, with the ground getting all up in its bottle opener, and then using that same feature to open a bottle that’s going in your mouth, has always struck us as gross. Still, plenty of men love it.
Flip-flops and water go together like peas and carrots, and the Hari Mari Dunes II is made to get wet. If you’re looking for a pair that doesn’t shy away from the aquatic life, these are your best bet.
Pros: Made from floating foam that is super soft underfoot, they nevertheless were supportive for the day thanks to firm arch support where you need it most. Siping along the footbed drains water quickly while providing reliable grip against the skin. We also loved how comfortable the straps were thanks to memory foam inside.
Cons : While these do have an anti-microbial treatment for all-day wear, the Dunes II are geared toward the water. If you’re not on the side of the pool or shoving off to sea, you may want a less nautically themed sandal.
While many people give flak to Crocs for its clogs’ aesthetic, no one knocks their comfort. Building off its cushioned base, the Crocs Reviva flip feels soft from first step and only gets better as the day goes on.
Pros: The footbed is the star on this sandal, and the small bumps built in are like a mini-massage with every footstep. Below, soft foam provides a smooth ride for long days on the move. Finally, for those with flashbacks from fashion faux pas a decade ago, these have only a passing resemblance to the more notorious clogs.
Cons : There is passing resemblance to the more notorious clogs.
These flip-flops have an orthotic footbed and give you a ton of cushioning.
Pros: These flip-flops are extremely lightweight, with a medium-density EVA midsole that is shock-absorbent, so your knees get a break.
Cons: Edgy, they’re not. Comfortable? Hell, yes.
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