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The 12 best sandals for women in 2024

From sleek leather styles to comfortable slides and rubber flip-flops, these are the best sandals for women, tested and approved by experts.

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These expert-approved sandals are all stylish and comfortable (Amazon, Oofos, Zappos)

Nothing can ruin your day faster than wearing the wrong shoes — especially in the summer. When you're out and about enjoying the warm weather, the last thing you’ll want to do is deal with painful blisters and aching arches. That’s why we're here to help you find the best sandals for women. We tapped a team of podiatrists to find out exactly how to shop for the perfect pair of sandals for individual needs.

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With their tips in mind, we scoured the internet and polled our own team of shopping experts to find their favorites — because there’s nothing like a recommendation from someone who has bought and worn a pair themselves. From rugged hiking sandals to sturdy pool slides and fashion-forward leather options, keep reading to see all the best women’s sandals for 2024. And if you want more sandal content, check out our guides to the most comfortable sandals and the best flip-flops.

Sizes: 4 to 15 | Colors: 55 options | Materials: Foam, cork, suede, rubber

These classic Birkenstock sandals are so popular that four of our staff members sang their praises (myself included). And we’re not the only ones who are fans: Dr. Melissa Lockwood, DPM, a podiatrist at Heartland Foot & Ankle Associates, gives Birkenstocks the thumbs-up for their support, as do thousands of shoppers. Birkenstock Arizonas have been known as one of the most comfortable sandals around for decades. 

The classic slides boast a deep heel cup that keeps the natural padding of your foot in place and helps distribute your body weight more evenly. The suede-lined, supportive footbed molds to your feet over the break-in period for added comfort, while the raised toe bed gives you grip so your feet aren’t sliding around.

Our Executive Editor, Nicole Sforza, wears them so often, she says, that these iconic shoes have "almost become a part of me! They mold to your foot, so when you slip in your dogs, it's like they're coming 'home.' " Even better, there are two adjustable straps, so you can find a custom supportive fit. 

Commerce Director Jeanine Edwards says they are so comfy, stylish and supportive that she wears them in everyday life and on European vacations that are full of walking. "I LIVE in these sandals because they're so comfortable," she raves. "Another bonus? They are super durable. I’ve had my current pair for over five years now and they still look and feel amazing."

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Durable
  • Arch support
Cons
  • Expensive
$95 at Amazon

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colors: Four options | Materials: Closed cell foam

You may think flip-flops won’t be good for your feet, but this pair from Oofos has an APMA Seal of Acceptance for promoting good foot health and being of exceptional quality. They feature the brand’s signature Oofoam technology, which helps to cushion your feet while you walk and absorbs 37% more impact than regular footwear foam.

These sandals have a deep heel cup that offers a cradling style of support that keeps your feet in a posture-friendly alignment — a feature that is particularly beneficial for people with ailments like plantar fasciitis. The geometry of the footbed also gives added support to arches, which helps reduce pronation and supports ankle health.

"These are my latest favorite," Dr. Lockwood tells us. "They last a long time and have a great footbed."

Dr. Elizabeth Daughtry, DPM, FACFAS, agrees, adding, "They offer great shock absorption and cushioning [with] great arch support." 

One of the hundreds of five-star reviewers writes, "I have plantar fasciitis and thought my flip-flop days were over. [I] was so happy that these were comfortable and that I could wear them for extended periods."

Pros
  • Reduces stress
  • Cushioned
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • APMA Seal of Acceptance
  • Machine-washable
Cons
  • Pricey
$75 at Oofos
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$60 at DSW

Sizes: 5 to 12 | Colors: Two options | Materials: Natural cork, microfiber

Every pair of shoes from Vionic has been specially designed by a team of podiatrists to provide you with the support and comfort you need for a full day on your feet. Dr. Hillary Brenner, DPM, of NYC Private Medical, is a big fan of the brand because they are "the most supportive out of a variety of sandals and they have good arch support." 

This cute strappy sandal is one of Vionic’s most popular styles, and it’s easy to see why. Not only do they have a Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association, but they have also been biomechanically designed, according to the company, "to hug your arches and support your feet in comfort." 

The sandals have a built-in orthotic that is effective in helping to treat heel pain like plantar fasciitis, and its flexible EVA midsole absorbs shock and reduces stress on your feet, ankles and knees. Plus, shoppers love how versatile they are. "I wore the sandals out of the box walking 12,000+ steps a day and all over Old San Juan during a vacation without a single problem! They look great as well with both pants and skirts," wrote one.

Pros
  • Cushioned
  • Supportive
  • Adjustable straps
  • Podiatrist-designed
  • APMA Seal of Acceptance
Cons
  • Only two colors
$90 at Vionic
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$90 at Nordstrom

Sizes: 5 to 13 | Colors: 64 options | Materials: Polyester, rubber

I reach for these comfy sandals anytime I know I’m going to be walking a lot. I first bought the Teva Sport Sandals for a trip to Morocco, and they have since become my go-to sandals. Not only do they provide me with pain-free wear, but the sleek, minimalist design allows me to pair them with everything from cute dresses to flowy linen pants (though if I were going to a fancy dinner or event, I’d probably leave them at home).

The cute kicks feature polyester straps with Velcro, including a backstrap, that are supersoft against the skin. They never dug in or gave me blisters, even when I was walking for 20,000+ steps a day sightseeing. The sandals are fully adjustable thanks to the hook-and-loop straps, so I was able to find my ideal fit and not worry about them slipping or sliding. They also have a contoured footbed for comfort, a durable rubber sole and are quick-drying, so I was able to wear them to the beach and pool without worrying about getting them wet. 

I will mention that there are no half sizes. I'm normally an 8.5 but sized down based on the sizing chart and they fit great. 

Pros
  • Tons of colors
  • Waterproof
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Adjustable straps
Cons
  • No half sizes
$55 at Amazon
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$55 at Zappos

Sizes: 5 to 12 | Colors: 27 options | Materials: Textile, rubber

These rugged summer sandals are so popular, they have earned themselves nearly 18,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It’s easy to see why these waterproof sandals are so in demand. Not only do they feature a metatomical footbed that offers ample arch support, but they also boast a molded EVA midsole that customers say is as comfortable as their favorite pair of running shoes. The cushioned sandals also have a closed-toe design to protect your feet from the elements, a bungee lace capture system to help you create a custom fit and a durable rubber outsole that provides excellent traction, making them a sturdy option for a day on the trails. 

Shoppers love the breathable mesh fabric straps that contour to their feet and the fact that the supportive sandals are machine-washable. "These are the best sandals I have ever bought anywhere. They can get wet and it's OK! They can go with slacks, jeans, dresses, hiking, to dinner, anywhere. And if you are a clutz like me you will NEVER stub your toe," raved one reviewer

What's more, according to the brand, the sandals have been designed "using a specific foot form that is wider than the industry norm for improved fit," making them a great option for women with wide feet.

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Adjustable
  • Great traction
  • Water-resistant
Cons
  • Pricey
$86 at REI
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$86 at Zappos$115 at Nordstrom

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colors: 12 options | Materials: Synthetic upper, PU insole

Our Senior Beauty Editor, Jennifer Romolini, is on her second pair of these wildly comfortable, super-affordable sandals from Amazon. 

"There's nothing particularly 'special' about the design, no bells or whistles, but they're well made and the slightly padded platform makes them more cushiony than flat leather sandals,” she says. 

These highly rated sandals (over 3,500 five-stars on Amazon) are easy to put on and take off — no zippers or buckles here — and they're mega-stretchy too, so they won't dig into the sides of your feet. And did we mention how stylish the budget-friendly kicks are? "I've had women stop me on the street to ask who makes these sandals! They are more classic stylish than trendy," says Romolini.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Comfortable
  • Stretchy
  • Stylish
  • Supportive
Cons
  • Not adjustable
$28 at Amazon

Sizes: 5 to 12 | Colors: 5 options | Materials: Leather, polyurethane

Slide sandals are usually reached for when we want something comfortable and no-nonsense. This smooth leather option from Madewell definitely fits that bill, while having an unexpectedly elevated style and structure.

"These stylish, yet simplistic sandals ... have some give along the sides and sufficient padding with every step. I bought them on a whim last season, and they've become my go-to sandal since," says Senior Commerce Writer Kristin Granero. The second strap has a buckle, so you can adjust them to fit properly, and — thanks to detailing like shiny buckles and smooth, premium leather uppers — they can easily be dressed up or down.

While they are super comfortable and supportive for normal wear, Granero does note, "Since these don't have a backstrap, I wouldn't rely on them for bumpy inclines." She also mentions that, like all leather shoes, they can get a bit slippery when wet, so it's advised you keep them as dry as possible.

Pros
  • Leather
  • Adjustable strap
  • Super versatile
  • Stylish
Cons
  • Pricey
$98 at Madewell

Sizes: 5 to 12 | Colors: 36 options | Material: Rubber

With more than 6,400 customer reviews and an impressive 4.6-star rating, these Olukai flip-flops are one of the most popular pairs of sandals on Amazon. It’s easy to see why — along with a nonslip EVA insole that’s cushioned for added comfort, the popular flip-flops also feature a water-resistant upper strap and a durable rubber sole.

The footbed features a molded foot cup, making for a more sturdy and stabilizing sandal. "[A] heel cup allows for the heel to nestle in the shoe to avoid walking out of the shoe quite as easily," says Dr. Daughtry.

One happy shopper calls them "the best flip-flop the world has to offer," and adds, "Once I tried them I couldn't believe how comfortable they were. They conform to your actual feet to provide support and relief from foot pain."

Pros
  • Quick-dry
  • Arch support
  • Good traction
  • Molded footbed
Cons
  • Pricey
$75 at Zappos
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$75 at REI$75 at Backcountry

Sizes: 5 to 12 | Colors: 51 options | Material: Rubber

Need a comfortable and durable pair of rubber slides to hit the pool this summer? Both our Senior Commerce Editor, Ellie Conley, and Commerce Editor, Janelle Randazza, recommend this pair from Freedom Moses. “The way they're designed sort of hugs your feet,” says Conley, adding that these shoes boast great arch support and decent traction. 

"They have micro-nubs all along the insole, so they always feel great and a bit massaging when you wear them," says Randazza. Both recommend these sandals for all-day wear, but they are best for urban walks, pool parties or beach days, rather than anything resembling a hiking trail.

There are 51 colors to choose from, so it should be easy to find a style (or two) that you love, and Conley raves that they are super versatile too! 

“These shoes are totally cute, like the rubber version of Birkenstocks. They come in so many colors, from neutral beige to bold patterns. I have a metallic pair that goes with everything,” she says. Even better, they don’t make any squeaky noises like other rubber sandals tend to.

Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Lots of colors to choose from
  • Comfortable
  • Great pool shoes
Cons
  • Not adjustable
$50 at Amazon

Sizes: 6 to 11 | Colors: 4 options | Materials: Recycled polyester, rubber

If you’re in the market for a pair of sandals that are great for both outdoor adventures and everyday wear alike, look no further than the Teva Hydratrek sandals. 

Randazza has worn them around town, down multiple city blocks, and did a day of beachcombing on a full pebble beach, all with no complaints. 

“The arch support is one of the best parts about these sandals. I have pretty high arches, but I always feel fully supported and stable in these shoes,” she says. The sporty sandals also have adjustable straps and a contoured footbed that cradles your foot for added comfort and stability. The cute kicks are also water-friendly. Randazza says that, despite wearing them through crashing waves, they never squeaked, and the recycled polyester straps dried quickly.

Pros
  • Quick-drying
  • Contoured footbed
  • Supportive
  • Adjustable straps
  • Good traction
Cons
  • No half sizes
$85 at REI

Sizes: 4 to 13 | Colors: 23 options | Materials: Cork, leather, latex

Love a little lift to your sandals, but still want them to be comfortable? Randazza also recommends this pair from Naot. “The cork footbed is cushioning, shock-absorbing and supportive, even during long walks,” she says. 

Along with being comfortable and stylish, the classic sandals have a rubber outsole that offers excellent traction and an adjustable ankle strap for added support. While the wedge adds a small boost, they are still under 1.5 inches, making them super easy to walk in. Plus, they're highly versatile too. “These look good with jeans and a good pedicure, and look great with dresses and shorts,” Randazza adds. And with 23 colors to choose from, we wouldn’t be surprised if you want more than one style in your rotation.

Pros
  • APMA Seal of Acceptance
  • Leather upper
  • Slight wedge
  • Adjustable straps
  • Shock-absorbing footbed
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No half sizes
$140 at Zappos

Sizes: 5 to 12 | Colors: 52 options | Materials: Textile, thermoplastic rubber

Clarks is one of the most beloved footwear brands, so it’s no surprise that its Breeze Sea sandals are one of the most popular sandals on Amazon with over 73,000 five-star ratings. And they’re podiatrist-approved too. “Clarks offer a lot of support,” says Dr. Polina Zaydenberg, who is board-certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry in the Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds and in Diabetic Footwear. “Most of the [brand's] shoes have wider toe boxes, which helps prevent bunions, hammertoes and neuromas.”

The thong straps on the flip-flops are adjustable to find a comfortable fit, and the insoles are highly cushioned and contoured for extra support. 

One shopper calls them the “absolute BEST sandal,” before adding, “There is no reason to NOT buy these flip-flops! Fantastic support and more comfortable than you can imagine. The adjustable feature is a bonus that you will truly appreciate if you are traveling.”

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Adjustable strap
  • Supportive
  • Tons of color options
Cons
  • Some shoppers found them narrow
$28 at Amazon
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$30 at Kohl's$40 at Zappos

To figure out which sandals for women are the best of the best, we researched dozens of top-rated pairs, examining their product specifications and customer reviews. We also consulted a mix of podiatrists and our own shopping editors. They weighed in on what to look for when picking the right sandals for different needs and shared which options are their favorites.

Whether you're wearing them every day or just once in a while, you want to find a pair of sandals that are both comfortable and supportive. To find the option that best suits your needs, there are a number of factors to consider:

Support: Supportive shoes are essential for a day on your feet. Dr. Alan L. Bass, DPM, CPC, of Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care, recommends finding sandals that have "a deep heel cradle to provide stability," while Dr. Elizabeth Daughtry, DPM, FACFAS, suggests selecting pairs that have "a delve at the end of the shoe for your toes to rest in." And of course, ample arch support is key because it distributes pressure evenly across your feet and maintains the correct alignment of your foot.

Strap Style: The strap style you choose is all about preference. But whether it's a flip-flop, slide or strappy sandal, the thicker the straps the more support the sandal will offer. Where the straps are placed is also important. Dr. Hillary Brenner, DPM, of Private Medical in New York City, told us you should "make sure there aren't any straps going over bony prominences" to prevent any uncomfortable rubbing and blisters from forming.

Traction: "The sole of the shoe should have some good traction, especially if planning to wear in a wet environment such as a gym shower or public pool," says Dr. Daughtry. Look for options that have deep grooves, lugs or patterns to keep you from sliding around.

Cushioning: The right amount of cushioning not only will make the sandals more comfortable to wear for long periods of time, but it can also help with shock absorption, which will help reduce the risk of injury.

Style: From slides to strappy options, there are so many different sandal styles to choose from. It’s important to think of where you plan to wear them when choosing a style. If you’re headed to the beach or a pool, a rubber slide flip-flop might be your best bet. If you’re going to a nice dinner or work, though, you may want to choose a sleek leather option.

Weight: The last thing you'll want to deal with while walking is a clunky shoe weighing you down. Instead, opt for a sandal that has a lightweight, airy feel to it.

Materials: For the upper, you’ll want to look for materials that are soft against the foot and won’t cause unwanted blisters. Dr. Brenner recommends looking for options made from vegan leather, soft leather or a suede material that will be soft against your foot.

The podiatrists we spoke to say that, besides the styles listed above, they generally recommend looking for options that offer arch support, thick cushioning and good traction. You also want to make sure the sandals' bottoms are sturdy and won’t "bend in half like a burrito," says Dr. Brenner, as that's an indicator that your shoe is not going to offer support or stability during all-day wear. Melissa Lockwood, DPM, a podiatrist at Heartland Foot & Ankle Associates in Bloomington, Ill., tells us that if you can easily bend the base of a sandal — in terms of support — "it’s almost like you're walking barefoot.”

As with any shoe, the most important part of finding a comfortable sandal is finding one that fits right. "The sandal should support the entire foot. If too big, the foot will slide; if too small, the foot will hang off the sides or the back," Dr. Bass tells us. Generally speaking, your sandal size should be the same as your shoe size, but always be sure to check the specific size chart for the sandal in question to make sure your feet won’t hang off or slip out.