25 Best Travel Sandals for Men & Women (2019)

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Travel sandals have long been the wayward traveler’s multi-functional best friend. You can find dressy sandals for nights on the town, waterproof sandals for days at the beach, heavily padded sandals for day hikes, and even mid-range sandals which can keep you comfortable even during a full day of site-seeing.

And the best part? Sandals easily pack down in your luggage, taking up a fraction of the space of normal sneakers or boots. Why would you ever need any other type of footwear?! Okay, maybe all men could use a good pair of travel shoes.

That being said, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into when choosing the best travel sandals for you. It’s essential to consider the type of strain you will be putting on your feet while traveling. For example, if your travels have you mostly sitting in cars, trains, subways, airports, or restaurants, you won’t need to put as much emphasis on padding and durability. Instead, you may choose a cuter option that may have less support. 

On the other hand, if you’re an adventure traveler spending much of your time outdoors, you’ll want to consider something with toe protection, strong straps, and enough support to get you to the end of the trail. 


The Best Travel Sandals


Women’s Travel Sandals


1.) Birkenstock Mayari ($99)

Best Walking Shoes For Women Birkenstock Mayari Sandal

Weight: 12 oz.

Material: Cork Footbed, EVA Footbed, Rubber Sole

Pros: Comfort, Support, Thick Rubber Sole

Cons: Not For Everyone, Hippie Look

Birkenstocks have long been associated with hippy culture and free-living ideology, so naturally, they would make phenomenal travel sandals! However, Birkenstock Mayaris is much more than a name. They feature the patented cork footbed that contours to your foot, giving you amazing arch support and comfort.

This footbed also gives them an excellent shock absorption quality that your joints will thank you for. Keep in mind though that these women’s travel sandals are lined with suede, which means they are best suited for dry urban environments. Also, the cork footbed absorbs smells, so if you are prone to stinky, sweaty feet, these may not be the best choice for you. 

Birkenstock Mayari on Amazon

Birkenstock Mayari on Zappos


2.) Rainbow Sandal ($54)

Best Women's Walking Sandals Rainbow

Weight:  13.8 oz.

Material: Leather, EVA, Rubber Sole

Pros: Comfortable, Affordable,

Cons: Thong Strap, Leather Makes Your Soles Dark When Wet

I’m a sandal person and don’t believe any travel bag is complete until I throw in a pair. I’ve had Rainbow flip flops for almost eight years now.

In those eight years, I have only had two pairs of Rainbow flip flops, and I only had to replace the first pair because of theft on a bus in Thailand. In my opinion, these are the best brand of flip flops.

The sandals are made with premium leather, nylon threads, and are triple glued for optimal durability. Perhaps what makes these so great is the high arch in the midsole, this allows me to wear the sandals all day.

Rainbow Sandals on Amazon

Rainbow Sandals on REI


3.) OluKai ‘Upena ($90)

OluKai ‘Upena Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: 14 oz.

Material: Leather, PU Footbed, Rubber Sole

Pros: No Break In, Comfortable, Super Cute,

Cons: Straps Not For Wide Feet

Hawaiin baed OluKai makes some amazing comfortable sandals and slip-on shoes. We love their shoes for walking, but it’s the Upena that stands out as a walking shoe for women because of its style. It’s super cute, versatile, and most importantly comfortable.

The two sandals above require a bit of breaking in as they’re leather and cork, but the ‘Upena comes ready to go. No need to worry about blisters, foot pain, or slick bottoms in these travel sandals. I wore them on a recent trip to the Mediterranean and they were perfect for long walking days to an evening out in a dress.

OluKai ‘Upena on Amazon

OluKai ‘Upena on Zappos

OluKai ‘Upena on REI


4.) Teva Tirra ($80)

Teva Tirra Best Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: 18 oz.

Material: EVA, Molded Nylon, Rubber

Pros: Comfort, Thick Rubber Sole, Ready For Trails, Active Shoe, Secure, Nice Straps, Not Bad Style For Hiking Sandal

Cons: Hiking Sandal Look

Created by a river guide in the Grand Canyon, Teva has fully embraced their adventurous upbringing and bent towards water sports. The Teva Tirra are a perfect example of this. Made with all the best features we have come to expect from Teva – like their sturdy straps and EVA midsoles – they also take water protection to the next level. 

The Tirra, in particular, features water-resistant polyester webbing that dries very quickly, a lightweight EVA-foam midsole for maximum comfort, and a ladder lock enclosure that ensures the best custom fit. 

They also have that awesome Vibram outsole that gives you great traction. All of this and they don’t sacrifice on style! These travels sandals can easily take you from the urban setting to the great outdoors without missing a beat. The lugs on the outsole are specifically made to channel away water, and the anti-slip midsole will keep you stable whether you are walking through a puddle or a river. 

Teva Tirra on Amazon

Teva Tirra on Zappos

Teva Tirra on REI


5.) Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 ($40)

Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: 12 oz.

Material: Stretch Knit, Yoga Mat Foot Bed, Rubber Sole (Vegan)

Pros: Super Comfortable, Relaxed, Cute, Fits Most Feet

Cons: Thin Rubber Sole

These super cute shoes are also really comfortable and perfect for walking. At an affordable price and a multitude of colors so you can afford to pick up more than one color. They’re super comfortable and the footbeds are made from yoga mats for a soft squishy feeling.

There are two things to note. These women’s travel sandals have thinner soles so not great for rough terrain. There is also a lack of arch support for those suffering from weak arches or plantar fasciitis.

Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 on Amazon

Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 on Zappos


6.) Chaco Z/Cloud ($110)

WOMEN'S Z:CLOUD X2 Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: 21 oz.

Material: Dual-density Polyurethane, Rubber

Pros: Super Robust Sandal, Great For Hiking, Comfortable, Travel Sandals Outdoors, Arch Support

Cons: Style, Straps Uncomfortable On Odd-Shaped Feet

The only sandal brand that can come close to the quality of Teva is Chaco. There are diehard fans on both sides of the debate with strong opinions on who should reign supreme. All that means is that when you choose to buy a Chaco sandal, you leave confident that you have purchased the highest quality travel footwear out there. If you need arch support or suffer from plantar fasciitis these are tremendous pair of women’s travel sandals.

The Z/Cloud is just one of three in Chaco’s Z series, and offers such great support you’ll feel like you are wearing a shoe more than a sandal. The sole also features an antimicrobial application that will prevent odor and keep your feet feeling fresh all day long. If you want info check out my post where I compare Tevas vs. Chacos best travel sandals.

Chaco Z/Cloud on Amazon

Chaco Z/Cloud on Zappos

Chaco Z/Cloud on REI


7.) Plaka Sandal ($35)

Teva Sandal Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: 16 oz.

Material: Rubber, Nylon (Vegan)

Pros: Super, Cute, Comfortable Straps, Color Choices, Unique, Affordable

Cons: No Arch Support, Lacks Cushion

Plakas aren’t the most durable sandals on this list they are my favorite, more fashionable sandals for the beach women out, there are Plaka. Plaka sandals are handwoven women’s sandals with a hard rubber sole that is good to wear anywhere in the summer. All of these sandals are hand-made and water-resistant and can dress up a casual beach look.

I have a pair in almost all of their styles and always manage to get compliments when I travel! The best part? They take almost no room up in a suitcase or backpack but can easily dress up a summer outfit. (Psst here is a  code for 20% of your next pair on Amazon: S3NYM4TU)

Plaka Sandals on Amazon


8.) Ecco Damara ($99)

Ecco Damara Womens Walking Sandal

Weight: 12 oz.

Material: ECCO Leather, ECCO Comfort Fibre, Polyurethane Soles

Pros: Super Comfortable, Support, Sturdy Straps

Cons: Okay Style

If you’re looking for the perfect “around town” sandal that doesn’t sacrifice on comfort, check out the Ecco Damara women’s travel sandals. These adorable sandals have a gladiator strap style that comes in multiple colors, so you can dress them up or down with any outfit.

They also have extra cushy midsoles and durable rubber outsoles that will keep you comfortable while you sightsee all day long. 

Ecco Damara on Amazon

Ecco Damara on Zappos


9.) Wiivv Sandals ($99)

wiivv sandals Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: N/A (Heavy)

Material: N/A

Pros: Fantastic Arch Support, Custom Foot Bed, Thick Rubber Sole, Cushioned Heel

Cons: Thong Strap, Heavy

I just got my hands on my first pair of Wiivv custom sandals, and they are a life changer! If you love the convenience and freedom of flip flops but hate how they make your body feel, these are perfect for you. Every pair of Wiivv sandals are made custom for your exact feet to give you the most comfortable fit possible.

They use groundbreaking technology to take a digital map of your foot. The first step is to visit their website and choose from a wide range of colors and designs; then after you purchase, you can download their app to take photos of your feet. The images get automatically sent to Wiivv, and they create a 3D-printable file unique to each foot. Within days you have a new pair of flops directly at your doorstep. Isn’t technology amazing?

Once I received them in the mail, I was able to see just how comfortable these flip flops are and how important good arch support is. Seriously, try them out for yourself! You can test them (outside!), and if you don’t like them within 30 days, they’ll refund your money. If you’re having problems with your arches or feet I’d recommend giving these women’s travel sandals a try.

Shop on Wiivv Sandals


10.) Merrell Terran Convertible II ($99)

Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: 12 oz.

Material: Nubuck Leather, Microfiber, Molded Nylon Arch, Foam Footbed,

Pros: Technology Packed For Comfort and Support, Soft

Cons: Hiking Sandal Look, Straps Not For Wide Feet

Merrel is a household name when it comes to comfortable outdoor footwear, and I predict they will soon get the same recognition for their line of women’s sandals for travel. Gone are the bright colors and rugged look that we have seen in most of their adventure footwear; in its place is a subtle, attractive sandal that gives you incredible microfiber soft footbed support and thong/ankle strap security.

Like the Teva above, Merrell has taken all the key elements of a superb hiking shoe and converted it into sandal form. The Terran Convertible II boasts all-encompassing support and protection in a comfortable package

Once you hit the water, the sandal will immediately expel it and begin the drying process. As you may have guessed, the Terran Convertible II is therefore geared to water-intensive adventures, but don’t let that drive you away if you’re more terrestrial.

The sandal sole is both comfortable and supportive to optimize your hiking, while the rubber Vibram outsole provides excellent traction over almost any obstacle. I also find them to be some of the most attractive hiking sandals I’ve had the pleasure of wearing.

Merrell Terran Convertible II on Amazon

Merrell Terran Convertible II on Zappos


11.) Bedrock Cairn Adventure ($105)

Bedrock Cairn Adventure Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: 16 oz.

Material: Polyester/Nylon, Vibram Sole

Pros: Super Comfortable, Made For Running, Lightweight, Vibram Sole

Cons: Style, More For Athletic Use

If you just can’t give up on that flip flop feel but want the added stability and support of an outdoor sandal, look no further than the Bedrock Cairn. The thong-like design with ankle strap gives you that great, barely-there feel, while the Vibram outsole is tacky enough to climb mountains. 

Their comprehensive adjustment system means the sandals are custom secured to your foot, and the basic construction relieves you of any pressure points. However, because of the strap construction, these are recommended for hiking in strenuous terrain, but they are stylish enough for urban adventuring and durable enough for long day hikes. 

Bedrock Cairn Adventure on REI


12.) Crocs Serena ($29)

Crocs Serena Womens Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: 12 oz.

Material: Croslite™ Foam

Pros: Comfortable, Support, Style For Crocs

Cons: Crocs,

I have been a fan of crocs for years. I find them to be one of the best sandals for travel while still looking cute. Yes, I said attractive. Crocs make some pretty charming women’s sandals perfect for travel.

I have had a few pairs now and even wore them to the club at a younger age. Crocs are super affordable, comfortable for a day of walking, and they are waterproof.

Yes, my mom does all of her garden work in them. Just not in the attractive Crocs Serena women’s travel sandals.

Crocs Serena on Amazon

Crocs Serena on Zappos


13.) Sketchers Reggae Slim Vacay ($40)

Sketchers Reggae Slim Vacay Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: 12 oz

Material: Fabric, Rubber

Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Put On Straps, Cheap

Cons: Sketchers Quality, Not As Good As Tevas, Chacos, etc.

Sketchers are an award-winning international footwear brand that prides itself on high quality at an affordable price. Naturally, their Reggae Slim Vacay travel sandals adhere perfectly to this brand model. 

The sole has a great memory foam feature that cradles and conforms to your foot similarly to cork, but without the concern of odor absorption. The extremely comfortable faux leather straps are adjustable, giving you the perfect fit whether you have wide or narrow feet. Overall, these sandals have some of the best value considering their cost and features. 

Sketchers Reggae Slim Vacay on Amazon

Sketchers Reggae Slim Vacay on Zappos


14.) Clarks Leisa Cacti Sandal ($85)

Clarks Leisa Cacti Sandal Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: 12 oz.

Material: Leather, Rubber, Foam

Pros: Comfort, Leather, Heel, Arch Support

Cons: Style Not For Everyone

The high-end Clarks Leisa Cacti Sandal are some of the most comfortable sandals you can currently find. They combine an extra-soft footbed with a subtle arch support that will prevent those achy feet that can come with a full day of travel. 

Clarks Leisa Cacti Sandal on Amazon

Clarks Leisa Cacti Sandal on Zappos


15.) Chaco Classic Z ($105)

Chaco Z Best Women's Walking Sandals

Weight: 22 oz.

Material: Dual-density Polyurethane, Rubber

Pros: Comfort, Durability, Outdoor Activities

Cons: Style, Price

The Classic Z sandals for travel are a throwback to the basics of Chacos footwear. Iconic with hikers, festival-goers, and river rats, these sandals can stand up to whatever adventure may come your way. 

They are comfortable, simple, supportive, and constructed in the patented style that has helped make Chaco a household name. Basically, just one of the best women’s travel sandals that have ever been made. 

Chaco Classic Z on Amazon

Chaco Classic Z on REI

Chaco Classic Z on Zappos


The Best Mens Travel Sandals


1.) Rainbow Sandal ($54)

Rainbow Sandal For Travel

Weight: 1 lb.

Material: Leather, EVA Midsole, EVA Arch Support, Rubber Outsole

Pros: Comfortable, Affordable, Great Style For Men

Cons: Requires Break-In Period, Leather Makes Your Soles Dark When Wet, Thong Strap

I’ve had Rainbow flip flops for almost eight years now.

In those eight years, I have only had two pairs of Rainbow flip flops, and I only had to replace the first pair because of theft on a bus in Thailand. In my opinion, these are the best brand of flip flops.

The sandals are made with premium leather, nylon threads, and are triple glued for optimal durability. Perhaps what makes these so great is the high arch in the midsole, this allows me to wear the sandals all day.

Rainbow Sandals on Amazon

Rainbow Sandals on REI


2.) Teva Original Universal ($50)

Teva Original Universal Best Travel Sandals

Weight: 13.5 oz.

Material: EVA, Rubber

Pros: Comfortable, Affordable, Classic Look, Secure Fit, Reliable, Durability,

Cons: Style Not For Everyone

Teva is well loved for good reason and their classic strap sandal is one of their best to this day. They’re super comfortable, versatile, and don’t look half bad for a pair of sandals. A simple strap set up and smaller footbed makes them minimal in all the right ways.

This is the original design that dates back to the eighties and earned Teva’s loyal following. Patterned straps are lightweight, comfortable, and keep the sandals secure on your foot. When it comes to underfoot EVA provides a comfy ride while the rubber sole provides enough traction and protection to use on light hikes. Style is also minimal enough to wear they don’t look goofy and feel right at home in outdoor destinations. We love them for destinations like Hawaii where they have beaches and hiking all on one island!

Teva Original Universal on Amazon

Teva Original Universal on Zappos

Teva Original Universal on REI


3.) Chaco Z/Cloud ($110)

Best Travel Sandals Men's Chaco Z Sandals

Weight: 1 lb 14 oz.

Material: Dual-density Polyurethane, Rubber

Pros: Comfort, Durability, Outdoor Activities, Superior Comfort With Dual Density Poly

Cons: Style, Price

There are diehard fans on both sides of the debate with strong opinions on who should reign supreme. All that means is that when you choose to buy a Chaco sandal, you leave confident that you have purchased the highest quality travel footwear out there. If you need arch support or suffer from plantar fasciitis these are tremendous pair of women’s travel sandals.

The Z/Cloud is just one of three in Chaco’s Z series and offers such great support you’ll feel like you are wearing a shoe more than a sandal. The sole also features an antimicrobial application that will prevent odor and keep your feet feeling fresh all day long. 

If you want info check out my post where I compare Tevas vs. Chacos best travel sandals.

Chaco Z/Cloud on Amazon

Chaco Z/Cloud on Zappos

Chaco Z/Cloud on REI


4.) Reef Fanning Flip-Flops ($55)

Reef Fanning Flip-Flops Best Travel Sandals

Weight: 1 lb. 4 oz.

Material: Synthetic nubuck, EVA Footbed, Herringbone Rubber Outsole

Pros: Comfortable, Style, Synthetic Materials Last Long at the Beach,

Cons: Thong Flip Flop,

I use to exclusively wear Reef Sandals and I even turned my father on to their Fanning Flip Flops. I’ve had at least a pair for a for 15 years now and they’re still a fantastic sandal for travel. A super comfortable toe thong and thick upper band make these flip flops comfortable even those who don’t like flip flops. The footbeds are super supportive and the heel air cushion makes for a great ride.

Even after extended wear, the soles are still in great shape and the rubber outsoles show little abrasion. They have a relaxed look that feels right at home at the beach and looks appropriate on any age. The only negative I see is that flip flops can are less secure than strap travel sandals. That being said I feel very comfortable walking around in these all day and never strain to keep them on my feet.

Added bonus, these travel sandals come equiped with a bottle opener hidden on the bottom.

Reef Fanning Flip-Flops on Amazon

Reef Fanning Flip-Flops on Zappos

Reef Fanning Flip-Flops on REI


5.) Teva Terra Fi-4 ($110)

Teva Terra Fi-4 Best Travel Sandals

Weight: 2 lbs.

Material: Leather, Rubber, Polyurethane, Nylon Shank

Pros: Comfortable, Traction, Comfortable in Water, Protection, Secure

Cons: Heavy, Lacks Contour Fit (Doesn’t Break In)

Teva owns a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the most rugged hiking sandals in the business, and the Terra Fi-4 is an excellent example. Constructed as a classic open-toe sandal, this footwear hides a few important tricks under the hood to make it a powerhouse on the trail.

The outsole features Teva’s ‘Spider Original’ rubber which provides reliable and long-lasting traction in nearly every environment. The sole itself is cushioned with Teva’s ‘Shoc Pad’, giving superb heel cushioning for those long days on the trail. Durable and quick-drying polyester webbing and odor protection round off the ensemble for an excellent light hiking sandal.

Teva Terra Fi-4 on Amazon

Teva Terra Fi-4 on Zappos

Teva Terra Fi-4 on REI


6.) OluKai ‘Ohana Flip-Flops

OluKai 'Ohana Flip-Flops Best Travel Sandals

Weight: 1 lb.

Material: Synthetic Leather, EVA, Jersey Knit, Rubber

Pros: Super Comfortable, Style, Nice Rubber Outsole

Cons: Thong Flip Flop

OluKai ‘Ohana Flip-Flops on Amazon

OluKai ‘Ohana Flip-Flops on Zappos

OluKai ‘Ohana Flip-Flops on REI

7.) Wiivv Sandal ($99)

Wiivv Sandal Mens Travel Sandal

Weight: N/A

Material: N/A

Pros: Fantastic Arch Support, Custom Foot Bed, Thick Rubber Sole, Cushioned Heel

Cons: Don’t Love Thong Strap, Heavy

Tasha and I just got our hands on our first pair of Wiivv sandals and they are a life changer. If you love the convenience and freedom of flip flops but hate how they make your body feel, these are perfect for you. Every pair of Wiivv sandals are made custom for your exact feet to give you the most comfortable fit possible.

The first step is to visit their website and choose from a wide range of colors and designs after your purchase you can download their app to take photos of your feet. This essentially maps your whole foot and the photos get automatically sent to Wiivv. From there they create a 3D-printable file unique to each individual foot. It’s great for those who suffer from plantar fasciitis.

 Men’s Wiivv Sandal


8.) Bedrock Cairn Adventure ($110)

Bedrock Cairn Adventure Best Travel Sandals

Weight: 16 oz.

Material: Polyester/Nylon, Vibram Sole

Pros: Super Comfortable, Made For Running, Lightweight, Vibram Sole

Cons: Style, More For Athletic Use

If you just can’t give up on that flip flop feel but want the added stability and support of an outdoor sandal, look no further than the Bedrock Cairn. The thong-like design with ankle strap gives you that great, barely-there feel, while the Vibram outsole is tacky enough to climb mountains. 

Their comprehensive adjustment system means the sandals are custom secured to your foot, and the basic construction relieves you of any pressure points. However, because of the strap construction, these are recommended for hiking in strenuous terrain, but they are stylish enough for urban adventuring and durable enough for long day hikes. 

Bedrock Cairn Adventure on REI


9.) Birkenstock Arizona ($135)

Birkenstock Arizona Best Travel Sandals

Weight: 1 lb.

Material: Cork Footbed, EVA Footbed, Rubber Sole

Pros: Comfort, Support, Thick Rubber Sole

Cons: Not For Everyone, Hippie Look,

Birkenstocks have long been associated with hippy culture and free-living ideology, so naturally, they would make phenomenal sandals for travel! However, Birkenstock Arizonas is much more than a name. They feature the patented cork footbed that contours to your foot, giving you amazing arch support and comfort.

This footbed also gives them an excellent shock absorption quality that your joints will thank you for. Keep in mind though that these women’s travel sandals are lined with suede, which means they are best suited for dry urban environments. Also, the cork footbed absorbs smells, so if you are prone to stinky, sweaty feet, these may not be the best choice for you. 

I find Birkenstocks to look goofy on my feet, but they are super comfortable and plenty of people love them for a reason.

Birkenstock Arizona on Amazon

Birkenstock Arizona on REI


10.) OluKai Nalukai Sandals ($110)

OluKai Nalukai Sandals Best Travel Sandals

Weight: 15 oz.

Material: Leather, Microfiber Lining, EVA Midsole, Rubber Outsole

Pros: Style, Comfort, Leather, Rubber Outsole

Cons: Price

Hawaiian based OluKai make come super comfortable sandals and slip-on shoes. The Nalukai is their higher-end travel sandal with thick leather and a robust rubber outsole for traction. The thick leather used in these sandals give them bonus points for style. However, it does not compromise the comfort found in the more moderately priced ‘Ohana sandals.

They make for great leisure sandals and look great for walking around a five-star beach resort or hopping on the back of a motorbike Southeast Asia.

OluKai Nalukai Sandals on Amazon

OluKai Nalukai Sandals on Zappos

OluKai Nalukai Sandals on REI


How to Pick a Good Travel Sandal?

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Obviously, there’s a lot to consider before jetting out, so here’s a breakdown of what to consider in a women’s travel sandals, as well as some of the best options currently on the market. 


The Destination for Travel Sandals

As we alluded to before, knowing the intended use of your travel sandals is important. You don’t want to be stuck with blistered, achy feet because you figured “a sandal is a sandal,” right? So, let’s look at what features are important based on your intended travel purposes. 


Urban Travel

Best Women's Walking Sandals
A Temple in Osaka

If you plan to spend your days’ sightseeing and walking the streets of the city, comfort and style should be prioritized above all else. You can choose thinner straps in any pattern that strikes your fancy, and opt for designs that complement your wardrobe versus the bold look that many outdoor sandals have. 

You’ll definitely want to keep a thick footbed in mind, as walking on concrete and pavement can be hard on your joints. Also, footbeds with a decent amount of grip should also be a consideration for those days you get caught in a downpour. You don’t want to slip out of your sandals and onto the street. 


Adventure Travel

Galapagos Cruises Best Women's Walking Sandals
The Galapagos Islands

If you’re traveling to an outdoor location where you intend to spend your days hiking, biking, running, or climbing, protecting your feet should be high on your list. In this scenario, the entire construction of the sandal serves a purpose. You should be looking for sandals for travel with thick, well-placed lugs on the outsole to give you maximum traction on rocky terrain. 

The straps should be extra secure to prevent your sandals from coming loose at a pivotal point on the trail. You’ll want to make sure the footbed of the sandal is highly supportive, especially around your foot arch, and also look for materials that can take a beating without becoming frayed or broken in the process. 

You may even want to consider travel sandals that give you some sort of toe protection, especially if you are heading to rocky terrain. While stylish adventure sandals do exist, this takes a back seat to the overall functionality when the outdoors are your intended terrain. I have loved having a more robust sandal in destinations like the Galapagos, Canadian Rockies, Africa, and Costa Rica.


Beach or Water Activities

Best Women's Walking Sandals

Whether you’re heading to a beach destination, spending a weekend on the lake, or plan to do a lot of kayaking or rafting, all the best travel sandals for water activities have the same thing in common: they have excellent water resistance and grippy footbeds. 

These two things will keep you both stable and comfortable throughout your trip. Water-resistance usually comes in the form of quick-drying synthetic nylon or polyester materials that naturally wick water out. Just a few minutes in the sun and they’re ready to go again!

Want more tips? Check out our beach packing list!


Travel Sandal Materials 

Best Women's Walking Sandals

It only makes sense that the materials used in the construction of travel sandals directly affect longevity and comfort. However, some materials are better than others in various situations. For example, leather is a very durable and stylish material but can become waterlogged and ruined in wet environments. 

Synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester are great in wet environments, retaining their shape and drying quickly. Velcro-strapped sandals are great for a day at the beach because you can quickly and easily take them off and on. However, velcro can become frayed over time if put to extreme use, like long-distance hikes or climbing adventures. 

One universally great material used in the soles of the best travel sandals is rubber. If you see this label on the travel sandals you’re considering, you know that you’re getting a high-quality product. 


Travel Sandal Straps 

Best Women's Walking Sandals
Chaco straps are super comfortable.

Finding the right straps for your travel sandals is a bit like the goldilocks effect: there’s no right fit for everyone, but there’s a right fit for you! Just remember that choosing thinner straps can cause them to dig once strained over all-day use. 

Straps that are too wide can be constricting and lack the breathability you’re trying to get by wearing sandals in the first place. The perfect straps usually fall somewhere in the middle based on your foot size. 


Travel Sandal Soles

Best Women's Walking Sandals
Teva has robust soles for traction.

More and more podiatrists agree that no one should wear flat-soled flip flops. Not only is it hard on your feet, but it also puts extra strain on your back, knees, hips, and overall posture. 

That’s why choosing a travel sandal with some form of arch support is so crucial. Luckily, manufacturers of sandals for travel have seen this concern and have started producing sandals with high-quality soles that can even stand up to their boot and shoe counterparts. 


Travel Sandal Fit

Just like any other footwear, you want to find a women’s travel sandal that fits your foot like a glove. They should be tight without constricting, gripped to the bottom of your foot, and long/wide enough that no part of your foot hangs over the edge. 

Some brands run small and others run narrow, so be sure to look up the reviews before shopping, and try on your sandals before leaving the store. If you’re purchasing them online, also take this into consideration, and once you get them, take them for a test run before you head out on your trip. 


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Natasha is a five-foot blonde that believes she was made short so she could fit in air, train, car, and bus seats comfortably. She believes in watching every single movie nominated for an Oscar and loves all animals. Natasha has a passion for environmentally friendly and sustainable travel. Natasha recently made a move to Canada and resides near Banff National Park in Alberta and loves new adventures in the mountains. Natasha's favorite countries are Italy, Iceland, Greece, Japan, Mozambique, and South Africa.

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