The best walking sandals 2018: Unleash your feet

Comfortable and breathable? It's too good to be true!

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Arguably, a walking sandal is never going to become an iconic emblem of pop culture, but for walks on days when the mercury reaches the dizzying heights of 18 degrees and beyond, they are, quite frankly, a master stroke.

So, with summer just around the corner, we’ve put together a list of the best walking sandals for keeping feet cool and comfortable on those sunny strolls. 

The best kind of walking sandal will be lightweight, comfortable and supportive, and with that in mind, the Keen Mens Newport Sandal takes top position, thanks to its soft leather upper, EVA folded footbed and hydrophobic lining. 

While you’re looking for the best walking sandal for you, also consider the kind of fabric you would prefer. Because of its quick drying properties, synthetic is best for days when the odd shower is expected. 

Alternatively, leather is better for hotter days and, when treated, won’t mark if you come into contact with water. 

The best walking sandal

1. Keen Mens Newport Sandal

The perfect sandal for… keen walkers

Specifications
Sizes: 6-15
Closure: Fit Lace
Outsole: Rubber with Razor Siping
Reasons to buy
+Hydrophobic lining repels moisture

Never suffer with sweaty feet and blisters again. Thanks to their leather upper and hydrophobic lining, these sandals are the perfect buy for hot weather walks. 

They feature a compression moulded EVA sole which conforms to your foot shape, while the secure fit strap design adjusts to provide the right level of support. With almost all five star reviews, they are pretty much undisputed as one of the best walking sandals.  

Birkenstock Arizona Unisex Sandals

2. Birkenstock Arizona Unisex Sandals

About as trendy as it gets when it comes to walking sandals

Specifications
Sizes: 2-14
Closure: Buckle
Outsole: EVA
Reasons to buy
+Minimal design is unusual for a walking sandal

Birkenstock are the kings of comfortable sandals and while they’re no good for extended summer hikes, for a stroll along the promenade or on an equally flat surface, they can’t be beaten. 

Available in a huge range of colours and patterns, they’re as close to fashionable you can get, while the level of comfort they provide thanks to the the moulded cork footbed and posture enhancing heel certainly shouldn’t be sniffed at.  

Keen Womens Whisper Sandal

3. Keen Womens Whisper Sandal

The polyester webbing of this Whisper makes it the perfect adventuring sandal

Specifications
Sizes: 4-8
Closure: Fit Lace
Outsole: Non marking rubber
Reasons to buy
+Quick-drying synthetic construction

Synthetic is the way you have to go when you want to enjoy the unpredictability of the great outdoors. Whether you come across a stream or even the odd rain shower, this quick drying sandal will ensure that your feet remain comfortable and dry for the entire duration. 

Add to the mix a sole that moulds to your feet, convenient elastic cord lacing and a variety of enticing colours, and you have yourself the perfect summer sandal.  

Columbia Ventmeister Men’s Hiking Sandals

4. Columbia Ventmeister Men’s Hiking Sandals

A comfortable classic sandal for wearing with or without socks

Specifications
Sizes: 6-12
Closure: Velcro
Outsole: Gum rubber
Reasons to buy
+Wicks moisture away from the foot

If open toe is more for you, these Columbia hiking sandals should certainly be considered. Featuring a breathable mesh upper and textile inner to provide moisture wicking and fast drying properties, these sandals are suitable for all kinds of summer walks. 

There’s the added bonus of underfoot breathability and the hook and loop closure should provide good support while making it easy to take your sandals on and off. 

Teva Mens Hurricane XLT Sandal

5. Teva Mens Hurricane XLT Sandal

For almost guaranteed stink-free feet, go for these from Teva

Specifications
Sizes: 8-13
Closure: Velcro
Outsole: Durabrasion Rubber
Reasons to buy
+Close-fitting supportive design

With Teva mentioning that the carefully designed web upper has been designed to ensure the sole of the sandal comfortably hugs your feet, these sandals should provide a good level of support. 

With the addition of the shock absorbing heel and the Durabrasion rubber outer sole, these funky strapped sandals are the ideal shoe for summer walking. And don’t forget that they feature zinc-based antimicrobial protection to ensure your sandals are protected from any smell-inducing bacteria.  

Skechers Go Walk Pizaz Women’s Flip Flop

6. Skechers Go Walk Pizaz Women’s Flip Flop

The perfect beach walk sandals

Specifications
Sizes: 4-8
Closure: Slip on
Outsole: EVA
Reasons to buy
+Easy on and off

For the ultimate airy, easy to flip on and off shoe, go for these Skechers. They’re not going to be any good for extensive walking but for finding the perfect spot on the beach or as a comfortable sandal for nipping out to the shops, they’re the perfect buy. 

They feature a spongy, comfortable sole, a soft upper and a supporting contoured footbed, so you’ll never go back to cheap market stall flip flops again.  

Teva Terra Fi Lite Men's Athletic Sandal

7. Teva Terra Fi Lite Men's Athletic Sandal

Teva make their second appearance with this sporty sandal

Specifications
Sizes: 6-12
Closure: Velcro
Outsole: Rubber
Reasons to buy
+Antimicrobial treatment to see off odours

 If you’re planning on clambering around waterfalls or rock pools during your summer break, you’ll be safe with these sandals, which boast Teva’s Spider Original rubber outsole for grippiness on slippery rocks. 

They feature a soft leather inner and upper for superior comfort, while the Microban zinc-based antimicrobial treatment will prevent your sandals from getting smelly.  

Ecco Kana Women’s MultiSport Sandals

8. Ecco Kana Women’s MultiSport Sandals

For the perfect blend of sport and casual go for the Eccos

Specifications
Sizes: 3.5-9
Closure: Velcro
Outsole: Rubber
Reasons to buy
+Adaptable Velcro straps

Providing a combination of comfort and grip, these sporty sandals are great if you’re looking to cover a fair amount of mileage. 

They feature a EVA footbed that moulds to your foot shape, while the textile lining should allow your to feet to breathe. With two Velcro straps across the bridge of your foot and your heel, this shoe can be adapted to provide ultimate comfort.