The best walking sandals 2018: keep your feet cool and comfy with our top 10 picks

Say goodbye to sore feet and blisters with a pair of lightweight walking sandals to cushion and support your feet whatever the terrain

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It may feel like summer 2018 is making way for autumn, but there's still time to invest in a pair of good walking sandals.

The cooler months of September and October still offer ample opportunity for making the most of the great outdoors, and so before you find yourself turning to heavier footwear, let us tempt you with something more lightweight and breathable.

Comfortable and easy to slip on and off, the best walking sandals offer contoured footbeds to bolster support as you move, plus a decent level of grip to keep you upright on various terrain.  

On the whole they are purpose made for walking in the dry, but there a couple of examples in this list that'll withstand showers and dry super quickly, meaning you can still enjoy the freedom of sandals over boots, in spite of the Great British autumn weather.

A new entry this month is the upgraded Teva Hurricane XLT, a walking sandal staple that has had a comfort upgrade. No more spoilers though, let's crack on with what you should be looking for when buying the best walking sandals for you. 

How to buy the best walking sandals for you

While you’re looking for the best walking sandals for your needs, 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 or degrade if you come into contact with water, such as when crossing streams or even paddling in the ocean. 

With with that in mind, the Keen Mens Newport Sandal takes top position, thanks to its soft leather upper, EVA folded footbed and hydrophobic lining. 

Also think about what kind of terrain you'll likely be traversing, and how much grip you'll need as a result. You may find a pair of sports walking sandals are the best option for you. 

Lastly, we have to admit that even the best walking sandals often aren't the most stylish. This might not be of consequence to you, but we have included a couple of options in this list that are a bit more stylish than your average walking sandal.

Ready to step into something supportive, cool and comfortable? Read on for our pick of the best walking sandals and treat your feet today.

The best walking sandals you can buy right now

Best walking sandals: Keen Newport Sandal

1. Keen Newport Sandal

The best walking sandals for epic, all-terrain walks

Specifications
Sizes: 2.5-16
Closure: Fit Lace
Outsole: Rubber with Razor Siping
Reasons to buy
+Hydrophobic lining repels moisture+Comfortable rubber soles+Massive range of sizes

One of the best walking sandals money can buy, the Newport Sandal by Keen is an outdoor hero in its own right. Available for both men and women, and in a massive range of sizes and colours, this walking sandal suits practically everyone.

Thanks to their leather upper and hydrophobic lining, these sandals are the perfect buy for hot weather walks. it also means you'll never suffer with sweaty feet and blisters again.

The Newport walking sandals feature a compression moulded EVA sole that conforms to your foot shape, while the secure fit strap design adjusts to provide the right level of support. 

These sandals are built to last you years, and can be worn on all terrains, through the rain and sun. Simply the best.

Best walking sandals: Teva Terra Fi Lite Athletic Sandal

2. Teva Terra Fi Lite Athletic Sandal

The best walking sandals for more challenging terrain

Specifications
Sizes: 6-12
Closure: Velcro
Outsole: Rubber
Reasons to buy
+Antimicrobial treatment+Great for active pursuits
Reasons to avoid
-Ankle clasp can chafe a little

A firm favourite among outdoor types, the Terra Fi Lite by Teva offers good arch support for longer walks. These walking sandals are perfectly happy in the rain too.

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. 

The Terra Fi Lite makes our best walking sandals list because of the soft leather inner and upper, there to boost your comfort, and the Microban zinc-based antimicrobial treatment that prevents your sandals from getting smelly.  

Best walking sandals: Keen Womens Whisper Sandal

3. Keen Womens Whisper Sandal

The best walking sandals for surviving a downpour of rain

Specifications
Sizes: 4-8
Closure: Fit Lace
Outsole: Non marking rubber
Reasons to buy
+Water-resistant+Quick-drying synthetic construction
Reasons to avoid
-Toe cap is a little snug

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.  

Best walking sandals: FitFlop Uberknit Thong Sandals

4. FitFlop Uberknit Thong Sandals

The best walking sandal for creating a smarter look

Specifications
Sizes: 3-9
Closure: N/A
Outsole: Rubber
Reasons to buy
+Stylish design+Comfortable contoured footbed+Slip-resistant rubber base
Reasons to avoid
-White colour picks up dirt

Athleisure comes to outdoors gear in the form of the FitFlop Uberknit, a toe-past walking sandal for those of you who prize style as well as comfort when out walking. 

Ideal for throwing on whether your embarking on a lazy post-Sunday lunch amble or want a stylish walking sandal for taking on an active holiday, FitFlop’s Uberknit are easy to wear, are available in six different colours, and go with a huge range of clothes. 

Fully flexible, thanks to stretchy foot-hugging uppers, with an anatomically contoured footbed boosting foot-to-midsole contact for increased comfort. You’ll love sinking into the super plush cushioning, which also works to prevent blisters and other nasties from forming.

Best walking sandals: Teva Men's Hurricane XLT 2

5. Teva Men's Hurricane XLT 2 Sandal

The best walking sandal for combating foot odour

Specifications
Sizes: 8-13
Closure: Velcro
Outsole: Durabrasion Rubber
Reasons to buy
+Excellent grip+Anti-odour material+Shock absorbing heel
Reasons to avoid
-Uncomfy strap for some foot shapes

The Teva Hurrican XLT walking sandal has recently had a comfort upgrade, and dedicated walkers will welcome the addition of the soft heel strap padding.

These shoes offer the unbeatable grip and carefully designed web upper of the original XLT, ensuring the sole of the sandal comfortably hugs your feet and provides a good level of support. 

Don’t forget that they feature zinc-based antimicrobial protection to ensure your sandals are protected from any smell-inducing bacteria, and the water-ready polyester dries quickly if you do take these walking sandals through wet and muddy trails.  

Best walking sandals: Birkenstock Arizona Unisex Sandals

6. Birkenstock Arizona Unisex Sandals

The best walking sandals for wide feet

Specifications
Sizes: 2-14
Closure: Buckle
Outsole: EVA
Reasons to buy
+Minimal design is unusual for a walking sandal+Stylish compared to most walking sandals
Reasons to avoid
-The cork footbed can stain after a while

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.  

Best walking sandals: Columbia Ventmeister Men’s Hiking Sandals

7. Columbia Ventmeister Men’s Hiking Sandals

A classic sandal for wearing with or without socks

Specifications
Sizes: 6-12
Closure: Velcro
Outsole: Gum rubber
Reasons to buy
+Wicks away moisture+Breathable upper mesh
Reasons to avoid
-A bit chunky on the foot-Not a looker

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. 

Best walking sandal: Skechers Go Walk Pizaz Women’s Flip Flop

8. Skechers Go Walk Pizaz Women’s Flip Flop

The best walking sandals for hitting the beach

Specifications
Sizes: 4-8
Closure: Slip on
Outsole: EVA
Reasons to buy
+Easy to pull on and off+Lightweight for throwing in your backpack
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for uneven trails

For the ultimate airy, easy to flip on walking sandals, go for these Skechers. They’re not 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.  

Best walking sandal: Ecco Kana Women’s MultiSport Sandals

9. Ecco Kana Women’s MultiSport Sandals

The best walking sandals for sportier types

Specifications
Sizes: 3.5-9
Closure: Velcro
Outsole: Rubber
Reasons to buy
+Supportive, moulded footbed+Durable for longer use
Reasons to avoid
-Velcro straps curl after major use

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.  

Best walking sandal: Karrimor Aruba 2 Walking Sandal

10. Karrimor Aruba 2 Walking Sandal

The best budget-friendly sandals for walking

Specifications
Sizes: 6-12
Closure: Velcro
Outsole: Rubber
Reasons to buy
+Cheap price+Easy to wear
Reasons to avoid
-Basic design-Other sandals have more cushioning

They have a similar look to the Teva walking sandals further up the list, but cost slightly less depending upon which online deal you snap up.

The Aruba 2 by Karrimor sandals are also good for wide feet, thanks to those adjustable straps. The neoprene lining rarely gets sticky either, which is good if you’re walking longer distances in warmer weather.

The rubber sole offers decent grip, but might not be up to very wet and slippery terrain. If you’re an ethical shopper, these walking sandals are vegan friendly.