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21 Of The Best Sandals For Walking

In order to make your way downtown, you need sandals that are up for the challenge!

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community what kinds of sandals were good enough to handle a ton of walking! Here were their most ~comfortable~ suggestions:

1. Olukai Ohana Sandals are water resistant and have a non-slip, contoured footbed, making it easier to slip these bad boys on and head to the beach without your soles cramping!

"Anything from the brand OluKai. All of their sandals are super cute, sassy, and so incredibly comfy. I can wear my sandals all day, every day and my feet never hurt. Plus they'll last more than one summer!" —KateDCharlestonGet them from Zappos for $42.85 or Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 41 colors).
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"Anything from the brand OluKai. All of their sandals are super cute, sassy, and so incredibly comfy. I can wear my sandals all day, every day and my feet never hurt. Plus they'll last more than one summer!" —KateDCharleston

Get them from Zappos for $42.85 or Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 41 colors).

2. Walking Company Abeo Brynn Natural Sandals allow you to choose which footbed works well for you — the neutral footbed has enhanced arch support, the microsuede footbed contains a micro shield for those who have sweaty feet, and a they have a memory foam footbed that allows equal distribution of pressure throughout your soles!

"I am currently at the end of a month-long trek through Europe, and these sandals have carried me through multiple 10-mile days. They have withstood the ancient cobblestones of Rome, the hills of Genoa, and beaches of the Ligurian coast. They have great arch support and mold to your foot. You can adjust them at the heel, the ankle and the toe for a custom fit. They have a think supportive rubber sole, and they don’t look like your grandma’s orthopedic sandal! I have tried multiple pairs of comfort sandals over the years and these are the best so far." —mcewenamGet them from The Walking Company for $89 (originally $119.95; available in sizes 4–12 and four colors).
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"I am currently at the end of a month-long trek through Europe, and these sandals have carried me through multiple 10-mile days. They have withstood the ancient cobblestones of Rome, the hills of Genoa, and beaches of the Ligurian coast. They have great arch support and mold to your foot. You can adjust them at the heel, the ankle and the toe for a custom fit. They have a think supportive rubber sole, and they don’t look like your grandma’s orthopedic sandal! I have tried multiple pairs of comfort sandals over the years and these are the best so far." —mcewenam

Get them from The Walking Company for $89 (originally $119.95; available in sizes 4–12 and four colors).

3. Sonoma Goods Leather Sandals have a contoured footbed and come with a cork midsole so your dogs will have the right amount of support and softness throughout the day.

"I’m a guy and I wear them all the time. They’re basically knockoff Birkenstocks. I wore them for a weekend walking around in Chicago and my dogs did not bark afterward." —alexaGet them from Kohl's for $39.99 (originally $49.99; available in sizes 5–11 and four colors).
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"I’m a guy and I wear them all the time. They’re basically knockoff Birkenstocks. I wore them for a weekend walking around in Chicago and my dogs did not bark afterward." —alexa

Get them from Kohl's for $39.99 (originally $49.99; available in sizes 5–11 and four colors).

4. Rainbow Flip Flops are made of soft, breathable leather and have arch support that'll be amazingly refreshing for everyone with flat feet!

"They're plain, but the leather is so soft, and they offer amazing arch support! My plantar fasciitis hasn't acted up since wearing them." —cometsmomGet them from Nordstrom for $53.95, DSW for $44.98 (originally $53.99) or Amazon for $52.66+ (available in sizes 5–11 and three colors).
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"They're plain, but the leather is so soft, and they offer amazing arch support! My plantar fasciitis hasn't acted up since wearing them." —cometsmom

Get them from Nordstrom for $53.95, DSW for $44.98 (originally $53.99) or Amazon for $52.66+ (available in sizes 5–11 and three colors).

5. Teva Sandals have nylon webbing as well as handy straps to keep your precious feet in place on their cushioned footbed, which'll have you thinking "concrete, who?"

"Tevas, hands down! They are lightweight, supportive, come in a ton of colors, and very affordable. I’ve converted so many friends into Teva lovers." —halstonleighm"Teva sandals are the best! They are the only sandals that I’ve found that don’t hurt my feet at all. They are super durable, too and will last a long time. 11 out of 10 do recommend!" —emm1Get them from Zappos for $50 or DSW for $49.99 (available in sizes 5–11 and 13 colors).
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"Tevas, hands down! They are lightweight, supportive, come in a ton of colors, and very affordable. I’ve converted so many friends into Teva lovers." —halstonleighm

"Teva sandals are the best! They are the only sandals that I’ve found that don’t hurt my feet at all. They are super durable, too and will last a long time. 11 out of 10 do recommend!" —emm1

Get them from Zappos for $50 or DSW for $49.99 (available in sizes 5–11 and 13 colors).

6. Sanuk Sandals are super casual and comfy, plus they're made from real yoga mats which means the soles of your feet can be relaxed even while trekking long distances.

"These are the best for walking around. They have fabric straps that won’t cause blisters, and the bottom is made out of a yoga mat so they are super squishy and comfortable. They take a little longer to put on than the average sandal, but your foot won’t slide out and the straps won’t fall down. An absolute favorite!" —katieGet them from Zappos for $34.08 (originally $38), DSW for $37.99, or Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 31 colors).
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"These are the best for walking around. They have fabric straps that won’t cause blisters, and the bottom is made out of a yoga mat so they are super squishy and comfortable. They take a little longer to put on than the average sandal, but your foot won’t slide out and the straps won’t fall down. An absolute favorite!" —katie

Get them from Zappos for $34.08 (originally $38), DSW for $37.99, or Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 31 colors).

7. Oofos Original Sandals were designed for anyone who loves being active and needs a durable flip flop to keep up. With their traction padding and cushioning, they soothe your feet after a tough workout while reducing stress on your knees and lower back!

"Oofos Sandals are the best thing that has ever happened to my feet. The people I bought them from told me when you walk in them it literally feels like your feet are getting a massage and they were right. They are FANTASTIC for high arches and are great for walking a lot. They also come in some bright fun colors if black is not your thing. Can’t recommend them enough!" —sGet them from Zappos for $49.95 (available in sizes 5–16 and eight colors).
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"Oofos Sandals are the best thing that has ever happened to my feet. The people I bought them from told me when you walk in them it literally feels like your feet are getting a massage and they were right. They are FANTASTIC for high arches and are great for walking a lot. They also come in some bright fun colors if black is not your thing. Can’t recommend them enough!" —s

Get them from Zappos for $49.95 (available in sizes 5–16 and eight colors).

8. Chacos Athletic Sandals have specialized "loveseat" technology to ensure durability and (non-negotiable) arch support during long walks on the boardwalk with bae. Don't let your feet stop the love from flowing!

"I'm living in my Chacos basically 24/7. I am in Croatia for the summer and I wear them walking around town and also at the beach into the water to protect my feet from the rocks and spiky urchins. They have been so comfortable since the first day I bought them about three months ago! The only problem is the wicked tan lines they've given me!" —brittanybethpaulsonGet them from Zappos for $104.95, or Amazon for $74.97+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 19 colors).A BuzzFeeder swears by these too! Check out their review for all the info.
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"I'm living in my Chacos basically 24/7. I am in Croatia for the summer and I wear them walking around town and also at the beach into the water to protect my feet from the rocks and spiky urchins. They have been so comfortable since the first day I bought them about three months ago! The only problem is the wicked tan lines they've given me!" —brittanybethpaulson

Get them from Zappos for $104.95, or Amazon for $74.97+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 19 colors).

A BuzzFeeder swears by these too! Check out their review for all the info.

9. Sketchers On The Go Flip Flops are ridiculously lightweight and have a special Goga Max comfort footbed, so even after you've run a mile at the gym, you can slip these on and walk a mile more.

"They have a very sturdy rubber sole with memory foam arch and heel support." —PHM8Get them from DSW for $39.99 or Amazon for $19.95+ (available in sizes 5–11 and nine colors).
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"They have a very sturdy rubber sole with memory foam arch and heel support." —PHM8

Get them from DSW for $39.99 or Amazon for $19.95+ (available in sizes 5–11 and nine colors).

10. Mephisto Helen Sandals can absolutely be worn to a swanky rooftop soireé with their fancy leather straps, but they have a cork footbed covered with smooth leather that'll soften as you wear them, aka you won't ever say "ouch."

"These Mephisto sandals never leave my feet. Great arch support, and I like the silhouette better than my Birks."—meganbGet them from Nordstrom for $148.95, Zappos for $149, or Amazon for $149+ (available in sizes 5–13 and 18 colors).
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"These Mephisto sandals never leave my feet. Great arch support, and I like the silhouette better than my Birks."—meganb

Get them from Nordstrom for $148.95, Zappos for $149, or Amazon for $149+ (available in sizes 5–13 and 18 colors).

11. Ugg Tawney Flip Flops have a look that's appropriate for literally any occasion and are made with a breathable leather lining so the straps won't chafe the top of your feet.

"I HATE sandals with the bit between your toes usually, but I LOVE my Ugg sandals. I wore them for a month walking around Europe two summers in a row  and they are still going strong! They are dressier than most comfortable sandals and actually have support. Highly recommend." —aliciazumbuschGet them from Zappos for $59.95 or Nordstrom for $59.95 (available in sizes 5–12 and four colors).
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"I HATE sandals with the bit between your toes usually, but I LOVE my Ugg sandals. I wore them for a month walking around Europe two summers in a row

and they are still going strong! They are dressier than most comfortable sandals and actually have support. Highly recommend." —aliciazumbusch

Get them from Zappos for $59.95 or Nordstrom for $59.95 (available in sizes 5–12 and four colors).

12. Ada Multi Strap Hiking Sandals can be a money-saving dupe for the more expensive Chacos, but without sacrificing comfort with their thick, cushioned soles and buckled closures to keep your feet in place.

"Target has knock-off Chacos that I’m obsessed with! They’re called the Ada Multi-strap Hiking Sandals. They’re super cute and feel like you’re walking on a cloud, even if you walk a lot. As a college student, these are my go-to! Plus, they’re super affordable — only $25, when Chacos will set you back $100." —kimberlywGet them from Target for $24.99 (available in sizes 5–12).
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"Target has knock-off Chacos that I’m obsessed with! They’re called the Ada Multi-strap Hiking Sandals. They’re super cute and feel like you’re walking on a cloud, even if you walk a lot. As a college student, these are my go-to! Plus, they’re super affordable — only $25, when Chacos will set you back $100." —kimberlyw

Get them from Target for $24.99 (available in sizes 5–12).

13. Birkenstock Arizona Sandals are the OG of comfy-ass sandals for a reason — they're equipped with a cork and foam footbeed that molds specifically to your foot for a customized fit everytime.

"I've had them for three years and they are definitely worth the price. They never tear and they mold to your feet perfectly. Literally like walking on a cloud! I wear them to the zoo, the boardwalk, or even just when I'm shopping. So worth the price tag!" —allie"I’m sure so many people have said Birkenstocks, but I’m going to say Birkenstocks again. One of the biggest appeals for me is that they are one of the only sandal companies that sell narrow AND they are adjustable so you can make them more narrow (or wider). As someone with very, very narrow feet (even narrow sandals are too wide, ugh) Birkenstocks are one of the only sandals that I can wear without fearing my ankle twists. They have numerous materials that can be purchased, and as an added bonus, most of their styles can be purchased in a vegan style using only vegan materials, and most styles are unisex. I have three pairs!" —kate"As someone with extremely high arches, I have found the only sandals that actually provide support and comfort are Birkenstocks. Not only that, but they are also extremely resilient and are worth the hefty price tag for the quality you get." —faithGet them from Zappos for $109.95, DSW for $39.99, or Amazon for $59.95+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 26 colors).
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"I've had them for three years and they are definitely worth the price. They never tear and they mold to your feet perfectly. Literally like walking on a cloud! I wear them to the zoo, the boardwalk, or even just when I'm shopping. So worth the price tag!" —allie

"I’m sure so many people have said Birkenstocks, but I’m going to say Birkenstocks again. One of the biggest appeals for me is that they are one of the only sandal companies that sell narrow AND they are adjustable so you can make them more narrow (or wider). As someone with very, very narrow feet (even narrow sandals are too wide, ugh) Birkenstocks are one of the only sandals that I can wear without fearing my ankle twists. They have numerous materials that can be purchased, and as an added bonus, most of their styles can be purchased in a vegan style using only vegan materials, and most styles are unisex. I have three pairs!" —kate

"As someone with extremely high arches, I have found the only sandals that actually provide support and comfort are Birkenstocks. Not only that, but they are also extremely resilient and are worth the hefty price tag for the quality you get." —faith

Get them from Zappos for $109.95, DSW for $39.99, or Amazon for $59.95+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 26 colors).

14. Crocs Classic Clogs literally feel like walking on a cloud. They feel practically weightless and have built-in arch support so you'll be able to be on your feet for hours and hours.

"Yes, I get that they’re considered a fashion sin but my feet are too comfortable to care." —riswGet them from Zappos for $34.99, DSW for $29.99, or Amazon for $12.96+ (available in sizes 4.5–13 and 36 colors).
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"Yes, I get that they’re considered a fashion sin but my feet are too comfortable to care." —risw

Get them from Zappos for $34.99, DSW for $29.99, or Amazon for $12.96+ (available in sizes 4.5–13 and 36 colors).

15. Ecco Yucatan Sandals have the American Podiactric Association seal of acceptance, and for good reason — with arch support and a hard rubber bottom, you'll be able to take on the concrete jungle (or the actual jungle) without breaking a sweat (or a toe)!

"After working at a shoe store for several years I can say that these sell out early in the season. every. single. year. They’re fairly expensive, but need to be treated as an investment as they last a long time, and are worth every cent, particularly if you’ll be on varied terrain, are planning on doing a great deal of walking, or need a supportive shoe. After three years I finally caved and bought a pair, and was sold the first time I wore them out. They’re as sturdy as hiking boots. I love my Birks, but if I’m doing lots of walking, my Eccos win every time." —paigeamandaGet them from Nordstrom for $86.90 (originally $129.95; available in sizes 6–16).
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"After working at a shoe store for several years I can say that these sell out early in the season. every. single. year. They’re fairly expensive, but need to be treated as an investment as they last a long time, and are worth every cent, particularly if you’ll be on varied terrain, are planning on doing a great deal of walking, or need a supportive shoe. After three years I finally caved and bought a pair, and was sold the first time I wore them out. They’re as sturdy as hiking boots. I love my Birks, but if I’m doing lots of walking, my Eccos win every time." —paigeamanda

Get them from Nordstrom for $86.90 (originally $129.95; available in sizes 6–16).

16. Keens Whisper Sandals can be your adventure companion since they are water-friendly and perfect for hour-long hikes in the wilderness because of their classic toe bumper, which'll protect your foot from stray rocks or branches!

"My Keens: ugly, but the most frigging comfortable shoes I have ever put on. They protect my toes (which is a must if you have the coordination and balance of a three-year-old), and never give me blisters! I stepped on a bee a few days ago and was strutting around in my trusty old Keens 20 minutes later. I bought mine three years ago for a camping trip, and now they're my default summer sandal. They stay on, keep my feet safe, dry out fairly quickly, pack away nicely, aren't damaged by the sea or, chlorine, or the sun. I could go on. The point is, if you don't mind looking kinda like a hiking dad, these are my all-time favorites." —pksGet them from Zappos for $89.95 (available in sizes 5–11 and 18 colors).
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"My Keens: ugly, but the most frigging comfortable shoes I have ever put on. They protect my toes (which is a must if you have the coordination and balance of a three-year-old), and never give me blisters! I stepped on a bee a few days ago and was strutting around in my trusty old Keens 20 minutes later. I bought mine three years ago for a camping trip, and now they're my default summer sandal. They stay on, keep my feet safe, dry out fairly quickly, pack away nicely, aren't damaged by the sea or, chlorine, or the sun. I could go on. The point is, if you don't mind looking kinda like a hiking dad, these are my all-time favorites." —pks

Get them from Zappos for $89.95 (available in sizes 5–11 and 18 colors).

17. Clarks Women's Brizo Ravena Flat Sandals are equipped with Clarks' special soft cushion as well as adjustable straps to keep your foot on their pillow-like footbed.

"This year I made it a mission to buy comfortable sandals and my oh my, these did not disappoint. The pair I got gave me added height, had the stylish black bands you see on a whole other pair of sandals, and they were totally inexpensive."—stephaniemoralesGet them from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in sizes 5–10 and five colors).
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"This year I made it a mission to buy comfortable sandals and my oh my, these did not disappoint. The pair I got gave me added height, had the stylish black bands you see on a whole other pair of sandals, and they were totally inexpensive."

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Get them from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in sizes 5–10 and five colors).

18. Reef Sandals contain a flex triple density material that'll move with your feet, which means your foot won't feel like it's sitting atop a piece of cardboard while you're standing for long periods of time.

"Any pair of Reef sandals. I wear the Cushion Breeze daily and if I wear any other shoe I feel like I’m cheating on my Reefs!" —caseyGet them from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in sizes 6–14 and four colors).
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"Any pair of Reef sandals. I wear the Cushion Breeze daily and if I wear any other shoe I feel like I’m cheating on my Reefs!" —casey

Get them from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in sizes 6–14 and four colors).

19. Nike Benassi Slides are super versatile, in that they're made of quick-dry materials and have a soft-as-hell footbed your feet will be cheering for hours as you take on mile five. They even come in a Duo version for people who wanna be extra trendy. Sporty spice is shaking.

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"Nike Benassi Duo Sandals! I gave up my Chacos for them. I've been wearing them every day. I love them." —justmekristina

"Nike Benassi Slides are the most comfortable shoe I own. I get horrible foot pain but those actually help relieve that pain and prevent more." —kimberleyb

Get the original Benassi Slides from DSW for $24.99 (available in sizes 6–11 and two colors) and the Benassi Duo Slides from DSW for $39.99 (available in sizes 5–11).

20. Born Sandals have durable rubber insoles that'll give some spring to your tired heels, while the leather design screams fashion for days.

"I made it through ComicCon with no blisters and mildly tired feet (they did way better than the day I wore my Asics) and since then I’ve kept adding to my collection. Cute, and very well made!" —heatherGet them from Amazon for $69.93+ (available in sizes 7–9 and two colors).
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"I made it through ComicCon with no blisters and mildly tired feet (they did way better than the day I wore my Asics) and since then I’ve kept adding to my collection. Cute, and very well made!" —heather

Get them from Amazon for $69.93+ (available in sizes 7–9 and two colors).

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