Sandals are undoubtedly a summer staple. Whether you’re heading to the beach or simply need a pair to slip on for casual outings, they’re key to keeping feet cool and comfortable — especially when equipped with underfoot support. Plus, they’re often stylish enough to elevate your wardrobe.
To help you find the perfect pair, we’ve rounded up must-have looks for a range of occasions. Among the list, you’ll find everything from trendy pool slides to water-friendly styles perfect for active outdoor excursions. And they won’t break the bank, either, as they’re all affordably priced. Read on to shop our top picks.
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1. Dockers Newpage Outdoor Sandal
Docker's sporty-style sandal is perfect for outdoor activities, yet versatile enough to be worn on city sidewalks.
Pros: Standout features include a sturdy rubber outsole, memory foam insole that molds to the shape of your foot and the brand's signature Fusion Footbed for an extra layer of cushion. Velcro straps allow you to get a customized fit. The style also comes in wide width sizes to accomodate wide feet.
Cons: The shoes are not designed to get wet, as water can damage the insoles.
2. Under Armour Ignite V Slides
These minimalistic slides are so comfy, they're a post-game favorite among football players. Plus, they're sleek enough to be worn for laidback events outside of lounging around at home or running errands.
Pros: The front strap is adjustable and features HeatGear lining to prevent sweaty feet. An EVA outsole features traction pods for added grip on slippery surfaces and lightweight cushioning. Meanwhile, the insole is smooth, making it an ideal pick for people who don't like the feel of grooved alternatives — which is common in many pool slide styles.
Cons: It's not advised to get these shoes wet. They may take a long time to dry and start to smell if soaked.
3. Crocs Swiftwater Mesh Sandal
Slightly slimmer than the brand's classic clog styles, this water-friendly iteration from Crocs is perfect for rafting and other water sports.
Pros: Large water ports near the base help water drain from the shoe. The style's breathable mesh upper is quick-drying and features an adjustable strap for a secure fit. Massage pods on the footbed keep you comfortable with every step, while a rubber toe protects feet from bumps and scrapes. The style also retains some of the brand's most beloved features like a grippy Croslite outsole and flexible construction that won't inhibit your movement during play.
Cons: While ideal for outdoor excursions, they're not very attractive for everyday wear. The design also tends to trap sand on the inside, so you may not want to wear them to the beach.
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