10 Best Flip Flop Sandals Tested & Reviewed
We looked at over 20 different pairs of flip-flop style sandals to bring you the ones that are the best mix of comfort, durability, and value.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 11 hrs of research
- Birkenstock Gizeh
- Reef Fanning
- Crocs Capri V
- OluKai Ohana
- Orthaheel Tide Slide
- Clarks Breeze
- Sanuk Beer Cozy
- Sanuk Yoga Mat
- Vionic Orthaheel
- Skechers Meditation Studio
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our Favorite Flip Flop Sandals
1. Birkenstock Gizeh
These sandals are specially designed for women. They are made of extremely high-quality materials, excellent construction standards, and a design that has stood the test of time. These authentic German sandals are the best flip-flops on the market, hands down. Support, comfort, and style are all present in this package, but they aren't cheap.Read more
On the upper portion of these sandals, the strap is made of leather with an adjustable buckle. This will mold to your foot and absorb warmth and can also be adjusted to your exact specifications. On the bottom, these flip-flops are made mostly of cork. This is porous and water-resistant as well as springy enough to provide a pleasant level of cushioning.
One thing to keep in mind with these sandals is that they are not designed for individuals with medical conditions like plantar fasciitis. However, for the average Joe with an average stride, these are supportive enough to maintain a comfortable stride for the entire day. This is due to the design of the cork-based lower portion, which provides weight distribution throughout your sole.
As far as footwear construction material is concerned, leather is one of the absolute best. It’s resistant to tearing and can take changes in weather and moisture without fraying. The cork on the bottom may have some issues if it wasn’t protected from the ground with an additional level of rubber, but they are, so that isn’t an issue.
These sandals are not going to be easy on your bank account. For the same cost of one pair of Birkenstock Gizehs, you could get two or even three pairs of the other flip-flops on this list. However, the style, durability, and comfort offered by these sandals make them worth the price of admission.
The only thing that comes close to a complaint customers have stated when reviewing these sandals is that they come in unconventional sizes. You may need to consult a representative at a Birkenstock store in order to find out your size before ordering. Other than that, these are extremely popular sandals online.
2. Reef Fanning
Bottle opener in sole
Superior heel cushioning
Water resistant material
Wide size range
Need to be broken in
These are the ultimate pair of party sandals. The bottom portion of these flip-flops are compression molded to ensure high durability, and the shape and curvature are designed to offer high comfort. The addition of a bottle opener on the sole makes for a great conversation starter, not to mention a terrific party starter as well!Read more
The upper portion of the Reef Fannings are made from synthetic nubuck, meant to emulate high-quality leather. This material offers the best of both worlds; cushion and comfort from real leather, and water-resistant durability from synthetic material. The bottom portion is comfortable too, but it’s overshadowed by the upper.
The heel drop in the Reef Fannings is a bit higher than you would normally see in a pair of flip-flops. This is due to the addition of a heel airbag, which provides an unparalleled level of cushion in the midsole. This ensures that your shoes are comfortable for the entire day, even when walking on rougher surfaces like rocky beaches.
Considering that the upper portion of these sandals are synthetic rather than real leather, these shoes look a bit more durable than they really are. However, they are still highly resistant to abrasions and will last you a long time if taken care of. More importantly, the Reef Fannings are water resistant, meaning they can take ocean spray and spilled beer in stride.
If you factor in the added value of the bottle opener in conjunction with the sandal itself, these are a terrific deal. It’s also common to see these flip-flops discounted online if you know to look in the right places. For those with larger feet that use exponentially more material, however, the price can get quite intimidating.
Customers thoroughly enjoy and appreciate these flip flops, making them a big hit among party animals and regular Joes. Many customers like the fact that these shoes are available in hard-to-find sizes, but some have remarked that it took them a month or two before they were fully broken in.
3. Crocs Capri V
Numerous color choices
Impeccable arch support
Brand has a stigma
There’s a lot to love with these flip-flops. Numerous color options are available, even if some look a bit nicer than others. Also, real leather is used for the upper portion of these sandals, not the fake stuff. Finally, a drastic curve is used in the design of the lower portion, offering a significant degree of foot support.Read more
With an upper portion constructed of real leather, the tops of your feet will be in heaven. It’s a stark contrast to the neoprene material used for the lower portion, which may feel disappointing in comparison. However, the bottom portion is still very comfortable and is designed with several shallow bumps to offer a soothing tactile sensation.
A significant curve is present in the lower portion of these flip-flops. This design accentuates your arches, offering a high degree of support in this area. Customers have worn these sandals while recovering from foot surgery and found them to be quite soothing.
There is no way that the upper portion of the Crocs Capri V’s are going to tear or detach from the lower portion. You would have to go at it with a sharp knife for a decent amount of time in order to sever it. It’s highly likely that the upper portion will far outlast the lower portion, but the lower is also quite durable.
For all the features and benefits offered by these flip-flops, the price is astoundingly low. Nowhere else are you going to find sandals this cheap made from real leather. You are also going to be hard-pressed to find shoes of any kind with this level of arch support in a competitive price range.
Crocs as a brand have received a bad rap in recent years. They’ve been the go-to punchline for horrendous looking shoes, evoking a particular stereotype not unlike the tourist wearing socks with their sandals. However, these flip-flops have managed to avoid this stigma, with overwhelmingly positive reviews and many satisfied customers. We found that most reviewers loved them, so if they sound like the pair for you, go for it.
4. OluKai Ohana
High price tag
These Hawaiian themed flip-flops offer a high level of fit and finish and are made of durable, comfortable material. Wearing the OluKai Ohana will provide you with a significant degree of comfort and support without sacrificing style. If you’re willing to pay the price of admission, you will get a lot of mileage out of these sandals.Read more
Soft neoprene is used for the footrest of these flip-flops, offering a pillow-esque cushion for your feet. The upper portion is a combination of fabric and synthetic leather, both of which will feel comfortable around the top of your foot and between your toes. These sandals can be worn all day without any chafing or irritation.
A slight heel drop provides a degree of heel support when wearing these flip-flops. The OluKai Ohanas also have a subtle curve near the arch, which provides a small measure of support in that region. Individuals with severe foot pain from a medical condition may need something more supportive, but these shoes will provide the perfect amount of support for regular wearers.
These sandals are highly durable since they are made from high-quality materials. The only way these flip-flops could become stronger is if they were made from real leather, but the synthetic substitute is barely distinguishable from the real thing. The fabric on the thong portion is highly tear-resistant, and the soles won’t crumble with exposure to water or sunlight.
It is true that the OluKai Ohanas cost a bit more than you may anticipate paying for a pair of flip-flops. The price tag is higher than many other sandals, and this price isn’t necessarily justified by the material used in manufacturing. However, the level of durability and comfort offered by these sandals, coupled with the solid support and distinctive style, makes these shoes worth the price.
These sandals are extremely popular and for good reason, with many satisfied customers singing its praises online. Some notable features they liked about the OluKai Ohanas are how comfortable and durable they are, but a few customers remarked that these shoes lacked traction and took a while to break in.
5. Orthaheel Tide Slide
These flip-flops are designed to be comfortable and supportive above all else. Because of that, the design is a bit uninspired, but there are a few alternative color choices to appease the fashionistas that need orthotics. If you don’t mind wearing something that doesn’t make a statement, these are an excellent pair of sandals.Read more
The neoprene material used for the lower portion of these flip-flops provide a moisture-resistant surface that will prevent the pooling of water or sweat. It isn’t as comfortable as memory foam or leather, but it serves a purpose and provides a comfort that can last all day.
The number one draw for these sandals by far is the unsurpassed level of support they offer to your feet. An elevated heel and arch with plenty of extra cushioning ensures that even the most sensitive of feet will be supported, avoiding the pain commonly felt with conditions such as plantar fasciitis.
The material these Orthaheel Tide Slide flip-flops are constructed from is centered around durability as well as support, at the cost of style. This means that if they are treated properly, these shoes can last you for as long as it takes for your feet to recover from any painful injury, and can even be used in the future if your injury returns.
These flip-flops cost a bit more than you may expect for such a minimalist shoe, especially when compared to other popular sandals on the market. However, the additional cost is justified by the superior level of comfort and support offered by the Orthaheel Tide Slide. For those who desperately need the arch support but still want to wear something low profile to the beach, this is a very reasonable price.
Customers of all ages love these sandals, giving them extremely high scores on most online retailers. They are especially popular among individuals with injured feet, as they haven’t been able to find a similar pair with better features suited for their delicate condition. However, some customers have remarked that the sizing can be inconsistent.
6. Clarks Breeze
Excellent arch support
Limited heel support
For women who need a comfortable pair of everyday sandals, Clarks has manufactured an excellent pair for just their needs. With an exceptional level of comfort and terrific arch support, any woman will appreciate these sandals when walking around town or visiting the beach.Read more
The most appealing feature of these women’s flip-flops is the unparalleled level of comfort they offer. This is far and away the biggest draw for the Clarks Women’s Breeze sandals, with its soft material and adjustable toe strap. Customers have remarked that these flip-flops are so comfortable that they have started wearing them in the shower!
There isn’t a great deal of material for the Clarks Women’s Breeze to work with, but they still manage to accomplish a decent level of support in these shoes. Heel support is lacking, but arch support is present to such a degree that women with plantar fasciitis have sought out these sandals for their ability to relieve arch pain.
These flip-flops are almost entirely constructed from synthetic fabric, providing durability as well as comfort. They are highly water and sun resistant, making them perfect as an all-day shoe. Obviously they won’t be very protective during a rainstorm or a long hike, but these are still a perfect choice for a trip to the beach or the pool.
Due to having so little material used in its construction, these shoes are extremely affordable. Unlike some low-priced sandals, there really isn’t much of a trade-off in paying less for these flip-flops when compared to others on the market; they offer a perfectly reasonable level of comfort and durability, and an above-average level of support, all for a below-average price.
Customers love these flip-flops, with many of them buying multiple pairs in different colors. They especially appreciate the arch support, but some customers were a bit disappointed with the level of traction they offered.
7. Sanuk Beer Cozy
Not as good as previous version
A cool and stylish option that is basically the love child of a yoga mat and a beer cozy. We know that sounds weird, but the comfortable footbed is made of the same material as the company's popular yoga mats and the synthetic leather straps are lined with soft neoprene, the same material beer cozies are made out of.Read more
Flip flops are all about feeling good. These ones do a good job at that, although some users felt that previous versions of this sandal were better.
These are about average in terms of additional support they offer the user. The footbed is shaped to the shape of the foot however.
Most users were happy with the use they got out of these with several surprised at how long they lasted for the price. A couple of users mentioned that they had previous versions of it and that they had lasted longer than this one.
For the price, these are one of the best options out there despite several users pining for the previous versions.
Even though several reviewers were pretty adamant about older versions being better, we felt like these are still a great pick because of their overall level of comfort, durability, and value.
8. Sanuk Yoga Mat
Not durable on hard surfaces, best for beach only
Sanuk designed these women’s flip-flops with the same philosophy used in their popular line of yoga materials; comfort, durability, and style. Synthetic leather ensures a solid construction of these sandals’ straps, and a soft sole gives a comfortable stride. If you want to feel like you’re walking on a yoga mat everywhere you go, these are the right sandals for you.Read more
Comfort was the number one priority when these sandals were designed. The sole of the Women’s Yoga Mat flip-flops were based off the same material and construction used in Sanuk’s yoga mats, as the name might imply. This provides a soft cushion and a surprising level of springiness, making these shoes comfy all day long.
The springiness of the material used for these sandals’ soles offer some support from contact with hard surfaces, but it may not be enough for women with more sensitive feet. One area in which these sandals are most notably lacking is in arch support, meaning that women with plantar fasciitis would be better off with a different pair.
The most durable part of these flip-flops is the strap, which is made of synthetic leather. In addition to being comfortable, this upper portion won’t fray or come undone over time. However, the bottom portion of these sandals aren’t as durable, meaning that they are best suited for soft terrain such as beach sand or sidewalk.
These shoes are one of the most cost-effective models available to purchase, given the level of comfort they offer. It is possible to find a less expensive pair of flip-flops, but you won’t be able to find a less expensive pair as comfortable as these. For yoga enthusiasts who want to keep their positive vibes everywhere they go, the cost of admission is extremely reasonable.
People love these sandals! Compared to the other flip-flops listed here, these are the most popular and are almost universally loved. Customers love the comfort offered with the Sanuk Women’s Yoga Mat sandals. The few criticisms levied at these shoes are at the lack of durability and traction.
9. Vionic Orthaheel
The solid black design may not look as stylish as other flip-flops on the market, but it does still offer a minimalist aesthetic. Neoprene and synthetic leather make up the material for these sandals’ construction, offering comfort and a decent degree of durability. Orthaheel’s arch support is unparalleled by its competitors, but picking the right size may be difficult online.Read more
The level of comfort for these shoes vary from customer to customer, but the general consensus is that they are a soft and pleasant fit. The neoprene used for the sole is geared to handle moisture, helping to prevent soggy feet. Synthetic leather and woven fabric used for the thong portion prevents chafing and proves to be surprisingly durable.
The main draw of these sandals is the Orthaheel branding, which signifies a design that emphasizes support for troubled feet. In this respect, these Vionic flip-flops do not disappoint. If you have feet with sensitive arches, these sandals provide excellent support in this department, with some customers saying it offers as much support as a good pair of tennis shoes!
Although these shoes aren’t made of the best quality materials, they are designed with material that is a step up from the absolute lowest quality. Synthetic leather may not give the feel of the real thing, but it offers a comparative level of durability. This is coupled with the neoprene sole, which implements the same technology used in wetsuits and waterproof electronics cases.
These sandals are middle-of-the-road in terms of cost when compared to other flip-flops on this list. You aren’t paying for the material when you pay the slightly larger price, nor are you paying for a stylish brand. Instead, you’re paying for a comprehensively designed and medically sound pair of orthotics that give off the appearance of standard sandals, and these are well worth the price in this instance.
The reception to the Vionic Orthaheel line of flip-flops has been overwhelmingly positive, with near-perfect average reviews on several online retailers. The customers that seem the most satisfied with their purchase are the ones with foot issues like plantar fasciitis; they were usually recommended this brand by a podiatrist and were not disappointed with the result.
10. Skechers Meditation Studio
Decent heel support
These women’s platform flip-flops have an aesthetically pleasing design, hampered slightly by the less than stellar quality of its build materials. The Skechers Cali sandals provide adequate comfort and support for the average wearer.Read more
What’s nice about these sandals is that they accomplish the often difficult task of being both nice to look at and comfortable to wear. Many customers have remarked that these flip-flops conform to their feet and provide comfort that lasts all day long.
A high concentration of padding in the heel offers support as well as elevation, but arch support is practically nonexistent. Women who need better arch support in their shoes due to medical concerns would be better off with a different pair.
Despite being designed mainly to look pretty and being made of relatively inexpensive material, the durability of these shoes is very impressive. Several customers have mentioned how durable these shoes are, remarking that it can even be used for pregnant women.
These shoes are extremely affordable, especially when compared to some of the other offerings on this list. Although prices do vary based on the size ordered, the largest size is significantly cheaper than some of the smallest pairs of other sandals mentioned here.
Due to the high affordability of these shoes and the popularity of the Skechers brand, these are some incredibly popular flip-flops. Customers have sung the praises of these sandals on many review sites, although they do warn that it may be a good idea to order one-half size larger than normal because the shoes run a bit small.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
It’s important for any piece of footwear to be comfortable above all else. The shoes you wear are supposed to function as a more comfortable alternative to simply walking barefoot. When determining the level of comfort offered by these sandals, we evaluated the material, design, and overall construction quality of the upper and lower portion. A good upper portion will secure your foot to the shoe without slipping or causing any chafing, and a good lower portion will absorb shock from touching the ground and prevent excessive moisture from accumulating under your feet.
This can be considered as an aspect of comfort, but we felt that it was important enough to deserve its own category. The level of support offered by footwear is extremely important, as your feet bear the entirety of your body weight when walking. Any kind of footwear, sandals included, will need to distribute that weight evenly through your foot in order to prevent soreness or the potential for injury. The support offered by these flip-flops were evaluated by observing the curvature and drop of their lower portion, identifying if they offer special supportive properties for the arch, heel, or forefoot. Although it would seem that sandals don't offer the user any sort of features that help support the foot, this has changed from years past. Several manufacturers have started to include arch enchancements, footbed shaping, and other technology for regular shoes into sandals, with the result being that today you can find sandals that are far more comfortable and healthier for your feet than ever before.
One caveat when choosing to wearing flip-flops over standard shoes is that they are less durable than other types of footwear. However, that doesn’t mean you should expect your sandals to fall apart after only a few weeks or months of use. The best sandals are the ones that will retain their shape, support, and comfort over the longest possible period of time. To determine how durable these flip-flops are, we compared the material used in their construction, any additional properties such as waterproofing or anti-microbial technology, and customer feedback on how long their pairs lasted. As is usual we found that the more expensive, higher-quality sandals typically lasted longer than cheaper options. This isn't always the case, where the more expensive products are the best choices, but when it comes to sandals, and especially their durability, you really do get what you pay for.
Many people choose flip-flops over other styles of footwear not only for the sake of convenience but for the sake of affordability. Logically speaking, these sandals use less material in their construction, so they should cost less to purchase. While that is true for the most part, some flip-flops with especially nice material or with a design meant to favor individuals with specific medical conditions may cost more on average. This category not only determines how affordable a particular pair of sandals are but also whether or not they represent a good value for their price. We usually advocate buying quality options that will last longer than cheap ones. If it costs twice as much but lasts twice as long, that's a good value in our book, especially considering that you'll also save time, money, and a lot of hassle in not having to go to the store or even the internet to buy a new pair everytime the old cheap ones break.
Even though flip flops are extremely simple footwear, that doesn't mean they're all the same, or that you should just buy the first pair you see. Like any other piece of gear we recommend doing your research and taking your time to find the right pair for you. We hope that this guide will help you find that. By looking at the criterias of comfort, support, durability, and value, we feel confident that the bottom line score for each sandal is a good representation of its overall quality.
You'd be amazed to find out that there are flip-flops on the market that can cost hundreds of dollars. We didn't include any of these on our list but we did put a few on there that are more expensive than you'd expect a pair of sandals to be. In our research we found these products to be extremely well made and durable, and have additional features beyond what you'll find at the corner store. Some people may undertandably balk at a forty or fifty dollar pair of sandals but if they last four or five times as long as as ten dollar pair then that's a good deal in our book. Plus think of all the time you'll save because you don't have to go to the store each time that cheap pair broke and you needed to buy new ones.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Used in every country/region on the planet except polar regions, flip-flops evolved into moccasin style footwear in colder regions but in warmer climates, they stayed true to the design while being refashioned through innovative additions. This is as close to barefoot as it can be. This innovative approach continues today and the results are a very high performing, durable and comfortable piece of footwear.
Flip Flop Sandals don't always offer much support which can lead to blisters, tendonitis, or even ankle sprains. If you start feel discomfort in your flip flops, cease wearing them and replace with a better pair. Another alternative is to get a pair of minimalist shoes to help strengthen your feet and return them to their intended strength and range of motion.
Other Factors to Consider
So long as the material used for constructing these sandals will maintain their shape and support over time, they are perfectly adequate for the majority of individuals. However, particularly discerning clientele may want to seek out flip-flops that are made from alternate substances. For example, customers prone to foot infections such as athlete’s foot will want to seek out sandals that are made from the anti-microbial material. Individuals who object to the use of animal products such as vegans will want to avoid flip-flops that use real leather and will want to wear footwear that uses fabric or a synthetic leather substitute instead.
Depending on the shape of your foot, certain types of footwear will be preferable to you in order to avoid foot pain. Some of the sandals listed here are designed to accentuate arch support, which is very helpful for treating pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Others offer more support in the heel, which can help with achilles tendonitis. If a doctor or podiatrist has diagnosed you with one of these running injuries, you can purchase special flip-flops that address these concerns by implementing orthopedic properties.
Flip-flops are primarily designed to be worn in casual environments, such as around the house, by the pool, or at the beach. Because of this, they offer significantly less foot protection and aren’t ideal for situations of extreme weather, or for use when walking on harsh terrain. However, there are some types of sandals developed to meet these needs. These types of footwear will have extra cushioning made of a stronger material in order to provide traction and protection when walking or running on rocky or slippery paths. Other types of special flip-flops will be splash-resistant or entirely waterproof, which can help if you wear them in the rain.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the past, flip-flop sandals were cheaply made and poorly designed, resulting in many people injuring their feet from use. It’s still possible that purchasing and wearing an inexpensive pair of flip-flops can cause damage to your feet, but none of the ones listed here will carry that risk. If you only wear your sandals in appropriate environments for short periods of time, you shouldn’t have to worry about permanent foot damage.
It’s important to know that nothing in this buying guide should be considered professional medical advice and that you should always go to a doctor if you are worried about or are currently experiencing foot pain. However, some of the sandals listed here were designed with the help of podiatrists to alleviate the symptoms of particular foot injuries. In general, individuals with plantar fasciitis will want to wear flip-flops that have better arch support, and individuals with Achilles tendonitis will want to wear sandals with better heel support.
Depending on what kind of material your flip flop sandals are made of, there are different methods to clean them. For most synthetic flip-flops made of rubber or neoprene, these can be safely washed in a standard laundry washing machine. For sandals that are made up of materials such as leather and cork, these will need to be hand-washed with a soft cloth and warm soapy water. Some manufacturers of these flip-flops will also sell their own cleaning products specifically designed for their brand of sandals.
Depending on how expensive your flip-flops were at the time of purchase, it may be more cost-effective to simply replace a broken pair instead of attempting to repair yours if they become damaged. Some of the more expensive sets of sandals will also have warranties, so you can simply send them away to be repaired by the manufacturer. In general, there isn’t much benefit to fixing flip-flops yourself if they become broken because one of these two alternatives is usually more favorable.
If the sandals you purchase don’t have a toe strap, Birkenstocks for example it is possible that you can wear them with a pair of socks. Otherwise, you will most likely experience discomfort from your socks bunching up around the strap, and may even run the risk of damaging your socks. Wearing socks with sandals is considered unfashionable and may cause some unwelcome stares and remarks, but it is feasible in a situation where you want a bit more foot protection without wearing a different set of footwear. If you want to wear socks with your sandals, we've got your back.