For as often as we talk about the importance of seasonal style essentials, there’s a certain part of the men’s footwear game that’s often overlooked — that is, the importance of a stylish pair of summer sandals. We’re here to solve that conundrum today with the best sandals for men — that’s right, the 20 best sandals for men feature budget picks, stylish options and functional offerings made for beach strolls and boardwalk visits week after week in the warm weather.
We make no bones about it — the best men’s sandals now incorporate premium materials and easygoing wearability, whether worn to the beach or pool or slipped on to grab a spot of ice cream on a warm summer evening. You’ll have a hard time misstepping with any of the best sandals for men on our list — we practically guarantee it.
Filson x Merrell Convert Sandals
If you didn’t think sandals could be rugged and ready for the trail as well as the beach, think again. Filson and Merrell have you covered with these special edition Convert Sandals. They’re every bit as comfortable and hard-wearing as you’d expect, featuring an anatomically arched, compression-molded EVA footbed for a springy walking experience. The signature Air Cushion technology is an exclusive touch that sets these durable stylish sandals apart, as well.
Reef Cushion Lux Sandals
Sometimes, you need sandals that can slide on and get the job done when it comes to laidback, casual style. That’s what the Reef Cushion Lux offers you, with signature Reef technology and a streamlined silhouette for easygoing summer styling. These are the perfect flip-flops for the beach and the boardwalk, any time you need a grab-and-go pair (which, let’s be honest, is all the time during the summer).
Hurley Phantom Free Motion Men’s Sandals
When you find a sandal with as much comfort and wearability packed into it as the Hurley Phantom Free Motion has, you should assuredly jump on getting a pair as soon as possible. That being said, these are a hot seller — and they’re here just in time for summer. Made with a Nike Free outsole for flexibility and all-day comfort, the sleek Black color pairs up with your favorite short-sleeve shirts and swim trunks with ease.
Vivobarefoot Total Eclipse Eco Sandals
You’ve seen Vivobarefoot’s sneakers and performance-minded shoes that can go from stream to trail with ease — get ready to add another pair of stylish, essentials Vivobarefoot kicks to your collection, though. Be it the use of recycled materials or the fact that these are modeled after ancient running sandals, we think you’re going to love what the Total Eclipse Eco Sandals have in store.
Xero Shoes Z-Trail Sandals
It should come as no surprise that we’re all about technically minded sandals in addition to more casual, laidback options. When it comes to a pair of sandals you could wear camping as readily as you could wear to the farmer’s market, go with the Z-Trail Sandals from Xero Shoes. The TrailFoam midsole and FeelTrue rubber outsole provide comfort and traction aplenty, while the multi-colored straps remind us of old-school outdoor sandals. Think of them like your go-anywhere pair of spring and summer sandals, no questions asked.
Teva Cross Strap Trail Sandals
This wouldn’t be much of a list without including legendary footwear purveyors Teva, would it? The great outdoors comes naturally to this brand, which is experiencing a resurgence in popularity in recent years among the fashion-minded, but the Cross Strap Trail is more well-suited to doing what Teva does best. That means getting out, exploring and even getting a bit wet in a stream crossing — quick-drying webbing secures these rugged, stylish sandals to your feet with ease.
KEEN Solr Sandals
It’s helpful that plenty of the same brands who make your favorite hiking boots also make some of the best sandals for men — KEEN is perhaps exhibit A in this regard, and the Solr Sandals prove it. These sandals are perfect for fishing all day long, thanks to the closed toe, flexible sole and water and abrasion-resistant uppers made from recycled PET. They could be every bit as essential as your bait and your fishing road, so prepare accordingly.
Teva Terra Fi Lite
Hari Mari Brazos LX Flip Flops
Hari Mari uses some of the finest leathers and premium materials around to make sandals that are like a vacation for your feet. Enter the Brazos LX Flip Flops, featuring refined leather straps and a MemoryFoamToe for comfort all summer long. The best part? These stylish sandals will float in water. That’s one heck of a pair of sandals to us.
Reef Fanning Sandals
Reef has just about all the stylish sandals you need for summer, and that means it’s tough to sort through the brand’s offerings. The Fanning Sandals just might be the ones you need, however — fashioned with a synthetic nubuck upper for durability, plus the brand’s signature bottle opener in the footbed, you need only throw these on to be set all summer long, no matter if your travels take you to a coastal beach or the local pool.
Oakley Super Coil Sandal 2.0
Oakley’s gear is extreme, adventure-ready and available in all seasons — the Super Coil Sandal 2.0 would the perfect complement to a pair of sporty Oakley shades. With rugged construction and quick-drying material, the Oakley Super Coil is but one pair of sandals that can get wet and then go off the beach to a patio bar paired up with chino shorts, — that’s owing to a variety of colorways and a soft footbed.
Chaco Men’s Z/1 Classic Sandal
Chaco makes its Z/1 Classic out of just eight parts, making for a simple and sleek sandal that you should wear just about any time you get the chance in the warm weather this summer. For just over $100, you get premium quality and a sleek silhouette thanks to simple jacquard webbing foot straps and a LUVSEAT midsole for a very comfortable ride that’s unique to the brand. The style and functionality they provide is also unique — grab a pair now before summer gets too far along.
Vans Checkerboard La Costa Lite Sandal
Will we ever tire of wearing classic Vans sneakers? That’s not likely, especially during the summer months, but a guy’s got to switch things up every now and again. For all those times when you want to switch out your rotation, there’s the Checkerboard La Costa Lite Sandal, playing off (you guessed it) … the classic Vans checkerboard slip-on. The style cred is real, so get a casual pair for yourself.
Olukai Hokule’a Sandals
With a truly authentic Hawaiian heritage and history behind it, plus plenty of durability and quality, OluKai sandals are a surefire winner that belong on your feet this season (to say the least). The easy-to-wear Hokule’a Sandals deliver a lot of bang for your buck, from the full-grain leather straps to laser-etched details drawn from the sail of the Hokule’a canoe on its first voyage. Own, wear and enjoy a piece of history.
Reef Draftsmen Sandals
The Draftsmen is a classic sandal reinvented and stylized for the guy who appreciates quality materials and fine looks for easygoing summer evenings — from the beach to a patio bar. The Draftsmen features a full-grain leather upper and footbed, with a rich Chocolate leather color that’s more akin to your favorite sneakers. For functionality in addition to style, they also feature a bottle opener built into the footbed — doesn’t get any better than that.
Under Armour Fat Tire Sandals
Coming from a brand that excels at making hard-wearing, technologically forward basketball sneakers and athletic gear, it might come as a surprise to see sandals in the mix — but what Under Armour knows is that you need a pair of comfortable shoes for post-workout, vacation and everything in between. The Fat Tire Sandals feature a tough Michelin Wild Gripper outsole for maximum traction on slippery pool decks, while Charged Cushioning keeps your feet free from pain.
Freewaters Basecamp Sandals
When you get back to your campsite after a long day on the trail, what is it you need? Some rest, some relaxation, an ice-cold beer … and some comfortable sandals to wear as you kick back. The fittingly named Basecamp Sandals feature remarkable Therm-a-Rest for a soft bounce and an enviable fit. Your feet will assuredly thank you, and you’ll have a tough time taking these off this summer.
Hari Mari Fields Sandals
With no-nonsense solid colorways and no-nonsense construction, Hari Mari gets it right when it comes to wearable, practical sandals for summer. Put them on your own list of the best sandals for men — the nubuck leather insole and lightweight midsoles combine comfort and style. Memory foam at the toe also makes the break-in process easy.
Johnston & Murphy Prescott Slide Sandals
The brand that makes some of your favorite dress shoes also makes a perfectly casual pair of sandals to complement all your off-duty ‘fits (ideally including the brand’s slim chinos and shorts or luxurious quarter-zip sweaters). We appreciate the tan tumbled full-grain leather and the leather slide lining, making for a comfortable and super-premium wearing experience for your next outdoor rooftop party or laidback happy hour.
HOKA ONE ONE Ora Recovery Flip Flop
HOKA ONE ONE knows plenty about making functional, innovative men’s footwear, so it’s quite helpful for summer that they’ve turned their collective attention toward making some flip-flops you can wear to help recover after you’re doing training in the brand’s sneakers. That’s where the Ora Recovery Flip-Flops come into play — you needn’t worry about a thing, just step right into ‘em and let the sandals do the rest.
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