These 10 Sandals Don’t Need To Be Broken in—And We’ll Be Wearing Them All Spring and Summer Long
Whether you’re looking to outfit your closet with comfortable shoes ahead of your next warm-weather vacation, or you’re hoping to stock your summer wardrobe before the longer, hotter days kick into full gear, sandals are likely top of mind. While sandals are typically known for their slightly more casual wear, many pairs (even popular ones like Birkenstocks) are renowned for requiring ample break-in time. But if you’re shopping on a deadline, or simply hate the idea of putting your soles (and ankles and toes) in harm’s way, it helps to know which sandals don’t need to be broken in. That’s where we come in.
Ahead, you’ll find 10 pairs of sandals that are so comfortable from the moment to try them on, you won’t have to worry about bringing a back-up pair with you in your purse, nor will you have to preemptively wrap your pinky toes or the balls of your feet in moleskin (come on, we’ve all been there). Instead, you can slip into any of the shoes below knowing full well that your feet will feel cozy (and stylish) as can be for hours on end.
The best sandals with no break-in time
Chunky, braided accents are popping up from various brands. Where so many of these styles are paired with shockingly flat soles, these Vionic Kalina Slide Sandals are made with ample arch support (as Vionics generally do) to ensure your feet are supported with each step. What’s more, the braided upper is soft and cushy, so you don’t have to worry about it irritating the tops of your feet. And since you’re sure to love that, you’ll be stoked to know that these trendy slides are sold in five colors—two neutral and three bold.
Looking for a simple heeled sandal that works as well for weddings as it does wineries and nights out on the town? The Chinese Laundry Liya Slide Sandal is here to answer your prayers. Sold in 13 colors, the simple-yet-stylish sandals are outfitted with a cushioned footbed and 2.5-inch heel. What’s more, the upper straps are lightweight and flexible, so they’re unlikely to cause blisters while out and about.
Ever since the ‘80s, Teva has been a prime player in the comfortable sandal market. While many of the brand’s styles are geared toward the avid outdoorsperson, some of their newer SKUs, like the Midform Universal Shimmer Sandal, tout a bit of a platform paired with a fashion-forward colorway. Despite these updates, these Teva cuties remain some of the most comfortable everyday sandals on the market. And since they’re made of rubber and metallic foil-wrapped leather, they’re quite durable, too, making them great for strolls to the farmer’s market, as well as jaunts to the river and weekends spent dancing through festivals. In that way, they’re a must-have for just about anyone.
Retro silhouettes are making quite the comeback in 2022, which means these thick-strapped, platform slide sandals will make a cute addition to any closet. They’re sold in fuchsia, lilac, and tan, all of which feature statement metal buckles and the most comfortable ergonomically-designed footbed. Truly, you could wear these lightweight sandals all day and night, and your feet wouldn’t fret one bit. That’s because FitFlop features their unique CushX technology (and all of their shoes are podiatrist-approved).
If your heart is set on a strappy flat sandal, the Marc Fisher Calyda Sandal is a great option. While the footbed is notably flatter than other styles on this list, it is lightly padded, so it’s still comfortable. Additionally, all of the straps are very flexible, so you don’t have to worry about them digging into your feet and ankles and causing pain in the process. Comfort aside, this popular sandal features a trendy square toe and is sold in black and gold—which you’ll likely want both of.
There are so many different athletic slides on the market—most of which cost less than $50, let alone $100. That said, the APL TechLoom Slides are well worth the price. They’re designed with the brand’s famously flexible TechLoom material, which ensures the shoes move with your feet, rather than restricting them while walking. Additionally, they’re made with a cushioned, antimicrobial footbed, which not only ensures a cozy fit but a less smelly one, too.
We love an open-toed mule for summer and few are as cozy as the Journee Collection Lorenne Mule. Unlike many other mules, these sandals are made with a fabric upper that slips over the feet like a cozy pair of toeless socks. The 3-inch heeled sandals offer just enough compression for secure wear, but not so much that they’re capable of creating friction blisters. Best of all, they’re sold in five colors, including a bold orange we can’t take our eyes off of.
If you enjoy having an everyday sandal you can always fall back on, you can’t go wrong with Keen’s Elle Backstrap Sandal, which is sold in seven colors. In addition to being made with a slip-proof rubber sole, compression-molded midsole, and EVA footbed with arch support, these shoes feature recycled PET plastic uppers, so they’re sustainable, too.
Here’s another flat sandal that’s extremely comfortable, while also being quite fashion-forward (those square toes are evvvvverywhere!). Made with a padded footbed, square toe, and soft upper, these sandals may very well become your everyday go-to—so much so that you may want to buy more colors; good thing they’re sold in eight hues!
Espadrilles are another style we’re seeing across brands. With that in mind, these strappy espadrille wedges are a great option for those searching for sandals that are stylish, supportive, and comfy enough for all-day wear. They’re made with anatomical cushioning to protect your arches, as well as faux leather adjustable uppers that make for tailored wear.
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