Ohio Outside looks at 8 Must Have Women’s sandals for summer. From riding your flower covered cruiser to the farmer’s market, navigating a river bed or sipping cocktails at your favorite spot, we have you covered.
Chacos Women’s Flip Eco Tread
If a day on the river or the lake is in the forecast, then pack the Chacos and let the fun begin. But just don’t keep the fun to the water, this flip is durable and comfortable enough to be worn all day. Your feet will love you while hanging out on the the podiatrist-certified LUVSEAT™ PU footbed, which provides all-day support and sits upon a 25% recycled rubber sole with a 2mm deep lug pattern. Up top is a polyester jacquard webbing upper with a high-tensile webbing toe post. A must have flip this season and one of our favorites, and may we suggest buying a second pair to wear in the house. This flip is no flop, designed to last in typical Chaco fashion.
You can also customize your Chacos through their custom program.
Retails: $65.00 | chacos.com
KEEN Uneek Sandal (or shoe)
Is it a sandal or is it a shoe? All we know is it’s unique. The Keen Uneek, designed for waterfront activities, playing in streams, boating, or backyard parties where you might unexpectedly take a dip in the pool. All kidding aside, it’s an extremely comfortable shoe for walking around town, summer shindigs where you’re on your feet all day, and of course hiking. The unique design helps to protect the toes while on moderate trails and stream crossings are never a problem. The Keen Uneek is a shoe we have really taken a liking to for day to day use. Available in 10 fun colors.
Retails: $90.00 | Keen.com
Olukia Hi’ona Pa’i
Pronounced, (hee-oh-nah pah-ee), which means “Appearance, Embossed” in the native Hawaiian language. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about this simple and ultra comfortable sandal from Olukia. Comfortable, versatile and with a simple style, it is a must-have sandal to pair with shorts, a sundress or even a cute little skirt. This soon to become everyday favorite sandal features premium, antiqued full-grain and embossed full-grain leather with a soft microfiber lining. A durable molded midsole wrapped in full grain leather provides all-day comfort.
A portion of all proceeds directly supports the Ama OluKai Foundation, honoring those who preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage and Aloha spirit of Hawai‘i. Every pair gives back.
Retails: 100.00 | olukai.com
Teva Hurricane XLT2 Women’s Sandals
Designed for the girl that doesn’t know where she is going. Headed to the water, for a hike, the coffee shop, or music festival, Teva and the Hurricane XLT2 have you covered. Although you may see a few folks sporting this shoe with socks, we’re going to keep this simple and avoid the merino here. Built with a water-ready recycled polyester upper that features a cushioned heel tab and an EVA-foam midsole that provides a lightweight cushioning. When the terrain gets rough, the nylon shank will help provide comfort and support. What use to be a sandal designed for water use has become a sandal for multiple uses.
Retails: $70.00 | teva.com
Keen Women’s Ana Cortez Sandals
Toss your leg over the top tube and pedal down to the local farmer’s and stroll around in this uniquely designed sandal from Keen. Comfort and style go hand and hand here. A memory foam footbed cushions every step, so you can explore all day and into the night while a rich leather upper and lining provide a timeless style. All made with a PFC-free durable water repellent environmentally-preferred premium leather from certified tanneries.
Retails: $110.00 | keenfootwear.com
Merrell Sunstone Sandals
Travel light and walk in comfort, the Sunstone Sandal is ready, willing, and able. Ultra-lightweight construction means less to bring along, perfect when weight or room is an issue. This 3.8 oz sandal is light, features Merrell’s air cushions heal and packs down to take up minimal space. Perfect for backpacking, bikepacking or keeping in the gym bag. Don’t take this the wrong way, this sandal can also be used for day to day activities and holds its own. Would you expect anything less from Merrell? The minimal straps make a style statement while providing freedom of movement, breathability, and easy on and off while the air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability.
Retails: $80.00 | www.merrell.com
Birkenstock Gizeh Sandals
The Gizeh – a modern thong sandal from Birkenstock is one of their best selling for women. The Gizeh is a proven classic with the signature Birkenstock cork footbed support and a refined, minimalist style. Offered in variations from standard leather to a more styled luxurious washed metallic leather. Go classic leather or spice it with with the subtle vintage look that can vary from shoe to shoe and intensifies with frequent wear.
Retails: Starts at $99.00 | www.birkenstock.com
Clark’s Un Plaza Strap Women’s Sandals
Designed more for a day or night on the town than a tromp through the woods but still providing a more relaxed look, but a look that will make your outfit pop. The Un Plaza Strap from Clark’s is part of their comfort line of shoes and it is quite comfortable. A cute wedge sandal that can be worn to the office or out on the town and can go with so many outfits: jeans, skirts, dresses or maybe even a cute pair of shorts. Featuring full leather upper, caged silhouette, open-toe design, adjustable side straps up top are paired with an OrthoLite footbed with moisture-wicking properties. The cork midsole provides all-day comfort and style. Oh, and when your husband sees you bought Clark’s, chances are he’ll even recognize the brand and won’t hassle you for spending money on “more shoes”. Maybe even pick him up a pair (men’s of course).
Retails: $130.00 | clarksusa.com
Sorel After Hours Sandals
You might be sporting a ponytail and dripping sweat during the day, but you still want to sport something cute and sexy at night. Stay in your comfort zone with the Sorel After Hours Sandel. Yep, the name says it all, perfect for after hours, happy hours, and everything in-between. The 3 1/4 heel is comfortable for walking and hanging out. Your legs will thank you because they look great and your feet will thank you for wearing a comfortable shoe. The sole features a slightly molded rubber outsole that isn’t afraid to tackle uneven surfaces while full grain leather is timeless, durable and if you do get a little dirt on them at a backyard bbq, they can easily be cleaned up.
Retails: $160.00 | www.sorel.com