Top 20 Best Arch Support Flip Flops, Sandals For Men, Women In 2018

Gone are the days where wearing any old pair of flip-flops is acceptable. The shoe market has risen to the challenge as the industry has designed and created flip-flops that are exceedingly comfortable yet stylish. So go to the beach prepared.

Top 10 Best Flip-Flops/Sandals For Men In 2018 Reviewed

1. OluKai Mea Ola Men's Sandal

When it comes to men’s flip-flops (or sandals), the OluKai brand is synonymous with quality and comfort. So it only fits for the OluKai Men’s Mea Ola Sandal to begin this top ten list. This sandal begs simply for the beach and seems to scream “Aloha.” It comes in a wide variety of colors from tan to dark java, ginger to terra, charcoal to black. The upper and toe post are each hand-sewn, and the artwork on the sandal was inspired by the octopus and is laser-etched. The footbed is anatomically contoured for perfect balance, lasting support and instant comfort. OluKai sandals are water-friendly to be worn on the beach, in the water, on the boardwalk, or in town.

The outsole is made of a genuine full-grain leather of the highest quality. No need to break them in, they are guaranteed to fit ideally as soon as you slip into them for the first time. The rubber is molded with a traction post and is non-marking. The ethylene vinyl acetate midsole is compression-molded and anatomically correct for a personalized fit with sustainable comfort every day you wear them. The outboard strap is built into the outside sidewall surface and provides phenomenal arch support.

Pros
  • Anatomically contoured
  • Genuine leather
Cons
  • Limited off-size options
  • Pricey
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2. ECCO Men's Yucatan Sandal

The ECCO Men’s Yucatan Sandal is a leather and fabric full-length sandal which comes in a wide variety of fashionable colors and styles. This is such a classic and durable yet comfortable sandal that ECCO has sold over 10 million of them to date. The design is versatile and innovative and jam-packed with features. The ECCO Men’s Yucatan Sandal is built for sports performance. A fresh and stylish new design includes a footbed that is dual density and treated with Agion (an antimicrobial agent) designed to cut down on odor and inhibit bacterial growth so common in beach and water environments. The footbed is ultra-lightweight and also constructed with compression molded ethylene vinyl acetate (CMEVA) for superior premium comfort.

This feature makes the cushioning exceptional and stability superior. The genuine, full-grain upper is Nubuck leather with three-point adjustable straps for superb fit. The lining is made of neoprene, an excessively soft and comfortable padding. The midsole is made of a direct-injected polyurethane foam which is extremely durable and makes the everyday walking comfort outstanding. The rubber outsole allows for incredible traction and grips no matter the terrain. So you can feel safe and confident on the beach, or boardwalk, in the water, or in town.

Pros
  • Jam-packed features
  • Full-length sandal
Cons
  • Not slip-on
  • Pricey
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3. Olukai Hiapo Sandal - Men's

OluKai returns to the list with the exceptionally stylish and comfortable OluKai Hiapo Men’s Sandal. With a wide range of colors to choose from, this gorgeous and versatile sandal is ideal for the beach. The colors range from the elegant and stylish toffee to black, dark java to rum, seal brown to teak, grey to caldera. It’s the type of sandal that you can feel comfortable and confident wearing on the beach, in the water, in town, on the boardwalk, or just anywhere, even around the house or backyard. It’s made with a genuine, full-grain, high-quality leather with an outer sole that is non-marking and has traction pods made of premium molded rubber.

The ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) compression-molded midsole is so comfortable that the fit is personalized as soon as you put them on for the first time. Comfort is sustained every day and the contour of the footbed is anatomically correct with exceptional arch support. OluKai makes a simple suggestion when it comes to sizing, as they recommend ordering a half size smaller than your regular, everyday shoe size choice. The OluKai Hiapo Men’s Sandal is water-friendly built to withstand the punishment and constant wetness. A final feature is a slip-on closure.

Pros
  • Exceptional features
  • Traction pods
Cons
  • Careful with sizing
  • Pricey
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4. Reef Men's Flex Sandal

The popular and iconic Reef Men’s Flex Sandal is as durable and comfortable as a sandal or flip-flop can be. Reef even boasts that you could wear these anywhere, even during yoga class, if that’s your wish. It comes available in several startling and stylish colors and is exceptionally water-friendly. The coloring is the two-toned, from the traditional black/silver to dark brown/tan, and tan/black, the tri-toned grey/black/grey, black/red/grey. It’s the type of sandal or flip-flop that provides you with the confidence to wear it on the beach, in the water, on the boardwalk, in town, or around the house or backyard. Uber comfort is built-in everywhere, including the upper which is a Nubuck, full-grain, genuine leather.

The midsole is designed and constructed with Reef’s Flex technology, an ultra-comfortable ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) which is a high-quality synthetic material. This allows for flexible and durable anatomical arch support. The outer sole is made with a contoured and molded rubber to be extra-durable and grippy so you’ll feel confident in any water conditions. The lining is made with an antimicrobial agent to guard against harmful bacteria common in beach and water environments. The perfect sandal for the beach or the pool.

Pros
  • Anatomical arch support
  • Ultra-comfortable
Cons
  • Careful with sizing
  • Pricey
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5. OluKai Mohalu - Men’s Leather Sandals Black/Black - 8

Guess who’s back? That’s right, OluKai checks in with another entrant to the top ten list (their third and final men’s entrant). The OluKai Mohalu Men’s Leather Sandal Black/Black 8 has been designed and constructed with enhanced features which will make you never want to take them off when you’re at the beach or at the pool. The OluKai Mohalu is water-friendly, water-resistant, and floats (can’t lose these puppies). The toe post webbing is made of a soft, yet sturdy nylon material and the hand-sewn and laser-etched styling are embroidered with tremendous detail, including the OluKai logo. The upper is made of a synthetic Nubuck leather which is water-resistant and ultra-soft.

It’s also made with a jersey knit lining which is quick-drying, and the backer is made of Neoprene. The anatomical and contoured midsole is made with a compression-molded ethylene vinyl acetate (CMEVA). The footbed is also CMEVA for durability, and exceptional comfort and outstanding support. The outer sole is made with a flexible and robust gum rubber compound which is non-marking and extremely grippy. There’s also a gorgeous coral reef lug design. The ultra-lightweight, breathable, and highly durable high-quality materials make the OluKai Mohalu Men’s Leather Sandal a stand-out and must-have for any beachcomber.

Pros
  • Water-resistant
  • Ultra-soft
Cons
  • Limited off-size choices
  • Pricey
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6. Mephisto Men's Shark Fit Sandal

The Mephisto Men’s Shark Fit Sandal is a tour de force when it comes to a comfortable, supportive men’s sandal. The features built into this high-end sandal are designed to enhance the experience of wearing a sandal that will be with you every step of the way on your glorious adventures. More than a beach accompaniment, this tremendous men’s sandal is made out of genuine, full-grain leather, which is sturdy yet supple and made with the highest quality leather available. The footbed is made with cushioned padding that hugs the feet. Utilizing Air-Relax technology, it’s like your walking on fluffy clouds. With each step you take, the contoured foot pad also has a heel cushion that is shock-absorbing.

Combined with a supportive midsole the Mephisto Men’s Shark Fit will provide comfort and stability all day long. The super lightweight Neoprene lining wraps your feet in soft yet durable comfort. The polyurethane outer sole is flexible, durable and made for superior traction in any conditions and is water-friendly. There is a pair of buckle straps are adjustable and made for quick-release action with a hook-and-loop closure. The Shark is the perfect companion for a trip to the beach and is excellent with sand, water, the boardwalk, walking in town, or in the backyard or at the pool.

Pros
  • Air-Relax technology
  • Ultra-lightweight
Cons
  • Careful with sizing
  • Pricey
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7. Chaco Men's Z/Volv 2

A modern sandal with an ancient twist, the Z/Volv 2 is Chaco’s second generation Volv edition that delivers the goods. With all the latest footwear technology for comfort and durability, yet it harkens back to the look of Toga sandals with their classic and gorgeous design. The upper is dazzling with its polyester jacquard webbing that wraps the foot. And then it weaves through the midsole for the type of customized fit for all-day comfort. It’s easily one of the most aesthetically impressive sandal designs on the market today. To continue with the upper, it has a toe loop to make movements more secure and sure and durable, adjustable high-tensile webbing with a nifty heel riser.

The ladder lock buckle is injection-molded for added support and comfort. The midsole comes with innovative and patented Luvseat polyurethane technology that is ultra-lightweight and extra-soft. The grooves are topographically textured for traction, and the lining is designed for the ultimate odor control with antimicrobial agents. The construction is vegan-friendly. Finally, the outer sole is made with a technology called EcoTread, as it uses a 25%-recycled rubber in the advanced compound. It is non-marking and has exceptional traction for the beach and is water-friendly.

Pros
  • Classic toga design
  • Antimicrobial
Cons
  • Limited off-size options
  • Pricey
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8. Crocs Unisex Crocband Flip-Flop

The Crocs Unisex Crocband Flip-Flop is hip and stylish yet durable and comfortable. It comes in a variety of exciting and vibrant colors from black to candy pink, sunshine/bluebell to volt green/white, pool/white to classic white, and of course the delicious orange/white. But it’s the features that make this lightweight and comfortable flip-flop stand out. The sporty Crocs Unisex Crocband Flip-Flop is fashionable enough to match any type of outdoor, summer styles from swimwear to capris to shorts. Excellent for the beach or the pool or even just strolling through town, the straps are uber-soft, and the thong post is guaranteed to be “no rub.” The footbed is marvelously contoured tor an exceptional fit for comfort the entire day.

The tread on the sole is outstanding for its traction no matter the slippery surface you encounter. So you’ll feel safe at the beach or poolside. The upper is made out of natural pieced Shearling Lamb with a synthetic sole. The midsole is sporty with the racing stripe design, yet it’s heel area fits snug. The thermoplastic polyurethane upper strap is innovative and comfortable. The lining of the footpad is antimicrobial and odor-resistant, which is a vital and essential feature, particularly in public areas like beaches and pools.

Pros
  • Unisex
  • Odor-resistant
Cons
  • Limited off-size options
  • Pricey
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9. Mephisto Men's Sam Sandal

Another Mephisto entrant on the top ten is a true fisherman sandal that is stylish and jam-packed with incredible features which make the Mephisto Men’s Sam Sandal one you can wear anytime, anywhere. The full-grain, genuine calf-skin leather upper and synthetic sole used to create this sandal has led to a stately looking and classic style. Possibly the greatest, stand out feature is the midsole design. It features a four-point, dynamic shock absorbing system that screams all-day comfort. The footpad is contoured for a perfect fit, every time and there’s never a need to break these sandals in, as they ideally fit the first time you slip into them. It’s also got built-in Soft-Air technology, so it feels like your walking on fluffy clouds.

The cushioning and padding simply provide superior comfort. The inner sole is made with latex for maximum breathability. The outer sole is non-skid and non-marking with premium traction. It’s water-friendly and perfect to wear at the beach, at the pool, at the amusement park, in town, or in your backyard. The buckle closure system comes with adjustable straps for a secure and comfortable fit every time. They’re designed for more than just summertime fun; they can be used for casual dress up, and for any occasion.

Pros
  • Jam-packed features
  • Soft-Air technology
Cons
  • Not slip-on
  • Pricey
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10. Birkenstock Men's Arizona SF 2-Strap Soft Cork Footbed Sandal

If you’ve been in business since two years before America became a country (that’s right, 1774), then it’s safe to say you may be doing something right. And German-based Birkenstock certainly knows a thing or two about shoes. The Birkenstock Men’s Arizona SF 2-Strap Soft Cork Footbed Sandal is an industry-defining, trend-setting, tour de force sandal which enough features to make this a classic and supremely durable and comfortable sandal. Many companies seek to imitate Birkenstock designs, yet can never do so. Quite possibly the standout feature is the contoured cork footbed as it conforms perfectly to your feet. It has an anatomical pronounced, and longitudinal arch support allows for excellent durability and stability and the roomy toe box and a deep heel cup.

The middle of the footbed also adds for proper foot alignment with a transverse arch support system. For added comfort, it’s lined with suede leather for a dreamy, soft feel. The ultra-lightweight ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) sole provides premium shock absorption and exceptional cushioning. The upper utilizes a Birko-Flor technology (patented and innovative) and stands out for its soft backing and leather-like finish. Another nifty feature is the raised toe bar, which provides for a natural gripping motion and encourages and enhances and acts like exercises for the feet and lower leg and actually stimulates circulation in the feet and legs.

Pros
  • Contoured cork footbed
  • Supremely durable
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Careful with sizing
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Top 10 Best Flip Flops / Sandals For Women In 2018 Reviewed

1. Naot Women's Paris Wedge Sandal

With a dazzling and dizzying sense of fashion combined with ridiculous comfort, the Naot Women’s Paris Wedge Sandal is the must-have sandal for any and all occasions once the weather turns from winter to spring/summer/fall. The genuine full-grain leather upper is sturdy, fashionable and supple. Unlike many sandals or flip-flops, there is no need for allowing for break-in time. This versatile and comfortable sandal is ready to wear right away and will conform ideally to your feet the very second you put slip into them the very first time.

The footbed is an anatomical, ergonomic, and innovative design as the removable latex and cork footbed also pampers the feet as it wraps around with a lining that is suede and will actually mold ideally to the shape of your foot the longer you wear it. The two-inch polyurethane sole has a metal shank to add to the durability. In all, it’s ultra-lightweight and as comfortable as a sandal can get. The Naot Women’s Paris Wedge Sandal comes with a closure system that’s got a hook and loop closure at the instep area for maximum adjustability. The strap is a unique and stylish criss-cross designed to keep the foothold snug and secure.

Pros
  • Ergonomic design
  • Ultra-lightweight
Cons
  • Not a slip-on
  • Pricey
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2. Reef Women's Ginger Flip-Flop

The Reef Women’s Ginger Flip-Flop likes like a classic flip-flop, but in this case, looks are deceiving. The Reef company has crammed as many features for style, safety, and comfort as they could in this innovative and unique entrant to the top ten list. The ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) construction is paired with a Reef-flex triple-density technology to make this flip-flop’s arch support anatomically correct and form-fitting. The outsole also uses EVA but with the rubber material as it’s durable and high-density. The embossed Reef logo is made out of genuine, full-grain leather and stitched to the Reef heritage narrow, soft and woven polyester strap for a one-of-a-kind fashion statement.

The footbed has several features for added comfort and stability as the contoured foam used is uber-soft for instant comfort the very first time you wear them. There is anatomical arch support built into the footbed as it’s molded for the type of comfort you can enjoy all day. Of course, the materials used in the construction of this flip-flop is made for it to be ultra soft and water friendly. Also, it’s the type of flip-flop that is ideal for beachwear, poolside or walking along the boardwalk, in town, or in the backyard.

Pros
  • Triple-density arch support
  • Ultra-soft
Cons
  • Limited off-size choices
  • Pricey
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3. Orthaheel Tide Slide In Orthopedic Sandals

Stylish and fashionable and coming in several classic colors, the Orthaheel Tide Slide In Orthopedic Sandals look fantastic no matter where you decide to go. Your feet will feel phenomenal all day, and you’ll look good if you’re heading to the beach, the pool, the amusement park, the boardwalk, in town, or just hanging out in your own backyard. The upper features a woven polyurethane material which is sporty, stylish and comfortable. The toe post is a soft woven material with a strap that is foam-lined which ensures a completely comfy fit. The Orthaheel Tide Slide In Orthopedic Sandals was designed by a renowned podiatrist, particularly the footbed.

It has a deep heel cup designed to add stability and support as well as to realign into a natural position your feet. The footbed also features a tri-planar biomechanical motion control system. The midsole is a marvel of design as it has an exceptional shock absorbing feature to reduce the amount of stress to the feet, knees, and ankles. This is possible because of the ultra-lightweight ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) used. It has an outer sole made of durable thermoplastic rubbers (TPR), and the traction is superb with the addition of wave-patterned tread.

Pros
  • Vibrant color choices
  • Orthopedic
Cons
  • Limited off-size choices
  • Pricey
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4. Crocs Unisex Crocband Flip Flop

The uber-light, super fashionable, and phenomenally comfortable Crocs Unisex Crocband Flip-Flop comes in a plethora of rich and vibrant colors from all across the color palette. The simple, classic, and durable, a comfy design has unique and innovative features to make this flip-flop the must-have for your summertime adventures. Whether you decide to hit the beach, the water park or poolside, the boardwalk or beach town, or just relax and kick it in your own backyard, you’ll be thankful and glad you purchased the superb Crocs Unisex Crocband Flip-Flop. From the featherlight, thermoplastic polyurethane super-soft toe post to the patented Croslite durable foam cushion, the design and construction of this flip-flop have everything you desire in your casual footwear.

The outer sole is lightweight and non-marking and water-friendly. Weighing in at a mere few ounces (about 7 1/2, depending upon the size) the Crocbands are also buoyant. The footbed has a built-in message-pod, so your feet will feel fresh and comfy all day long. They’re even resistant to odors, quick to dry and easy to clean. It’s stylish and fashionable enough go perfectly with any type of dress from slacks and swimwear to shorts and capris. Just pop on your shades, grab your beach bag, slip on these Crocband Flip-Flops and head out on an adventure.

Pros
  • Unisex
  • Exceptional comfort
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Unisex
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5. Reef Women's Slap 3 Sandal

The Reef brand has been making iconic, fashionable and supremely comfortable sandals and flip-flops for many years. So it’s no surprise the Reef Women’s Slap 3 Sandal — a third generation Slap sandal — is the must-have sandal for any of your outdoor, summertime exploits and adventures. From hanging out at the beach, lake, poolside, boardwalk, amusement park, water park, or just kicking it in the backyard, you’re sure to love the Reef Women’s Slap 3 Sandal. The stylish entrant to this top ten list comes in a variety of tri-tone colors and sizes to fit comfortably on any foot not to mention matches with any summer wear you can dream up. Shorts, capris, summer dresses or beachwear all go with these sandals magnificently.

The Slap 3 is entirely water-friendly with an ethylene vinyl acetate footbed that is contoured-molded and made to provide anatomical arch support for all the support and stability you need. The genuine leather and faux nubuck strap have a jersey lining comfy and smooth. The outer sole is a molded rubber material made for superior traction and maximum grip with grooves that make walking in and around water and slippery surfaces easy and doing so with confidence. Finally, the offset is heel-to-toe, so the support you feel is with a natural stance.

Pros
  • Water-friendly
  • Superior traction
Cons
  • Limited off-size options
  • Pricey
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6. FitFlop Women's Surfa Flip-Flop

Are you on the lookout for a pair of sandals or flip-flops that are ideal for going to the beach for surfing or lounging? How about heading poolside or the beach bar? Need a pair of flip-flops for yoga class or just want something simple yet comfortable to walk around town or hanging out in the backyard? Look no further because you’ve hit the jackpot as the FitFlop Women’s Surfa Flip-Flop is the summertime footwear you’ve been dreaming of. The British company was founded by a pair of biomechanists who have created a unique technology which has led to sales of over twenty million in a few short years. Folks flock to these flip-flops and for a good reason.

The patented Microwobbleboard (yep, you heard right) technology is a triple-density midsole which has fused a trio of diagonal sections of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) into a seamless, single, underfoot platform that acts as a shock absorber and will actually diffuse foot pressure and make your feet feel amazing while wearing them. The multipurpose flip-flops are made with webbing straps that are foot-hugging and durable. The toe post is made with a soft fabric for maximum superior comfort and stability. The footbed is contoured to fit your feet and will fit even better the longer you wear them.

Pros
  • Microwobbleboard technology
  • Exceptional comfort
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Careful with sizing
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7. Vionic with Orthaheel High Tide Women's Sandal

The Vionic with Orthaheel High Tide Women’s Sandal provides phenomenal comfort and style in a wide variety of vibrant and exciting colors. The construction, design and materials used allows for this sandal to deliver long-lasting, all-day comfort and stability. The upper is made of genuine, full-grain leather with a textile toe-post that will not rub the inside of your toes raw or chafe. The lining is made of a synthetic material (Neoprene) that is breathable and ultra-smooth for added comfort. The midsole is where the magic is as the support is dual-density and the padding and cushioning are designed for comfort and stability with every step, for as long as you wear them.

The heel has a built-in wedge, so the midsole is contoured to fit right away. The outer sole is made with a rubber compound for maximum traction and grip regardless of the surface, as it’s also water-friendly. The footpad is molded with ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). Vionic recommends wearing the Orthaheel High Tide for a few hours the first few days to allow for your feet to adjust as after one to two weeks; it will have conformed perfectly to your feet for maximum support and comfort.

Pros
  • Maximum traction
  • Water-friendly
Cons
  • Limited off-size choices
  • Need to break in
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8. Okabashi Women’s Maui Flip Flops - Sandals

Okabashi’s entrant on this top ten list is a floral, vibrant, and fun design and one of the most affordable sandals, particularly when you consider how well it’s constructed. The signature Okabashi design, the Okabashi Women’s Maui Flip-Flops – Sandals is a must-have for any woman’s warm-weather collection. The style factor of the Okabashi Maui makes them pop as the color palette is widely used as you’ll find choices such as grape, black, jade, brown, red, dove, white, hot pink, slate, navy, Oxford blue, turquoise, plum, sea glass, and pomegranate red. The slim, sleek design doesn’t overpower your feet, so your fashion choices can be as varied as you desire.

It’s made with a microplast material and has enhancement features such as arch support, a heel cup, and toe rest. There aer reflexology-inspired message beads which provide continual comfort. The Okabashi Maui’s are very easy to clean even dishwasher safe. It’s American made, recyclable, and a vegan shoe which means it’s made sans any animal ingredients or byproducts. If you desire a sandal to wear with any type of style such as shorts, beachwear, capris, jeans, swimwear, summer dresses, etc., then look no further. They are water-friendly and ideal for the beach, pool, or simply anywhere you may roam.

Pros
  • Vibrant, fun designs
  • Vegan shoe
Cons
  • Careful with sizing
  • Pricey
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9. Footminders BALTRA Unisex Orthotic Arch Support Sandals (Pair) - Walking Comfort with Orthopedic Support

The Footminders Baltra Unisex Orthotic Arch Support Sandals (Pair) – Walking Comfort with Orthopedic Support actually will soothe your feet as you wear them as they have been constructed and designed for you to be able to walk in comfort at the same time relieving foot pain. The key feature is the unique and innovative design of the midsole as it is made with compression-molded EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) which is ideal for allowing for maximum arch support. This also makes for a pliable and flexible midsole which acts as a shock absorber for your feet with excellent padding, cushioning and all-day comfort. The footbed is anatomically molded for exceptional orthotic support built-in.

Footminders designers believe that since our feet aren’t flat, neither should our sandals. Lateral stability has been accounted for with a deep heel cup which cradles your feet to promote stability and excellent balance. This sandal is recommended by leading chiropractors and podiatrists, particularly for sufferers of plantar fasciitis and foot pain. Footminders wants you do keep in mind the Baltra Unisex Orthotic Arch Support Sandals are only available in full sizes so if you wear a half size, order the next size larger to ensure the perfect fit.

Pros
  • Unisex
  • Orthotic arch support
Cons
  • Careful with sizing
  • Pricey
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10. Telic Unisex VOTED BEST COMFORT SHOE Arch Support Recovery Flipflop Sandal +BONUS Pumice Stone $45 Value

The Telic Unisex Voted Best Comfort Shoe Arch Support Recovery Flip-Flop Sandal plus bonus Pumice Stone $45 Value is a marvel of sandal/flip-flop design. It has actually become quite popular as a recovery shoe for folks to wear after working out because of the marvelous feeling it provides to sore feet. So if you wear them all the time, imagine how wonderful your feet will feel. Leading podiatrists, chiropractors have endorsed the Telic Unisex, and orthopedic surgeons not to mention sports celebrities and movie stars. One thing Telic wants to point out, don’t go by Amazon’s size chart as they have made changes, they’ve provided a sizing chart to use.

Materials used in the construction of the Telic are heat activated and are made with an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) that will anatomically contour to your feet. There are a heel cup and rocker to provide exceptional arch support. The footbed is textured, shock absorbing, supportive and ultra-lightweight. The footbed allows for a massaging effect and will also wick away moisture while a cooling air flows under your feet. The Telic is water-friendly, buoyant, impervious to water, non-porous and machine washable. Novalon (elasto-polymers) material technology is used which is durable and lightweight.

Pros
  • Unisex
  • Excellent arch support
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Careful with sizing
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Don’t Wear Just Any Sandals or Flip-Flops When It Gets Warmer

Who hasn’t planned a trip to the beach, amusement park, pool or water park and stopped by the nearest superstore and spent a few bucks on cheap flip-flops or sandals off the rack? Which is all fine and good until midway through your day you wish you had better foot protection as your feet begin to take a pounding.

And sure enough, by the end of the day’s adventures, you’re vowing to finally rectify the situation and buy a pair that will not leave your feet aching and screaming in pain.

This Top 10 Best Flip-Flops/Sandals For Men and Women In 2018 list is a prime example that ideal flip-flops and sandals not only exist but are affordable, stylish, and more importantly, built to help your feet feel great while wearing them and of course not hurting you when your day of summer fun has ended.

Then there’s the fashion issue as many of us like to show up at the beach or summer getaway location wearing the latest summer wear trends. And since shoe manufacturing technology has advanced significantly, you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for comfort or sore feet. You can — and should — have both.

When you think of the best footwear to wear to the beach, particularly for women, the go-to choice is usually some type of flat sandals or thong flats. Gladiator sandals are always in fashion and you can never go wrong with flip-flops of all sorts.

So, just what makes for a well-constructed, comfortable and fashionable pair of sandals and flip-flops? Advanced shoe-making technology has allowed manufacturers to not only get creative with styles but to add features that take foot care and comfort to unprecedented new heights. In fact, many of the sandals and flip-flops on the above list are recommended and endorsed by leading podiatrists, chiropractors, and orthopedic surgeons.

Let’s take a look at some of the key features you should look for when it comes to choosing the perfect accompaniment to your summertime wear.

You’ll find that the materials used nowadays tend to be of the best and highest quality. Genuine full-grain leather is a frequent material used for the upper portion of the flip-flops/sandals.

Now, for those that scoff and are anti-leather (or other animal hides) don’t fret because there are plenty of options that are vegan options (not just a food term). This means that no animal ingredients or byproducts have been used in the manufacturing of the product.

In addition, there are several choices that use recycled materials such as rubber. They’ll use as much as 25 percent recycled material.

Another feature that you may wish to look out for is how water-friendly the sandals or flip-flops are. Some folks may simply assume that all of these types of footwear fall into this category, but this is not the case. Make sure if this is a chose you desire, that water-friendly features are listed. They should be buoyant, have a tread that is resistant to slippery, wet surface, dry quickly, and water won’t ruin the materials or fabric used in the construction of the product.

The footbed is an area where many of the advancements in technology come into play as features such that were designed to fit perfectly and comfortably not to mention to add ergonomical, anatomical and orthotic benefits to the sandals/flip-flops.

The reasoning is that many people who have foot issues don’t think this type of footwear is available, so they purchase any cheap sandals/flip-flops, not realizing that they may spend hours wearing them when out on a summertime, all-day excursion.

The primary material most of these shoe manufacturers use is CMEVA or just EVA which is compression-molded ethylene vinyl acetate. This material is an ultra-lightweight and comfortable and long-lasting polymer blend that simply creates insoles, midsoles, and outsoles of superior, premium comfort.

Another chemical composition popular, particularly for midsoles, is PU or direct-injected polyurethane. This is also super durable and comfortable.

By making the footbed anatomically correct, shoe companies can make sure that their products provide benefits such as exceptional arch support and orthotic support that many leading experts such as podiatrists, chiropractors, and orthopedic surgeons recommend.

Many athletic shoes and work shoes use these advancements, so it was only a matter of time that this technology which filter down to the designs for sandals and flip-flops.

This type of technology extends to placing microbeads or massage pods on the footbed which act to invigorate your feet with each step that you take.

The fabric lining in some of the models of sandals and even flip-flops are also added with an antibacterial agent which is designed to cut down on odor and inhibit bacterial growth so common in beach and water environments. This will make sure you don’t end up with foot infections and conditions that will put a damper on your summertime fun.

Some linings are made with a synthetic material calle Neoprene which is extremely smooth and breathable, dries quickly and easily and very comfortable.

Some shoe manufacturers have also made sure that their sandals or flip-flops are quick to dry, easy to clean, and colors won’t fade easily. There are even models that are machine washable and dishwasher safe (yep, you read that right).

The rubber used for the outsole on many sandals or flip-flops should also be water-friendly when it comes to slips and being able to repel water so you can safely walk poolside, on the beach, or water park and not have that squishy feeling and have to wait for your sandals or flip-flops to dry properly.

Some of the sandals that use straps or buckles have advancements here as well with durable, adjustable straps for a secure and comfortable fit, every time.

Pay attention to the size charts because some sandal/flip-flops are not made in half sizes or consider folks who need to pick wide sizes, as well.

Lastly, make sure to read about care instructions in case you have chosen a pair that requires special treatment.

Sarah Shawman

is the webmistress of Footwear 4 Workers.

She started this website out of displeasure with the fact that there are so few good online resources especially dedicated to the 99%: working people. Having suffered from work related plantar fasciitis herself, she set out on a mission to help others.

She updated this page on and will continue to update it as time goes on.