Finding the perfect pair of beach sandals can be a bit of a challenge. That’s why we would usually lend a pair of our “regular” sandals to a beach day...and that would be the end of it. But if you’re going to be spending your weekends lounging by the pool or the beach next few months, you really do need proper beach footwear.
Thankfully, this season saw the resurgence of a couple of athleisure silhouettes that are absolutely ideal to wear on the sand. Fashion’s latest obsession with Teva sandals, for example, resulted in countless versions of hook-and-loop strapped designs that are so easy to wear.
PVC accessories are also making a cameo in our closets, so if you’re a fan of the transparent look, opt for a pair of tinted PVC sandals. The material is water-resistant, so there are few better material options for the beach than PVC.
Summer is also the perfect time of the year to don natural fabrics like raffia. And since you probably already own a couple of fedora hats and straw totes, why not style them with raffia sandals for a match made in fashion heaven?
Keep scrolling for a roundup of the comfiest beach footwear for both men and women to add to your summer wardrobe.
Hari Mari x Peter Millar Men’s Flip Flops
These flip flops need no breaking in thanks to the super comfy memory foam soles. We're pretty sure you’re going to end up wearing them all the time, regardless of whether you’re headed to the beach.
To buy: $125, harimari.com
Teva Flatform Universal Mesh Print Sandals
Classic Teva sandals with straps are definitely having a moment this summer. This pair will give you a slight height boost thanks to the two-inch platform.
To buy: $80, zappos.com
Givenchy Printed Rubber Slides
Jump on the logomania trend with these Givenchy’s rubber slides. They feature a cool matte balck finish, making them totally wearable off the beach with a pair of denim shorts and a t-shirt.
To buy: $295, modaoperandi.com
Carrie Forbes Noura Raffia Slides
These strappy raffia sandals are a warm-weather essential. Pair them with a sundress and a straw tote and you are ready to hit the beach.
To buy: $265, modaoperandi.com
Prada PVC Strappy Sandals
PVC sandals are not just trendy, they are also an incredibly practical beach footwear option because they dry up fast and a little sand won’t ruin them.
To buy: $620, modaoperandi.com
Jeffrey Campbell Patio Sport Sandal
Live out your neon fashion dreams with this pair of athlesure sandals that sport chunky soles and adjustable hook-and-loop straps.
To buy: $120, nordstrom.com
Melissa x FILA Platform Sandal
These sandals flaunt this season’s must-have platform silhouette. But what makes them perfect for the beach is the water-resistant PVC upper in a pretty pink shade.
To buy: $79, nordstrom.com
Salvatore Ferragamo Groove 2 Men’s Sandals
Complement your outfit with these Italian-made beach-ready sandals that sport the brand’s signature double Gancio logo.
To buy: $195, nordstrom.com
Versace Collection Medusa Pool Men’s Slide
Wear these Versace slides the next time you hit the pool––they have super sleek design and flaunt the brand’s Medusa logo.
To buy: $267, zappos.com
FitFlop Trailstar Freshweave
If you’d like to stay active while you’re on the beach, these slides have you covered. They feature a contoured footbed and soles with added arch support for maximum comfort. The adjustable fasteners deliver a perfect fit every time.
To buy: $90, zappos.com
Olukai Ke’a Women’s Leather Slide Sandals
Olukai’s Hawaiian-inspired sandals are the perfect footwear to pack for the beach. They come with anatomically molded soles for all-day comfort and a stylish leather upper that comes in four shade options.
To buy: $100, olukai.com