A decent pair of walking sandals can be the perfect footwear for travel excursions, beach walking, and just when you need to walk all day. They're comfortable, let the feet breathe and offer plenty of protection and arch support whether you’re walking long distances around Barcelona or simply enjoying a gentle hike.
We’ve put together a quick and easy buying guide to the best walking sandals for men that will help you identify exactly what to look for. From there, we’ll go on to show you some of our favourites on Amazon and Decathlon, with brands such as Birkenstock, Teva and Regatta leading the way.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of walking shoes for men available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Terra Fi Lite Open Toe Sandals
Samaris Crosstrek Closed Toe Sandals
Solr Water Sandals
Choprock Strap Hiking Sandals
Offroad Multisport Outdoor Shoes
Outdoor Hiking Leather Sandals
Mens Toggle & Touch Fastening Synthetic Nubuck Trail Sandals
Belay Walking Sandals
Stylish and Practical Quick-Drying Sandals With Rubber Soles Favoured by Celebs
Mixed Tread Synthetic Sandals With Sturdy Rubber Soles for Both Land and Water Use
A Classic Style With Two Straps and a Cork-Latex Footbed Available in a Range of Colours
A High-Level of Protection and Practicality, Ideal for Trekking and Completely Water-Friendly
Perfect Shoes for Water Sports With Plenty of Protection and Support Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles
Featuring a Rubber and Vibram Sole, Deep Lugs and Synthetic Material for Any Type of Terrain
Well-Padded Sandals to Provide a High Level of Comfort and Support During Long Hikes
Functional Sandals Featuring an Inner Textile Liner, Toggle Fastener and Additional Heel Straps
Closed Toe Sandals With a Sturdy Sole, Touch Fastening System And a Swift Toggle
Walking Sandals With a Leather Outer Layer and a Comfortable Midsole
|Upper Material||Synthetic||Synthetic||Synthetic (faux leather)||Synthetic||Synthetic||Synthetic||Leather||Leather||Synthetic||Suede (leather)|
|Sole Material||Rubber||Rubber||EVA||EVA||Rubber||Rubber with Vibram||Bast||Rubber||TPR (rubber)||Rubber|
|Weight||453 g||635 g||580 g||239 g||1 kg||950 g||1.1 kg||Unknown||Unknown||1 kg|
Synthetic is probably the more common of the two materials for several reasons. Firstly, they’re the best for mixed weather or wet conditions as they will dry quicker and not become too heavy when wet. This material also has the added advantage of drying without absorbing too much, so there’s less chance of rubbing or chaffing.
Furthermore, synthetic isn’t only brilliant at dealing with exterior water issues, but it can also handle internal sweating as the materials are moisture-wicking. The downside is they’re not quite as durable as leather, so they’ll wear away a little quicker.
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Leather sandals, on the other hand, utilise their robustness. Therefore, if you’re looking for sandals that will become your everyday summer shoe or something you want to take on a more gruelling hike, then leather is a solid option.
That said, you’ll want to make sure your hikes are dry! Sadly, leather isn’t a good choice for poor weather conditions, as they can become heavy and require longer to dry. Also, while leather is robust, that can be its downfall as the sandals will require a breaking in period before they’re completely comfortable.
The next most important feature is the outer sole. As you’d expect, there are many different options, but not all are made equal. The most common choice is rubber, as it is sturdy, slip-resistant and hard-wearing. Therefore they should keep you stable and safe from just about anything the casual hiker will encounter.
Some sandals incorporate other specialist components, such as Vibram, which is extra grippy, or EVA, which has similar properties to rubber but is known for being much more malleable and light.
Lastly, other options such as bast or plastics will help keep the cost down. That said, if you’re looking to wear your sandals often, and take them on a few adventures, then chances are, being comfortable and secure is a top priority. Thus some traditional or specialist material is likely a better shout.
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Now, as sandals by their core principles leave your feet exposed, finding something that will be waterproof or water-resistant isn’t an option. That said, if you’re planning to encounter some aqua, due to the nature you’re walking in or the fact that you’d like to wear them to the beach, then finding a pair that are water-friendly could be important.
Thankfully, almost all walking sandals are constructed then applied with coatings to ensure that they're not going to be a hot spot for bacteria or odour even if they do get wet. So, when it comes to the soles, you should be alright.
That said, the outer material will also be affected, and in this instance, you’re likely better off with synthetic materials for the reasons we mentioned earlier. If, however, you’re much more inclined to spend your time in hotels, restaurants and museums, then this might not be such an issue.
Another factor you’ll want to consider is whether to opt for an open or closed-toe design. There’s one big difference between the two - closed-toe will give you a little more protection, meaning this style is better suited to keeping your trotters safe in outdoor environments.
However, they’re considerably heavier, and due to the extra material, not quite as breathable as the open toe design. Plus, these will require longer to dry out should you be exploring in water.
Open toe offers less protection but is generally the opposite in all the other ways mentioned. So, they’ll be lighter, dry-quicker, and be more breathable. Neither is the right or wrong choice - you simply need to consider which will be the most appropriate for where you’ll be walking.
Generally speaking, multiple closures give more support and make it easier for you to stay on your feet. So, the amount of straps is worth considering if you’re looking for something sturdy and secure. The fastenings can be anywhere, such as on the instep, the forefoot, or the rear.
While the placement isn’t overly important, if you want that little extra support, then walking sandals with a heel strap tend to offer just that. These straps protect the ankle, which is pretty vital, especially when walking on uneven terrain.
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|Upper Material||Synthetic (faux leather)|
|Sole Material||Rubber with Vibram|
|Sole Material||TPR (rubber)|
|Upper Material||Suede (leather)|
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