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Top 10 Best Flip Flops for Men in the UK 2020 (Reef, Havaianas and More)

With their first known existence going all the way back to ancient Egypt, it’s safe to say the humble flip flop is a timeless option for a simple and easy-to-wear sandal. Modern flip flops have developed to be more than just beachwear though – you’ll find designs for walking long distances, those with support for bad knees and some with traction soles to rival your hiking shoes.

In this guide, we’ll talk you through the options whether you’re an outdoorsy North Face guy, a Havaianas devotee, a Birkenstocks lover or a surfer who swears by Reef. Our ten favourite online picks from Amazon, ASOS and eBay will keep you cool whatever you get up to this summer. No socks allowed!
  • Last updated: 15-09-2020
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How to Choose Flip Flops for Men in the UK – Buying Guide

As with most footwear decisions, some men favour style or practicality, and some just want something that does the job and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. We’ll discuss the merits of each in this section, so you can decide which you prefer before you reach for your wallet.

Think About the Different Strap Materials and How They Look and Perform

There are a few options beyond the ubiquitous plastic flops, and although they have their place, it may be worth upgrading depending on where you want to wear them. Have a think about some of the strap materials based on your usage criteria.

Basic, Budget-Friendly Rubber Pairs Are Perfect for Beach Goers and Casual Wear

Basic, Budget-Friendly Rubber Pairs Are Perfect for Beach Goers and Casual Wear
If you’re just after a simple pair of flip flops you can throw in a bag for an upcoming holiday, camping trip or to slip on at home, you may well want to choose the classic rubber and plastic style we’re all familiar with.

They’re lightweight, happy to get wet (great for communal showers as well as dips in the sea), and can be plain or colourful to suit different tastes. There are even some designer options if you’re that way inclined, but you’ll find this variety the most budget-friendly on the whole.

Choose Fabric Straps and Toe Posts for Less Chafing

Choose Fabric Straps and Toe Posts for Less Chafing
For the guys who want to do a bit of exploring too, we’d recommend looking for a fabric strap, as these are known not to chafe as much when worn for a long time or when taken from wet to dry environments. Bear in mind they’ll take longer to dry than plastic due to their absorbency, but really only by a short amount of time.
A fabric or fabric-lined toe post will also reduce uncomfortable rubbing and blisters between the toes, so it’s worth looking out for this feature if you’ve had painful experiences on this front in the past.

Style-Conscious? Consider Durable Leather Designs Suitable for Day and Night

Style-Conscious? Consider Durable Leather Designs Suitable for Day and Night
Perhaps you’re a bit past rocking brightly-patterned plastic flops, or maybe you'd like something more refined to wear both poolside and in a nice restaurant. How about a leather pair? They’ll be more durable than rubber so will last for longer, and after a breaking-in period they won’t chafe or blister as much either.
A bonus of leather straps is that they’ll usually be thicker, and therefore more supportive, although slightly hotter for the feet than rubber or fabric. 

Alternatively, synthetic leather will be more breathable and resistant to water whilst still looking just as smart. 

For Extra Comfort and Support, Look for Athletic-Inspired and Indented Footbeds

For Extra Comfort and Support, Look for Athletic-Inspired and Indented Footbeds
Whichever material you like the look of, chances are there's an option out there with an enhanced sole or footbed to complement it. 

Those wanting arch support and cushioning for painful feet conditions (or just a more comfortable flip flop for longer excursions) should look for extra features such as EVA and moulded footbeds and soles, similar to those found in sports shoes.

For Extra Comfort and Support, Look for Athletic-Inspired and Indented Footbeds

Footbeds with heel indentations will also help with arch support, as they will actually reduce the flipping and flopping of the sandal, enabling you to walk more naturally and give your toes a break from gripping too hard to stay in place.


Textured “egg crate” footbeds are a design feature cropping up more and more in flip flops, and will be worth seeking out to add a boost of squishy comfort whilst also acting as a grip for your feet atop the sandals.

Plan on Taking Your Sandals Outdoors or for a Swim? Look for Water Resistance and Good Grip

Plan on Taking Your Sandals Outdoors or for a Swim? Look for Water Resistance and Good Grip
There’s no denying that one of the sole purposes of flip flops is to be used in water, but those made from materials other than plastic rubber may not be as compatible with rain showers, crossing streams, or getting soaked by a rogue wave.
With this in mind, it's worth noting whether the pair you like are safe for use in water, or if a few splashes are fine but complete submersion may end up damaging the sole or strap material.
To save you from slips and skids, you may also want to assess the quality of grip or traction of the soles, particularly if you want a pair suitable for taking on adventures involving water. The more treads you can see will equate to a better grip level, especially if they run fairly deep and are multi-directional.

Top 10 Best Flip Flops for Men in the UK

You should now have some kind of idea which materials or features you might favour in a flip flop, so let’s move on to the recommendations. We’ve compiled this ranking with an emphasis on value, quality and aesthetics, and most importantly, comfort.
10
Strap MaterialRubber
Fabric Toe PostNo
Footbed FeaturesNone
Water-ResistantYes
Grip LevelVery low
9

DunhamMen's Carter Flip Flops

£47.31

Strap MaterialLeather
Fabric Toe PostYes (double layered)
Footbed FeaturesEVA midsole, arch support
Water-ResistantYes
Grip LevelHigh
8

Tommy Hilfiger Signature Cork Sole Flip Flops

£30.00

Strap MaterialFabric
Fabric Toe PostYes
Footbed FeaturesCork moulded footbed
Water-ResistantYes
Grip LevelLow
7

CrocsCrocband Flip Flops

£15.99

Strap MaterialCroslite
Fabric Toe PostNo
Footbed FeaturesEVA sole, moulded footbed
Water-ResistantYes
Grip LevelHigh
6

VolcomMen’s Recliner Flip Flops

£38.51

Strap MaterialSynthetic leather
Fabric Toe PostYes
Footbed FeaturesMoulded footbeds
Water-ResistantYes
Grip LevelLow
5

FitflopMen’s Trakk-II Flip Flops

£36.00

Strap MaterialLeather
Fabric Toe PostNo
Footbed FeaturesEVA sole, moulded footbed, enhanced midsole
Water-ResistantNo
Grip LevelLow
4
Strap MaterialSynthetic leather
Fabric Toe PostYes
Footbed FeaturesEVA midsole, moulded footbed
Water-ResistantSplash-resistant
Grip LevelMedium
3

TevaMens Mush II Flip Flops

£18.20

Strap MaterialFabric
Fabric Toe PostYes
Footbed FeaturesEVA midsole, moulded footbed
Water-ResistantYes
Grip LevelHigh
2

The North Face Men’s Base Camp II Flip Flops

£22.99

Strap MaterialFabric
Fabric Toe PostYes
Footbed FeaturesEVA footbed, anatomical arch support
Water-ResistantYes
Grip LevelMedium
1

ReefMen’s Fanning Flip Flops

£30.79

Strap MaterialSynthetic leather
Fabric Toe PostYes
Footbed Features360 degree heel airbag, EVA footbed, anatomical arch support
Water-ResistantYes
Grip LevelHigh

Compare the Best Flip Flops for Men

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1
Reef Men’s Fanning Flip Flops 1

Reef

2
The North Face  Men’s Base Camp II Flip Flops 1

The North Face

3
Teva Mens Mush II Flip Flops 1

Teva

4
Birkenstock Ramses Birko-Flor Sandals 1

Birkenstock

5
Fitflop Men’s Trakk-II Flip Flops 1

Fitflop

6
Volcom Men’s Recliner Flip Flops 1

Volcom

7
Crocs Crocband Flip Flops 1

Crocs

8
Tommy Hilfiger  Signature Cork Sole Flip Flops 1

Tommy Hilfiger

9
Dunham Men's Carter Flip Flops  1

Dunham

10
Havaianas Brasil Logo Flip Flops 1

Havaianas

Name

Men’s Fanning Flip Flops

Men’s Base Camp II Flip Flops

Mens Mush II Flip Flops

Ramses Birko-Flor Sandals

Men’s Trakk-II Flip Flops

Men’s Recliner Flip Flops

Crocband Flip Flops

Signature Cork Sole Flip Flops

Men's Carter Flip Flops

Brasil Logo Flip Flops

Features

The Ultimate Flip Flop for All Occasions

Egg-Crate Style for Cushy Comfort and Arch Support

Cool and Comfy Hiking-Inspired Flip Flops

Sturdy, Smart and Very Long-Lasting

A Classy Pair With Excellent Arch Support

Super Comfy, Non-Slip and Durable

Great Support and Made With an Odour-Resistant Material

For the Discerning Designer Dad

The Best Men's Flip Flop for Big or Wide Feet

Quintessential Holiday Footwear

Price£30.79£22.99£18.20£60.00£36.00£38.51£15.99£30.00£47.31£15.99
Strap MaterialSynthetic leatherFabricFabricSynthetic leatherLeatherSynthetic leatherCrosliteFabricLeatherRubber
Fabric Toe PostYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYes (double layered)No
Footbed Features360 degree heel airbag, EVA footbed, anatomical arch supportEVA footbed, anatomical arch supportEVA midsole, moulded footbedEVA midsole, moulded footbedEVA sole, moulded footbed, enhanced midsoleMoulded footbedsEVA sole, moulded footbedCork moulded footbedEVA midsole, arch supportNone
Water-ResistantYesYesYesSplash-resistantNoYesYesYesYesYes
Grip LevelHighMediumHighMediumLowLowHighLowHighVery low
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Fitting and Caring for Your Flip Flops

Fitting and Caring for Your Flip Flops
Just like your other footwear, getting the correct fit for your flops is important. Make sure your toes, heel or the sides of your feet aren’t hanging over the edge; ideally with 1/2 an inch of sandal bordering your foot. If they’re too big, you risk tripping over, and if they’re too small, you could be in the market for a painful toe stub. No thanks!
A good tip when buying online is to check out the manufacturers’ sizing charts, in case the brand runs bigger or smaller compared to your usual size. A fit on the snug side is preferred, as your flops will loosen over time.
Surprisingly, flip flops will actually benefit from a breaking in period, even the cheaper varieties. If you’re heading on holiday, try walking around in them for a few days to help them adjust, even if it’s just in the house. You’ll notice the difference, especially in models designed to mould to your shape with wear.
Most synthetic flops are even machine washable, so you can throw them on a cold or delicate cycle if they’re beginning to smell less-than-fresh.

More Holiday-Ready Gear for Guys

More Holiday-Ready Gear for Guys

Heading off on a trip? Whether you're hitting up Cornwall for a surfing session or planning a romantic city break, there always seems to be something else that needs buying before you leave. Fortunately, we've got some recommendations for those too! 

Summary

Choosing something as basic as a pair of flip flops has more to it than meets the eye! But we hope we’ve kept things simple and given you some useful tips when seeking out your perfect pair, and maybe even shown you a few new options to slip on this summer.

Author: Natasha Dziubajlo

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