Outdoor Sandals for All
There’s nothing like a family walk to welcome the summer hikes season! Outdoor sandals are the perfect choice for everyday casual errands, afternoon walks and easy short hikes.
When you shop for outdoor sandals, there are a few things to consider in order to make the best choice:
- Comfort – examine the fabric and sole construction for comfort. Outdoor sandals are essentially for travelling or short hikes and they need to be comfortable for wearing daily and for a long number of hours. Weight is an important factor too. We are looking for lightweight sandals that can be easily packed for travelling and enjoyably worn for hours. Lastly, you’ll want a washable fabric (preferably with odor control technology), because if you wear them properly you’ll have to clean them frequently;-).
- Durability – outdoor sandals should fit several different kinds of terrains and have a durable construction and fabric. Depending on your preference, you may also want to look for water-friendly sandals. Unlike casual sandals, flip flops or thongs, here we should look for a thicker sole that has a more rugged texture. The footbed should have a non slip texture and added cushioning for protecting the feet and legs during more intense walks.
- Security/Closure – choose your preferred level of ventilation, keeping in mind that while you want your feet to stay cool, you also need to protect your feet and toes, especially when walking outdoors and even more so if you are shopping for kids sandals. Closure should be easy to put on and off and lightweight, which usually means Velcro straps.
We went shopping with these tips in mind and found the best outdoor sandals for the whole family. We ended up with “the usual suspects” – these are the best brands for walking shoes, and there’s a good reason for that too.
So here are our top choices, enjoy!
Women Outdoor Sandals
Keen offers beautiful choices for women outdoor sandals. Out two favorites this season are the Keen Bali Strap, an open sandal with a front toe protection and Keen Whisper, that has a more protective built with enough ventilation and is super water-friendly. The Teva Omnium has a more closed structure, offering feet support and durability. We also like the look and design of the Jambu Spain style, though note that this model is less fitting for hiking or trailing, and would be more appropriate as a walking sandal with added comfort and odor control.
Men Outdoor Sandals
Our first choice for outdoor sandals for men is the very popular Keen Newport H2 model. Highly durable and quick drying with a toe guard and elastic cord closure, it is the best choice for the outdoors on a sunny day. Next up is the Teva Hurricane XLT sandal, featuring the known hook and loop closure for secured fit and a rugged sole for better traction. The All Out Sieve Convert by Merrell is another great choice with waterproof leather and open toe protection. And since we can’t get enough of Keen, we also got the Keen Uneek, with a stylish braided cord upper, comfort and durability.
Kids Outdoor Sandals
There are so many beautiful styles for kids sandals, so this was a difficult choice. Let’s start with Keen Kids Newport H2 (also chosen in our men’s sandals category), with the comfort and protection you need for an outdoor land or water activity. The Hurricane 3 by Teva Kids comes in a beautiful range of colors for boys and girls and offers a lightweight built and a hook and loop closure for a secure fit. For a beautiful design and colors, go with the Merrell Kids Hydro Monarch style, offering a snug fit, land and water durability and protective toe caps. Last but not least is the ZX1 Ecotread by Chaco Kids, featuring an adjustable strap and a pull tab for easy on and off, as well as a range of stylish pattern designs.