Published on March 11th, 2016 | by Kirsten Borrink7
Comfortable Sandals Under $70
I do know what it’s like to be on a budget, shop thrift stores and live with broken appliances until funds become available to buy something new. I scan Craigslist for area rugs because I refuse to pay thousands on something my kids will inevitably track dirt across. I don’t cut coupons because I have no patience, but I like to shop Aldi and know where to get Boar’s Head deli meat on the cheap. My two new favorite shirts are from the second-hand store and I’m planning on chalk painting our dining room chairs to get more life out of them. I guess I’m frugal by nature, and I love a great deal like most of you.
Yes, many of the shoes in my closet have come to me as samples and I haven’t had to pay for them and there is truth to the phrase, “You get what you pay for,” when it comes to specialty comfort shoes like Naot, Mephisto, Taryn Rose, etc. But if you need a pair of comfortable sandals to carry you through the season and don’t want to spend over $70 for comfort and support, I’ve got some ideas for you.
From the top…
- Cobb Hill Ramona: An anatomical contoured footbed supports the arch while cradling the heel. A 1 1/4″ heel provides lift so the heel doesn’t pound the pavement while the rubber outsole offers good traction. This sandal comes in wide widths! The Ramona costs less than other Cobb Hill sandals due to its faux leather upper and EVA footbed. $69.99 at Amazon, $69.95 at Nordstrom, $70 at Zappos.
- Minnetonka Gypsy (Birkenstock-like 2 strap sandal): I love the Baja woven fabric uppers in shades of red, turquoise, and
black. If you like the look of Birkenstock but don’t need the aggressive arch support, the Minnetonka Gypsy might be for you. We’ve reviewed Minnetonka sandals before and they are a highly rated choice. The footbed is cushioned, the buckles adjustable. $59.95 at Zappos, $41.99-51.99 at Shoemall, $59.95 at Shoebuy.
- Bare Traps Ryen (gladiator style below the Minnetonka Gypsy): If you’re not a find of the Ryen style, check out the whole line of Bare Trap footwear. The styles are affordable with cushioned footbeds, shock-absorbing outsoles and moderate arch support. The Ryen style utilizes faux leather, but many Bare Traps are made of real leather. $39.99 at Famous Footwear, $69 at FootwearUnlimited.
- Crocs Anna slide
: I will always have a special place in my heart for Crocs. They saved me from bunion surgery years ago. Thankfully, their styles are less holey and more trendy now. The Anna slide as stretchy straps that flex a little while you walk for a snug yet forgiving fit. The contoured Croslite™ footbed cushions the foot and absorbs shock. $49.99 at Crocs.com, $50 at Zappos, $38.99-49.99 at Amazon.
- Fitflop Surfa (striped flip-flop): Awarded the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). The multi-density EVA footbed is designed to distribute pressure and relieve joint stress as you walk. Reviews are coming in 5 stars for the Surfa sandal by FitFlop. $69 at Zappos, $39-69.99 at Amazon, $58.95 at Nordstrom.
- Dr. Martens Balfour Z-Strap Sandal
(bottom right): Get a good fit with the adjustable z-strap feature over the toes, midfoot and ankle. Dr. Marten’s Air Cushion sole is a design that traps air within small, closed compartments to provide cushioning to the midsole and heel. Comes in neutrals, brights and patterns. $69.95 at OnlineShoes.com, $60 at Zappos, $40-85 at Amazon.
Do you have a favorite brand of sandal that won’t break the bank? Leave a comment and let us know!
I have lived with foot pain. It has also ruined my knee and caused me hip issues..Why because I have learned to compensate for my flat feet, falling arches. I have had many pairs of shoes, I have $525.00 orthodics…cortisone shots….Then someone suggested Oofos…They are amazing. From the minute I put them on …no pain…wore them all day.
Cost is anywhere from 44.00 to 56.00…
I want to also throw into the mix this option for wide feet. I never could make Birkenstocks work for me (I’m between sizes and the arch support never landed in the right place. Plus the widest part of my foot is quite wide and the rest isn’t.) GREAT for my high arches & plantar fasciitis.
Naot Campus Mikaela Wedge Sandal
Also, can you speak to the arch support of each of these? Thanks!
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Can you please update your article on rigid-soled sandals? I have to wear them after toe surgery – I looked up the styles mentioned in your 2014 article, and most were discontinued…
Hi, I have a similar situation. I tried to search for the brand you listed and couldn’t find them. Could the name oofos possibly be a typo?
Thank you very much for posting affordable shoes! I feel hopeful to find a nice pair of sandals for the summer. And to buy them with confidence!