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5 Comfortable, Stylish Travel Sandals

Spring break is coming and I’m stay-cationing right here in Chicago most likely not wearing sandals. But some of you lucky duckies are flying south for some much needed Vitamin D. Put your feet in a good mood too while you stroll the promenade deck in one of these sweet styles for spring. We’ve reviewed over 200 models of comfortable sandals over the last 8 years. I love a durable, functional, supportive sandal that doesn’t look like a hover craft strapped to the foot.

Dansko Kami

1. Dansko Kami: Dansko keeps showing us they’re oh-so much more than clogs. From warm and comfy winter boots to snazzy platform wedges to sneakers, they’ve diversified their footwear collection over the past few years. And now a sports sandal! I like the simple lines and soft colors. The Kami features two adjustable straps, a dual-density EVA footbed with arch support, and a lightweight, flexible construction. Available for $29-85 at Amazon, free shipping and returns; $85 at Zappos, $84.95 at OnlineShoes.com, $85 at The Walking Company, free shipping. See the new Dansko Katy 2 thong sandal with equally supportive footbed and 5 star reviews.

jambu lunar

2. Jambu Lunar: A contoured footbed atop a sturdy sole but topped with pretty, yet durable chevron-patterened nubuck and nylon straps. The Lunar is a new spring style by Jambu and it features a contoured, memory foam-cushioned footbed, deep heel cup, non-marking partially recycled rubber outsole and adjustable instep strap. $75-99 at Amazon, free shipping and returns; $39-66 at 6pm.com, free shipping and returns.

Alegria Verona

3. Alegria Verona: Not one, not two, but three adjustable straps (don’t miss the one around the back of the heel). Alegria footwear does it all: supports your arches, cushions your soles, rocks your foot gently forward through the stride and even accommodates orthotics (but you might not even need them). Fits a medium to wide width foot best.  $98.95 at Zappos, $41-99 at Amazon, $99.99 at FootSmart.com, $98.95 at OnlineShoes.com.

Dr. Martens Balfour

4. Dr. Martens Balfour: Just what the doctor ordered! A sandal so hip that even Urban Outfitters carries it. The new Balfour Z-strap sandal by Dr.Martens is made of eco-friendly synthetic leather and webbing with a microfiber covered, contoured and cushioned footbed. It also comes in a fun neon pink. $60 at Zappos, $29.99-59 at Amazon, $39.99-59.99 at OnlineShoes.com, $47.99 at 6pm.com.

teva kayenta

5. Teva Kayenta: Dare I describe a sport sandal as “dainty?” I think the Teva Kayenta comes close with its thin, gathered straps in pretty hues. While this style may not have the arch support of the Alegria or Dansko, it’s a more feminine alternative to Keen sandals. Read Megan’s excellent review at NotMartha.org. $34.95-80 at Amazon, $80 at Zappos, $80 at Teva.com, $55-64 at 6pm.com.


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12 Responses to 5 Comfortable, Stylish Travel Sandals

  1. Marvine Hunt says:

    Glad I found this site I have trouble with my feet

  2. cedar says:

    There is something to like about each of those sandals. I can wear and do wear every one of those brands, although I have pretty much left Dansko behind.

    I can add a very lovely, super comfy sports sandal that I love and wore all over Italy, even out to dinner……shocking that a sports sandal could look nice enough. It helped that I have it in metallic gold, which I don’t see on zappos site now. Anyway, it’s the taos trophy.
    http://www.zappos.com/taos-footwear-trophy-vintage-gold?ef_id=VPTWhwAABYisb7iU:20150302213047:s

  3. Chris says:

    These are lovely sandal choices. I just purchased a pair of blue Teva Tirra Sport Sandals that I hope will be good for the beach and walking. I like these because they can be adjusted to accommodate my narrow foot. Reviews said they can also be adjusted for wide feet.

  4. Kirsten says:

    I love the Tirra–Teva’s best-seller! Let me know what you think.

  5. Naomi Teeter says:

    The Teva Kayenta is so adorable! I may have to purchase a pair for summer!

  6. lagatta à montréal says:

    These are very nice, but I’m looking for sandals with buckles, rather than Velcro. My feet are wide in front (“duck feet”) and the Velcro hold is always tenuous. I also like a little more coverage, because I’m always riding my bicycle (I’m talking city riding, usually in a skirt, not long-distance athletic riding. Perhaps you’ve already shown something like that and I’ve missed it.

    Happy walking!

  7. liz says:

    hi kristen-wondering if you could do a review of aerosoles bog sandals? thanks liz

  8. Jana says:

    I just discovered this site and am so happy to have found it! I have a pronounced bunion on my left foot (but not my right) and also have a back issue (spondylolisthesis) that requires me to wear low-heeled, comfortable shoes whenever possible. I love these sandal recommendations, but wearing sandals with straps that cross at the ankles makes my ankles and legs look chunkier than they are already! I am always looking for sandals with straps (I like the security of straps rather than a slide-type sandal) that are not so high on the foot, and are more of a slingback style that visually elongates the leg and doesn’t accentuate thicker ankles. Do you have any suggestions of stylish yet supportive strappy sandals/summer shoes that fit this category? Thank you!

  9. NpRuth says:

    I am glad I found this site via Creaky Joints. I just bought sandals to wear with my stepmother of the bride dress. They are REVSOOTHE in the color stone. Brand is Cobb Hill by Converse. They have a pretty good arch support, the sole cradles your foot and the Velcro straps allow for easy adjustment.

  10. C says:

    These are great suggestions! Would love to see more travel sandals that can work for walking during the day and then a night out — I like to travel light, so I always want to find versatile yet stylish shoes!

  11. sandy says:

    Ok. I have 3 pairs of Tevas. And why? Because I’ve ordered every type of foot bed they offered from the ones that didn’t promise foot odor control to those that do. And no matter what, they still harbor enough bacteria in the grooves of the shoes and it causes odors.

    I wash my feet daily, and it’s gotten to the point I have to put arm deodorant on my feet everywhere just to get minimal odor control. I’ve tried every kind of method for odor control online and still after a few wearings I’m back to square one.

    I don’t have athletes feet or any condition that would cause problems. I’m not the first to complain about this: do a search and you’ll find the same issue. To be fair, I had issues with a few other sandals as well. But there are many sandals such as arche and mephisto where this didn’t occur.

    That all said: they are supportive shoes and I love them. But what you need to do is get way more than one pair and switch out or clean them every single day to be sure they don’t get funky.

  12. Natasha McCoy says:

    Hi Kristen, I’ve been looking over your website trying to pick out the shoes I want to order for my Europe trip- Do you feel the Dr Martins or Jambar Lunar are better walking shoes? I feel they are the more youthful shoes on this page(I’m 26). Also planning to get the Naot Kari shoes you recommended. I have RA, bunions on the pinky sides of both feet, high arches and some pain on the tops of the metatarsals of my feet.

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