Plaka sandals are said to have been inspired by a trip to Crete – I can imagine skipping along in the Mama Mia movie in these!
Because these cute beach sandals are so versatile, you can wear them with shorts, skirts or sundresses.
Made of soft braided rope, the Plaka Palm Leaf Flat sandals come in 27 pretty color combinations – from aqua-and-grey to a solid sapphire blue to peach-and-sand. And the stretch-to-fit straps are designed to reduce uncomfortable rubbing, even with hours of wear.
Note: These Plaka flat sandals are best suited for narrow to narrow-medium feet.
Made in Brazil since 1962, Havianas are the ultimate iconic flip-flops. This bestselling style features slim straps for an ultra-feminine look. And they come in a rainbow of colors, from rose to gold to steel grey.
These flip-flops for the beach are designed for comfort and look great too.
Chaco is a premium brand of outdoor flip-flops and sandals. They come in a variety of materials – from leather to durable polyurethane leather or PU (artificial leather with a glossy appearance). Many women swear by them and will only wear Chacos!
These Chaco Women’s Lowdown flip-flops have polyester straps and an EVA midsole and rubber outsole. (EVA, which stands for ethel vinyl acetate, is a type of foam that offers maximum cushioning and shock absorption.)
They’re some of the best flip-flops for women seeking good arch support.
You can get these comfortable flip-flops in several shades, including navy, black, natural and brown.
Note: These tend to fit women with narrow feet better.
I have 5 pairs of traditional Birkenstocks with the cork soles. (They never give out.) But they’re expensive.
Cushionaire offers a similar supportive beach sandal at a more wallet-friendly price.
And guess what? They’re also some of the absolute best sandals for the beach, pool and hanging about. (Just don’t get them wet, or you could spoil them.)
Light and flexible, the Cushionaire Luna Cork sandals feature a soft-cushioning cork footbed, delivering full arch and toe support. The insoles are 100% genuine suede, but the leather uppers are vegan (faux leather).
They come in a wide fit, as well as the usual regular size.
And have fun choosing a color. Maybe a happy pale pink? Or a lilac blue? (Don’t worry, you can also get them in more neutral colors like taupe, brown and stone.)
More than 18,000 reviewers on Amazon have given these slip-on sandals a 5-star rating. So Cushionaire is definitely doing something right!
Sometimes you just want some sassy flip-flops that are really inexpensive too.
Say hello to the Amazon Essentials women’s flip-flops! They feature a foam-padded insole for comfort. And with narrow straps (synthetic) they’re very feminine looking.
The best part is the price. So why not get a couple of pairs in different colors? How about nude for every day and maybe gold for a dressier pair? The turquoise blue is a beautiful pop of color also. But basic black is just fine too :-).
Note: They fit on the small side so you might want to size up.
Flip-flops that you can walk in? With comfortable arch support? That are beach-friendly and water-resistant too? Say hello to the MEGNYA brand of super comfortable sandals!
What I especially like about these women’s beach sandals is that they’re a cross between flip-flops and sandals. You can easily slip them on and off, but they have more support than just ordinary flip-flops. And they’re so attractive too!
The braided straps are designed so your feet can move freely without feeling constricted. And the EVA cushioned midsole and strong rubber soles are shock-resistant (to banish foot fatigue).
There are lots of cool colors to choose from – like ice-green-and-burgundy and silver gray.
Note: The straps aren’t adjustable, so you have to jiggle them around your feet to get them into the best position for you.
Channel your inner Yogi in flip-flops featuring a yoga-mat footbed – the Sanuk Yoga Mat flip-flops are actually made from real yoga mats! The ½-inch sole is squishy comfortable with a slightly raised heel (¾-inch high).
Get them in turquoise, black, watermelon and other colors. Ommm...
Vionic thongs are great for all day wear, as well as for the beach or pool.
These Vionic women’s flip flops with arch support pamper your feet. In fact, built into every pair is a podiatrist-designed footbed to help prevent plantar fasciitis and heel pain.
The O-ring adds a bit of bling, dressing up the flip-flops. Plus they come in many different colors – black, blue patent leather, bronze, white, toffee suede and so on – so you’re sure to find a pair to match your swimsuit.
Note: Now, you’re obviously not going to wear these in the water, right They’re not waterproof. And I wouldn’t wear these in the sand either; I wouldn’t want to scuff them up.
Similar to the Tevas in #7, these Skechers are some of the best sandals for the beach – ideal for walking or just plain kicking back. The super-soft rubber footbed makes you feel like you’re walking on marshmallows.
Get these On-The-Go 600 Brilliancy Sport sandals in a brilliant rust, natural, charcoal, navy and other hues. (Personally, I like the soft mauve color.)
The ever-popular black color comes in wide widths too.
They may not be real leather sandals. But they sure look they are! With a braided T-strap, these Roxy Liza flip-flops come in several neutral colors, from tan to cream to black. They go with beach wear as well as sundresses.
Note: Order a size down, as they fit slightly large. They’re best suited to wide (not narrow) feet.
Sold on Amazon for under $30
More flip flops and beach sandals for women
Amazon really is a Pandora’s Box when it comes to ladies’ sandals and shoes! You can find many more cute beach sandals on Amazon.com.
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About the authors
Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.