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.
Comfy flip-flops you can get wet? Yes! These lightweight Crocs Kadee II are “water friendly” (love this term!) and they float too. Tired of black? Then get them in a dark peachy “bronze” or hot pink color.
Note: Size up if in doubt, as they run on the small side.
Who doesn’t love Clarks? I certainly love my Clarks Breeze Sea flip-flops. I have them in the beige color shown in the photo here. But they come in a host of shades, including red, navy, silver and white.
The key point, though, is that they’re so light yet supportive. I really feel like I’m walking on pillows in these classic flip-flops. They truly are some of the most comfortable flip-flops for women!
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.
Every girl needs a little bling! Show off your prettily painted toenails in these adorable Skechers Slingback Stars and Sparkle sandals! Rhinestone accents dazzle and catch attention, and you can choose from white, black and light pink colors.
On the comfort side, the cushioned sole is made from a special “Yoga Foam” (with a ½-inch high heel).
These cute flip-flops for the beach are designed for comfort and look great too! The straps are leather with a microfiber lining, and the footbed is made from soft foam with a deep heel cup. They’re not designed to be used in the water though.
You can get the Crocs Capri V flip-flops in several colors, including walnut, black and navy-and-white.
Note: While they have a slimming look, these flip-flops are made for an average-width foot. But they also fit narrow feet quite well too.
I have 5 pairs of traditional Birkenstocks with the cork soles. Now there’s a new (possibly better?) Birkenstock sandal. Light as a feather. Softer. And comfier too (say many fans).
Expect the same full arch and toe support as the original sandals. And have fun choosing a color! Maybe a happy coral? Or an impossibly bright “scuba blue”? (Don’t worry, you can also pick more neutral colors.) Oh, and have I mentioned, they’re water-friendly too?
Bottom line? These Birkenstock Waterproof Gizeh Eva sandals get my vote as some of the absolute best sandals for the beach.
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? But basic black are good too :-).
Note: They fit on the small side so you might want to size up.
A comfortable sandal you can walk and hike in? With arch support? That’s beach-friendly and water-resistant too? Check out the MEGNYA Braided sandals.
The braided straps are designed so your feet can move freely without feeling constricted. And the strong rubber soles are shock-resistant (to banish foot fatigue). There are lots of cool colors – like coral-and-purple and turquoise – to choose from.
Note: The straps aren’t adjustable, so you have to jiggle them around your feet to get them into the best position for you.
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.
Plus they come in seven different colors – black, bronze, snake, pewter, white, tortoise and brown – 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.
Run on the beach. Do yoga in the sand. Go kayaking. They may not technically meet the definition of sandals, but what the heck. You could stoll use these Quick-Dry Aqua Yoga Socks when hitting the beach, right?
They’re so breathable, you won’t even feel like you’re wearing anything. But the rubber sole protects your feet from scratchy sand, shells and sharp objects. These water shoes won’t chafe either.
You can get them in all sorts of colors – even baby pink with hot pink flamingos.
Yes, you saw one style of Plaka sandals in #3. These hand-crafted Plaka Flat Seashell sandals are a slightly different design, however.
They come in several colors too (brown, mustard, red, “sweet ivory” and more). The straps are made of high-quality soft nylon and said to be “blister-free.” Best of all, these ladies’ beach sandals look adorable!
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...
Similar to the Tevas in #8, 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 the Skechers Reggae Flat sandals in teal-and-navy (popular) and several other hues. (Personally, I like the softer charcoal-and-pale-mauve color combination.)
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.
Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the owners and founders of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.