A Danish shoe manufacturer, ECCO makes some of the best walking sandals for women.
It’s my go-to brand, and I’m a great ECCO fan. I have narrow feet, and ECCO is the one brand that usually always fits well. Without fail, I find their shoes and sandals to be comfortable and long-lasting.
These ECCO Flowt Strap sandals come with soft leather uppers and a lightly cushioned footbed. The sole is light and flexible, but thick and durable.
You can easily get in a couple of miles of walking (or more) in these city sandals!
The neutral colors (light brown, warm grey, black, etc.) are versatile and go with most everything.
If you need a pair of waterproof sandals for your trip – for watersports or a “wet” hike – look no further than Teva. They’ve captured the market in sandals for outdoor adventure.
The Teva Tirra sandals have grippy rubber soles (to help prevent slipping when fording streams, for example). The straps around the ankle and across the toes are adjustable and close with velcro.
You can get them in grey-and-white, pale blue, mango and many other colors.
Said to be some of the best walking sandals for travel (especially adventure travel), women just plain love them for getting out and about in the great outdoors. (These Tevas have received umpteen rave reviews!)
They may have a minimal look. But these Vionic Lupe sandals pack in maximum comfort.
The Vionic Brand uses a podiatrist-designed footbed that hugs your arches, so they’re a good choice if you suffer from plantar fasciitis. The EVA midsole also absorbs impact to help reduce stress on your feet and ankles.
With a microfiber suede-like covering on the inside of the footbed, they feel nice and soft on your feet too.
Get these in a pale blush, tan, black, blue or other color.
For women who want a comfortable but minimalist style, these are the perfect travel sandal.
Whatever your plans, these MEGNYA Walking sandals are a perfect fit (pun intended).
The adjustable braided straps are friendly to your skin (i.e. no blisters). And the sandals come in lots of great neutral colors – from grey, white, burgundy and black to two-tone colors like black-and-grey.
As they have a comfy EVA cushioned midsole with arch support, MEGNYA says you can even wear them walking for long distances.
Mind you, I’ve heard that the straps can rub after many hours of walking in them. And I personally prefer more substantial walking sandals for long walks.
But for relaxed sightseeing in light sandals with lots of air flow, these look really good!
Aerosoles are another dependable brand of comfort footwear.
The cushioned sole with a memory foam footbed offers good support here. And the thong style of these Aerosoles makes them look pretty and feminine at the same time! Just the ticket for summer resort wear – or a tropical winter vacation.
Personally, I love what they call the “tan snake” color. It looks like a soft blush-beige color to me. But the sandal with the white leather and back tan heel strap is also really sweet.
And black? Well, you can never go wrong with black.
OluKai is a Hawaiian brand focusing on durability and comfort. With Hawaiian origins, the sandals are surfer-chic in style.
The straps in these OluKai Upena Gladiator sandals are adjustable via an antiqued metal buckle. Uppers are leather, the footbed is contoured and the outsole is rubber, with a traction grip (to prevent slipping).
They come in a few different colors – from sand, mustard-and-metallic-gold, black and coffee to my favorite, charcoal-and-pewter.
Say goodbye to tired feet after long days of sightseeing!
If you want to be able to walk and walk and walk for miles, check out the ECCO Women’s Yucatan sandals. They’re simply some of the most comfortable walking sandals for travel. Period.
They have a contoured footbed designed to fit your whole sole, ensuring your feet stay secure. The EVA sole is cushioned and shock absorbent. And the durable rubber outsole provides great traction – no worries about slipping on wet streets!
I have these women’s sandals, and I never regret taking them with me when I know I’ll be on my feet a lot.
My latest travel sandals purchase is a pair of Viakix Siena Sport sandals.
These versatile sandals have soft stretchy elastic straps so they offer a secure fit. I like the adjustable ankle strap, which I can tighten for a snug fit.
Crafted by hand, they’re extremely comfortable. And the sole is thick and solid enough to offer excellent traction on rocky terrain. Viakix says they’re designed for hiking, water sports and outdoor adventure. But for me, I don’t think they’re sturdy enough for any really rigorous activity.
Besides, I think they’re too cute to get all beaten-up.
Made by the famous Dr. Scholl’s footwear company, these are a favorite pick for travel sandals for men. You’re not likely to develop foot pain wearing these!
The upper part is 100% leather with a memory foam insole, while the traction outsole is rubber.
These very comfortable shoes sport a casual fisherman’s sandal style with a closed toe design. No stubbing your toes! And because they’re more shoe-like in appearance, they can take you from day to dinner out on the town, no problem.
That’s our hand-picked list of the top travel sandals!
If you buy any of these travel sandals, let us know how they work for you. And if you have suggestions for this list, please pass them along!
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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.
I have been given to understand that Birkenstock no longer sells their shoes on Amazon because of the number of fakes being sold as genuine and Amazon refusing to crack down on the situation.
Janice and George
Saturday 26th of November 2022
It's also our understanding that Birkenstock pulled their online store from Amazon. But we also understand there are smaller shoe stores that sell authentic Birkenstock sandals through Amazon :-). So you can still get real Birkenstocks on Amazon. They're just harder to find and may not come in all sizes and colors.
Friday 24th of June 2022
Hi, which sandals are shown in the main image? Grey / teal. Model wearing white nail polish. Thanks.
Janice and George
Tuesday 28th of June 2022
Those are a version of the Plaka sandals. Plaka makes a few different styles (all quite similar, but still a little different).
Sunday 18th of July 2021
Hi! Which sandals are shown in the photo just above #1 with the brown crossed buckled straps and white strap across the toe area (model wearing yellow nail polish)? Thank you for the helpful suggestions!
Janice and George
Monday 19th of July 2021
Those sandals are really cute, aren't they!
We couldn't find these on Amazon (or in stores here where we live). So we don't know the brand. They could be European. Sometimes there are great shoes you can only find in Europe and not North America.
Hope there's another pair you like :-).
Thursday 18th of March 2021
Very helpful article. Thanks for helping me find some nice sandals for everyday wear.
Thursday 22nd of October 2020
Sandals are really comfortable. That is why I love my Birkenstocks. You don’t have to compromise comfort for style.