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Best Sandals for Travel in 2024 – Stylish and Comfortable

Looking for the best travel sandals? We’ve tested out a bunch of them to bring you a list of the best ones.

When it comes to travel, you don’t want to pick form over function. It’s a mistake we probably all made in the past, but bad shoes can make or break a trip. I’ve dealt with the pain when I was younger, but these days I care a lot more about my feet.

Luckily, even with outdoor or orthotic brands (I love me some grandma shoes), you can find a small selection of stylish shoes too.

On this post, we tested out all the best sandals for travel that are featured on various blogs and travel sites to let you know how they performed.

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Last Updated: March 16, 2023

Best Sandals for Travel in 2024 that are both stylish and Comfortable

Before you see all the travel sandal options, ask yourself what types of activities you will be doing on your trip. There are different needs for hiking vs walking around the city vs lounging at a resort.

Learn more about our methodology and how we review products here.

What Makes a Great Travel Sandal?

  • Versatile – you can dress it up or down and it’s a bonus if it complements many colors.
  • Lightweight and easy to pack or wear at the airport.
  • Stylish – you don’t always have to choose between comfortable and stylish. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too.
  • Comfortable padded footbed and arch support especially if you have fallen feet.
  • Decent traction on various surfaces so you don’t slip.
  • Easy to get on and off – If there are shoe laces or features that make it more time consuming than others, I am less likely to wear them if I have other choices.
  • Ankle straps that hold the foot in place for extra support is a plus.
  • Water resistant – not always necessary, but it’s always good to have one pair you can wear to the pool or beach and not worry about getting wet

Note: I generally wear a size 5.5, which not many shoe brands carry. The woes of having small feet in an in-between size. Most shoe brands that carry sizes down to 5 don’t often do half sizes until they are bigger. I also have wide feet in the front, narrow in the back, and low arches, so the combination of these things and my feet being small presents interesting challenges for finding the right shoes and sandals for travel.

Best Travel Sandals Summary

Best Flat Sandals for Travel

Keen ELle Backstrap Sandal ($$) →

Lately, these are my go-to sandals. I loved them so much, I have them in two colors (dusty olive and fossil orange/silver birch).

Although I haven’t gone hiking in them yet, they’ve had solid traction for the city. Some reviews mention that the straps are too tight, but they weren’t for me.


  • Comfortable, stretchy fit
  • Solid traction
  • Non-marking rubber
  • Straps made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.
  • Good arch support and comfort for all day walking.


  • Haven’t found any yet.

More Reviews and Compare Prices at REI, Keen, and Amazon.


Dansko Reece ($$$) →

I have the Dansko Reece in the Mango Waxy Burnished color in a 36 EU. It’s a 1/2 size too big, so sometimes my feet shift around. But it’s still comfortable to wear for light urban exploring.


  • Molded memory foam footbed for comfort.
  • Lightweight
  • Toe loop is comfortable
  • Velcro makes it easy to take on and off.
  • Hook-and-loop adjustable back strap for added support
  • Leather uppers are treated for stain resistance.
  • Rubber outsole for traction and long lasting wear.


  • Haven’t found any yet.

More Reviews and Compare Prices at Zappos, Nordstrom, and Amazon.


Vionic Kirra Backstrap Sandals ($$) →

The Vionic Kirra Backstrap Sandals were featured on virtually every travel site or blog as one of the best travel sandals. It’s podiatrist designed to hug your arches and received an APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance.

I ordered a wide 5 in rose gold metallic.


  • Lightweight
  • Easy to take on and off
  • Elastic backstrap for stability and adjustability
  • Contoured footbed gives good arch support and helps treat heel pain (plantar fasciitis).
  • Durable rubber outsole with patterned tread provides traction on a variety of surfaces.
  • Breathable microfiber EVA footbed absorbs shock and reduces stress on feet, ankle, and knees.
  • 30 Day wear test guarantee or your money back.


  • The reviews mentioned that they run big. Unfortunately for me in the smallest size (5), and I found them to be loose. I tried them out as my primary shoes on a recent week long trip, and while I had no foot pain, it was annoying that my feet moved so much in it. I also have the Vionic Coralina Wedge in 5, which fits small on me, and you can see the huge difference in sizes (see below).

More Reviews and Compare Prices at Amazon.


Beek Finch ($$$) →

These are great as long as you have normal shaped feet.

I originally wanted the Beek Finch, which is mentioned on many major travel sites and blogs as one of the best walking sandals for women.

However, the Swift, which has fully adjustable buckle straps happen to be better for my wider feet. The Finch has a more asymmetric look, which you can see in the photos below.

These are now my main go-to shoes to slip on and explore town. I wear the Swift in the Platinum / Natural color. I’m usually a 5.5, and the 6 worked out well for me.


  • Handcrafted
  • Soft vegetable tanned leather.
  • They have adjustable buckle straps for perfect sizing.
  • Their handmade leather soles custom form to your feet within hours.
  • Rubber heel for grip


  • There isn’t much cushion to absorb impact.
  • They say you don’t notice the toe ring, but for my odd shaped toes, one felt a little tight while the other was slightly loose. After a few wears, it stretches, which could be good or bad.

More Reviews and Compare Prices at Beek and Anthropologie.

Native Shoes Ellis ($$$) →

These are by far my most comfortable strap sandals, and they’re so light! It’s nice that you can wear them in the water too.

I’m wearing a 5 in bone white. I’m typically a 5.5, but sizing down was better than up for me, although other reviewers mentioned they fit small.

Activities: Urban Exploration, Beach/Pool.


  • Lightweight
  • Hand-washable
  • Odor Resistant
  • Absorbent to shock
  • Durable PU straps


  • No half sizes

More Reviews and Compare Prices at Native Shoes and Amazon.

Mephisto Helen Thong Sandal ($$$) →

These cute asymmetric thong sandals have been featured on Health Magazine as well as other travel sites. I’m usually a 5.5 but was able to size down to a 5 though some sites say it runs small and recommends you order the next size up. I originally got the 6 and had to exchange them for the smaller size.


  • It’s easy to slip on.
  • Available in 33 colors and styles.
  • Cork midsole and contoured footbed feel similar to Birkenstocks. Their soft-air technology reduces hard impacts and gives you fatigue-free walking
  • 100% premium leather
  • Breathable leather lining and perforations for added breathability.
  • Adjustable buckle strap for custom sizing and secure fit.
  • Durable rubber outsole


  • Although it’s considered a lightweight sandal, in comparison to many of the other travel sandals, it weighs more (9 oz). The others are just that much more lightweight.

More Reviews and Compare Prices at Nordstrom and Amazon.

Mephisto Helen + The Most Comfortable Thong Sandals Tested and Reviewed

Best Wedges and Heels for Travel

Mephisto Liviane ($$$) – Lightest Wedge →

I ordered a 6 in white cuba. I’m usually a 5.5, so I sized up. The footbed fits me well but the straps are too loose.


  • Ultra Light. Out of all the wedges, this one is currently the lightest one.
  • Cork Footbed and their Soft-air technology reduces hard impacts
  • Velcro makes it easy to put them on and take them off, and it’s not noticeable that they’re velcro.


  • At the beginning the straps irritated my feet, since they are slightly big and there’s too much wiggle room. Would love to hear from people who have the correct fit.

More Reviews and Compare Prices at Amazon.

Mephisto Liviane + The Most Comfortable Wedge Shoes and Sandals for TravelPin

Jambu Sandy ($$) – Best Traction→

Jambu Sandy is a leather platform with a beautiful woven design. I ordered the 6, which is the smallest they run. It’s slightly big on me, but I can tighten the strap on top and use heel cushion inserts to fill in the space. Not the most ideal situation, but it works.


  • Footbed provides a lot of cushion. Between this and the Born Meade, they are the cushiest wedges.
  • The traction on these shoes are like no other. Even though they’re wedges, I might take them hiking with me just to test out the traction on different surfaces.
  • Velcro closure makes it easy to take on and off.
  • Chunky heels help distribute your weight.


  • It could be a fit issue for me, but the straps and upper don’t fit as securely and rub against the sides of my foot and ankle while walking.

More Reviews and Compare Prices at Amazon.

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Best Flip FLops

Sanuk Yoga Salt ($) →

People swear by the Sanuk Yoga Sling sandals for travel which I have yet to try, but I love all the other Sanuk’s I’ve tried including the Salty, Joy, and Spree. I’ve already owned 5 pairs, and have replaced them every year because I practically wore them every day.


  • Made out of yoga mat, so it’s comfortable and squishy.


  • It retains water for a long time, so do not get it wet.
  • Does not have good arch support, so if you’re walking or on your feet all day, your feet will hurt especially if you have fallen arches.

More Reviews and Compare Prices at Amazon.


Underarmour Atlantic Dune Flip Flop ($) →

I take these on every trip just because I don’t know if I’ll be in a situation where I need waterproof sandals. Also, they’re my go-to for lounging around the hotel or a campsite.


  • Most lightweight flip flop I’ve found and so thin that they’re easy to pack in the side pockets of my backpack.
  • It’s quickdrying and feels waterproof to me. It works great for the beach, pool, camping, in the shower, or just walking around the hotel.


  • They say it has a ultra-cushioned footbed for easy walking, but I did not find them great for support and all day walking.
  • The cushioned outsole that’s supposed to give it traction and versatility might be good in comparison to all the other flip flops on the market. In comparison to all the sandals listed on this post, however, it didn’t feel like it had much traction.

More Reviews and Compare Prices at Zappos and Amazon.


Best Hiking Sandals

Teva Hurricane Drift Sandals ($$) – Fave Beach Sandals→

These are my favorite beach sandals. I have them in the color Endive and originally ordered them in size 6 was way too big, so sized down to a 5. The length of the shoe fit perfectly, but the front strap fit too snug and isn’t adjustable. It’s still great for the beach or shorter hikes, but when we go on longer hikes, it can irritate the sides of my feet. 


  • Super lightweight – Full injection-molded EVA sandal designed to be super lightweight, comfortable, and supportive.
  • An easy hook-and-loop instep closure comes on and off quickly and gets the fit just right.
  • You don’t have to worry about losing these at the lake or pool. They are so light, they will float with you.


  • The front strap is not adjustable and isn’t great for wider feet.

More Reviews and Compare Prices at REI.

Teva Waterproof Sandals for WomenPin


Some shoes I loved in the past but are now discontinued.

  • Born Yusayan
  • Superfeet Laurel

More Travel Friendly Sandals

Here are some more highly rated travel sandals mentioned twice or more on travel blogs and sites. I hope to check them out in the near future, and I will update the post once I do.

Essential Tips for Picking Sandals for Your Trip

Questions to Ask

  • What types of activities will you be doing on your trip? There are different needs for hiking vs walking around the city vs lounging at a resort.
  • What are the temperatures? Will it be hot?
  • If you want to pack those painful, cute shoes, you can pack them in your purse and take them out for photo opps, but even that is a pain to carry around.

Have you tried any of these? What did you think? Any more travel sandals we need to check out and review?

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