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10 Comfy, Casual Sandals for Every Budget

Hiking sandals
Design: theSkimm | Image: Nike
Jun 6, 2022

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Sandals that'll let your feet breathe but won't leave you with aches and pains after wearing 'em for hours? They're tough to find, we know. That's why we've rounded up some of the comfiest options for whatever this summer has in store for you. Hitting the trails? We’ve got hiking sandals for that. Don’t wanna spend more than $50? We’ve got options for you too. From strappy sandals to jelly sandals and more, we’ve got you (and your wallet) covered. 

Strappy platform sandals that’ll last… 

News flash: Doc Marten sandals are every bit as durable as their combat boots. They’ve got thick straps that are adjustable at the ankle and heel, and have a super light sole. They’re available in both white and all black, and have a 1.5-inch platform. Oh, and for half sizes, the brand recs going down a size for top-tier comfort. ($100, Dr. Martens)

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Travel-ready sandals you can walk in for miles…

Everyday sandal, meet extreme comfort. This pair packs some serious cushioning into its footbed for support that’ll have you walking miles sans any aches and pains. You’ll get adjustable straps (with a toe loop for extra control) and seven different colors and patterns to choose from. We’re just warning you now: You’ll never wanna take ‘em off. ($100, Chacos)

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Clear sandals that’ll go with any summer outfit… 

See-through PVC is in, but sweaty shoe fog isn’t. Enter: this breathable Steve Madden option that's got two top bands and one heel strap for added comfort. Customers say the straps don't dig into your foot and the heel is a great height for all-day wear. Pair ‘em with your fave sundress, or a simple jean and T-shirt combo to dress up the look. And if you wanna nix the plastic altogether, this espadrille wedge also comes in four other styles, like one with a white leather straps and another that’s all raffia. ($79.99+, Amazon)

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Scented jelly sandals for a throwback look…  

The rumors are true — jelly sandals are back. (And tbh, we think they never should have left in the first place.) This pair is a nod to the OG style, made with bubblegum-scented PVC that’s also recyclable. They’re available in three bright colors and a glittery option, and we wouldn’t blame ya if you snagged more than one. ($69, Nordstrom)

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A leather gladiator sandal with a cushioned footbed… 

Thank you, ancient Romans, for giving us such a versatile sandal. These Vince Camuto ones can truly be dressed up or down all summer, and come in four different colors (we’re partial to the new bone pattern). PS: Customers say these run large and advise going down half a size. ($110, HSN)

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Birkenstock sandals that are classics for a reason… 

If you’ve ever slipped on a pair of Birks, you know the comfort hype is real. These suede strap sandals have the same orthopedic footbed and cork sole we all know and love, in seven colors. If suede isn't for you, or you’re looking for a brighter option, try these colorblocked ones that come with the classic solid leather strap. ($140+, Zappos)

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Nike hiking sandals that can tackle any terrain…  

These are an HQ’r fave thanks to their seriously comfy and supportive fit. We love the bright colorways for the great outdoors, and the muted black version for everyday looks. They’ve got a combination of thick and thin straps for all-day wear, and an extra-rugged tread to keep your feet planted wherever you’re walking. With the adjustable heel and foam footbed, it’ll be the closest you come to feeling like you’re walking on air. ($65, Nike)

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​​Teva sandals that can be worn literally everywhere...

On a hike, to the beach, or out for a day of running errands. They’re made from recycled plastic and feature quick-dry webbing, a rubber sole for traction, a Microban treatment that’ll minimize odors, and a molded midsole that’ll provide arch support. The hook-and-loop closure makes them easy to take on and off. (And means you can make them as tight or loose as you want.) Your feet? They’re happy as can be. ($39.99+, Amazon)

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Slide sandals lined with cozy fur… 

Ugg has found a way to deliver its signature boot comfort in a stylish slide sandal, and we’re here for it. These have got genuine shearling and a branded wide heel strap to hold your feet in place. Plus, they come in seven other bright colors. Whether you’re lounging around the house in ‘em or slipping them on for cooler nighttime walks, your feet will thank you. ($82.50, Nordstrom)

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Block-heel sandals with braided details… 

And hundreds of five-star reviews from those who’ve fallen in love with their style and comfort. You’ll be able to walk miles in these slip-on sandals without your feet aching. They come in seven neutral colors — and can be dressed up or down. Pair ’em with a summer dress, or style them with a casual jean and T-shirt combo for an elevated take on a classic look. ($34.99, Target)

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