10 Comfy and Lightweight Shoes to Wear This Summer

Published on: Aug 13, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
the comfiest shoes to wear during the summerDesign: theSkimm | Photo: Soludos

Wearing breathable clothes in the summer? Very important (thanks, sweat). Wearing shoes that don’t rub, cause blisters, or make your feet feel like tiny ovens? Even more important. Which is why we’re here to bring you the best of the best.

We rounded up our fave shoes that’ll let you enjoy the weather, minus aching arches and squished toes. Toe-tally awesome.

teva sandals
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. ($36.09+, Amazon)

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birkenstock sandals
Birkenstock sandals with lots of toe room…

The contoured footbed helps distribute weight and promotes proper posture, while the deep heel cup acts as a cushion. Psst...Birkenstock has been around for 240 years for a reason. Each shoe is expertly made and will feel molded to your feet. Who can say no to that kind of comfort? ($99.95, Zappos)

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allbirds sneakers
Allbirds sneakers made from renewable materials…

Like eucalyptus tree fiber. They also happen to be machine washable and v lightweight.  The knit is breathable, so steamy temps on a summer day won’t be a bother. Did we mention the midsole is made from Brazilian sugarcane? It’s bouncy, contoured, and yet another feature that makes this sneaker carbon neutral. ($98, Allbirds)

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black leather sandals
A stylish sandal with flexible leather…

Summer is here and we’re ready to wear these everywhere. Customers absolutely love their look and feel, noting how comfortable and versatile the sandals are. These are also thin, so they’ll slide into a suitcase easily. Time to pack your bags. ($51, Soludos)

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rothy's camo loafers
A loafer that’ll come in handy when those commuting days return…

Made from Rothy’s signature thread (crafted from plastic bottles), these loafers pair support with style. But note they don’t stretch much after wearing, so make sure you size correctly. Rothy’s also claim a no-break-in period...so throw ‘em on right out of the box and get movin’. When they’re dirty, they can go straight into the washing machine. ($165, Rothy’s)

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toms slip-on shoes
Toms that can easily be slipped on and off…

Ah, Toms. A summer classic. They’ve got a removable molded footbed and a durable rubber outsole that’ll grip the ground. They go with every outfit and come in a variety of colors. We’ve worn them for years and know just how comfy they are. ($47.95, Zappos)

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atoms gray sneakers
Flexible sneakers that come in quarter sizes…

Talk about the perfect fit. All you’ve gotta do is go through a quick quiz with the virtual size assistant. The sneakers have antimicrobial copper insoles, so your feet stay odor- and germ-free. They also have elastic laces, which means you’ll only have to tie your shoes once. From there, they’ll slip on and off smoothly. With cloud-like cushioning, you can stand, walk, and run for hours. ($169, Atoms)

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cariuma navy high top sneaker
A canvas high-top shoe that’ll give you old-school vibes…

Say hello to a vegan insole made from organic mamona oil and cork. They’re better for planet Earth and provide more arch support. They come in recyclable packaging with carbon-neutral shipping. So throw ‘em on with a pair of jeans or go for a cool streetwear look. Either way, you won’t wanna take them off. ($98, Cariuma)

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fitflop colored sandals
A flip-flop that has micro-bubble foam cushioning…

And a slip-resistant sole. A pair that’s actually comfortable and not totally flat like cardboard? Yes, please. ($24.90+, Nordstrom)

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light blue croc clogs
A classic pair of Crocs because yes, they really are that comfy…

With little holes, they provide the perfect amount of ventilation during summer months. They’re also incredibly lightweight and can easily be worn in water. Psst...if you haven’t heard, decorating yours with charms is a fun way to show off your style. Get going. ($44.99+, Amazon)

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And some helpful accessories:

fulton shoe inserts
A shoe insole made of cork…

If you feel like you need a bit more support in your shoes, turn to Fulton. The insoles can help with hip and spinal alignment. And better support may relieve back and neck pain. Instead of unsustainable gels, foams, and plastics, Fulton uses plant-based materials like cork and cactus leather. Plus, the cork is hand-grown and the machines are run on renewable energy. Win for your feet, win for the environment. ($48, Fulton)

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gel toe separators
A gel toe separator that can prevent painful rubbing and relieve pressure…

If your toes tend to crowd together or overlap in shoes, this is for you. The gel support will keep ‘em apart. You’ll get 12 within the pack, so you can place one on your pinky and one on your big toe. Wherever you need some relief. ($9.99/12 pack, Amazon)

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copper arch support bands
Arch support bands that may help those with flat feet…

Walking around with low arches or plantar fasciitis? Ouch. These copper-infused bands allow for full range of motion while staying odor-free. They can be worn under socks and provide compression to reduce muscle strain and redistribute pressure. Customers love how the bands seem to lift their arches, lessening pain immediately. ($17.95/2 pack, Amazon)

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foot blister balm
An anti-blister balm to use where needed…

Before you slip on newly purchased shoes, apply this balm to places that typically form a blister (hi, back of the heel). It’s got vitamins A and C to soften skin and restore moisture. It’s also vegan and made with plant-based ingredients. ($8, Amazon)

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