Good news: Not all sandals destroy your feet.
Once warm temperatures set in, strappy sandals and flip-flops are all we want to wear with our summer shorts and dresses. The catch? "By design, sandals have less support," says Emily Splichal, DPM, a New York City-based podiatrist. Since summery footwear doesn’t offer the same arch support as sneakers and cushy winter boots, we’re often left with weak ankles, sore heels, and tender arches by August. Ugh.
But don’t swear off flip-flops just yet; we asked podiatrists to help us find the best ones that provide feel-good features to keep your feet healthy. Here, eight pairs that offer all-important arch support—and look cute, too.
FitFlop Halo Sandal
Vionic Bella II Sandal
Soft Style Lorelai Sandal
"If you have foot pain, flat feet, or are just looking for a sandal with arch support, opt for a shoe that’s made from a shock-absorbing material like cork," advises Dr. Splichal. Equipped with a cushioned footbed, this pair is perfect for a long day at the beach.
Aetrex Lynco Thong Sandal
FitFlop Tia Thong Sandals
"Blisters can be a big problem in the summer," says New York City-based podiatrist Hillary Brenner, DPM. "Look for sandals that have straps made from soft leather to avoid friction." These FitFlops with leather uppers (and an ergonomic midsole for arch support) can help you stay blister-free all season long.