It’s starting to get nicer out, and it can’t be work all the time. With that in mind, we’re sharing a few of our favorite flip-flops, built for relaxation, beach trips, and barbecues.
Sanuk Beer Cozy ($34)
When it comes to flip-flops, it doesn’t get much more comfortable than the Sanuk Beer Cozy sandals. The footbed is built from a thick layer of the squishy foam, the same kind used to make yoga mats, and the inside of the straps are lined with soft jersey material. They come in a series of brew-inspired colors, and have a unique look and a good price point.
Reef Draftsmen ($55)
If you want a classic flip-flop, you should turn to a classic brand, and Reef has over 30 years of experience when it comes to sandals. The Draftsmen is a slightly dressier model, with full grain leather footbed and strap, plus a EVA midsole when you stray from the beach. As an added bonus, there’s a bottle opener in the arch to keep the party going.
Hari-Mari Dunes ($45)
If you’re looking for a stiffer fit on your sandal, the Hari-Mari Dune is the shoe for you. The textured footbed feels great, and wicks water to the side, keeping your feet in place. Instead of a thin piece of fabric between your toes, the Dunes have a memory foam post that fits snugly instead of moving around. They’ve even got a beveled outsole to keep you from tripping.
Freewaters Scamp ($40)
The Freewaters Scamp is an insanely popular flip-flop, and it’s not hard to see why. The main draw is a Therm-a-Rest footbed, with a unique texture that keeps your feet comfortable and stationary. They have above-average arch support too, and a rubber outsole that won’t fall apart. The reinforced webbing strap is more comfortable than some other options, and they have a cool look that sets them apart from the competition.
OluKai Kia’i II ($70)
These classic Hawaiin style sandals are built a bit differently than the others on this list. They have a thicker outsole for navigating different types of terrain, and have drop-in EVA footbeds for a customized fit. Designed for the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association, the Kia’i II offer a choice of rubber or gum outsoles, with a special coral reef lug design, and water resistant materials.