Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

The 8 Best Flip-Flops That Men Should Wear for Excursions

Beating the heat means wearing our all-time favorite beat-the-heat staples: Swim shirts, swim trunks, and flip-flops. Flip-flops offer more breathability and freedom than running shoes or sneakers, as they give your toes enough room to wiggle.  Flip-flops are easy to slip on or off too, which makes them practical footwear for sunny activities.

Most flip-flops in the market boast computer-aided forms, cutting-edge materials, and enhanced construction techniques. To help you in your search, we’ve gathered the best flip-flops for 2021, including high-fashion selections that feature a steadfast statement of laid-back and grab-and-go style.

Related Guides

Birkenstock Medina Birko-Flor

Image used with permission by copyright holder

If the earthy vibe of the original Birkenstock sandal isn’t your thing, you may find this thong version of the sandal a bit more appealing. It’s got the brand’s trademark comfort footbed and a synthetic, easy-to-clean Birko-Flor faux leather upper, but it’s rendered in a cleaner design that looks more avant-garde Bohemian and less aging hippie.  

Olukai Ulele Beach Sandals

Olukai Ulele
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Ulele has a clean, modern silhouette, with a profile inspired by marine life. The upper is made of laser-cut synthetic material, with a high-tech footbed and rubbery outsole that makes this flip-flop as comfortable as your favorite pair of white sneakers, yet functional and welcome on-deck when it’s time to get out on the high seas. 

Oofos Ooriginal Sport Sandal

Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Oofos features a crisp, organic, architectural modern design motif, with smooth lines wrapped around the foot in a glossy metallic finish. The design isn’t just skin deep — its super-soft footbed absorbs impact, reducing stress on your feet and joints. 

Reef Cushion Bounce Lux Flip-Flops

Reef Cushion Lux
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Luxurious yet minimalistic leather styling is complemented by Reef’s luxuriously comfortable footbed, incorporating an anatomical arch, heel support, cushioned footbed, and rubbery outsole for increased traction. Subtle contrast stitching gives this pair the rustic look of your favorite pair of jeans — and they’re sure to become just as loved and well-worn.  

Havaianas Tradi Zori

Havaianas Tradi Zori
Image used with permission by copyright holder

A pair of classic Havaianas are the über flip-flop, so when the brand tries something new, we pay attention. This new silhouette is inspired by the ancient Japanese Zori sandal, featuring a squared-off sole and a fabric strap. The new style launched with this hard-edged version, a collaboration with Japanese streetwear brand Mastermind that features its skull-and-bones motif. Watch the site for new versions of the Tradi Zori coming soon. 

Sanuk Beer Cozy 2 TX

Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Beer Cozy projects the kind of kicked-back, relaxed attitude that the name implies. If Southwestern style is your thing, this is your flip-flop. The woven Baja blanket straps are as relaxed as your favorite surf hoodie, while the “foamy and refreshing” soles will keep your feet blissed out all day. 

Hari Mari Scouts

Hari Mari Scouts
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Hair Mari brings a touch of preppy refinement to your casual footwear world. The soft twill straps complement the sporty stripes on the sides of the sole. Yet all that flair is just icing on the cake with Hari Mari’s luxurious construction featuring wicking-lined straps, a memory foam toe, a butter-smooth nubuck footbed, firm arch support, and much more. We like this pale green and blue combo, but it’s available in three more colors for you to choose from. 

Old Navy Classic Flip-Flops

Old Navy Classics
Image used with permission by copyright holder

You won’t feel too bad if you wake up in the morning and find that you blew out a flip-flop if you’ve decided that you’d prefer to grab a pair (or five) of a nice value-priced option. Old Navy Classics will allow you to express your style, and at four bucks a pop, you can have a pair for every day of the week. These come in a variety of snazzy solid hues or, for a few bucks more, a selection of tropical-inspired patterns from flamingoes to camouflage to palm trees. Now, where did I leave that shaker of salt?  

Editors' Recommendations

John Jones
John Jones is a Jersey City, New Jersey-based writer who enjoys covering design in all its forms, from fashion to…
The best men’s slip-on shoes that aren’t loafers or boat shoes
These slip-on shoes for men are perfect for winter
The top and bottom of a pair of slip on shoes.

You may be thinking that slip-on shoes are reserved for the warmer months but that is simply not true. There are plenty of heartier men's slip-on shoes that can keep your feet stylish and warm when the temperature drops. Most of them are made from thicker fabrics or contain extra layers, compared to their summer weight counterparts. In fact, cold weather slip-ons step into a whole new range of fabrics and materials like suede, fleece, flannel, and shearling. For every style and occasion, there's a choice for the best men's slip-on shoes that look as good or better than laced alternatives.

The thing is, when most men think of stylish slip-on shoes, they immediately jump to loafers and boat shoes. While those are both great options steeped in rich-style heritage, there are plenty of other options out there. We’re here to give some love to the best slip-on shoes that aren't loafers or boat shoes.

Read more
These are the best travel shoes (so you don’t waste any space in your luggage)
Every globetrotter needs reliable kicks for exploring In comfort
best travel shoes globe trotting guy lems boulder boot in timber edited recropped

Whether you’re roaming the ancient streets of Istanbul or pub-crawling in Paris, a good pair of shoes may arguably be the most important item a traveler can pack (or wear). On the other hand, these kicks tend to be the bulkiest item in your suitcase. Choosing wisely what to put on your feet can’t be understated. Here are the best travel shoes to consider for your next trip.

One big note here: a few of these companies are low or sold out of stock. All that we can say is that shopping requires patience nowadays. The times be what the times be.

Read more
Here Are the Best Shoes for Leaping Into Summer
Keen Men's Uneek leather sandals

The sun is out and warmth is in the air. That’s right, it’s time to get outside with the best new men’s shoe releases to lace up and get going on the season’s best activities: running, hiking, boating, and lounging. Check out the best shoes for leaping into summer.

Read more