Summer Sandal Round Up
Who can identify with this: summer shoe shopping meant dropping by Old Navy to pick up a pair or two of colored flip flops and living in them all summer long! 🩴 Maybe you still do? Does Old Navy still make those cheap flip-flops in every color under the sun? I obviously haven’t checked recently!😀
Back in high school, I thought those flip-flops were great! Super cheap, lots of fun colors, what’s not to love? Then I went to graduate school and started doing clinicals where I had to be on my feet all day. I learned quickly that supportive shoes are my friend and I started making wiser choices for not only my feet, but also my knees, hips, and spine! A few years ago this need for supportive footwear increased – I started realizing that being barefoot in my house all day made my feet and back hurt, and it eased when I wore shoes in the house! This is truly a sign of my age, but again, supportive footwear proved to be beneficial!
I clearly am a girl who enjoys a little form with her function. I’m not a fashionista, but I do think it’s fun to put an outfit together as long as I don’t have to waste any time thinking about it. I have also shared my love for quality over quantity and this is probably even more true with shoes. Quality shoes are not cheap. End of story. Because of this, I tend to pick neutral colors and styles that will look good for a while b/c I can’t afford to update my shoe collection often when I’m picking quality shoes.
That being said, I wanted to give you a round-up of my favorite sandals for the summer that provide good support, and aren’t your grandma’s shoes either. 🙂
Here‘s my top favs:
- Birkenstocks – Birkenstocks have been back in style for quite a few years now, and I was skeptical to try them at first. The cork bed felt weird, and I wasn’t sure if the price would be worth it. I’ve now been wearing Birkenstocks (or Birks as my hip daughter calls them) for 5 years, and they are my #1 go-to shoe. I do have a couple of styles, but this one is my favorite. I love cognac leather bc it just matches with everything, and the 2 strap style is my fav b/c it stays solid on your foot without having to work at it. I also have the T-strap sandal in silver, and it’s not my favorite b/c it’s looser and I have to grip with my toes to keep the sandal on. After 5 years, I say I’ve gotten my money back out of them, and they still are in great condition!
- Chacos – Ok, I consider Chacos in the category of function > form. Not necessarily cute, but goodness are these so comfortable and easy to throw on during the day. These come in 2nd to my Birkenstocks as the most used sandal. I wear them with athletic clothes and super casual outfits like jean shorts and a t-shirt or tank-top. Perfect for running to a ball game, getting groceries, going for a non-intense walk, or even hiking and hanging out at the beach. They fare well in water, and when we’re at the lake, these are seriously the only sandal I bring.
- Korkease – My first purchase with Korkease was a bootie when booties became stylish (ok, not when they became stylish – a couple of years AFTER they became stylish b/c I’m always behind and want to see if something is going to just be a trend or stick around!) I went on to purchase another pair a couple of years later in a different color b/c I’ve never had such a comfortable boot. Korkease has incredible comfort and support. I finally decided to try a sandal after looking for a substitute for my Birks, which are a little casual for my work. I actually just purchased these last week, so I can’t speak to their longevity, but if we’re talking comfort, then they get a 10. Great comfort and I have no doubt, great quality that will last.
- Sorel – To me, these border between form and function. I keep seeing this style on other women, and so it must be coming around, but it reminds me a bit of my grandma’s style. 😉 I ordered this sandal to try and they’re actually incredibly comfortable. It’s a slightly wider style which works well for my average feet, but if yours are narrow, it might not look as good. I think it would work well for shorts, casual dresses, and white jean capris. It’s a little too casual for a nicer dress or dress pants, but I could find multiple uses for it in my mostly casual closet. Not sure if I’m keeping them, but when it comes to comfort and support, it’s a winner.
- Soludos – I have some Soludos mules that I purchased a couple of years ago and still love. I’ve looked at their sandals but never ordered any from them. This year I realized I did not have any sandals I loved for some of my dressier summer capris or casual dresses and so I decided to give these a try. Now…I would not walk miles in these. These are more on the side of form > function, but they are comfortable for wearing out to supper, if you have a desk job, or if you don’t plan to be on your feet tons. I wear them to work where I’m on my feet for 30% of the day, walked around at a ball game, and ran some errands in them. I did size up per their recommendations and they fit great. The backstrap is a little loose on my foot in standing, but I don’t have to grip to keep them on when walking and I like that they feel a little more special than just a basic sandal.
I really recommend most sandals in any of these brands. Soludos is going to be less supportive and probably not a sandal you’re going to walk a lot in, but the other brands all have many supportive options that would be great for many years to come!!