The Best Men’s Sandals to Pack for Your Next Vacation


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Best Men’s Strap Sandals: Chaco

Chaco’s Z/Cloud style is a cult-classic for a reason. Its cushioned footbed, adjustable strap design, and built-in arch support earned the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association.

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Best Men’s Beach Sandals: Sanuk

These flip-flops have a much more supportive sole than your standard rubber style. Pair them with one of our favorite swim trunks during your next trip to the beach.

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Best Men’s Hiking Sandals: Keen

These tougher-than-nails sandals are ready for anything. They’re quick-drying and the outsole has a thick and rugged lug that’s ready to take on the trail.

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Best Men’s Thong Sandals: Olukai

Thong sandals can be tricky for men since they often conjure the term “mandals.” But these leather flip-flops are classy enough that they’ll give you a bit more sophistication than your standard thong.

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Best Men’s Dress Sandals: Jerusalem Sandals

With a clean buckle and a smart design, these dress sandals will elevate your summer-time suit.

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Best Men’s Waterproof Sandals: Birkenstock

This new style from Birkenstock is extremely lightweight and completely waterproof — not to mention this summer’s hottest sandal.

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Best Men’s Sport Sandals: Teva

The Teva Terra FI 4 has a super-thick tread for extreme comfort and all-purpose adventure.

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Best Men’s Gladiator Sandals: Asos Design

Pack a bit of history with these Asos gladiator sandals. The ankle straps will help to keep them feeling secure all day long.

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Best Wide Sandals for Men: Rockport

If you often find that sandals are too narrow for your feet, go with this style from Rockport, which comes in both a standard and a wide width.

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Best Men’s Slide Sandals: Steve Madden

These easy, slip-on sandals are great for traveling and will go with everything in your suitcase.

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Best Men’s Leather Sandals: Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers has you covered if you’re looking for a leather sandal that can be worn casually or in a setting that’s bit more formal.

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Best Men’s White Sandals: Polo Ralph Lauren

Make a statement with these faux-leather, white slides. They can be worn by the pool, around town, or even as slippers in your hotel room.

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Best Men’s Comfort Sandals: Dr. Scholl’s

Sometimes you just want a comfy sandal to get you through the day. This style from Dr. Scholl’s is comfortable, lightweight, and soft.

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Best Men’s Huarache Sandals: Massimo Matteo

With Mexican roots and a stylish sensibility, huaraches are a no-brainer for vacation style.

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Best Men’s Water Sandals: Crocs

Are they the most stylish pick on our list? No. But will they stay grippy on wet surfaces, dry super quickly, and feel comfy all day? Absolutely yes.

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Best Men’s Closed-toe Sandals: To Boot

If you’re self conscious about your feet but still want the breathability of a sandal, look no further than these charming closed-toe sandals.

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Best Men’s Designer Sandals: Prada

You will never feel cooler than when you’re wearing these modern, double-strap sandals by Prada.

I have two rules when it comes to packing. The first is for all my clothes to be within the same color palette, so I can seamlessly mix and match while reducing the risk for the age-old overpacking issue. My second rule is to always pack a pair of sandals — no matter the destination or time of year.

It’s a given to bring sandals when heading to the coast or embarking on a sailing trip, but even for those cool-weather destinations, a pair can prove to be quite handy. Wear them on your trip to the hot springs, during a quick zip to the market next door, or around the lodge during your afternoon of après ski. It’s also helpful to bring a pair of rubber slides to wear as house shoes around your hotel or Airbnb.

Since there are so many different types of sandals (leather, hiking, close-toed, etc.), we sought out a wide selection of the best men’s sandals — yes, even men’s gladiators. Below, you’ll find the most stylish, durable, and comfortable options on the market for every type of vacation.