When it comes to sandals, the options are endless — but choosing the right ones can be daunting. There are thong sandals that are perfect for running errands, dressy slide sandals fit for brunch dates, and flip flops with enough arch support to prevent foot pain on long walks. And of course, you have to consider how often you plan on wearing them. Sandal sizing can also be tricky, so it’s best to try them on before you buy them. To help you out, we consulted with expert podiatrists and our own Good Housekeeping Institute Textile Lab footwear testers to find the best sandals for women.
Ultimately, the sandals that landed at the top of our list were versatile, supportive, and stylish. And the best part? They’re all under $100.
One of our top picks, the Bravada sandals from Keen, have a minimalist design that eliminates any straps, buckles, or snaps that can restrict movement or cause friction and blisters. In addition, they’re lightweight and breathable and have a padded footbed that supports the arches. We wore them for several days and were happy to report that there was no heel pain, strained arches, or discomfort — not even a break-in period needed.
These sandals aren’t as supportive as the others on our list, but they’re still great for walking, commuting, or brunching. They have an adjustable ankle strap and a flexible sole that conforms to the shape of your feet. Plus, the padded footbed reduces pressure on the ball of your foot and helps with common ailments like bunions, corns, and hammer toes.
Our second top pick, the Teva Terra FI 5 Universal Sandals, are more of a hiking sandal than a walking shoe but they’re still comfortable for long-distance walks and commuting. They’re also incredibly durable and quick to dry, making them ideal for hot summer hikes or trips to the beach.
Another pair that’s both stylish and functional, the Seychelles Bits ‘n Pieces Sandals, are a dressier take on the classic huarache style. They look polished enough to wear with a sundress or linen pants to a brunch date and have an adjustable ankle strap that helps keep them securely in place on a warm day.
And last but not least, our budget pick, the Oofos sandals, are a great choice for anyone who suffers from foot or heel pain. They’re made with a foam cushion that reduces shock and supports the arch, and there’s no break-in period required. Plus, they’re waterproof and easy to clean, which is perfect if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain or encounters unsavory substances like warm sidewalk sludge.
From pretty woven slides and block heels fit for a wedding to comfy flip flops that will last all summer, these sandals have you covered. But don’t be afraid to experiment with styles and colors, too — you might be surprised at how much of a difference the right pair can make.