Show Some Toe: The Best Men’s Sandals
The best men’s sandals can be elusive, but this list should help. Note: Socks with these sandals are never an option.
By Jonathan Hackman
When the temperature starts climbing toward the mid-70s, footwear gets a little more bare. How can you find the best men’s sandals without resorting to last year’s plastic flip-flops? Here, we list our summertime favorites for the beach and beyond.
Surfers love these rugged sandals for their combination of laid-back style and serious function, but they’re perfect for everyday wear, too. Get summer-ready with the woven straps, grip-ready outsoles and ultra-light footbeds.
Sperry Top-Sider Santa Cruz
From the makers of the iconic Top-Sider deck shoe, the Santa Cruz sandals balance tough construction with that inimitable, first-class Sperry look. The neoprene lining adds unbeatable comfort, and the Quadro-Grip outsole offers incredible wet and dry traction.
Keen Newport H2
If you need a performance sandal, you can’t do much better than the Keen Newport H2. Designed for warm-weather hiking, kayaking and cycling, this sporty essential offers comfort, support and protection in equal measure. Plus, the hydrophobic lining keeps the sandal from absorbing excess water.
Do you prefer something slightly dressier? Check out this sleek option; it’s one of the best men’s sandals for more formal situations. The full-grain leather is both expensive-looking and abrasion-proof, the padded footbed is insanely comfortable, and the grommet details add a little extra style.
Cushe Manuka Choice
This understated sandal is an amazing combination of surfer cool and weekend casual. Trust us: The distressed canvas outsole and rich leather upper are sure to turn a few heads without looking overdone or fussy.
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