12 Best Sandals for Men in 2017

Depending on where you call home, you may be lucky enough to wear sandals 365 days a year. While they go by many names and come in many forms, a sandal is the next step up from the classic, but simple flip-flop.

They have also been around for far longer than most consumers realize. Sandals were the footwear of choice in biblical times although most are considerably more fashionable these days. You can still find the old gladiator sandals if you want to truly stand out in the crowd, but that is a list we will save for another day.

Our picks for the best sandals for men all have a few common components, but you’ll quickly find that some are sportier than others. You no longer have to go open-toe, and you may be surprised by a few of the wilder designs we found as well.

Top 12 Sandals for Men Comparison Table

Design Name All Terrain Sporty or Casual Rating (1-5)
   1. ECCO Men’s Yucatan Sandal  Yes  Sporty  4.7
   2. Teva Men’s Hurricane XLT Sandal  Yes  Sporty  4.5
   3. KEEN Men’s Arroyo II Sandal  Yes  Both  4.5
   4. Jordan Mens Hydro 5 Retro Slide Sandals  No  Sporty  4.5
   5. Birkenstock Unisex Arizona Sandal  No  Casual  4.5
6. Teva Men’s Toachi 2 Sandal  Yes  Sporty  4.5
7. Chaco Men’s Z2 Classic Sport Sandal  No  Both  4.5
8. KEEN Men’s Newport H2 Sandal  Yes  Sporty  4.4
   9. adidas Performance Men’s Superstar 3G Slide Sandal  No  Sporty  4.4
   10. Dr. Scholl’s Men’s Gordon Sandal  No  Casual  4.4
   11. adidas Men’s Adilette Slide Sandal  No  Sporty  4.4
   12. Dockers Men’s Solano Gladiator Sandal  Yes  Both  4.3

Buying Tips for the Best Fit

Moving on from your favorite pair of flip flops can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. It can actually be quite comfy if you keep these pointers in mind.

Types of Sandals

You may not know that there are actually several types of sandals in the world. The uninformed may believe a sandal is simply a sandal but that is not the case at all. One of the more popular and casual styles are referred to as slides. These will have one fat strap across the top of your foot and is essentially the next step up from a flip-flop. Some will allow you to adjust the strap for a better fit with Velcro, but they the simplest of sandals.

The classic Fisherman sandal is something you would want to wear if you need a bit more protection for your feet. These feature a closed toe and multiple straps across the top and back. They are far more stylish than a slide and come in several variations as well.

Sport sandals are another option and are made to work on several types of terrain. This multi-strapped sandal will stay on your feet better where others will leave you with a dusty foot after they fall off. They are the best choice for outdoor activities including trips to the lake.

Straps

Some sandals are clearly have more straps than others – slides excluded. As you might suspect, the more straps, the better your sandals will stay attached to your feet. While it may seem like you will need a half-dozen, you can get by with just a few straps if the quality is good.

Some manufacturers will use composites in their straps, but for the most part, you’re looking at leather, nylon or a similarly strong material. Leather is known to stretch as well, so you’re not going to find it as a feature on any sporty sandals worth their salt. On the other hand, those fat leather straps are often more comfortable than the skinnier nylon ones.

Soles

This ties into where you plan on wearing your sandals. If you are going to be doing a lot of walking, you will want a sandal with a soft footbed and solid sole that offers plenty of support. Road and other hard surfaces can be tough on your feet, so you may want to consider a sandal with a thick or special sole.

Plan on hitting the trail for a hike or need great traction? Well, you will want more tread on the bottom of you sandal, which means a sporty model is your best bet. Some sandals like Birkenstocks will also “form” to your feet over time while others have nubs in the footbed to massage your feet.

Top 5 Best Sandals for Men Reviews

1. ECCO Men’s Yucatan Sandal

The ECCO Yucatan Sandal is what we would call the new breed of sandal. They are not a slide and are far from a flip flop, but not quite a full-blown shoe either. Their open-toe nature ensures you’ll get plenty of air on your feet and their sporty design makes them perfect for a wide variety of activities indoors and out.

You won’t find skimpy straps on these sandals. ECCO opted to toughen their straps up with a leather overlay for added support. You can adjust these more than most as well thanks to several Velcro straps across the front, top, and back of the sandal. The tread does not break any new ground in regards to the pattern but should be deep enough to give you plenty of traction whether you’re mall walking or slogging through a stream.

Worried about foot hygiene or stinking up your brand new sandals? It will not be a major concern thanks to a specialized footbed treated with Agion’s antibacterial tech. The ECCO Yucatan’s are available in eight different colors and are well worth a look as well as the top spot on our best sandals for men list.

2. Teva Hurricane XLT Sandal

The Teva Hurricane XLT Sandal is one of a handful of sandals on our list that can be worn casually or for a bit of fun in the sun. The synthetic sole will keep things comfy, and you will get a bit of a lift thanks to a 1.5” heel. That said, they are still sporty with the usual three strap array.

Whereas some sandals scream “sports” these will look good almost anywhere. They have a clean and simple design with a minimal amount of flair but come in more than enough colors to suit everyone. There are even some textured patterns available as well if you want something a little more exciting than Black, Green or Grey.

While it is nice to have a good all-around sandal like the Hurricane XLT, the only downside with these would be with the straps. They will be more than tough enough for regular use, but they are thinner than straps found on a true sports sandal and not reinforced.

3. KEEN Arroyo II Sandal

This one may cause a bit of controversy amongst sandal aficionados. Yes, the KEEN Arroyo II looks like a shoe at first glance, albeit a strange one. When you look a little closer, however, you will quickly notice it is actually a souped up sandal with mesh and cutouts around the body. Those laces aren’t generally found on your typical tennis shoes either, so these are sandals, just not the type your parents used to buy.

KEEN’s sandals are by far the toughest on our list and fit several different scenarios from boating and hiking to simply walking down the street. You can take these in the water with ease, and the rubber toe cap ensures your piggies will stay protected at all times.

A few buzzworthy features to note are a Hydrophobic mesh lining and the metatomical dual-density EVA footbed. That basically means the mesh will repel water instead of soaking it up and you’ll get great arch support as well. These will certainly not be for everyone due to their shoe-like nature but are the perfect fit for outdoor enthusiasts that want a bit more protection and support.

4. Jordan Hydro 5 Retro Slide Sandals

For plenty of athletes and sports fans, it was a question of wearing Nike or Adidas growing up. Maybe with some Puma, Umbro or Starter thrown in depending on your age. Both of those companies have popular slides worn by millions, but the Jordan brand bumped them out of our Top 5. That little Jumpman is quite popular, and we think you will find these slides to be very comfortable.

While you can’t show off ankle breaking moves and you won’t want to kick footballs with these sandals, the Jordan Hydro 5 Retro Slides are suitable for outdoor use. They also make amazing shower or pool shoes. If you do want to go casual, you will be pleased to know they are extremely comfortable to wear around town. That’s thanks to a TPR footbed that will massage your feet and help keep them fresh.

The adjustable Jordan Hydros are available in over a dozen colors including hues to represent the Bulls and UNC.

5. BIRKENSTOCK Unisex Arizona Sandals

If you have walked or stumbled across a college campus in the past 20-30 years, you are probably very familiar with Birkenstock’s brand of sandals. The Birkenstock Arizona Sandals are one of their more popular models and are deemed unisex, which means they will look absolutely amazing on anyone.

Birkenstocks are extremely simple and could be mistaken for an ordinary pair of off-brand sandals at first glance. That would be a mistake as they are known for their comfort along with that iconic strap & buckle setup. The footbed is contoured to support your arch and sports a deep cup for your heel but will conform to fit your foot over time.

The Birkenstock Arizona sandals are one of the lightest sandals on our list and very durable despite their gentle demeanor. They are peacenik approved and available in around 90 colors. Just let that sink in for a minute. The regular browns and solids are present along with wild exotics like Shiny Snake Cream or the vibrant Razor Pink Nubuck.

Final Thoughts

Whether you need a hybrid sandal that can take anything you throw its way or something geared for casual attire our list of the best sandals for men should help lighten the load. Regardless of which style you choose, be sure to take care of your feet as even the best sandals can’t counter any of the dreaded calluses or corns.