Great Sandals for Travel and Walking

As summer approaches (even though our recent temps have been more like winter!),we continue to shed the layers of the last several months, storing the parkas, heavy sweaters, and of course we can’t forget about our cold weather shoes and boots.  I’m such a warm weather girl and love to be barefoot as often as possible. However, when shoes are required, I want to wear a sandal that feels as if I’m not wearing anything at all.

I love pretty shoes and have always admired Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City) as she gracefully leaps over puddles on the streets of New York City in her Manolo Blahnik stilettos. She made it look so effortless, so easy. As for me, I’m more like Monica from Friends, who had to be carried piggyback by Chandler because her very fashionable boots were killing her feet. Honestly, I don’t know how women do it. My spirit is always willing, but my feet just can’t handle the torture of being enclosed in very beautiful, yet very impractical footwear. I always have plenty of Band-Aids in my purse for the inevitable blisters that always appear after a few hours.

We recently spent several days in a warm climate, and I knew there would be a lot of walking involved so before we left, I decided to do a little research on the best walking/traveling sandal.  This can be a little tricky because let’s face it, there isn’t one perfect sandal for every body. We come in all shapes and sizes, and this includes our feet, and for me, it goes beyond function and comfort. It has to be stylish too.

So here are a few options that got high marks.

Naot Sabrina:

These sandals got a very good customer review, and shortly before my trip, I ordered them from Nordstrom. I have another pair of Naot sandals that I love, so I knew the brand would work with my high arch and narrow foot. It did not disappoint, and in fact, I love them. I didn’t have a chance to break them in before my trip which made me a little apprehensive. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought “comfortable shoes,” only to end up with painful blisters. I put these on and ended up walking several miles the first time wearing them, and my feet felt wonderful. They’re cute and look great with just about anything. I bought the black and brown, however they also come in other color combinations. Again, I LOVED these!!

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Naot Dorith:

Here is another sandal by Naot, which I want to share with you because they are also oh so comfy if you’re going to be on your feet a long time. I have them in silver, but they also are available in other color combinations and look great with skirts, shorts, and those cute little ankle pants.

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Teva Flip Flops:

If you’re looking for a flip flop with a little extra support, Teva has a nice selection. I’ve been wearing them for years. They are perfect for the beach or running errands. I bought them in a wedge which is nice if you’re a little vertically challenged.

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Birkenstock Arizona:

It has been many years since I’ve owned a pair of Birkenstocks. I have to be honest with you, I just don’t think they’re very cute. The pair I had were comfortable, but I didn’t wear them very often because I always felt like I had shoe boxes on my feet. Recently, the brand has enjoyed a surge in popularity, and I have to admit, I’ve been tempted. I’ve seen many Pinterest boards showing them with dresses, pants, shorts, and leggings and I have to say, they always look great. I don’t know, maybe I’m paying more attention to the outfit rather then the shoes, but truthfully,  I’m thinking about giving them a second chance.

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Yoga Sandals:

June and I have been taking a pilates class together, and our instructor always has these on and raves about them. I’ve known about them for years, but just didn’t think having all my toes separated would be very comfortable. Yoga sandals are known to provide proper heel support, and the gentle spreading of the toes provides alignment, stability, and balance.  I found these on Amazon. I may try them out this summer, and I think they would be a great flip flop for pedicures also.

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So there you have it. My comfy walking sandal recommendations. I know there is cheaper footwear out there, believe me, I’ve tried them all. However, for me it is worth the money to take care of my feet. Let’s face it, our feet do a lot carrying us around all day and they deserve to be cared for properly. Now, with that said, I do still own some very pretty, very impractical footwear. I can’t help it, I love pretty shoes. I just save them for those occasions when I know I won’t be on my feet for long periods of time. Coming soon, I’ll share some of my comfort summer wedges and heels.

Enjoy your week. ~May

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