This article is part spring fashion monthwhere we break down your hottest pieces for the next few months. From denim jackets to comfy sandals, we’re asking editors, influencers and experts about what they’re wearing for spring and beyond.
It’s that time of year when your favorite sandals look worn out and you’re ready for a new everyday pair. But let’s face it, the shoe department can seem like a test of reasoning and decision making. You are juggling not only price and size, but also the dilemma between style and comfort. Looking for a trendy pair that will stay in your closet forever? Or a comfortable pair you won’t see out of the house?
When choosing sandals, you want them to be comfortable and fashionable. After all, no one wants to worry about foot pain, chafing, or calluses. That’s why we consulted fashion experts and orthopedists to find the best sandals for lovers of comfort and style.
Who doesn’t love this classic double strap design? Dr. Elizabeth Daughtry, who specializes in orthopedic medicine, loves the adjustable straps, the soft suede insole, and especially the outsole of these sandals. “The EVA midsole provides support and has an anatomical cork and latex footbed,” she says. “This allows the arch of the foot to be supported and adapted to the individual structure of the foot. EVA is a stretchy material that is considered one of the best cushioning materials on the market today.” brand makes style for men too much.
Take all the great things about Santa Barbara but make it vegan! Whether you follow a vegan lifestyle or not, these flip flops are stylish, comfortable and supportive. Daughtry recommends them for travel because they are light and easy to pack.
According to Solomon, “Birkenstocks are still one of the best options due to several features. Deep heel cup and arch support stabilize the heel, prevent overpronation and distribute weight over a larger surface area. The metatarsal pad helps relieve forefoot pain or metatarsalgia by shifting weight on the foot farther back.”
Oh, how we loved the return of Kroc! Jane Francis, a multidisciplinary designer with 35 years of experience in the fashion industry, also vouches for them. “The combination of high and low is always a winning formula in fashion,” she says. “I love how owners of all ages and genders can personalize their Crocs.”
These Oofos sandals are stuck for good reason: For those with heel pain (and those who don’t), a foam cushion provides support and reduces shock. In addition, the Underscore editor’s favorite Ooriginal thong style features a non-slip insole, making it suitable for wet conditions. Rain or shine, you don’t have to worry about slipping.
Have you heard the term “gorpcorp”? This is a trend that focuses on utility and functionality. For fashion, leather and textile expert Jacob Hooker, who holds an MFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology, chaco is the way to go. “I lean more towards gorpcorp brands because of their respect for the human body,” he says. “Their design ethos is focused on ergonomics and consistent use.”
How can something so trendy be comfortable? These sandals, part wedge, part espadrille, will add zest to any look. Obregon describes them as elegant enough for any occasion, but you can still go for miles.
It’s considered a hiking shoe, but it’s just as stylish off the trail. Hooker loves the one-piece style of these durable slip-ons. For an environmentally conscious choice, there is a vegan version called Hydro Moc with Bloom.
For fashion designer Alla Aizenberg, she loves the Sorel Kinetic Wedge Sandals for their clean look, affordable price and high quality. “I wore them during my recent holiday in Italy and the south of France,” she says. “I walked a lot and they carried the medieval cobbled streets with grace.” Neon accent colors and chunky platform styling make a great team.
You can’t go wrong with this Nike staple. “The Jordan brand balances fashion with function and is loved by athletes and consumers alike,” said Angela Finochio, assistant at the Fashion Institute of Technology. You’ll want to wear these lightweight athletic sandals everywhere – if you haven’t already. “The rise of sportswear has increased the popularity of the flip-flop silhouette, a casual style now found in many high fashion collections,” she says.