Summer is sandal season. Luckily, there are many options today for sandals and flip flops that offer proper anatomical construction, superior shock absorption, and the orthopedic heel and arch support that many people need and want in their footwear.
Most noticeably, ergonomic sandals are able to properly distribute your body weight while cushioning and supporting all the joints, muscles, and ligaments in your legs and feet; combined, this energizes your feet and relieves any stress that your legs and lower back may experience.
Healthy and supportive sandals are ideal for active lifestyles that involve a lot of walking and standing. Additional features such as adjustable straps offer a fully customizable fit, while spacious ergonomic footbeds allow your feet and toes to function as they should.
Scroll down to see 12 of our favourite ergonomic sandals for men and women.
Featured Ergonomic Sandals for Women:
1. Birkenstock Women's Gizeh Sandal in Toffee
This chic and versatile thong sandal is one of the most popular women’s styles from Birkenstock. A fully adjustable strap offers a great fit, while the raised toe bar encourages a natural gripping motion and aids in circulation. The original Birkenstock cork footbed is contoured to support arches, and ensure even weight distribution and improved posture. A soft suede liner keeps feet comfortable and dry while the footbed molds and shapes to your foot. Finally, the EVA sole is flexible, lightweight, durable and shock absorbing.
2. FitFlop Women's Pietra Sandal in Bronze
This ergonomically engineered and incredibly cush jeweled flip-flop contains FitFlop’s pressure-diffusing Microwobbleboard™ midsoles inside. Beware, this popular brand is addictive!
3. Dansko Women's Dana Sandal in Cognac
Although Dansko is renowned for their clogs, they also carry a variety of sandals and flats. Featuring burnished full grain leathers and their signature contoured footbed, the Dana is a versatile style that offers comfort, support, durability, fit and performance.
4. Naot Women's Malibu Sandal in Black Gloss
While the decorative gems may catch your eye, it’s the adjustable instep strap and built-in arch support that will make you want to wear the Naot Malibu Sandal day and night. The suede-covered footbed distributes weight evenly, ensuring all-day comfort, while the suede lining absorbs moisture to keep feet healthy and dry. A polyurethane outsole provides long-lasting wear and non-skid traction.
5. Vionic by Orthaheel Tide Sequin Sandal in Black
Designed to prevent over-pronation, Orthaheel’s renowned footwear technology now comes with an adorable sequinned upper. With one of the most innovative footbed designs available, you can feel confident that the footbed’s contoured arch support and deep heel cup will improve your everyday comfort and stability by correctly aligning your lower legs and also improving your posture. These sandals are APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) approved, and have been clinically shown to help relieve common causes of plantar fasciitis, heel pain and knee pain related to over pronation and flat feet.
6. Ahnu Women's Serena Sandal in Black
This cute slip-on thong from Ahnu provides everyday comfort through a soft Aegis antimicrobial lining and a lightweight sole that conforms to the curves of your foot. Ahnu is well known for including an internal polyurethane midsole with a U-shaped heel stabilizer to keep your heel centered and your body balanced while providing incredible comfort.
Featured Ergonomic Sandals for Men:
1. Birkenstock Arizona Birko-Flor Sandal (Unisex) in Dark Brown
Similar to the Birkenstock Gizeh, this classic two-strap sandal is fully adjustable and softly lined. The original Birkenstock cork footbed is contoured to support arches and evenly distribute weight. The footbed also molds and shapes to your foot for maximum support.
2. Bionatura Men's Furio Sandal in T.Moro
Made with only natural and high quality materials, your feet will notice the quality and improved support provided by the Bionatura Men’s Furio Sandal. Adjustable straps provide a personalized fit for added comfort, while the lightweight cork footbed will never weigh you down.
3. Naot Men's Climb Sandal in Bison Nubuk
The sporty Naot Climb Men's Sandal is designed with two adjustable straps and a soft technical lining that absorbs moisture. Wrapped in suede, the footbed is made with a combination of cork and latex that molds to your foot. This sandal is ideal for a weekend spent outdoors.
4. Vionic by Orthaheel Men's Adam Sandal in Chocolate
Lined with padded jersey, the Adam sandal from Vionic by Orthaheel features a supportive contoured EVA midsole and full rubber outsole with flex grooves for traction. The podiatrist-designed, biomechanical orthotic footbed with a deep heel cup helps support and realign the feet back to their natural position. Meanwhile, the lightweight, flexible EVA midsole absorbs shock to reduce pressure on the feet, ankles and knees. Similar to the Tide Women’s Sandal, these sandals are APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) approved, and have shown to help relieve common issues related to over pronation and flat feet.
5. Propet Men's Breaker Sandal in Dark Brown/Rust
Propet's footwear is biomechanically engineered to cup the heel bone and maintain it in the correct alignment relative to the leg and ground. The Breaker is an easy-going, leather sandal that boasts a contoured footbed for endless comfort and a treaded sole for excellent grip on any surface. Supple leather uppers with neoprene lining provide extra durability.
6. Dunham Men's Nolan Sandal in Tan
With 3-way adjustable straps, the neoprene-lined Nolan Sandal is easy to slip on and off. Although, the shock-absorbing footbeds are so comfortable, you'll probably want to leave them on! With rubber outsole pads for added traction and full-grain leather for style, you'll be ready for whatever the day brings.
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