Best Hiking Sandals for Men and Women 2019
August 13, 2019

When it’s time to hit the outdoors, most of us are looking for a feeling of freedom. In this regard, going barefoot would seem like the best option. For reasons of both safety and convenience, most of us are not ready to go all the way with that concept. That’s why hiking sandals are such a great choice for outdoor activities. As such, here are our top ten picks for the best hiking sandals.

The products below have been sorted from good to best according to criteria such as material, endurance, comfort, and price. Also, bear in mind that we have included an equal number of men’s hiking sandals and women’s hiking sandals in the interest of fairness.

ProductSeasonRecommended ForOur VerdictPrice
keen whisper sandal
KEEN Women’s Whisper Sandal
All-seasonDeep forest hikingBest blister free sandals for hikingCheck Price

Teva Women's Sanborn Sandal
Summer, springEasy surfacesBest sandals for hiking and waterCheck Price

KEEN Women's Rose Sandal
Spring, SummerRough and smooth terrainBest hiking sandals for womenCheck Price

Atika Men's Sport Sandals
SummerGeneral useBest hiking sandals for menCheck Price

Ecco men's Yucatan Hiking Sandal
Summer and springTrail walking, climbingBest offroad hiking sandalsCheck Price

Visionreast Men's Leather Sandals
All-seasonRough hiking, rock climbingBest offroad hiking sandalsCheck Price

Best Hiking Sandals
for women

5. Dream Pairs Women’s Sport Athletic Sandals

MaterialRubber, polyester
WeightUnspecified
Product DimensionsVaries by style
SeasonSpring, Summer
Recommended forBoating, fishing

These sandals offer a nice combination of cushioning, water resistance, and flexibility. While maintaining a simple and elegant look, they give your feet a very soft cushion for those long walks.

The tread isn’t great on these sandals, but they have thick bottoms that should hold up well. We particularly like the way that these sandals fasten in place. The thin fold-over tabs are just enough to do the job.

4. Merrell Women’s Sandspur Rose Sandal

MaterialLeather, rubber
Weight13.1 ounces
Product DimensionsVaries by style
SeasonSpring Summer
Recommended forBlacktop, sand

These are a very lightweight and minimalistic pair of sandals. They are an ideal choice for those who want to feel as if they are wearing nothing. The straps are fairly thin, but the sole is almost identical to that of a hiking boot.

Many customers have praised these sandals for their exceptional arch support. Those with ankle problems might do well to give this one a try. With an elegant appearance and a deep tread, they might be the best walking sandals for women when compared to the others on our list.

3. KEEN Women’s Rose Sandal

MaterialLeather, rubber, and polyester
Weight1.4 lbs
Product Dimensions5x5x0.7 inches
SeasonSpring Summer
Recommended forRough and smooth terrain

These nice-looking sandals offer a composite design that attempts to gain the best of both worlds. The combination of leather and rubber make for an exceptionally durable sandal. However, you will pay the price for this extra toughness, and that price is a heavier weight.

This one wouldn’t be ideal for long-distance runners or other speed-based athletes. However, it might be an excellent pair of sandals for that next run through the woods. Another bonus: these sandals are machine-washable in spite of their thickness.

2. Teva Women’s Sanborn Sandal

MaterialTextile, rubber
Weight12 ounces
Product Dimensions5x5x0.7 inches
SeasonSummer, spring
Recommended forEasy surfaces

The best thing about these sandals is the deep arch that they provide. Support and springiness are noticeably improved when wearing the Sanborn sandals, and there are plenty of straps to hold everything in place.

However, the front straps cannot be adjusted. This is a slight problem because it reduces the support factor. However, the underside of this sandal is uniquely suited for wet surfaces. These might be the best walking sandals for general use.

1. KEEN Women’s Whisper Sandal

MaterialPolyester
Weight12 ounces
Product Dimensions12x8x4 inches
SeasonAll-season
Recommended forDeep-forest hiking, caving

These sandals are not open-toed, but they still preserve the ventilation factor with large opening slits on every side. These are great sandals for caving excursions, during which you are likely to run into wet conditions.

At the same time, the enclosed toe and the strange (but effective) tread on the bottom make this one of the more durable pairs of sandals on our list. The Whisper sandals also do a great job of providing durability without excess weight.

Best Hiking Sandals
for men

5. Kunsto Men’s Synthetic Leather Open-Toe Sandal

MaterialLeather, rubber
Weight1.8 pounds
Product Dimensions12x4x3.2 inches
SeasonSpring, summer, or fall
Recommended forWet surfaces, off-trail hiking

This one is made almost entirely from synthetic leather, which means that you get similar durability without the water-sensitive properties of leather. At almost two pounds, these sandals are a little on the heavier side. However, they are some of the best sandals for backpacking.

The treads of the Kunsto sandals are free of smooth surfaces, though you have to look closely to see this fact. This can help a lot when you are boating or fishing, and you need something that will resist slipping.

4. Crocs Men’s Swiftwater Mesh Sandal

MaterialRubber, elastic textile
Weight7 ounces
Product Dimensions11.8x9.5x4.8 inches
SeasonAll-season
Recommended forMarine outings, rainy days

This one is an excellent take on the classic “water shoe.” Everything about the Swiftwater is meant to deal with wet conditions. At only 7 ounces, this pair will not be cumbersome on a long hike.

The grip on the bottom even looks somewhat like crocodile skin. The only real complaint with these sandals is the fact that they are so enclosed. You might as well be wearing a shoe.

3. Ecco men’s Yucatan Hiking Sandal

MaterialLeather, textile, rubber
Weight12 ounces
Product Dimensions5x5x0.7 inches
SeasonSummer and spring
Recommended forTrail walking, climbing

These things provide a great mix of durability and freedom. The look of these sandals reminds us of a high-performance racing tire. With three points of adjustment, it is easy to get the perfect fit for any foot.

Some people prefer a close-toed sandal, but this is one of the best open-toed versions that we have seen. Most of the exterior is made from yak leather, which is noted for its flexibility and longevity.

2. Atika Men’s Sport Sandals

MaterialPolyester, rubber
Weight3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions11x4x3.5 inches
SeasonSummer
Recommended forGeneral use

If you are looking for a simple and traditional choice, these might be the best hiking sandals for you. Rather than attempt to reinvent the sandal. Atika just took the standard sandal and made it beefier and more durable than it would normally be.

With a great arch and thick straps, this one definitely gets points for durability. Also, the complete use of synthetics will make this a great choice for those who expect to deal with wet conditions. The only failing of this sandal is the fact that it’s tread is not the best.

1. Visionreast Men’s Leather Sandals

MaterialLeather, rubber
WeightNot specified
Product DimensionsNot specified
SeasonAll-season
Recommended forRough hiking, rock climbing

If you want some sandals that match your work boots, these might be just the right pair for you. They have a hard and enclosed toe for increased safety and are made from stylish and durable cowhide leather.

While not as breathable as some others, and probably a little bit heavier, these sandals get major points in the longevity department. With a little oiling, these sandals should serve you well for years to come.

What You Should Know When Shopping
For Hiking Sandals

The entire point of wearing a sandal is lightness and ventilation. At the same time, you have to strike a balance between comfort and safety. Your needs will mostly depend on your activities.

If you are the kind of person who likes to stay on well-worn trails so that you can get a good “speedrun,” you will want something that offers optimal traction on the bottom and maximum ventilation on top.

If you are going to be walking on rougher ground, you want something that’s a little heavier and more durable. Also, a deep tread will be even more important for the adventurous hiker.

Common Questions
And Answers

Here are two of the most common questions that we receive on this subject.

Which Material Does The Best Job Of Resisting Water?

Rubber and other synthetics do the best job of resisting water. However, these materials are less resistant to scuffing, breakage, and other forms of damage.

What Do I Do When The Velcro Wears Out?

All velcro will eventually become worn out. If the sandal is otherwise in good shape, it isn’t that hard to replace the velcro. Buy an inexpensive seam ripper and carefully remove the old velcro patches. Cut a new piece to match the old one, and use a medium-large needle to attach a new patch of velcro.

Conclusion

While we cannot recommend the best hiking sandals for all people, we hope that we have given you a good idea of what your options are. As we said earlier, your needs are determined by your activities. Remember, some of these sandals are kind of expensive. Thus, it is especially important to choose wisely. If you have any insights or experiences to add, please feel free to comment below and join the discussion.

Lidia Bertesteanu

Main Editor

About the Author

"When I’m on a trail, it gets quiet, it gets peaceful, I feel like I can breathe again and enjoy nature’s untouched beauty."

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