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.

Product Season Recommended For Our Verdict Price
keen whisper sandal
KEEN Women’s Whisper Sandal
All-season Deep forest hiking Best blister free sandals for hiking Check Price

Teva Women's Sanborn Sandal
Summer, spring Easy surfaces Best sandals for hiking and water Check Price

KEEN Women's Rose Sandal
Spring, Summer Rough and smooth terrain Best hiking sandals for women Check Price

Atika Men's Sport Sandals
Summer General use Best hiking sandals for men Check Price

Ecco men's Yucatan Hiking Sandal
Summer and spring Trail walking, climbing Best offroad hiking sandals Check Price

Visionreast Men's Leather Sandals
All-season Rough hiking, rock climbing Best offroad hiking sandals Check Price

Best Hiking Sandals
for women

5. Dream Pairs Women’s Sport Athletic Sandals

Material Rubber, polyester
Weight Unspecified
Product Dimensions Varies by style
Season Spring, Summer
Recommended for Boating, 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

Material Leather, rubber
Weight 13.1 ounces
Product Dimensions Varies by style
Season Spring Summer
Recommended for Blacktop, 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

Material Leather, rubber, and polyester
Weight 1.4 lbs
Product Dimensions 5x5x0.7 inches
Season Spring Summer
Recommended for Rough 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

Material Textile, rubber
Weight 12 ounces
Product Dimensions 5x5x0.7 inches
Season Summer, spring
Recommended for Easy 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

Material Polyester
Weight 12 ounces
Product Dimensions 12x8x4 inches
Season All-season
Recommended for Deep-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

Material Leather, rubber
Weight 1.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 12x4x3.2 inches
Season Spring, summer, or fall
Recommended for Wet 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

Material Rubber, elastic textile
Weight 7 ounces
Product Dimensions 11.8x9.5x4.8 inches
Season All-season
Recommended for Marine 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

Material Leather, textile, rubber
Weight 12 ounces
Product Dimensions 5x5x0.7 inches
Season Summer and spring
Recommended for Trail 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

Material Polyester, rubber
Weight 3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 11x4x3.5 inches
Season Summer
Recommended for General 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

Material Leather, rubber
Weight Not specified
Product Dimensions Not specified
Season All-season
Recommended for Rough 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.


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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