–SLH West Coast Fashion Editor :
Whether you’re hitting the sand or just going poolside, the right pair of sandal can make the difference between blisters and bliss. This is our list of the most popular cool and comfortable sandals our readers have been raving about. These 10 came in tops for having the ability to go the distance at the beach but still be fashionable if you find yourself going straight from sunny time to party time.
#10 – Ipanema Starck Thing U – Ipanema makes some amazing flip flops but when they “paired up” with world renowned architect and designer Philippe Starck, they created something truly amazing. A modern example of elegant minimalist design that is completely waterproof and made of 30% recycled material. We love the sleek white but it also comes in black as well.
#9 Armani Laminated Rubber Sandal – For the days when it’s ‘be bold or go home’. Rubber cushioned for comfort, you’d never guess these beauties were built to survive water contact. This pair is the priciest on our list, but not for lack of head-turning style.
#8 – Havaianas Luna Special sandal – Havaianas brand is pretty much synonymous with flip-flops, but what puts their Luna Special on the list? First the combination of closed sling-back metallic straps that give a secure fit. Second the Swarovski glitter embellishment, that gives it that touch of luxe. It comes in seven colors which gives this fellow additional versatility.
#7 – Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly sandal – So often with jellies, they tend to look a bit junior. Not so with the Georgica. We love the surprisingly sophisticated combination of woven texture and metal add-ons. Still completely waterproof, these come in over 10 colors and combinations that will have you doing a double take on these little wonders.
#6 – Sanuk Women’s Yoga Sling 2 Flip-flop – As the name implies, this shoe was originally developed for women who enjoy yoga (in fact the sole of these sandals are made from real yoga mat!). The soft 2-way stretch fabric wrap comes in over 40 colors/prints to choose from, so finding one to fit your beach-to-party ensemble should be a breeze.
#5 – Freewaters Carolina Sandal – Freewaters is another really great go-to brand that we love here at SLH. The Carolina hits just about everything on the checklist – water friendly, arch support comfort, not to mention each pair sold supports clean drinking projects in Kenya, Haiti and the Philippines. Four color options.
#4 – Fitflop Super Jelly Sandal – Flats & flip-flops tend to get a bad rap for lacking arch support. Enter Fitflop with its MICROWOBBLEBOARD™ midsole that provides shock adsorption and instant underfoot pressure diffusion. We’re loving the Bronze (pictured above) but it also comes in Black and Nude. Oh and being Jellies they are waterproof of course, plus they are perfect for the gal that likes a little heel.
#3 – Crocs Women’s Really Sexi Sandal – Super lightweight, with a great footbed, these sandals have consistently averaged a 4.5 star rating on Amazon for a reason. Completely waterproof with zero dry time these can go from outdoor to indoor in no time flat.
#2 – Teva Women Alp – The Alp is a re-release of their famed 1990’s sandal. Completely waterproof and fast drying it has an EVA footbed to support your arch and the anklet strap makes this retro gladiator style sandal right on target with today.
#1 – Salt-Water Original Sandal – Okay, so you know you’ve hit the jackpot with this name. Walter Hoy first started making the Original in 1944 from scrap WWII boot leather. Comfortable, durable, extremely water friendly (in case the name didn’t give it away) and the buckles are even guaranteed rust proof! Added bonus? The molded rubber is non-slip, which makes them perfect for poolside. 16 colors to choose from, including our personal fav – Rose gold (pictured above). All these features and the classic, clean look, make this fellow our number one pick, hands down.