When it’s just too hot even for lightweight travel shoes, sandals are your answer. They’re great for travel since they’re lightweight and nearly flat. But good summer sandals for travel need arch support and durable materials, too. That’s where these nine lightweight sandals rise to the occasion. They’re perfect for packing in your carry-on bag or personal item for any warm-weather trip.
Bernardo Lilly Sandals
For a minimalist style that will go with anything in your travel wardrobe (and is a breeze to pack), look no further than Bernardo 1946’s Lilly sandals. These simply stylish sandals have a t-strap design and adjustable ankle strap that will keep the shoes on securely. Made from soft leather with a cushioned footbed, these sandals will be comfortable for everything from a short walk on a beach to a day wandering around town.
Available in classic colors including black, white, rose gold, and beige, these sandals are a summer wardrobe staple.
Wearing Oka-B sandals will make you feel good, not only because they’re so comfortable, but also because of the company’s ethos. Its shoes are made in the United States using recycled material, and all of the shoes can be recycled once you’re done with them.
Never lose your perfect pair of summer sandals to the ocean again—OluKai’s Ohana sandals (available for men and women) float. These summer sandals are also made from vegan, water-resistant, quick-drying, lightweight, and durable materials. The sole is non-marking (great for boats) and has a unique reef design that adds grip even on wet surfaces. The compression-molded footbed contours to your foot and adds awesome arch support.
Malvados Alanis Copper
Add a little style to your summer sandals with the Malvados Alanis Copper. Made from rubber, EVA, and vegan PU, these sandals are ultra-light and thin, so they’re easy to pack. They have an elastic band at the ankle for a snug fit and the copper sheen elevates these from your typical beach shoe, so you can wear them out for a night on the town.
Teva Azure Flip
Teva sandals are a staple for many travelers, thanks to their durability and comfort. For casual vacations, Teva’s Azure Flip (available for men and women) sandals are easy to slip-on and off. And they’re made for wearing at the beach or pool—the polyester webbed strap is quick-drying, and the rubber outsole won’t be damaged by water.
ECCO Flash T-Strap Gladiator Sandal
The ECCO Flash T-Strap Gladiator Sandals are the perfect intersection between function and fashion. The 100% leather upper, rubber sole, and adjustable ankle strap keep them a comfortable and durable choice for taking in the sights while the small, 1-inch heel and shimmery metallic grey finish make them easy to dress up.
Crocs Swiftwater Sandals Slide
Crocs shoes are famed for their comfort, even if you’re on your feet all day. The company’s Swiftwater Sandals Slides are a more stylish, summery option than the standard clogs, but they still offer plenty of support, padding, and are made from an easy-to-clean material.
Birkenstocks Daloa Sandals
Birkenstocks have been a classic sandal choice for travelers for many years (due to their ultra-comfortable footbed that molds to your feet), but their slip-on design isn’t the best if you plan on walking a lot. Instead, pick the Daloa Sandal, which has the same great footbed but also an ankle strap to keep the sandal secure on your foot.
Xero Shoes Barefoot-Inspired Z-Trek
If you’re looking for the absolute lightest and most travel-friendly sandals on the market, Xero Shoes’ Barefoot-Inspired Z-Trek is what you need. These unisex sandals claim to be up to 70 percent lighter than other sport sandals, weighing approximately 5.5 ounces. They’re just 5.5 mm thick, and can be rolled up for even easier packing.
Caroline Morse is on an endless quest to find the best summer sandals for travel. Follow her on Instagram @TravelwithCaroline and Twitter @CarolineMorse1 to see her fashionable adventures around the world.
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