In this article, you’ll find our pick of the best walking sandals for women. Our list includes everything from lightweight sandals to heavy-duty waterproof boots, with options to suit every budget. If it’s hiking boots you’re after, you can check out our dedicated article here.

If you don’t know where to begin, or you have some burning questions you need answering, you’ll find our guide to buying the best walking shoes for you immediately below.

Top 10 best walking sandals in UK 2021

Nowadays, walking sandals combine the technology of hiking shoes with the benefits of an open design, while looking fashionable too. We all know how a bad shoe decision can ruin an entire day, so in this article we’ll explain the key features you should look out for when shopping for your next pair. Then, we’ll share our top picks from brands like Karrimor, FitFlop, and Birkenstock.

  1. KEEN Women’s Arroyo Ii Low Rise Hiking Boots

These hiking sandals closely resemble heavily ventilated shoes. You get the same reliability as a quality hiking boot: namely, excellent grippy soles, and strong construction thoughout. The Arroyo II also comes with a patented rubber toe cap to prevent toe stubs which, as we’re all very aware, can be instantly fatal.

The best sandals in UK 2021
The best sandals in UK 2021

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2. Keen Women’s Whisper Multisport Outdoor Shoes

These hiking sandals for women have been designed keeping style and comfort in mind. They’re available in a wide variety of colours and have a unique design that was recognised as a better fit by some of our testers. These have speed laces, odor control and were extremely comfortable. An easy to maintain, lightweight, machine washable sandal that is perfect for all dry weather and every road.

 

The best sandals in UK 2021
The best sandals in UK 2021

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3. Teva Women’s Original Universal Sports and Outdoor Sandals

These lightweight sandals are suitable for both urban environments and water activities. The straps have velcro adjustments and a “hook and loop” closure for easy removal. However, as they’re not lined, they may cause rubbing on your toes.

Although the contour is fairly flat, these sandals do utilise an EVA footbed for arch support. The traction on the rubber sole is low, so these shoes won’t be any good for wearing on rugged terrain. Still, the minimalist style will look cool on days out and shopping trips.

The best sandals in UK 2021
The best sandals in UK 2021

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4. Fitflop Women’s Tia Toe-Thong Sandals-Leather Heels Open

FitFlop sandals have a microwobbleboard in the sole that helps relieve pressure points. That can be a welcome feature for the walkers who love this brand. You may want to choose their designs that have a heel strap (like this one) so you can get a good walking stride. These are sandals that can be worn all day for walking while traveling, as well as at work.

The best sandals in UK 2021
The best sandals in UK 2021

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5. Sanuk Women’s Yoga Sling 2 Flip Flop

This cozy pair of sandals has a sole that is made from the same material as yoga mats to provide extra cushioning while the fabric straps keep your foot in place without irritation. Reviewers have worn these sandals everywhere from Europe to Costa Rica and have given them over 1,000 five-star reviews. Note that these are not orthotic sandals, so other picks would provide more arch support.

The best sandals in UK 2021
The best sandals in UK 2021

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6. Plaka Women’s Rubber Flat Summer Sandals

Over 8,400 Amazon shoppers have given these strappy sandals by Plaka their seal of approval thanks to the shoes’ durable rubber sole and stylish rope details that stretch to fit your feet. The shoes are also water-resistant, so you never have to worry about getting them wet, and they come with a cute cotton shoe bag, making them super easy to pack. “Bought these to wear on a trip to Sayulita,” said one customer. “The sandals were perfect as I spent plenty of time walking around on the beach, on unpaved and hilly cobblestone roads. At the end of the day, it was easy to rinse off the dust and grime from these sandals. I also love that they’re cute and don’t look like those clunky ugly travel sandals.”

The best sandals in UK 2021
The best sandals in UK 2021

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7. Areda Wedge Sandals

For nice dinners and date nights, these Naturalizer wedge sandals will become your go-to. The added height gives your feet a little extra touch of sexiness, the front strap has a beautifully crafted fabric design, and the strap is all business, hugging your ankles for added stability. With a 2.75-inch cork wedge, these fit within the podiatrist-recommended height, unlike most wedge sandals. Dr. Andersen says as long as the differential height from the front to the back of the wedge is two inches, you should feel comfortable enough to stand and walk around.

The best sandals in UK 2021
The best sandals in UK 2021

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8. Karrimor Womens Antibes Sandals Hook and Loop

These funky looking sandals have a black design with subtle hints of pink for a stylish twist.

They are comfortable to wear thanks to the cushioned footbed and the padded straps on the actual sandal. All of the inner paddings prevents rubbing and helps fight against blisters.

It uses hook and loop fastenings that are easy to access and quick to do up. The sole is thick and made from gum rubber to protect against slips in potential drizzly weather conditions.

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The best sandals in UK 2021

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9. Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-flor Nubuck

With a special moulded footbed to ensure maximum comfort and available in lots of colours, Birkenstock Gizehs are just as good for an evening meal as they are for traipsing around town.

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The best sandals in UK 2021

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10. Teva Women’s Original Universal Sandal

Also coming in a women’s equivalent, Teva once again come onto our list of the top travel sandals out there because, well, they’re damn cool.

Our favorite sandals for urban travel, the Original Universal sandals come in a range of patterns with funky names like “cayambe navy multi” and “double diamond deep lake”.

But we’re all about the women’s equivalents. They are suitably fashionable and actually come in a wider range of patterns than the men’s, with colorful cacti print or sun and moons adorning the straps, which means you can really customize your look.

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The best sandals in UK 2021

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How to Choose a Pair of Sandals?

Choosing a good pair of footwear is not always an easy task, especially when there are so many available for you to purchase both in the shops and online.

It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to the decision-making process, but the first thing you should ask yourself is how much protection you will need on your next trek.

The reason for this is that some walking sandals come with covered toes and altered uppers that keep toes protected from being stubbed against tree stumps or rocks.

If you think your trek will take you places that your toes might not want to be exposed, then a covered top is probably the right choice for you.

How do I get the right fit?

When trying on walking shoes, check that they don’t feel tight anywhere around your heels and that you have plenty of room to wiggle your toes. Don’t pick anything that feels like it fits on the snug side, as your feet will tend to expand on long hot walks.

Try lacing the shoes up tight and checking they feel like they’ll stay in place without any tightness or rubbing around your ankles. Take along the kind of socks you usually wear to walk in, and try on as many pairs as possible to see what styles fit you best – if you have wide feet or suffer from bunions, look out for shoes designed specifically for you.

The bets sandals in UK 2021
The best sandals in UK 2021

Conclusion

There has never been a better time to choose a new travel sandal. All sorts of different, innovative materials and design details make the sandal market one that’s pretty solid at the moment – and definitely one that is brimming with potential.

There are so many amazing choices out there, from the eco-friendly to the ultra-durable and super comfortable, that it was pretty tricky to choose all of our favorites!

Whether you need a travel sandal for hiking that will feel like a comfy and sturdy extension of your own foot, or if you are looking for something that is more tailored to a vacation rather than an adventure in the wilderness, you’re bound to find something on our list that will suit you.

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