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A man wearing sandals invites debate between those who believe toes should be free and those who believe feet should remain caged (#nofreefeetpics). If you fall into the former camp, you’ll be excited to check out our top picks for the season.
So how did we narrow down the best of the best sandals for men? We made our selections based on popular categories — sporty, slide, designer, and vacation sandals — then prioritized brands we know excel in each one, based on style, function, and quality, as well as our personal experience, and customer reviews.
From slides by familiar brands like Adidas and Birkenstock to more refined styles from Hereu and Nisolo and gorpcore-friendly Tevas and Merrells, here are 20 pairs of men’s sandals to wear this summer that are approved by our grandpas, dads, boyfriends, and male-identifying friends.
Best Sporty Sandals for Men
For the Gorpcore Lover
If you’re looking for a city-appropriate spin on Tevas, here’s a pair that’s stylish for the streets. They’ll work on a hiking trail for your upstate getaways, too.
If You’re Feeling Nostalgic
The college-dorm-room classic still feels relevant and fresh in 2023.
For the Urban Hiker
Suicoke, founded by an anonymous Japanese creative collective, is known for its functional outdoor footwear.
If You Wear Only Black
Of course you’ll want these under-$60 black-on-black sandals.
If You Like the Sandals-With-Socks Look
Behold another Suicoke standout. Made from a unique combination of patchwork denim and antibacterial EVA foam, these sandals have adjustable webbing straps that will keep your feet secure all day long. Plus they look especially cool when styled with socks.
Best Vacation Sandals for Men
If You’re Dreaming About the Beach
The black Arizona slide sandals are always a safe bet, but they’re available in plenty of other colors.
For the Advanced Sandal Wearer
Some men may shy away from huaraches, but if you’re ready for them, here’s a handsome leather pair to kick around in.
Because Birkenstocks Are a No-Brainer
If you’re spending your summer weekends on a boat, these nautical-inspired rope sandals are the next best thing.
If You Want to Pack One Pair of Sandals for the Whole Trip
Men who exclusively wear slides: May we suggest dipping your toes into the world of strappy sandals with these easy-to-wear leather ones?
The Out-to-Dinner Option
If Flip-flops Are a Forever Thing
Flip-flops are probably the most divisive sandal of them all. These are easy to slip on and off and are perfect for days by the pool.
Best Stylish Slides for Men
If You’re Particular About Good Design
From the suede-and-burgundy-leather strap to the silver-tone hardware and the chunky rubber sole, there’s just so much to appreciate.
If You Love Minimalism
These COS slides are sleek, simple, and beyond versatile. The comfy soles are made partly from Bloom Algae Foam, an innovative and more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional rubber.
The Elevated Basic
Want luxury without the price point? Add these Ted Baker slides to your cart. The British brand is known for launching high-quality pieces that won’t break the bank.
For the Man Who Loves Combat Boots
Switch it up by opting for these slide sandals that are often worn by K-pop idols. Seriously.
Not Their Typical Uggs
Swap the Ugg boots for a more season-appropriate pair, like these suede slides that have an adjustable upper strap to help you find a custom fit.
Best Designer Sandals for Men
For the Fashion-Forward Man
For the Man Who Wants to Splurge
If you think a pair of sandals is worth north of $1,000, then these slides from Bottega Veneta have your name all over them. They aren’t your typical brown-and-black combo, which makes them more appealing despite the price tag.
Or Wants to Splurge Less
If you still want some Bottega slides but would prefer to pay less than half the price, the Outnet has a few options, like this pair of leather slides that are still in stock in most sizes.
If You Want to Experiment With Color
Step a little out of your comfort zone with these cheery blue slides from Marni.