The 17 Best Men’s Sandals 2022
Spring is heating up one of our favorite age-old footwear debates: can men wear sandals without looking like yuppie daffodils? Or a Crispy Phishhead? (Actually, here for that one.) Crowds of sandal haters will tell you they just look mehor that they themselves “would never wear flip flops on the subway,” citing how exposed your toes are to the world’s stray trash, AC drips, and reckless rush. Fair. But, is living in fear a way to lean into your best, most unbridled spring self? Surely not.
Winter has caged your feet for way too long, folks. Also, have you seen all the men’s sandals? We’re not talking about those Old Navy ones that smell like condoms. We’re talking about the best men’s sandals that run the gamut from classic and normcore shoes (just begging to be paired with socks), legacy brands like Nike, Teva, and Birkenstock, the latest of which just paired with Manolo Blahnik on a pair adorned with their signature buckled sandals, to the most edgy offerings from designers such as Rick Owens and Alexander McQueen. As with Crocs, today’s men’s sandals have recognized and harnessed the power to transcend their cringe factor of yesteryear and have become high fashion style staples for streetwear enthusiasts, gorpcore bros and all. those who just want to let their feet breathe, damn it.
We’ve spent hours reviewing the best pairs online and are proud to report that men’s flip flops and sandals have never been more possible for all types of aesthetes. Go Old Testament with a pair of ropes or tie your feet up with neutral strappy Chacos. Wear your Nike flip flops with cargos and slip into your Doc Marten sandals like the savvy old punk you were born to become. We’re not saying your life will automatically be better once you start wearing these sandals, but we’re tossing them into your wardrobe like a radicchio salad served poolside, with an extra-boozy herbal cocktail.
Read the classics
Teva, Birkenstock and Chaco. These are the shoe brands that make up our trifecta of classic and foundational sandals this season, as they can all be worn up or down to normcore heaven. They can go to the Bass Pro Shop complete with cargo shorts, or be the focal point of a casual Catalina Island wedding outfit. Pair them with statement socks, wear them on a hike, or put them on a pedestal in your bedroom. Just know that these are three brands we will always love for their quality construction, and the “What if we added one more Velcro tape?” attitude they bring to the design room.
$75 at Nordström
$134.95 at Nordström
$95 at Urban outfitters
Flip flops are chic
Gone are the days of sweaty, squeaky rubber flip flops that smother your sunburned toes for hours on end. No more. You’re a sexy adult now, man – that means you deserve the kind of leather or Armani sandals that Javier Bardem would wear with a linen shirt on a lazy Sunday, between checking the mail and making more espresso. This leather sandal from Vince Shoes features a thick leather strap that could probably bridle a horse, and we’re stan.
$195 at Verishop
Our boy Giorgio, on the other hand, gave us the kind of logo sandals we’d wear to an alternative beach wedding with a baby blue linen suit.
$345 at Bergdorf Goodman
Forever Reef Sandals
A 2000s classic. These Reef flip flops have over 1,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4.7 star rating, with users praising their durability, versatility and comfort. “They are the only ones [I’ve] got that provide arch support,” one reviewer wrote of the sandals. “The material is soft and squishy and feels great.” You see, like with their 2000 cousin the UGG boots, the Reef sandals continue to deliver endless vibes that were designed for the beach but thrive almost anywhere, so much so that my California dad, who watched Miki Dora surf Rincon and remembers when skateboards “were just two-by-fours with wheels”, also calls them her “house shoes” because they’re so damn comfortable, even buttery. You’ll find yourself slipping into it to do just about anything, even if it’s just rolling a joint.
Sandals can have great arch support
Our unwavering love for Reef also leads us to debunk a biiiiig sandal myth: these babies don’t have proper arch support. We won’t tolerate any such sandal slander, especially when there are brands like Hoka, Nike and Fila that make wavy sandals with chunky soles, extra support and would look great with cargo and parachute pants. , or any other shorts you wear. race down the mountain or head to the bodega.
$50 at Nordström
$55 at Nike
$27.37 at Amazon
Punks deserve sandals too
Are you an aging punk who finally wants nice things? (Same.) Doc Marten hears you and created a sandal with the brand’s unmistakable yellow stitching that would go well with some of our favorite skirts for men and non-binary folks.
These fluffy, moody Alexander McQueen sandals are also sick and 40% off the original price.
$490$294 at Nordström
Have you tried color blocking?
Let’s add color to these lemon pepper steppers by color blocking, which is when you create an outfit with two or more pops of color that would make you the most popular person on sesame street. Teva and Camper are two clutch brands in this department, both offering sandal designs in bold primary colors that make our feet feel like gaming consoles.
$75 at Nordström
$85 at Camper
The beige Canyon sandal from Nike is a more subtle take on color blocking, as its pops of color and contrast are courtesy of the red and blue strap and speckled sole.
$75$57.97 at Nike
You mostly walk on water
If you fancy rope sandals, you’re sexy. Also, your name could be Sequoia and we almost certainly shared a veggie hot dog after that Grateful Shred gig. (Do you still have our lighter, BTW?)
$55$48 at Amazon
Make your sandals your wallet
Bags? Hand bags ? Pffff. We’ll keep our loose change/condoms/mushroom caps in our sandal pockets, TYVM, so we can jingle around Brooklyn like medieval jesters on the subway. Nike’s Jordan Slides have a detachable “storage pouch” that’s so poofy that we’re tempted to use it as a parachute.
$80 at Nike
Adidas x Rick Owens, the laird of ready-to-wear deconstructivism, has also blessed us with cargo sandals that deserve their own zip code. The sigh.
Adidas × Rick Owens
$850$501 at Grailed
To see? A little toe cleavage can go a long way.
Rec Room staff independently curated all items featured in this story.