The best summer sandals for men to take on your next vacation

At the beginning of summer, I failed in my quest for the perfect men’s sandal. Some handsome Dries Van Noten numbers heavily discounted in an SSense sale (a very large pair remain available, at the time of writing) did not fit and had to return to Canada. A pair of leather platforms, from a brand that won’t be named, arrived less appealing to the eye than they looked online. Rather than send them back, I languish in my failure until the return window latch is securely closed. I haven’t worn them outside my apartment yet. But you don’t have to suffer defeat like me – through my mistakes, I’ve learned what to look for in a sandal.

The shoe, after all, is delicate: more than any other, it exposes the foot. It exposes the toes and presents them to the world. Socks are discouraged, but optional. Although often lumped together in a disorganized category on shopping sites, the sandal extends a sprawling umbrella over a vast population of styles; some are versatile, while others are better suited to a particular type of travel. When shopping, think about its use: will it be left on the beach, or will it accompany you in the water? Going for an easy walk or a mile-long hike? Is dinner a quick pick up at the local grocery store or a lush feast on the docks on a blustery evening in late August? Do you even leave the house? For all these occasions, many options await you.

Below, find some of the best summer sandals for men, from slides to dresses, Birkenstocks to Dior, most with open toes and all with excess comfort.

Casual sandals

Fisherman sandals reign in both this category and the next, a testament to the twins behind The Row and their taste for refined utility. If the Olsens and their wares fall outside your price range, however, options abound from Mephisto and Kurt Geiger. These sturdy shoes both protect feet and allow them to breathe, and are equally suited to summer office days as well as sidewalk strolls and casual dinners. If you find the style too objectionable, Birkenstocks continue their reign as the most casual sandals ever. Dress the classic fit lightly in black suede, or go all out with the label’s Dior collab – gray felted wool and calf leather galore.

The Row Brown Fisherman Sandals

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Mephisto Sam leather sandals

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Kurt Geiger London Oliver Fisherman Sandals

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Birkenstock black suede Arizona sandals

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Sandal Dior by Birkenstock Milano

Dress sandals

For the more formal occasions in life, some might recommend putting your feet aside completely. It’s not necessary. While flip-flops and the like certainly have no place at a fancy dinner party or beach wedding, the shiny leather pieces offered by brands at all price points bring luxury to the table without shutting down the room. ‘toe. The aforementioned fisherman sandal can take over here, as seen with Mezlan’s very chic polished shoe. Dressy slides are also suitable – Bloomingdales boasts a pair from Bruno Magnoli in a rich chocolate brown, while Vince Camuto’s offerings at DSW are the most understated. For the more daring: vegetable-tanned leather, cut and woven by hand in Mexico into a real almost closed huarache, composes the Cruz de Yuketen sandal.

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Bruno Magli Emperor leather mules

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Vince Camuto Wylder Sandal

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Hiking and sports sandals

I crossed Crete during hurricane Verge Tevas last summer. I’ve walked in it and swum in it and climbed everywhere and not once have my ankles rolled – they’re lightweight and waterproof, easy to carry and stylish enough to wear around town in a heartbeat. ‘eye. If you want even more security and support in your next pair of summer sandals for men, take a look at the universal leather sandals.

Just as I am loyal to Teva, many pledge allegiance to the Chaco. Huckberry’s latest attempt at the brand, the Tarpon, embraces a scaly pattern on its criss-cross straps. Nike’s low top sandals are lightweight while offering a thicker look.

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Sandal Teva Black Hurricane Verge

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Teva Terra Fi 5 Universal Leather Sandal

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Tarpon Huckberry x Chaco Z/1

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Nike Canyon Low Sandals

Beach sandals

While putting on a waterproof shoe is indeed ideal for hiking, Velcro and sand perhaps mix a little too easily. The beach sandal is best put on and taken off. If you must wear flip flops, opt for the clean neutral leather of the classic Rainbow. They only get better with age, darkening beautifully with texture and wear from the elements. Flip-flops aren’t for everyone, though, and those looking to move more discreetly along the shoreline can always grab Crocs. Ever popular, the iconic perforated clog features an all-terrain model for ultimate traction. The Freedom Moses slides, rubber with faux buckled straps adorning both bands and the brand’s signature milk and honey scent faintly present, are the most stylish and effortless option of them all.

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Rainbow Sandals premier double layer flip flops

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Freedom Moses Two-Stripe Slides

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Slip-on sandals

Having worn my roommate’s house shoes, the Cushionaire Feather Slides, to do the laundry while my own slippers were out of sight under my bed, they come with this writer’s unequivocal recommendation. They are clouds over your feet, so light and porous that you sink lightly into them. For something firmer, the Hoka Ora Recovery slides come in a dazzling rainbow of colors.

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Cushionaire Feather Pool Slide

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