Ugly sandals were a big thing last year, but those chunky soles and leather straps were more than just for the aesthetic. Many of the brands that were part of ugly sandal listicles are actually great sandals for travelling, especially if you have a strong sense of wanderlust.
Travelling is an exciting adventure that requires comfortable and functional footwear. One of the best options for comfortable and practical footwear is sandals.
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Sandals come in a wide variety of styles, materials, and designs that are suitable for different activities and weather. Even if the designs aren’t exactly cute, a lot of them are perfect for hiking up mountains or running through beaches.
When choosing sandals for travelling, it’s all about comfort and lightweight options. So anything with embellishments or complicated straps is out.
That’s why I rounded up sandals that can withstand the rigours of travel and provide excellent comfort and support.
Scroll down to check out our edit of the best sandals for travelling this 2023.
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The Birkenstock Arizona Sandals are a classic and stylish design that makes them the perfect sandals for travelling. Especially if you value comfort more than style. The sandals feature a contoured cork footbed that moulds to the shape of your foot, providing exceptional arch support and cushioning.
The sandals also have adjustable straps that can be customized for a perfect fit. The sandals are made with high-quality materials such as oiled leather, suede, or synthetic upper, and a durable EVA outsole that provides traction and shock absorption.
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Arizona faux-leather sandals, £40- buy now
Arizona two-strap faux-leather sandals 4-9 years, £40 – buy now
Arizona two-strap faux-leather sandals, £75 – buy now
If you’re the adventurous type of traveller or have a lot of walking on your itinerary, sore feet and achy muscles are part of the package. So, what if there was a specific sandal that can help avoid (or at least keep you comfortable) these problems?
FitFlops has sandals that are both comfortable and cute. Compared to other brands in this article, FiFlops introduced a novel method of creating footwear using an exclusive biomechanics technology.
Their cushioned soles aren’t just for the comfort of your feet, they’re specially made to adjust to your individual walking mannerisms and encourage ideal body positioning.
Adjustable Water-Resistant Slides, £35 – buy now
Matt-Buckle Leather Fisherman Sandals, £110 – buy now
Two-Bar Buckle Slides, £40 – buy now
Teva sporty sandals
If you’re the adventurous or sporty type, you’ll find the best sandals for travelling at Teva. Their sandals are known for their comfortable and durable construction, making them a great choice for rigorous travels.
A lot of the brand’s sandals feature a nylon webbing upper that is water-resistant and quick-drying, making them perfect for activities such as hiking, water sports, and beach trips. They also have a cushioned EVA midsole and a durable rubber outsole that provides exceptional traction and support.
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Tirra, £70 – buy now
Hurricane XLT 2, £65 – buy now
Terra FI 5 Universal, £90 – buy now
Although not everyone is a fan of UGG boots, it is undeniable that their plush sheepskin boots provide the utmost comfort. While they may be considered “ugly boots,” their selection of sandals is quite cute.
I particularly like their Clem sandal, it’s both practical and fashionable for travel. It’s available in various hues such as olive and rose quartz suede. The sturdy platform slide features adaptable straps and resembles a more attractive and refined variation of Birkenstocks.
If you’re looking for something more classic, the UGG Tawney sandal is an excellent choice. This sandal has a minimalist design with a slim leather upper and a cushioned footbed that provides all-day comfort.
Goldenstar Heritage Braid Sandal, £120 – buy now
Sport Yeah Slide, £55 – buy now
Clem Suede Slide, now £55.99 – buy now