I love Birkenstocks.... but they hurt my feet. I wore them in the past but now I just can`t. Which stinks.
I wear flipflops all year round and I buy everything from the $1 ones that are on sale at Old Navy around July to the super fancy ones.
The most comfy, by a long shot, have been the Teva Olowahus, and I wear the heck out of them. I didn`t know if I`d like the double straps but I use them for hiking sometimes and they are really secure, your feet do not slip around at all. And at 25 bucks they are really a steal. (I got mine from my mother's closet for free, which was even better, but I will probably buy another pair next time I'm stateside)
https://www.teva.com/women-sandals/olowahu/6840.html?dwvar_6840_color=SRGM#start=1&cgid=women-flip-flops The bottoms are also not slippery, which is important for me. There are a few places I go regularly (supermarket) that have slippery floors, but these are fine to wear.
Thanks for the review on the Teva. I looked at them and they might work.
I wear a different pair every day as most of mine are the cheapy kind from walmart. After a while, the toes leave an indention so mine are all old. I also have the Croc slides, though I dislike the bumps on them.
Thus buying the new Sanuk. I bought Men's because I have a bunion and the Ladies are too narrow. What really bothers me about the new Sanuks is the arch support that is not on the Ladies Sanuk pair that I have.
Our daughter thinks the new ones are knockoffs and not real Sanuks.
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I really like merrell sandals for women, they are the comfiest ive found and allow the toes to be spread, not scrunched. And they last a good long time (3 or 4 years of wearing everyday except 3 winter months)
My husband makes his own sandals using conveyor belt fabric (grippy for the bottom) and nylon rope... They arent flip flops because they go around the ankle too, but they are next to being barefooted with minimal protection!
There's a pretty cool footwear company out of Montana called Oboz. They fit wider feet and, at least for my feet, the arch support is very natural and comfortable.
That being said I spend 90% of my time in old worn out crocs.
When I was in New Zealand I saw a farmer's brand of gum-boots called Red Band, sold at the hardware stores. I bought a pair of Red Band flip-flops ('thongs' or 'jandals' there) and they have been awesome!
This is exactly why I like these sandals- I am not sure it's a bunion or just the bony wacko feet I've always had, but the bones on my feet stick out so much I have a dickens of a time with shoes. The double straps fit around this region perfectly, which for me is like a miracle.
I found discount, bright neon purple-y Birkenstocks for about $40 this winter to replace the no-name sandals I had destroyed. A few years ago I had another pair of Birkenstocks which eventually started to disintegrate, after about three years - hopefully because I didn't take care of them. I say hopefully, because this time I've got some cork resealant that I'll be putting on my new pair religiously, and hopefully they will last longer then the previous. (Although I should probably be more careful about getting them wet and muddy, regardless of sealant.) You might get lucky and find a pair in your size in a weird colour too. In between somewhere there I've also had Merrells, and I really liked them too.
After wearing chacos for years I got totally sold on Bedrocks- they have a flip flop front with heel strap, and a much more neutral, comfortable footbed than other sandals, imo.
Def on the pricier side, but as they say about buying nice things-it only hurts once...
I was a flip-flop guy for most of my life, having grown up in Florida.
My wife though got me to try Crocs and I don't even own any flip-flops anymore.
Give those a try if you never have. You might be pleasantly surprised like I was.
I'll voice support for both Birkenstocks and Oboz. My feet have high arches, and both come standard with good arch support; and are great for the shape of my feet and how I walk.
I discovered Birkenstocks about twenty years ago, and always regret when I try out something different.
I discovered Oboz a couple years ago, and suspect these will be my go-to brands until something major changes.
Obviously, footwear is intensely personal, fit-wise. Hopefully there is a place near you where you can try them on?
I have been through many pairs of flip flops and have found the Sanuk yoga slings to be the most affordable & I find the back strap to be crucial.
If your feet & gait allow you to wear flip flops, my faves were Chacos - they have a nice arch support built in and they’re sturdy. They generally lasted me multiple seasons for each pair. However, as a personal trainer, I’ve personally found & advised clients to try to not wear flip flops, mules, or loose slides,because the tendency is for the toes to clench & hang onto the shoe, which alters walking gait. So even though I loved my chacos, my foot & calf musculature responded much better to the Sanuks. Everyone’s gait is different, of course! There are certainly people wearing flip flops without any issues.
I saw that Teva was also making some styles with back straps that weren’t crazy expensive, as another choice. My BF wears Oboz sometimes & seems to like them, but is also transitioning to sandals over flip flops.
I have been wearing okabashi sandals for years. My first two pairs were some of the comfiest I have ever had. When I went to buy more, I discovered that they had stopped making the basic brand in women’s size 11. Fortunately, okabashiB, their “Boutique” line, still comes in the large size, and has a plain design, so that is what I get now.
They are made of soft plastic which feels fine to me even when wet. I also like that they are made of recycled material, and are recyclable - if you ship them back to the company, they melt them down again. They tend to last me about 3 years if daily summer wear before they break.
They sound absurdly soft with that name, but they conform to your foot after wearing awhile, and provide support. I wear them around the house. I have foot issues, so I wear mostly Keen products outside - support + room for my toes!