With the warmer weather (hopefully!) here to stay, we can finally kick off those boots and turn our attention to summer footwear. But picking the right sandal can be easier said than done, with many styles being flimsy and unsupportive. Below, we compiled a list of foot-friendly summer sandals available at Feet First Clinic to keep your feet looking and feeling their best this summer!
Best Sandals for Function
Looking for a casual, everyday sandal? We got you covered! Each of these flat sandals has a cork footbed and midsole, which molds to your foot shape while absorbing the shock that comes with each step. The cork also wicks moisture off your feet and provides great arch support for whatever summer activity you get up to.
1. Birkenstock Arizona
This popular sandal has been a staple for seasons! Its adjustable, two-strap structure makes this shoe comfortable for all foot shapes. In particular, Birkenstocks are renowned for their orthopaedic design, featuring a deep heel cup, firm arch support and toe bar. Birkenstocks have a firm, rigid structure and molds to the shape of your foot as you break them in. They provide excellent shock absorption, stability and support for years to come. These characteristics make Birkenstock sandals ideal for many common foot conditions like flat feet, plantar fasciitis, arthritis and overpronation. Their fantastic support also makes them great indoor shoes.
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The Birkenstock Arizona, along with other popular Birkenstock styles, are available at Feet First Clinic in a variety of colours and materials. Because of their rigid structure, it’s important to break in Birkenstocks slowly.
2. Mephisto Hester
Similar to the Birkenstock Arizona, this cork sandal also features two adjustable straps. However, Mephisto’s Soft-Air technology offers a more cushioned support to make you feel like you’re walking on air. They’re a great alternative for people who want the support and medical benefits of a Birkenstock, but prefer something less rigid and more cushioned. They’re also great for people with sensitive feet.
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The Mephisto Hester is available at Feet First Clinic in tan and white.
3. NAOT Santa Barbara
Like the previous two options, the NAOT Santa Barbara sandals are also a two-strap cork sandal. NAOTs tend to be a bit slimmer fitting than the Mephistos or Birkenstocks, and have an anatomically engineered cork and latex footbed to provide support where you need it most. The footbed is wrapped in soft suede and molds to the shape of your foot with wear, giving you customized support to keep your feet happy and healthy.
Not only do they come recommended by the foot specialists at Feet First Clinic, they’ve also been recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting good foot health. Click here to learn more about the foot-friendly technology behind NAOT sandals, and what makes one of our top picks for those seeking a supportive, everyday sandal.
The Santa Barbara sandal is available at Feet First Clinic in a purple and blue print, as well as solid black.
4. NAOT Kapua
Need a bit more ankle support than the other options? Try the Kapua! This style features an ankle strap and closed toe to keep your foot and ankle secured. This makes it a great option for people with clawed toes, ankle instability and Achilles’ tendonitis. The closed toe also makes it great for people with diabetes or toenail concerns. In addition, the footbed is also removable for those with custom orthotics. If you’re leaving the footbed in, get ready to enjoy NAOT’s signature ergonomic comfort with a cork and latex sole! These sandals are also slip resistant.
Best Sandals for Style
Who said style can’t be supportive?! With these heel and platform options, you’ll be chic and comfortable all summer long.
1. Sorel Cameron Flatform Sandal
Sorel does more than winter boots; they also make very stylish sandals, like the Cameron Flatform sandal. This 2 1/4 inch platform sandal features a foam footbed to keep shock under control wherever you go this summer. The heel of the platform is not much higher than the toe area, so you can get the height you want without all the foot pain. It has an adjustable ankle strap to ensure you stay secured, along with braided rope detailing wrapped around the platform for some added flair. It also has a scalloped rubber sole for the ultimate grip and traction you can expect from Sorel.
2. Mephisto Joy
A wedge heel is always in style! This 1-inch heeled sandal has a leather cushioned footbed and a cork midsole featuring Mephisto’s Soft-Air technology- meaning you won’t be wanting to rip them off the minute you arrive at the BBQ.
3. NAOT Victoria
Love the fit of the anatomical footbed from the Kupua? Get the same feeling, only dressier with the Victoria! NAOT’s cork and latex footbed will provide you with all the support you need to go from day to night in this 1.5 inch heeled sandal.
Happy Feet, Happy Summer
When it comes to sandals, don’t sacrifice comfort for style! These chiropodist-approved options are all available at Feet First Clinic, and will keep your feet happy and healthy no matter how high the temperatures climb.