Thousands of Steps Later, We Can Confirm These Sandals Are the Most Comfortable

Is there anything more offensive than flat sandals that give you blisters? Well, yes, certainly. But, they undoubtedly rank up there among our biggest sartorial pet peeves. We firmly believe that flat sandals should be a respite from our pain-inducing heels, which is why we decided to seek out the most comfortable sandals on the market.

All of the styles listed below are from brands known for making high-quality, easy-on-the-foot shoes that will let your feet live their best lives during the summer. We found slides, ankle-strap sandals, square-toe sandals, and even thong sandals that your feet will thank you (or us) for.

Read on to shop the feet-friendly sandals that we stand behind—all of which will also make your summer outfits better. Win-win, right?

1. Ciao Lucia x Margaux The Palermo Sandal Black

"It's no secret that flat thong sandals can sometimes be extremely uncomfortable to wear while traversing the city. However, these special edition Ciao Lucia x Margaux sandals are the exception. I've honestly never had a pair of sandals be so comfortable out of the box—they fit true to size, the straps are adjustable, and the footbed is lightly padded. But what really cemented them as the most comfortable sandals in my collection was the fact that after running between three previews, a lunch, and then back to the office, they felt just as comfortable as when they came fresh out of the box. " — Jasmine Fox-Suliaman, Editor

"Flip-flops are shaping up to be the must-have summer sandal style, so naturally, I had to secure a cute and comfortable pair before the season. After browsing Zara.com, I landed on its Flat Velvet Sandals, which caught my eye because of the not-so-basic fabrication and luxe red wine hue. I wore them for the first time on a farmer's market hopping-filled day and can attest to their immense comfort level. The padded insole and soft velvet material—even between the toes—make them perfect for a day spent on your feet. I can't wait to wear them with skirts and dresses or straight-leg jeans on a brisk summer evening." — Nikki Chwatt, Associate Fashion Editor

The Row Fisherman Sandals

"Don't ask me why, but I hate open-toe sandals on myself. This really limits my options come summer, but these fisherman sandals have done me very, very well over the years. I've easily walked over 10,000 steps in these without getting any blisters or pain in my feet. I love them so much that I'm considering buying the black pair as well. They are a splurge but I've had these for more than two years and they're still my go-to whenever the weather is nice. The cost per wear must be in the single digits by now!" — Caitie Schlisserman, Executive Director of Branded Content

Ancient Greek Kanzis Sandals

"These strappy, thick-soled shoes from Ancient Greek Sandals easily take top billing in my closet for most comfortable sandals. They have a soft, rubbery finish and cushioned soles that translate to maximum comfort. They easily work for a beach look on vacation, but I also like to pair them with cocktail dresses for a casual take on an evening look." — Kristen Nichols, Associate Director of Special Projects

Havaianas You Metallic Sandal

"In my opinion, it's hard to beat simple Havaianas flip-flops if you're looking for comfort, affordability, and practicality. I slide them on every single day to walk my dog and can confirm they've never given me blisters. Plus, flip-flops are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen–approved, so what's not to love?" — Erin Fitzpatrick, Associate Director of Fashion News

Steve Madden Kylen Sandal

"I love an affordable shoe find and my latest discovery is from none other than Steve Madden. These feel a bit more elevated than other flip flops thanks to the leather material and the platform sole but more importantly they required zero breaking in. I'm sure podiatrists will disapprove, but I have in fact walked at least 2 to 3 consecutive miles in these flip flops on multiple occasions." — Michaela Bushkin, Fashion Director

Editor in Chief

Kat Collings has over 15 years of experience in the editorial fashion space, largely in digital publishing. She currently leads the vision for editorial content at WhoWhatWear.com as the site's editor in chief, having risen through the editorial ranks after joining the company in 2012. Collings is a Digiday Future Leader Awards nominee, was named Buzzfeed's best fashion Instagram accounts of the year, and is a member of the CFDA Awards Fashion Guild. Prior to Who What Wear, Collings worked on styling projects for brands such as Vogue, Teen Vogue, Lucky, and Oliver Peoples. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in communications and calls Los Angeles home.