When it came time to compile a list of the best sandals for walking around in for our readers, I knew that there was no better resource than the girls of our very own CMG NYC-based office. With stylish ladies from all different departments (from editorial to marketing) and from a range of our sister properties (which, if you didn't know include MyDomaine, Byrdie, College Fashionista and Obsessee) working in this space, I had a feeling the answers were sure to be as diverse as the respondents themselves. And I was right. So whether you're looking for pretty pink slides you can wear around town (so long as you're careful not to scuff them up) or sturdy leather sandals you can throw on without a care in the world, we've got something for you.
See the best walking sandals according to real NYC girls below, read about why they love each pair, and of course shop them all!
"I've been wearing these Steve Madden sandals all summer, and I love them for two reasons: They're super-soft suede, which is perfect for my blister-prone toes, and they have a bit of heel when I want some more height. I'm also obsessed with the millennial pink color because it goes with anything." — Samantha Netkin
"I could live in my new silver Birkenstocks. They are so comfortable and chic. The touch of silver makes them acceptable to wear to work, and they go perfectly with my weekend outfits." — Marissa Fuchs
"I'm a huge fan of these espadrilles from Soludos. I never even had to break them in—they're that comfortable—and they're the perfect shoes for summer, as you can pair them with everything from linen pants to cutoffs." — Emily Gregor
"I could live in Barneys' slides from its in-house brand. The soft suede and thick bands make them super comfortable (even for wearing all day), and they go with everything, so if ever I'm in doubt of what shoes to wear, I throw them on. They also come in a bunch of colors and materials, so odds are there will be at least one pair you love, likely a few." — Nicole Akhtarzad
"Finding ethically produced fashion is a big priority for me, and it's particularly hard to find shoes produced in a sustainable and transparent way. Nisolo's shoes are modern, chic, affordable, and a total feel-good purchase. I've walked miles in this brand's huaraches on weekends; they're basically the supportive, breathable summer version of your go-to loafers. I'm eyeing a pair of its wooden wedges next!" — Kate Winick
"My go-to slides are Trademark's pajama sandals—I love this bright mustard as fresh neutral. They're so good paired with vintage denim. FYI, Lisa Says Gah is my secret online spot for really cool, on-trend shoes I can run around the city in." — Natalie Cantell
"This isn't my most exciting pair of sandals, but it's certainly the most practical. I've been essentially living in a pair of off-white Nine West slides all summer. They're insanely comfortable (a necessity for my 20-minute walk to work) and go with every outfit I put together. And the best part: The price point means I'm not too worried about destroying them by wearing them everywhere I go." — Gabrielle Savoie
"The short block heel makes them super easy to walk everywhere in, and the soft suede is SO comfortable. Perfect for work and after-work drinks!" — Alex Bair
"I love these Topshop sandals because they are just the right height when wearing a skirt or dress that needs a heel, but offer the comfort of a flat for my 15-minute walk to the office." — Alessandra Leone
"So I have not personally road-tested these myself in the city because I can't find a shop here that still has these in stock, but at a friend’s shop in Tel Aviv, I tried on a pair of Beatrice Valenzuela's Sandallia sandals and instantly became obsessed with them. They are so comfortable and soft. The one boutique in all of NYC that carries them already sold out of them for the season, so I'm waiting to go back to L.A. and pick up a pair at Mohawk General Store." — Susan Gertner
"These Birkenstocks are great when you have to do a lot of walking because of the arch support in the footbed. I like the neutral color since they don't stand out so much as 'comfort' sandals. When I need a little dressier sandal, these Vince sandals are summer staple. They feel like butter. I got them in navy since I was worried about getting a lighter color suede dirty in NYC streets—you know how that goes.” — Megan Hartig
"As a frequent pedestrian living in New York, it's hard to prevent the total and complete destruction of every pair of shoes I own. I dream about what it must be like for women in L.A., as they can keep their prized footwear scuff-free and intact for more than just a few wears. As such, I try to keep my daily go-tos fairly inexpensive. This summer, I've worn Zara's black leather mules almost every single day. They're comfortable, flawlessly camouflage dirt, and won't drain my bank account when I inevitably toss them out. FYI: They're on sale now, so hop to it." – Hallie Gould
"I love flatforms because they give you the height/dressy effect I need but essentially are just like wearing flats in terms of comfort! Plus, they go with almost anything. These ones are a little tall, but they do the trick." — Jessica Zelvin Schwartz
"These are my current summer obsession—they're a step above my well-worn flip-flops but still so easy to walk in all day. As a seasoned speed-walker with a knack for leaving myself just enough time to get where I'm going, I'm happy these don't slip off or rub my feet uncomfortably. Plus, I love the pop of color they add to my outfit." — Sarah Desiderio
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