Spenco Kholo from 19 Best Flip-Flops and Sandals of 2013
19 Best Flip-Flops and Sandals of 2013
Spenco bases its shoes off its successful line of insoles that incorporate a cushioned heel, orthotic arch support, a cushioned forefoot and more. Thanks to the thoughtful design, these shoes receive rave reviews from people with flat or pronating feet, as well as those with plantar fasciitis.
The synthetic straps on the top of the shoe have a soft lining and supple edge for comfort, while the outsole has a forefoot and heel tread pattern for improved traction and grip.
Reef Fanning Sandal
With its supportive features and built-in bottle opener, this shoe is ideal for a relaxed day at the beach.
These PVC-free shoes are also eco-friendly. PVC is a type of plastic commonly used in packing, building materials, children’s toys and other products, and it's notorious for releasing toxins into the environment during its production, use, and disposal.
New Balance JoJo
New Balance knows running shoes, so why shouldn’t they try their hand at flip-flops? This model offers moldable technology for a custom footbed, arch support and Compression EVA for cushioning in the midsole. Slip on a pair at the finish line of your next 5K or marathon.
The Chaco Fantastia stands out as the company’s lightest shoe to date. The double toe strap means you’ll keep a feminine, flirty look even when you’re in the backcountry.
Each shoe from Chaco is made with partially recycled material and has an outsole designed to give you traction on slippery ground and rocks. The design, approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association, also helps with arch support and proper alignment.
Orthaheel Men's Bryce
Founded by Australian Podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, Orthaheel designs shoes that are endorsed by big name doctors such as Dr. OZ and Dr. Weil, as well as the American Podiatric Medical Association. Clinical research shows the shoes can help restore the foot’s natural alignment, allowing your feet, ankles and legs to function at their best. This model also includes the Vionic design, which has triple-density midsoles for cushioning and relief, as well as a footbed designed for stability. Meanwhile, the outsole provides excellent traction.
Orthaheel Women’s Cascade
This flip-flop also includes the Vionic features and grippy outsole. The flexible leather uppers with their soft padded jersey liner makes sure your foot is extra comfortable.
Teva Men's Katavi Thong
Each of our featured Tevas are made for durability and to provide extra cushion and arch support. In addition, the topsole on this shoe is made with zinc-based anti-microbial materials to keep away odor-causing bacteria.
Freewaters Men’s Scamp Sandal
Recognize that pattern along the top of this shoe? Freewaters teamed up with Therm-a-Rest for this innovative design that provides a super cushioned, durable footbed. The Therm-a-Rest pattern also provides grip, flexibility, air circulation and water sipping capabilities, helping keep your feet dry and comfortable.
Freewaters shoes are not just good for your feet, but also good for the environment and local communities. The company contributes 1 percent of gross sales (not net profits) to digging wells in the developing world, plus these shoes are PVC free.
Teva Women’s Bomber Flip
Teva invented the super grippy outsole on this shoe as a way to avoid slipping on grease-covered aluminum ramps. Whether you’re wading through a river or walking along a muddy trail, these shoes will provide the necessary traction. When hiking or boating, you can also tighten down the instep strap to keep your shoes in place.
Keen Kona Flip
Both of our featured Keen shoes are great for men and women. In the Kona Flip, the compression-molded midsole and arch support will keep your feet feeling great, while antibacterial materials throughout the shoe keep them free of bacteria and fungi that can cause odors, stains and product deterioration.
With a fixed-strap anchor near the mid-foot, this vegan shoe eliminates the “flop” for less stress on your feet and toes.
Reef Dreams Prints
This shoe features a mattress-inspired, quilted foam bottom that offers not just a cushy feel, but also the arch support you need for walking around town. The synthetic strap is lined with soft padded satin and the rubber sponge sole was made for flexibility.
ECCO BIOM Terrain Chiappo Sandal
ECCO put the same technology into these open-air shoes as they use in their hiking boots to create a high-performance sandal with excellent support. The footbed matches the nuances of your foot and the low-to-the-ground construction provides great traction and stability.
Teva Women’s Hurricane XLT
This Teva sandal comes in the brand's original design and includes the newest technology including more durable rubber, a padded heel strap, zinc-based anti-microbial protection to keep them smelling fresh, a compression-molded EVA midsole and a shock-absorbing heel.
Keen Women's Turia Sandals
Trade in your flimsy water shoes for a pair of sturdy and comfortable Keen Turias. An active heel lock gives you a secure fit and additional stability while the outsole provides traction on creek bottoms and river banks. You’ll also keep the front of your foot safe from rocks or debris with Keen’s classic, toe-cupping design.
Moszkito Women's Archy Animal
These leather sandals have a splash of style with their animal print straps, but don’t be fooled—they are still a durable flip-flop with the support you need. Moszkito shoes are sold by many chiropractors and are great for anyone who suffers from plantar fasciitis or heel pain.
Chaco Men's Z/2
While adjustable straps help you find the perfect fit for your foot, the best feature of these shoes may be the Vibram® Idrogrip rubber outsole. This material has great durability and will give you 30 percent more adherence to smooth surfaces than other rubbers. These shoes are also available for women.
Freewaters Salt-N-Pepa Sandal
This shoe features a non-slip, non-marking rubber outsole, rebound foam in the forefoot, a midsole with arch support and heel foam for a cushy, relaxed feel.
Slip on these flip-flops as you pack up your desert camp and you'll be ready to head back to town. Thanks to the full-grain leather cuff and toe loop, these shoes are fashionable, durable and will stay in place.