According to Walking.org in its 2013 review of the best walking sandals, the best kinds usually are fashionably designed and made with technologically advanced lightweight material. Some of Walking.org's top rated sandals include brands such as Merrell Siena ladies sandals, Merrell Kahuna sandals and Teva sandals.
Style and Practicality
Merrel Siena ladies sandals rank among the top five in Walking.org's review of walking sandals. The review claims they combine stylish design with features such as a microfiber wrapped footbed and an air cushioned midsole. The article says the sandals have a leather upper with adjustable straps at the instep and heel.
The Tough Sandal
Walking.org calls the Merrell Kahuna sandal a "tough shoe that doesn't look it." It notes the sandal is comfortable on any surface, and it has neoprene lining to enhance comfort. The straps are easily adjustable, and the antimicrobial properties mean the sandals won't smell if they get wet. According to Walking.org, the Merrell Kahuna is ideal for wet conditions such as hiking along river banks.
The Streamlined Sandal
Teva sandals are light and comfortable, with a streamlined look that belies their suitability for trying conditions says Walking.org. The Outdoor Gear Lab confirms this in its review of the Teva-Fi Lite sandal, emphasizing the firm traction that helps prevent falls. It also ranks highest in the Outdoor Lab's review of its top eight walking sandals. The Lab notes the Terra-Fi Lite is ideal for hiking, water use and casual wear.
The Keen Newport H2 is a "comfortable, innovative, closed-design robust" sandal that protects your feet according to the Outdoor Gear Lab. The upper material is made of hydrophobic polyester variable webbing for dryness, and the antibacterial footbed helps prevent smells. The carbon rubber and ethylene vinyl acetate sole supports the feet and gives the sandals firm traction on all surfaces. The Outdoor Gear Lab rates the Keen Newport as one of its top picks, and notes it is ideal for water use and light hiking.