So many of us have sweaty feet at least occasionally. They can be caused by myriad factors, including being on your feet all day, stress, poor hygiene and wearing nonbreathable footwear.
Podiatrists say one of the best ways to manage sweaty feet is by changing up your footwear. After talking with an expert, we rounded up the best shoes for sweaty feet that wick away moisture and keep your feet feeling fresh.
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The Best Breathable Shoes for Sweaty Feet
- Best Overall: HOKA Clifton 8 ($140, Hoka.com)
- Best on a Budget: Wonesion Breathable Slip-Ons (From $29.99, Amazon)
- Best for Walking: New Balance Fresh Foam Cruzv1 ($84.99, NewBalance.com)
- Best for Running: OnCloud Cloudstratus ($170, On-Running.com)
- Best for Hiking: Saucony Peregrine 12 ($129,99, DSW.com)
- Best Water-Resistant: Keen Newport H12 Sandals (From $94.99, KeenFootwear.com)
- Best for Casual Wear: Birkenstock Arizona Sandal ($110, Birkenstock.com)
- Best for Golf: ZG21 Golf Shoe (From $94.16, Amazon)
- Best for Boating: Astral Loyak AC ($94.95, Amazon)
- Best for Basketball: Nike Air Zoom GT Jump ($180, Nike.com)
- Best Eco-Friendly: Sanuk Slip-on Shoe ($55, Sanuk.com)
- Best Slides: Adidas Slides ($27, Adidas.com)
How We Chose
We chatted with David Garras, MD, a foot and ankle specialist and orthopedic surgeon based in Illinois, to learn the ins and outs of buying shoes for sweaty feet. In addition to his advice, we narrowed down the shoes below based on the following criteria:
Why Are Certain Shoes Marketed to Men or Women?
Manufacturers typically market shoes according to gender, so we have listed both women's and men's picks below according to the language used by the brands. However, the main difference between most men's and women's shoes lies in the shoe width and size. In some cases, men's shoes are built to support greater weights. So people with bigger bodies may want to opt for men's versions, whereas people with smaller bodies may prefer women's versions. We encourage everyone to shop according to their personal preferences rather than feel restricted by marketing lingo.
1. Best Overall: HOKA Clifton 8
The latest shoe in the Clifton franchise, HOKA Clifton 8 is a revamped version of all previous Clifton shoes that came before. This one is lightweight and breathable thanks to the mesh outer layer and the lighter midsole. It has a cushioned footbed, making it ideal for running or walking, and an elongated pull tab for easy wear.
Plus, it received the seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) for promoting better foot health.
2. Best on a Budget: Wonesion Breathable Slip-Ons
If you're looking for a versatile shoe that won't break the bank, consider a pair of Wonesion shoes. Made of breathable mesh, the shoe's outer layer is designed to keep your feet cool. Because the soles are made of durable rubber, the shoe absorbs all of the impact and is ideal for all types of physical activities: walking, running, traveling, hiking and working out.
"A thick sole construction provides for great walking support, and they're also affordable," Dr. Garras says.
3. Best for Walking: New Balance Fresh Foam Cruzv1
This shopper-favorite sneaker is ideal for walking because of the foam midsole, which is designed to cushion your foot with each stride.
Beyond being an extremely comfy shoe, it's also breathable and lightweight thanks to the knit upper.
What's more, it has a rubber outsole to prevent you from slipping and a slip-on design, making for easy wear whenever you're in a hurry.
4. Best for Running: OnCloud Cloudstratus
Whether you're training for a marathon or going for a jog, it's a good idea to have a quality pair of running shoes in your rotation. Designed with the brand's signature cushioning, the Cloudstratus were meant for running. The outer layer is made of 75 percent recycled polyester for a breathable fit.
"They also have phenomenal ankle support, which is great for runners," Dr. Garras says.
Buy it: On-Running.com for women's sizes 5 to 11 and men's sizes 7 to 14; Price: $170
5. Best for Hiking: Saucony Peregrine 12
The Saucony Peregrine 12 comes recommended by Dr. Garras because the shoes have "great traction, secure fit and are super breathable."
The shoe comes with a rock plate, which prevents sharp items from puncturing the shoe and helps to keep moisture away. Plus, they're waterproof, so you don't have to worry about puddles during your jog.
6. Best Water-Resistant: Keen Newport H12 Sandals
Keen Newport H12's water-resistant outers are perfect for long walks and hikes, says Dr. Garras.
The shoe has a durable toe box for protection against the environment and a grippy sole for ultimate traction. It's no wonder the shoe has become a staple among adventurers and travelers.
7. Best for Casual Wear: Birkenstock Arizona Sandal
These sandals are iconic, and for good reason: "They are fashionable and very open, allowing for ample breathability for casual purposes," Dr. Garras says.
The cork footbed contours to the natural shape of your foot and provides arch support (making them a great sandal for flat feet, too). What's more, the EVA sole absorbs shock and the roomy toe box gives your toes space to air out.
Buy it: Birkenstock.com for women's sizes 4 to 12.5 and men's sizes 6 to 15.5; Price: $110
8. Best for Golf: Adidas ZG21 Golf Shoe
The Adidas ZG21 gives you the foundation you need to excel at your game. The shoe has six spikes, which deliver stability, grip and greater striking power.
We appreciate that the outer layer is made of a breathable mesh. Additionally, the shoe is waterproof, keeping your feet dry whether it rains or shines.
Buy it: Amazon; Price: From $94.16
9. Best for Boating: Astral Loyak AC Water Shoes
Looking for a breathable boating shoe? Dr. Garras would like to introduce you to the Astral Loyak AC Water Shoes.
These water shoes are made from a thermoplastic, mesh upper to vent your feet of hot air while protecting them against abrasion. Also, "they have a flex grip that provides for high friction on smooth surfaces like boats," he adds.
10. Best for Basketball: Nike Air Zoom GT Jump
According to Dr. Garras, the Nike Air Zoom GT Jump is breathable and offers "ankle support for any jumping," making this pair perfect for scoring a basket.
The shoe is constructed with a cushioning system that responds to each movement and gives you the boost you need to run down the court. It's also lightweight and sturdy.
Buy it: Nike.com for men's sizes 3.5 to 18 and women's sizes 5 to 19.5; Price: $180
11. Best Eco-Friendly Sanuk Slip-on Shoe
If you're looking for an eco-friendly and affordable shoe, consider Sanuk's Slip-on Shoe.
Dr. Garras approves of the Sanuk because they're made "with no animal or by-products," he explains.
What makes this shoe great for sweaty feet is the antimicrobial footbed, which reduces odor and bacteria.
Buy it: Sanuk.com for womens's sizes 5 to 11; Price: $55
12. Best Slides: Adidas Slides
Adidas Slides are a closet staple because they're easy to put on, are extremely comfy and dry quickly.
Because the slides have only one strap, your feet can breathe. The sole is made of the brand's signature Cloudfoam, too, making it perfect for long walks or a trip to the grocery store.
Buy it: Adidas.com for men's sizes 4 to 13 and women's sizes 5 to 13; Price: $27
What to Look for in a Breathable Shoe for Sweaty Feet
When looking for a shoe for sweaty feet, one of the most important attributes to consider is breathability.
"The more air that is let into the shoe, the more the foot can breathe, and the less sweat will develop," Dr. Garras says.
He recommends shoes made of nylon mesh because it wicks moisture and dries quickly compared to other materials.
If you're doing a lot of walking or running, make sure your shoe has a cushioned footbed like the HOKA Clifton 8 or Adidas Slides.
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