After 10 hours of research evaluating 75 products, we picked Reef Fanning Speed Logo Sandal as our top choice.
Flip flops are a useful, somewhat unstylish, type of footwear. They're wonderfully comfortable at the beach, beside the pool, or around your home. And, mens flip flops are perfect for those days you just don't want to put on shoes.
You might be wondering:
So, when it comes to flip flops for men, what should you look for? First and foremost, you will want a pair that provides at least some support and protection for your feet. Flip flops with arch support can provide the best of both worlds experience: ultra-comfortable while providing a great walking experience.
No one can deny that men's flip flops are useful for when you need something to put on quickly. They're not as durable as sandals, and they're definitely not suited for heavy outdoor use, but they're awesome if you want something quick and easy.
What's the bottom line?
We've done the work to find only the best flip flops for men, whether for the beach, the pool, around the house, or out and about. From comfortable to durable, stylish to nifty (one pair even has a beer bottle opener), we've got the list of the best flip flops for men.
Comfortable even when wet, durable, rubber sole provides great grip, soft nylon webbing, great traction, water-resistant synthetic materials, anatomical drop in the foot bed, well-built midsole, decent cushioning, and stylish.
Sizes run small and prone to delamination problems.
These are a surprisingly "dressy" style of flip flops, one that pairs nicely with linen pants and casual beach wear. The dark, natural colors and leather straps make them a stylish choice. At the same time, they're very comfortable, thanks to the synthetic textiles used to line the foot bed. Many users have commented that they're trendy enough to be worn like sandals.
The outsole is made with durable rubber that offers solid grip on the ground, even in wet or slippery conditions. The EVA midsole and foot bed is comfortable, providing decent arch support and heel cushioning. The foot bed is actually covered with a soft textile that unfortunately holds odors, but it makes the shoes much more comfortable to wear. The soft nylon toe webbing is resistant to both wear and water.
For the most part, the shoes are durable. Few users have complained about the toe webbing snapping or the foot bed compressing too quickly. However, one major problem is delamination: the layers of the shoes separating. Sadly, more than a few users have stated that the shoes delaminate within 3-6 months of regular use.
Starting at $53, these are definitely a pricey pair of flip flops. They're perfect if you're going for the beach casual look, and they'll be a great choice if you want to class up your vacation outfit without your typical sandals.
Resistant to wear, comfortable, simple, durable stitching, good foo t bed grip, made in the USA, good color choices, soft, and lightweight.
Sizes run large and lacking heel cushioning.
For a pair of crocs, these are surprisingly stylish. They come in Khaki and Coffee colors, and feature an oiled leather thong that is the opposite of the typical Crocs, style-wise. They look great with a pair of jeans or Bermuda's, and you'll find they're a great blend of durability, comfort, and fashion.
Be warned: the sizes run a bit large!
The strap and thong is made from oiled leather, which is able to resist a good amount of wear and tear—even in wet conditions. The sole uses a synthetic material rather than rubber, and you'll find they can survive a lot of walking. Though they're lighter than you'd expect from Crocs, they are extremely comfortable and soft. The nubs built into the foot bed will massage your feet as you walk, preventing fatigue.
In terms of durability, these are a pair of flip flops worth their salt. Though they lack the heel thickness of some of the others on our list, the sole won't wear out and the foot bed won't compress as quickly. You can get quite a few miles of walking without the oiled leather thong snapping or wearing out.
At $35 per pair, these are definitely on the pricier side. However, given their long lifespan and extreme comfort, they're a decent option to consider.
Perfect for beach casual outfits, resistant to odors, lightweight, good durability, high-traction outsole, soft cushioning, and solid rubber sole.
Pricey and lacking support.
These are the perfect pair of flip flops to wear when going for the beach casual look. With their frayed edges, they are highly stylish and easy to pair with nice jeans, board shorts, or Bermuda's. If you're going for the "beach casual" look, look no further than these flip flops.
The thong itself is made of cotton string, which gives them the frayed edge that is so stylish. Cotton gets water-logged when wet, but it's more resistant to water than genuine leather. The rubber sole is durable and offers great traction, and you'll find the molded foam cushioning is very comfortable. However, they sadly don't offer the arch support required for long hours of walking.
The cotton strap is resistant to regular use, though it may snap if exposed to water and high heat repeatedly. The lack of arch support means your heels and toes will compress the foot bed, but the foam cushioning won't get too thin even with regular use. The outsole holds its texture well, ensuring you get a solid grip as you walk. However, it may become slippery on wet surfaces.
At $27 per pair, these are definitely a pricey investment. Though they're not the most durable choice, they're worth the price if you're looking for form over function!
Super comfortable, thick cushioning, good arch support, solid outsole, soft foot bed, waterproof, made with full-grain leather, great for outdoor use, well-priced, lightweight, and good traction.
Be careful about getting them wet because they dry VERY slowly.
If you plan on doing a lot of walking, these are the shoes for you. The thick forefoot strap will keep them solidly in place, and you'll love the combination of a solid, thick outsole and the soft, flexible foot bed. They offer a nearly 1-inch thick heel, with good arch support and cushioning for your heels. They'll be amazingly comfortable even after hours of walking.
The outsole is made with a synthetic material that offers good traction even on wet, slippery surfaces. The dual-density EVA midsole and footbed ensure maximum comfort when you walk. The leather upper will be fairly durable and very stylish. Sadly, leather takes a LONG time to fully dry, so you may not want to wear these in wet environments or at the beach/poolside.
The outsole offers good stability and support, and the synthetic material retains its traction very well even after months of use. The EVA foot bed may compress slightly under the weight of your body, but that helps it to meet the contour of your feet, offering good arch support. All in all, it gets an 8 out of 10 for durability.
Starting at just $11, these are a very well-priced pair of flip flops, and your best choice if you plan on doing a lot of walking.
Beer bottle opener built into the sole, thick, comfortable, good traction, solid rubber outsole, spongy surface, no-slip foot bed, lightweight, no breaking-in period required, and good durability.
Noisy when wet.
These flip flops are nice and thick, with a solid synthetic strap that runs across the top of your foot to keep your feet firmly in place. Though they get very noisy when wet, you'll find they offer good cushioning, traction, and support. The 1-inch thick heel will reduce wear and makes these ideal for heavier men.
The strap is made of a durable synthetic material that is resistant to both water and wear. The material is beautifully soft on your feet, but it won't break as easily as the Reef sandals at the top of our list.
The foot bed is made of the same synthetic material used for Yoga mats, giving you a soft, spongy surface that is incredibly comfortable for walking. The arch cookie in the foot bed will provide your arches with extra support as you walk. Finally, with the durable rubber outsole, you'll find you have a solid shoe that keeps your feet firm, even on wet surfaces.
The shoes definitely score high in durability tests. The synthetic materials may not be as stylish as leather, but they are far more long-lasting when it comes to water and regular wear. The vegan leather strap and soft, jersey lining make them a highly comfortable, and durable, option.
Starting at $16, these are a well-priced pair of flip flops you can take with you wherever you go. Aside from being comfortable and durable, they're handy - there's a beer bottle opener (church key) built into the underside of the sandal, so you'll always be able to crack open a cold one wherever you are.
Great cushioning, contoured EVA foot bed, stable arch support, high-density outsole, great traction, air mesh lining, lightweight, good fit, great for walking, durable sole, and excellent price.
Straps tend to loosen and wear out quickly.
These flip flops are definitely not a low-profile "thong" style, but they have a thick strap that runs across the forefoot to offer stability as you walk. Thanks to the thick heel and molded foot bed, you'll find they're the most comfortable flip flops around. They offer good cushioning (compared to other flip flops), and you'll find these flip flops are perfect if you're planning on doing a lot of walking around town or at the beach.
The outsole is made with durable, high-traction rubber, and the foot bed is made using EVA rubber that offers good anatomical support for your feet. The air mesh lining in the shoes will reduce bacteria, odor, and moisture. The synthetic leather upper is stylish, though sadly it is the part most prone to wear and damage.
The shoes are very comfortable, and their thick rubber outsole is resistant to wear and tear as you walk. The foo tbed will be broken in very quickly, ensuring your heels/arches get the required support. The EVA rubber may wear out within a year or so, but it's the strap itself that is most prone to breakage. If you use them for a lot of walking, expect to get no more than 2 years of use from these shoes.
Starting at $32, these are slightly pricey. They're comfortable, fairly durable, and will be the perfect pair of flip flops for walking around that beach town during your next vacation.
Versatile, sporty, beer opener built into the outsole, made in the USA, synthetic nubuck leather, 1-inch heel, comfortable, easy to clean, anatomical heel support and cushioning, and EVA foot bed.
Not the most durable and tend to wear out/break quickly.
These flip flops are built in the classic thong style, but with a thicker band across the top of your foot. This increases the lifespan of the flip flop straps and keeps them comfortable on your feet. With the Reef logo, it's a beachy style of shoe for sure.
The 1-inch heel is surprisingly comfortable, and you'll love the little air cushion built into the heel. The molded footbed gives you anatomical arch support as you walk around town. These flip flops are definitely made for walking!
Bonus: There's a church key built into the bottom of the sandal, so you can use your shoe to crack open your beer bottles—a great conversation piece.
The sandal itself is made with a rubber sole, an EVA molded rubber foot bed, and synthetic nubuck leather uppers. Though the synthetic leather is more water-resistant than regular leather, it's not the most durable choice.
A number of users have complained that the shoe tends to break, and that's usually the cloth thong or the synthetic leather strap. The rubber outsole and EVA foot bed are resistant to wear, and you'll love how the foot bed conforms to the shape of your feet as you walk.
Starting at $60, these are on the pricier side, but definitely a good option if you expect to do a lot of walking around town, at the beach, or even at home. Though they lack durability in the upper, the outsole is well-built and suited to regular use.
Flip flops are the most casual form of sandal—basically, little more than a flat sole with a Y-shaped thong or strap that slips between the first and second toe of your feet to hold them in place. Dating back to the ancient Egyptians, flip flops have been popular footwear since WWII after American soldiers brought back the Japanese zori.
Flip flops can be made from a number of materials:
Yes, you read that right!
Flip flops may be super comfortable and convenient, but they can be a bit of a problem. They can contribute to a number of health issues:
Infections – Your feet are fully exposed with no protection from any of the bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other pathogens floating in the air. Your feet will also get dirtier when you’re walking around, meaning mud, rainwater, stagnant water, dirt, dust, and other pathogen-carrying particles can cling to your skin. If you have open wounds, the pathogens can cause infections, and may slow wound healing. There is also a much higher risk of developing a number of skin conditions and bacterial infections because your feet are exposed to pathogens.
Athlete’s Foot – Not surprisingly, flip flops can increase your risk of developing athlete’s foot. The fungal infection is highly contagious, and it can be picked up when the bare skin of your feet is exposed to contaminated surfaces. Worse, the rubber, plastic foam, or PU surface of your flip flops can be like a breeding ground for the fungi, so no matter how much you try to get rid of the infection, you’ll always be re-contaminated when you slip on your flip flops.
Blisters – This is especially common—and painful—during the “breaking in” phase of wearing the flip flops. Before the material softens, it can be rough and cause friction with your skin. If the friction gets too bad, it may lead to blisters. When the blisters pop, not only will it continue to be painful when the strap rubs against the raw, exposed flesh, but you’re also more susceptible to infections.
Toe Malformations – When you wear sandals, you have to use your toes to grip the strap and the foot bed tightly as you walk. This is unnatural, and the constant contraction of your toe muscles can actually cause problems with your feet. Hammertoe—the inward bending of your toe knuckles—is a problem far more common among flip flop users.
Improper Movement – Did you know that you take shorter steps when you walk in flip flops? It’s all due to the fact that you’ve got to grip the shoes tightly, so you can’t move with your proper stride. You’re also more prone to tripping over the front of your flip flop, a problem made even worse by the fact that you lift your feet less when you step. Overall, your movement is far less efficient and precise, which can lead to postural and mobility issues.
Excess Heel Wear – Not only is there less heel support built into your sandals, but you’ll find your heels hit the ground with more horizontal force than vertical force. Your heels are designed to take more vertical impact, but this change of movement can throw off your posture and wear on your bones and joints. Add to that the lack of support and you’re at a far higher risk of heel pain—but also pain in your forefoot, ankles, and knees.
Bunions – Wearing flip flops won’t cause bunions (bony bumps between the base joints of your big toe), but they can make them worse. Because you’re gripping the thong with your toes, your toes basically have to pull inward. This opens the space between your toe joints to give the bunion room to grow.
Exposure to Toxic Materials – No, your flip flops aren’t radioactive, but they may be made with materials that contain chemicals. For example, cheap plastic foam may contain BPA, which is a suspected contributor to various forms of cancer. People with latex allergies may find that the materials in their sandals trigger an allergic skin reaction or even a more serious anaphylaxis on exposure.
Higher Injury Risk – Not only does the flip flop not offer the support you want for your joints and bones, but it can actually increase your risk of injuries. Ankle sprains are surprisingly common with flip flops, thanks to the fact that they don’t support your ankles if they bend when you step wrong. People are more prone to falling, tripping, or stumbling in flip flops, which may lead to broken bones. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly 27,000 injuries were related to flip flops in 2016 alone.
Though comfortable, flip flops clearly have some problems! Does that mean you should avoid them altogether? Heck no. It’s all about knowing when and how to wear them properly...
If you want to be safe when using flip flops, here are a few times when you should consider literally ANY other piece of footwear:
Walking – If you’re going to walk, you’ll want footwear that offers better support for your arches, a sturdier platform for your forefoot, and better heel cushioning. Even a pair of thick sandals (like Birkenstocks) will be better than flip flops when you walk around a lot.
Running – It should go without saying, but we’re saying it anyways: don’t run in flip flops! They offer no support or cushioning, and they’ll only increase the strain on your feet. Heck, don’t do anything active in flip flops. If you want open-air footwear, go with strappy sandals, which offer much better support and protection.
Outdoor Work – Working in the garden in your flip flops is not a good idea! Not only is there no protection from the sun (increasing your risk of sunburn), but your skin is far more likely to be exposed to bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other pathogens. Your chance of getting skin infections skyrockets when you’re working outside in your flip flops.
Standing for Extended Periods – Again, this comes down to a lack of arch support and heel cushioning. Long periods of standing can take a toll on your joints, even in proper shoes. Without any kind of support or cushioning, you can do real damage to your body and affect your posture negatively.
Driving – Driving in flip flops can be very dangerous! Not only can the flip flops catch on the underside of the pedal (making it hard for you to hit the brakes in an emergency situation), but they can actually get wedged between the pedal and the floor. Plus, the lack of solid surface means you have to push harder and contract your toe muscles more to work the pedals, leading to excess strain on your toes and feet.
Basically, the only time you should wear flip flops is when you’re at the pool, beach, in public showers, or as inside shoes for carpeted homes. They’re also okay for very short trips out, such as to the store. However, it’s usually better to use sturdier, more supportive footwear.
Finding the right flip flops is crucial if you’re going to wear them regularly. Here’s what you need to know:
Knowing how to wear flip flops right is the key to safe movement and healthy joints. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you wear flip flops:
Avoid water – Yes, you read that right. Though flip flops are intended to be worn around water (pool, beach, etc.), it’s better to keep them dry. The rubber or plastic foot bed gets slippery and the thong is more prone to painful rubbing when wet.
Use fabric or leather instead of plastic or foam – There is far less pain between the toes when walking longer distances in fabric or leather flip flops.
Increase the friction – Applying a coat of hairspray to the foot bed of your flip flops can help to increase friction, making it easier for you to walk without straining your toes. Or, add a moleskin pad or gel dot to increase friction—and, as a bonus, decrease irritation.
Break in new shoes – Just like you’d break in a new pair of sneakers before going marathon running, it’s worth breaking in your new flip flops before you take them out walking or to the beach. Wear them around your house for a few days to get a feel for them and reduce the risk of blisters.
Clean flip flops regularly – Leather flip flops can be cleaned by simply wiping them down with a clean cloth (water ruins leather, so you don’t want to get it wet). For rubber, plastic foam, polyurethane, or high-quality vinyl, use a mixture of baking soda and warm water to clean them. Or, for cheaper flip flops, try running them through the washing machine or dishwasher.
Watch your feet – Seeing as there is very little protection for your feet, you’re at a much higher risk of injury from objects in the street, broken glass, nails, even rocks and small debris. Pay close attention to where you’re stepping!
Give your feet extra TLC – You’re exposing your feet to direct sunlight, environmental toxins, dirt, dust, and pathogens. It’s important that you take extra care of your feet! Apply moisturizing lotion at the end of the day, and consider using a bit of sunscreen before you go out into the sunlight. Wash your feet regularly, keep your nails trimmed to avoid dirt build-up, and keep a close eye out for any cuts, blisters, or wounds that could get infected.