After 13 hours of research evaluating 120 products, we picked CLARKS Breeze Sea Flip-Flop as our top choice.
Flip flops are the lightweight, downsized version of sandals—and the more comfortable choice when strolling around town or by the ocean.
They’re definitely much more casual than your average pair of sandals, but they’re less irritating on your skin, lighter, and easier to fit in any bag.
Not only can you take them anywhere you go; they’re also the most comfortable shoes to wear around your home, at your local pool, or when taking a shower at the gym or school. They’re a must-have because they’re just so damn practical.
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Picking the best flip flops for women is a daunting tast, but our expert research has made it easy. We evaluated the best flip flips for arch support, the best platform flip flops, the most comfortable flip flops and the best flip flops overall based on our extensive criteria.
For guys, check out our flip flops for men article to find the shoes that suit you best.
Super affordable, comfortable, easy to slip on and off, available in a wide range of colors, well-sized, great for beach wear, lightweight, comfortable footbed, good traction, and excellent grip.
Not the most durable and will wear out within 6-12 months of regular use.
These are as simple as it gets, with a rubber forefoot strap and thong that will last for years of use but a synthetic footbed that is prone to wearing out or compressing within 6-12 months. They come in a wide range of colors and styles. Really, they’re just a shoe for easy wearing, not for looking very stylish.
The sole is a mixture of PVC and EVA, and it’ll be fairly comfortable as long as it lasts. However, within a few months of regular use, you’ll feel the sole begin to compress. Eventually (by the 1-year mark), the soles will be so thin it will feel like you’re walking on the ground. They’re great while they last, but don’t expect them to be around for more than a year or two.
The shoes are fairly comfortable once you’ve broken them in. The synthetic strap will be rough at first, but once you’ve gotten used to them you’ll find they cling to your feet very nicely. They’re great for walking around in for a few hours at a time.
You’ll pay around $9-$12 for these bad boys online, but you can find them as cheap as $3 in your local Old Navy store. For a cheap pair of runaround sandals that you can use at the beach, poolside, or around the house, they’re definitely worth the price!
Solid platform, stylish design, suitable for active use, comfortable, durable, good grip, good stability and support, and heel isn’t excessively elevated. Plus they are both casual and stylish.
Sizes run small and slippery when wet.
This pair of platform flip flops is built to be comfortable, which is why it comes with a soft footbed, a memory foam insole, thick arch cushioning, and a stylish nubuck leather upper. Some women claim that they use these for hiking as well as weddings and formal events. They look good and feel good, making them ideal for a wide range of activities!
The outsole is made of a synthetic material that offers surprisingly good traction, even when the ground is wet. The insole comes with bio dri-lining memory foam that will provide good cushioning and keep your feet sweat-free. The nubuck leather upper is stylish and durable, though definitely not suited for use in wet conditions.
Comfort is where these platform flip flops really come out to play! Not only does the heel have excellent built-in padding, but the memory foam footbed conforms to the shape of your feet to offer the best possible support for your arches. This is more than just a stylish wedge—it’s a highly comfortable pair of flip flops that you can wear anywhere, for anything!
For around $30, these are an absolute steal! You’ll love how they can be highly versatile, compatible with a lot of different outfits. Add that to their comfort and durability, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Durable webbing, quick-drying design, stable even when wet, good cushioning, platform keeps your feet off the hot sand, very comfortable, solid rubber sole, won’t wear down with regular use, and well-priced.
Not suitable for wider feet, and the newer models are harder and lack cushioning.
This is your classic beach thong, though with a wider-than-average forefoot strap that will help to keep your feet firmly in the shoes as you walk through the sand. The 0.29-inch thick platform is thin enough that you’ll be able to keep your balance and the shoes will be flexible as you walk along the beach, yet will keep your feet off the burning hot midday sand.
The polyester webbing is made to dry quickly, so the sandals will be dry within 5-15 minutes after getting out of the ocean. The rubber sole is more durable than your average synthetic material, which means the sandals will last longer than average. The sole will compress slightly to adapt to the shape of your feet, but it won’t wear down like synthetic materials do.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find beach flip flops more comfortable than these! Not only do they give you good traction, they offer decent support and padding to cushion your joints. The older models (pre-2016) were softer, so expect any purchased after 2016 to be a bit firmer and harder. Still, if you want comfort at the beach, these are your top pick!
Priced around $20, these are a fairly low-budget pair of flip flops that are perfect for wearing on your beach holiday. They’ll be as comfortable around town as they are on the sand or in the ocean!
Beautifully cushioned footbed, excellent stability and support, thick heel padding, closed-cell resin material, shock absorbent footbed, synthethic nubuck leather straps, quick-drying rubber sole, good traction, and casual style.
Sizes run very narrow, and the nubuck strap isn’t great for water use.
Crocs actually CAN come up with something stylish! These are sleek, stylish, and colorful—everything you want in a pair of casual flip flops. They’re the simple thong style with a nubuck leather forefoot strap, plus a padded heel that gives you great support and cushioning for your feet. What’s not to love?
The sole is made from synthetic materials, but you’ll find that the dual density (solid outsole, softer footbed) provides both comfort and durability. The nubuck leather upper comes with a microfiber lining that is super soft on your feet. Sadly, the use of these two materials means the shoes should NOT get wet, so don’t wear them to the beach. However, for dry-activity use (at home, around town, at the mall, etc.), these are amazing.
Thanks to the built-in padding and arch support, these are some of the most comfortable flip flops you’ll ever own. The tip of the arch is 1.5 inches off the ground, while the padded heel gives you an extra 0.75 inches of height. You’ll find that this does wonders to cushion your heels and support your arches, drastically reducing foot fatigue as you walk!
$40 is a bit of a high price to pay for flip flops, but wait until you walk around in these for a day. You’ll never regret spending the cash because they offer such amazing support for your feet!
Built-in Orthaheel technology, excellent arch support and padding, comfortable for all-day use, stylish, active design, and stays securely in place on your feet.
Not suited for use in wet conditions and very pricey.
These shoes look fairly simple, with a woven fabric and leather upper thong strap and a rubber sole. However, the addition of a 0.75 inch platform means they have good heel cushioning, and you’ll love the orthotic built into the heel. You’ll find they’re actually as close as it gets to orthopedic flip flops!
The upper is made from a mixture of soft woven fabric, leather stability, and a foam lining to make it comfortable for hours of extended use. The rubber outsole is grippy, offers good traction, and is wonderfully durable. With a soft rubber footbed, you’ll find these shoes are surprisingly durable compared to your average flip flop.
Comfort is where these bad boys shines, especially if you’re going to be walking around all day long. The built-in orthotic heel (Orthaheel) is biomechanically designed to provide good support for your heels and arches, reducing heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. You’ll find these can keep up with any activity level, making them perfect for a busy or active day!
At $70, these are definitely the priciest on our list, but very much worth it if you have heel pain or want a pair of shoes that can keep up with your active lifestyle.
Super comfortable fit, solid forefoot webbing, good padding, durable EVA foam sole, half-inch platform, quick-drying, footbed contours to the shape of your feet, good arch support, lightweight, and designed for all-day wear.
Sizes are inconsistent and the sandals are designed with a strange point at the tip.
These are unlike any other flip flops you’ll ever own! Not only do they come with the classic thong and forefoot strap, but they include a webbing that crosses over your midfoot to keep the shoes firmly in place. This makes them look and feel a lot more like sandals, but without the heel strap to rub the back of your feet raw.
The webbing is made from quick-drying polyester that is both highly durable and resistant to ocean and pool water damage. The EVA foam sole offers great padding for your feet and will keep you comfortable for hours as you walk around. The foam sole may compress a bit faster than rubber, but you’ll find that it will cradle your feet for a more effectively supportive, padded design.
The trademarked Mush topsole is designed to conform to the shape of your feet, so it will give you the arch support and heel padding you need for comfortable walking. The half-inch platform ensures plenty of padding for your heels, and you’ll love how little the lightweight EVA outsole weighs. Definitely the most comfortable pair of flip flops you will ever own!
Starting at around $20, these are worth every penny considering just how comfortable and reliable they are!
Durable sole, good arch support, synthetic fabrics last a long time, comfortable, excellent heel cushioning, solid traction and grip, sporty design, adjustable foot strap, great price, and available in a wide range of colors and styles.
Sizes run large and wide, which makes these sandals too big for narrow feet.
This flip flop is beautifully stylish, with a floral print footbed and synthetic strap that covers your forefoot and holds the shoe firmly in place. It’s available in a wide range of colors—from black to white to grey to turquoise to coral to magenta—and looks super casual and comfortable on your feet. Perfect for pairing with a summer dress or colorful beach sarong!
The shoe is made of all synthetic materials, from the synthetic forefoot strap and thong to the synthetic sole. This makes it very lightweight without losing both durability and water-resistance. You can use the flip flops on the beach or by the pool thanks to the fact that the outsole provides reliable traction on wet surfaces.
The extra-thick heel built into this flip flop ensures that your feet remain comfortable as you walk around. While the shoes don’t have a ton of arch support, the EVA midsole and padded heel will reduce fatigue on your feet and arches. Thanks to the EVA footbed, these shoes will be great for walking around for hours at a time!
At $40 for a pair, these are definitely on the pricier side. However, they’re crazy comfortable, well-built, stylish, and deliver high quality at a cost that’s worth every penny.