This article is part of spring fashion month, where we break down your must-have fashion pieces for the months ahead. From denim jackets to cozy sandals, we asked editors, influencers, and experts about their must-haves for spring and beyond.
Considering all they do for you, your feet deserve a breather. Cooling your feet also helps regulate your body temperature, so summer sandals are a win-win.
Some slides are made for locker rooms, while others can take you from the beach to the country club. We’ve picked out their favorite men’s sandals from fashion experts and top-rated sandals from our favorite retailers.
“Suicoke has some of the coolest premium sandals right now,” says Jian DeLeon, Nordstrom menswear fashion and editorial director. “Our exclusive version of the Depa V2 sandal adds a checkerboard pattern to durable nylon straps and is available in an ’80s-inspired black and white version, or my personal favorite in a more subdued black and charcoal grey.”
“Not only do the Chaco Chillos have adjustable straps at the top, but the footbed is ergonomically designed to promote healthy body alignment,” says DeLeon. “Of course, they’re comfortable from the first time you wear them.”
“The Keen Uneek’s bungee upper is a classic sandal with a cult following among Grateful Dead fans and outdoors-obsessed menswear alike, sure to be custom made for your feet,” says DeLeon.
Although best known for their favorite boots, Dr. Marten’s also offers a line of sandals in their signature style. The perfect balance of casual and chic, these leather sandals feature adjustable straps and an AirWair sole for comfort.
The trusted German brand has been setting trends in American footwear for decades. Birkenstocks remain a staple in comfort, function and style.
Hand-stitched and exceptionally comfortable, Olukai’s leather flip flops are a favorite among shoppers.
These sleek leather Anthony Veer slippers offer the comfort of a traditional slipper with a modern touch, making them ideal for at-home wear or warm-weather outings.
Nike’s tried-and-true Benassi slides are a perennial favorite for their ease of use and affordability.
Adidas has provided waterproof footwear for generations of men. The nostalgia factor is hard to beat.
Comfortable, versatile and indestructible, the Birkenstock Arizona Evas is a beach and poolside must-have.
Keen’s Evofit One is loved by outdoor enthusiasts for its versatility and comfort, no matter the weather.
Chaco’s Z1 has always been highly rated by hikers who put it to the test on the trail.
The Hoka One Ora Recovery Slide 3 “looks like a time machine from the future, just to make your feet more comfortable,” DeLeon said of the shoe, which is designed to help runners recover. “Its forward-thinking design could even serve as inspiration for reinterpreting the luxury runway.”
Teva is another brand that stays ahead of form and function while catering to trends, producing go-to footwear for every kind of outdoor adventure.
With memory foam footbeds and a relaxed fit, these Dockers are a favorite among customers for their exceptional comfort and affordability.
“Merrell’s Hydro Mocs are what I would call a more mature Croc,” says DeLeon. “Fashionier designs and fun colors hit the line between dad style and what dad actually wears.”
“I can’t recommend Birkenstock Boston highly enough; I own a lot of pairs and wear them everywhere,” says DeLeon. “The closed toe gives them a bit of a classy feel, but like any Birkenstock, they really do get more comfortable with each wear.”
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If brand recognition is what you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Gucci’s signature shades.
Available in seven shades, these Bottega Veneta slippers are made of 100% rubber, super comfortable and easy to keep tidy.
Looking for more foot coverage? These Balenciaga mules feature a molded rubber footbed for all-day comfort and a polished finish to complement almost any outfit.