Prepping for the beach can be a tricky task if you’re if not so prepared but in reality you only need a few essentials; a durable beach bag for your goodies, large towel for catching sun rays and of course, a nice pair of beach shoes.
With the sneaker world and its audience way more open-minded these days, I've realized that shopping for the best beach shoes also means coming face to face with some of the best footwear on the market right now. They aren't just acceptable. They're actually cool, and wearable anywhere.
The best beach footwear should embellish your tranquil atmosphere, but also be comfortable enough to ensure you’re making the most of your day off. With all the technology being implemented into shoes these days it’s no surprise the best beach shoes for men and women come decked out with molded footbeds, and energy-saving midsoles.
Above all the best shoes for the beach needs to be waterproof, and fit for strolling into the sea. They also need to be tough enough to withstand long contact with sand and the sun. Luckily for us, some of our favorite brands are putting out options that fit this bill and look fire, including Marni, Suicoke, and Birkenstock. I'm so here for it.
Scroll for the best beach shoes on the market right now.
HOKA ORA Recovery Slide
HOKA is widely known for its comfy footwear with some of the chunkiest soles in the game. These slides work well for folks that want an added layer of comfort when strolling around the beachfront or after a workout.
Marni Raffia Logo Sandal
Marni’s standout Raffia Sandals are screaming out to be worn all summer. Fine details like the woven raffia and knitted trimming make these slides easy to work into any vacation ‘fit.
Stone Island Double-Buckle Sandals
This is my personal favorite from the selection, Stone Island’s molded footbed and double-strap design allows for easy comfort during the Summer months.
Maison Margiela Tabi Flip-Flops
Since we’re talking best beach shoes, flip flops are a certified Summer staple and arguably the best beach-appropriate shoe ever made. In typical Margiela fashion, the brand adds its signature split toe design for an extra layer of lavishness.
YEEZY Foam Runner 'Vermilion'
Injection molding footwear is quickly becoming the new norm amongst popular footwear brands. Aside from cutting down on costs and not being nearly as harmful to the environment as other processes, the molding provides long-lasting support for your arches and makes for a more durable shoe overall. While many have experimented with the process, Ye took it to another level with his line of Foam Runners that sometimes are made using algae harvesting technology.
Birkenstock x Ader Error Gizeh Tech
The Gizeh Tech gets the Ader Error treatment, with its signature blue immersing the nubuck strap. Birkenstock’s EVA outsole along with a co-branded logo on the heel cup puts the finishing touches on this collaborative beach shoe.
Suicoke Perforated Touch-Strap Clogs
We couldn’t possibly have a beach shoe round-up without mentioning the Japanese cult brand Suicoke. Well known for its high-performance sandals, less popular models like its clogs sometimes get overlooked. This cream-colored pair is made for the beach and beyond.
adidas Adilette 22 Slides
While it’s still uncertain whether Ye’s YEEZY slides were the inspiration behind the new Adilette silhouette, we can certainly enjoy the similarities and the chunky sole.
Crocs Pollex Clog
You thought we could bring you a curation of beach shoes without a pair of Crocs? Absolutely not. The divisive clog, here in its newest form courtesy of the ongoing collaboration with Salehe Bembury, continues to be sold out with every release. We've chosen the 'Urchin' colorway here, though if you're looking for more Crocs inspiration, Questlove's 'fits are a good starting point.
Malibu Surfrider Sandals
Malibu’s Surfrider Sandal is the equivalent of a faux-suede thong, but for your feet. A little bit of texture and an EVA midsole goes a long way when you’re hanging in the sun all day.
Merrell 1 TRL Hydro Moc Sandals
Courtesy of active footwear expert Merrell, these shoes came out of relative obscurity to suddenly being all over my Instagram feed. Wear it in the water, wear it on the sand, wear it on the city streets — these are the ultimate all-rounder.
Needles Track Line Slide
If you don't want Needles' signature purple stripe to end at your track pants, then here's a solution. Also bearing the Japanese label's iconic butterfly logo, these are the slip-on/kick-off option that every vacation needs.
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