Sandals, slides, and other open-toed footwear have boomed in popularity since the pandemic began and many of us became accustomed to staying at home for long stretches of time. Comfort has been paramount over the past two years, leading to a range of brands going all-in on sandals.

Kanye West and adidas’ YEEZY operation has dropped both slides and the Foam Runner (which I will argue to my death is a sandal), while dedicated brands such as Birkenstock and Suicoke have benefited from being a leader in the space prior to the pandemic. Traditionally, sandals have always been a warm weather, summer footwear choice, but there’s nothing that says you can’t wear sandals in winter.

In fact, a lot of brands are actually making winter sandals, featuring shearling, faux fur, and other details that make it possible (and almost recommendable) to wear sandals in winter.

Some might be built for outdoors and equipped with weatherproof details, while other sandals in our selection might fit more into the category of stay-at-home sandals, and are perfect for lounging around inside while it’s cold outside. That still counts, though. And just because a sandal looks and feels very summery, doesn’t mean it can’t be appropriated for the winter. The key to wearing winter sandals (more on that below), is having a solid rotation of warm, cozy socks that you can pair with sandals that might not protect you from the elements as much as you’d like. So, if you don’t have enough socks, or think your wardrobe could use a few more options, check out our socks and sandals roundup here.

If you’re all set on the socks, you’re ready to head to our winter sandals selection. Whether you’re looking for something comfy and warm to wear to the corner store, or you want something a little more fancy that you can wear to Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter, browse the best winter sandals below.

The best winter sandals to shop right now

HOKA ONE ONE Hopara

Hopara

$125

HOKA One One

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This part-sandal, part-trail-running shoe was built for the great outdoors by one of the most functional footwear brands out there, HOKA ONE ONE. The lugged outsole and sneaker-style midsole mean comfort, grip, and traction, won’t be an issue for you when it gets a little icy on the streets. More of an issue is the fact that the upper is incredibly breathable (which comes in handy in the summer), but that can be easily remedied with the right socks. Trust us, this is a sandal that is (maybe inadvertently) built for the winter.

Birkenstock Boston

Boston Wool-Felt Sandals

Boston Wool-Felt Sandals

$100

Birkenstock

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As far as classic winter sandals go, the Birkenstock Boston is a staple. Not only is the majority of your foot covered and therefore protected from the rain, allowing you to go sockless if you should so please, but the materials on the upper ensure your feet will be kept warmer than in many of the other sandals on the market.

visvim Christo Folk

Christo Folk Sandals

Christo Folk Sandals

$960

visvim

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Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

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If you’re going to wear sandals in winter, why not go all out and buy some of the most expensive slides on the market? People are going to look at you funny anyway, might as well give them something nice to look at. Obviously, you’re going to want to pair the visvim Christo with a pair of thick winter socks. Frostbite and visvim is not cute.

Balenciaga Track Sandal

Track Neoprene and Rubber Sandals

Track Neoprene and Rubber Sandals

$795

Balenciaga

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This pair is about as winter-ready as any pair of sandals on this list. Similar to the above HOKA ONE ONE Hopara, the Balenciaga Track Sandal is basically a sneaker with extra ventilation. If there was ever a winter sandal to wear without socks, it’s this one. The intricate upper will keep you relatively warm, just make sure not to stand in one place for too long — or to be outside in these without socks for too long, for that matter.

Bottega Veneta Teddy Slides

Resort Teddy Slides

Resort Teddy Slides

$750

Bottega Veneta

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

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This is the sandal you whip you when you’re arguing about how much fluff is too fluffy. Honestly, we can’t even imagine wearing these in the summer because they look like sweaty feet waiting to happen. That’s why you wear this sandals in the winter.

The Row Nubuck Sandals

Nubuck Sandals

Nubuck Sandals

$990

The Row

Buy at Mr Porter

The Row’s entry on this list is a much more classic and reserved approach to sandal design. While these won’t necessarily keep you warm and will require a big assist from your socks, they’re too good not to put on this list. This is the winter sandal you take to Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter.

Reebok Beatnik “Quilted”

Beatnik Sandals

Beatnik Sandals

$145

Reebok

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

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Reebok’s Beatnik relaunch was very well-received, especially among those of us who like to wear sandals in winter. This quilted version is literally made for inclement weather. You can wear this bad boy with socks or without — it’s totally up to you.

Suicoke NOTS M2AB

NOTS-M2ab Sandals

NOTS-M2ab Sandals

$300

Suicoke

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

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Japan’s SUICOKE is a most cost-effective version of visvim (and that’s not meant as a knock to either brand). If you’re not cool with throwing down $1,000 for a pair of slides, SUICOKE’s selection of shearling, faux fur, and cozy sandals has you covered. Honestly, we could have filled this entire list with SUICOKE sandals.

Crocs Classic All-Terrain Clogs

Classic All-Terrain Clogs

Classic All-Terrain Clogs

$53

Crocs

Buy at Slam Jam

Alright, these Crocs definitely need to be worn with socks to be turned into winter sandals, but the all-terrain name hints at this Clog being a little more robust than the regular kind. The traction on these is supposedly a step-up from the classic Clog, so when paired with some thick socks, you’ll be all set for winter.

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