Summertime in beautiful Destin means relaxing days on the warm, sandy beaches, big doses of vitamin D – and letting those feet loose in your favorite flip-flops. The official (unofficial) footwear of summer, flip-flops are ready for their time to shine, and we have a list of the top four most comfortable pairs you can buy. Ditch the stinky shoes and the sweaty socks, and slide your feet into squishy, flip-floppy bliss.
Teva Olowahu & Mush II
Teva has earned its reputation as the quintessential active sandal brand by putting out consistently awesome sandals that blend comfort, durability, and versatility. Their offerings vary a bit for men’s and women’s sizes, so we’re pointing you to the Olowahu for women’s and the Mush II for men’s. Donning these water-ready beauties, you’ll be geared up for any adventure. Hefty topsole cushioning gives you extra comfort for a full day of exploring. On the Olowahu, the cross-strap hugs the foot for better security and a splash of style. Animal- and earth-friendly, these sandals are created using synthetic and plant-based materials, and you can even recycle them.
What Feet Are Saying: “Catch up! We’re over here.”
Hoka One One Ora Recovery
If you’re thinking flip-flops aren’t great for your feet because they don’t have arch support – meet Hoka, makers of some of the most supportive and ridiculously comfortable running and lifestyle shoes in the world. The Hoka One One Ora Recovery sandal in men’s and women’s sizes is changing the flip-flop game by offering an open-toe option that’s perfect for people suffering from plantar fasciitis. The contoured footbed makes for delightfully spongy support, and the soft strap secures the sandals comfortably. If you’re a runner or an athlete, the Ora Recovery is the perfect sandal to wear on off-days around the house or at the beach.
What Feet Are Saying: “Finally, a flip-flop that truly cares.”
When your sandal earns a five-star rating on over 6,000 Amazon reviews, you’re doing a few things right. The OluKai Ohana sandal in men’s and women’s sizes brings a lot to the table (or the floor, or wherever you put your feet). Water-resistant, with a coral reef lug design to give you tacky traction on wet surfaces, these flip-flops will take you anywhere – and you can wash them off in the ocean when you’re back. As always, the comfort is the clincher, and they feature a compression-molded EVA midsole that feels tailor-made for your footsies.
What Feet Are Saying: “I’ll go anywhere with you. You complete me.”
Sanuk Yoga Mat & Yogi 4
For maximum squish, you can’t do better for your feet than the Sanuk Yoga Mat (women’s sizes) or the Yogi 4 (men’s sizes). We could talk about the wide straps with jersey prints that are gentle on the feet and easy on the eyes, or the impressive durability and consistency – there are many lifetime Yoga Mat advocates out there – but we’d be burying the lede. With a footbed made from real yoga mat material, these sandals offer a supremely comfortable feel with gentle texture and crazy cushion.
What Feet Are Saying: “Sorry, did you ask me a question? I was too busy NAPPING ON THESE.”
No matter what sandals you’re rocking, get outside and make the most of your summer in Destin! Check out the Olympus Emerald Coast blog for recommendations on local hangouts, fun events, ways to stay active, and more.