3 Tips for Choosing Summer Sandals and Flip Flops

We’ve waited all year to spring our feet free from boots and give them the exhilarating feeling of light & airy sandals and flip flops!  Along with going to the beach, checking out your favorite sporting event, or hanging out with family and friends at a backyard BBQ, it’s time to update your summer footwear. Buying sandals and flip flops just because they’re “hot” or “cute” is a big mistake. Sacrificing fashion for foot health can lead to chronic problems such as corns, callouses, and even foot and lower back pain, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Check out these 3 easy tips on how to buy summer sandals that are super comfortable AND healthy for your feet.


Tip #1

Buy the Right Size Shoe

You should have a little space at the end of the footbed so your heel isn’t hanging off the end of the shoe. This is particularly true for flip flops. On the other hand, if the shoe is too big, your foot will slosh around putting undue strain on the tiny bones and joints in your feet. Remember that in the heat, your feet will swell slightly, so be sure to leave a little bit of wiggle room. Comfort and fit reign supreme in buying footwear. It’s always a good idea to go to a store where you can try on shoes and get the expert advice from a shoe salesperson so you can be well informed about buying the perfect shoe for your feet. Following these 3 basic shopping tips will set you up for a fun, enjoyable summer and prevent you from suffering from unnecessary foot problems.


Tip #2

It’s All About Arch Support

Sandals are designed to look good and feel good, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re good for your feet. Because sandals and flip flops are designed to be lighter in weight, and more flexible, sometimes the arch support goes missing in action. Arch support is critical to maintain good foot health, relief, and comfort. Choose sandals or flip flops that have a more pronounced arch support. According to leading Podiatrist Dr. Steven Rosenberg, greater arch support shoes are “anatomically designed to support arch muscles while shifting weight away from the forefoot.” Your feet and your body will pay you back dividends for giving them the anatomical support they need.



Tip #3

The Well-Heeled Shoe

Flip flops and sandals are summer’s hottest hits, and a little heel or wedge will help take some of the pressure off your feet. Wearing shoes that are too flat put undue strain on your heels, achilles, and back. The American Podiatric Medical Association, (APMA), recommends a heel or wedge “no more than 3/4″ for women” and “adequate cushioning to ease pressure on feet.”  The APMA’s website recommends sandals from companies like Vionic and Fit Flop. Also for your consideration are other cushioned, arch-supported sandals and flip flops such as Olukai and Oofos. In addition, check out great waterproof or water resistant choices from Jambu (for kids), Keen, and Merrell, (also available in kids and mens).  Happy Summer and Happy Feet!


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20 replies
  1. Fashion Haul
    Fashion Haul says:

    Great tips for choosing summer sandals. Comfort is the main thing that needs to consider while buying sandals.I love to wear sandals. Thanks for sharing such helpful tips with us.

    • kelly mcdermott
      kelly mcdermott says:

      Thank you for responding to our Blog. It’s nice to know that you’re finding the sandal tips helpful. Hopefully we can continue to wear them during the beautiful Indian Summer season! Again, thanks for taking the time to write.

  2. Cindy Tesler
    Cindy Tesler says:

    I agree that buying the right sized sandal will go a long way to making sure you have a comfortable fit. You also suggested choosing a sandal that has arch support so that they’re still good for your feet. I think it’s important to choose a sandal that has cool materials and funky colors so that they can also be a conversation starter.

  3. Yilliang Peng
    Yilliang Peng says:

    Thanks for helping me understand what exactly I need to look for in a summer shoe! My kids all love to wear thongs or flip flops when we go to the beach and so I might invest in a pair myself — it makes it easy to move in and out of the house with as well. I had never thought about finding something with solid arch support; I will look for something that is useful and also healthy! Thanks again!

  4. Frank Delaware
    Frank Delaware says:

    My wife was telling me that she might want to choose some new sandals, but we weren’t sure how to choose the right one. I had no idea that you should make sure that you choose sandals that have some sort of heeled sandals. It would be nice to know that you will be able to have healthy feet.

  5. Sandra D. Reynolds
    Sandra D. Reynolds says:

    Having a pair of good flip flop sandals is always important.You bring me a lot of useful tips that benefit to chose the right one. Your guides and tips would be a great instruction for me. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Rebeca
    Rebeca says:

    I was looking for looking for hottest trends. Glad to found this article!It’s very informative.These tips will help me to buying shoes better than before.By the way, I purchased a pair of shoes and got 60% off by using the coupon code.

  7. Rebeca
    Rebeca says:

    I agree with you in that it is important to remember to take care of your shoes and to reheel them when needed to avoid damaging them. It is important to remember that taking the time to do some research and to find the best quality of shoes can help you have them for long. My wife was talking about how she needed to get some new heels, so I’m glad I found your post.

  8. Amethyst Boheur
    Amethyst Boheur says:

    It was really nice when you pointed out that importance of choosing a pair of sandals that have more arch support as that is important to the overall health of the feet. My sister has had sensitive feet since she was young, and she always complains about a pain in the area between her heels and balls. Perhaps, this tip will work the best with her, especially now that she intends to buy a new set of shoes.

  9. Italian Shoes Womens
    Italian Shoes Womens says:

    Finding the right shoe is paramount to enjoying a great night out. We have all been out on an amazing night and everything is going amazing but your feet are killing you because your shoes are so uncomfortable and you do your best to ignore the pain and keep a smile on your face…? Thank you for this article. Hopefully, soon, a world of fashion and comfort will emerge and people will no longer have to pretend to be comfortable.

  10. Todd Stauffer
    Todd Stauffer says:

    It’s nice how you said that you should have a little bit of space at the end of each shoe in order for it to be comfortable. My wife has been talking about wanting new shoes for a little while now but I have hesitated to do anything about it. I’ll have to look for some women’s wedge sandals to buy for her that will hopefully fit well!

  11. Millie Hue
    Millie Hue says:

    Thanks for helping me understand how arch support will be able to maintain good foot health, relief, and comfort. With that in mind, I will be checking this part of the sandals before buying one so that I will have a comfortable walk when we go on a vacation. We will have lots of walk during that time since we opt to walk around instead of riding taxis to save money.

  12. Brooklyn Johnson
    Brooklyn Johnson says:

    I like how you mentioned that when buying sandals it’s important to buy the right size shoe. I need new sandals for the summer but aren’t sure what to buy. I will definitely keep all of your great tips in mind when choosing the perfect sandals for the summer.

  13. brad thompson
    brad thompson says:

    Helpful tips, I love wearing flip flops and sandals as daily wear. You have shared a detailed knowledge about selecting the right from them. Thanks for sharing this blog. The blog is worth read..:)

  14. Brooklyn Johnson
    Brooklyn Johnson says:

    Thank you for stating that it’s important to buy the right size shoot when getting sandals and flip flops. I need to get new sandals for my beach trip and have no idea what to look for when choosing some. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind when looking for cute sandals for my beach trip.


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