You can’t just wear any shoes to the beach or pool. You’ve got slippery surfaces to consider and water to contend with — plus, in beach scenarios, sand that has a tendency to wind up everywhere. The best pool sandals and shore shoes are as functional as they are stylish, working overtime to provide comfort and practicality while giving you a reason to snap some cute pics (don’t forget to book your pedicure appointment first). Below we’ve rounded up eight summer sandals that are perfect to wear to by the water, including terrazzo-printed slides, spa-inspired stylish t-strap sandals, and sandals-meet-sneakers made with breathable mesh.
The Best Pool Sandals For Summer 2021
Fun fact: These shoes actually began as a spa shoe and have since been adapted for everyday wear while still offering that same relaxing comfort for your soles. The stylish younger sis to Okabashi, female-founded, eco-friendly Oka-B shoes are made with waterproof, slip-resistant, and easy-to-wash materials. The brand’s best-selling back-strap sandal is especially great for the beach, as it won’t kick sand up as you walk.
Ryka Desi Sandal ($65; ryka.com)
Keep your tootsies nice and cool in this breathable knit stretch slip-on sandal from Ryka. Available in silver, sage, and black, it features molded EVA footbed that will conform to the shape of your foot for max comfort and protection, as well as a lightweight compression molded EVA midsole for extra shock absorption. Bonus points: The sneaker-like outsole is made from a durable rubber to prevent slipping!
If you’re feeling a bit extra—and why not?—make sure to toss these sweet flip flops in your beach bag. This thong sandal will sparkle, literally, in the sunshine thanks to its jewel-encrusted bow, and it comes in a splashy red, cool navy, and chic rose gold.
The double-strap sandal is part of the greater “ugly shoe” summer trend, and we’re here. for. it. Freedom Moses has its feet firmly in the game via a broad assortment of rubber slide-ons. Not only is the shoe ultra-functional come pool or beach day, but it’s equally comfortable and cute. We’re partial to the terrazzo style for its vintage flair, but have your pick from solids, animal prints, tie dyes, and beyond.
Bernardo 1946 Reese Slide ($98; bernardo1946.com)
Whether you’re headed to a mimosa-doused brunch or want to spread out on a towel at the beach, these embroidered slides feature just enough flair to stand out in a crowd. Available in navy, black, and mint, with multi-hued intricate embroidery, the shoe features a padded nylon lining for max comfort and a 1-inch sturdy, no-slip outsole.
For days when you’re feeling a bit more casual, you can slip on a pair of these minimalistic, sporty style flip flops from Reef. They feature a springy footbed with extra cushioning, wide thong strap, and come in orange, white, rose gold metallic, gold metallic, and silver metallic.
A New Day Women’s Esme Elastic Ankle Strap Sandals ($25; target.com)
Featuring a comfortable memory foam insole, slip-resistant outsole, and soft elastic straps, these slip-on sandals from Target brand, A New Day, are a natural fit for summer splashing. The shoe is available in a minimalist black, or you can turn it up a notch with the yellow version, which also has a cute cork-look insole.
If you’re looking for arch support, look no further. Sootheez are ergonomically designed to balance out your weight and absorb shock, protecting your feet and ankles. The cushiony platform sole not only provides an extra layer of comfort, but is also very on trend this summer, as is the classic pool slide style. Available in four bright colorways and three neutral shades, all of which are waterproof, these are an excellent choice for the beach or the pool.
Thanks to its non-slip footbed, arch support, and machine washable, water-safe material, these strappy Okabashi sandals are perfect for the beach, pool, or simply lounging around the house or patio. They’re available in toffee, black, chai, and navy, and at a cool $20, you might as well collect them all.
Love them or hate them, Crocs are having a moment, and this chic pair of summer slides proves why. The Croslite foam offers the iconic comfort of the clogs while the cross straps provide a secure fit. Water-friendly and flexible on the feet, this floral-printed sandal will make a statement at the pool.
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