18 Summer Sandals That Won’t Give You Blisters

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When it’s summertime and you can finally let your feet free, they’re like, Yaaaaay! But then, almost immediately, they’re like, Owwwwww. I’m convinced that my feet are more sensitive now that I work from home all day in my bare feet; the usual summer-blister blues are worse than usual. It’s bloody-blister city out here. But I’ve found a few pairs that don’t mess me up and aren’t so orthopedic-looking. My colleagues and friends offered some suggestions as well (namely “Tevas! Tevas! Tevas!”).

Below, a selection of shoes that (hopefully) won’t destroy your feet this summer.

Teva Jadito Universal Sandal

Maybe the internet and my two colleagues, Sangeeta and Brooke, have influenced me, but I feel like Tevas get cuter and cuter each year? Sangeeta described wearing them as “blister-free bliss.”

Sorel Cameron Flatform Wedge Sandal

The Strategist has recommended a different pair of particularly Marni-esque Sorels before, but while scrolling, I found these Teva dupes as well. The brand is known for its comfortable shoes, and these seem like they wouldn’t beat you up too bad, either.

Suzanne Rae Buckle Velcro Sandal

My friend has these, and I’ve seen her wear them to go out dancing. She managed to make it the whole night without complaining that her feet hurt, so I feel like that’s a good sign.

The Row Hook and Loop Sandal in Leather

I haven’t tried these, but a girl can dream! I’d endure a blister or two for the Row.

Montbell Slip-On Sandals

Multiple friends of mine wear these to run errands and to the beach. They come in lots of different colors and have a cool silhouette.

Emme Parsons Bari leather sandals

I recently bought a different pair of sandals by this designer, and they’re not cheap, but they make me feel very elegant, and they don’t hurt my feet.

Merrell Hydro Moc Water Shoe

Camper Casi Myra Slides

Camper is a go-to for comfortable-yet-cool sandals. I haven’t tried these, but I thought they were particularly fun.

Ancient Greek Sandals Black Morfi Sandals
Very Good Deal

These aren’t great for walking long distances because they have no arch support, but I wear a similar pair to the beach or when I’m going out to dinner nearby.

James Rowland Shop Dual Strap Sandal

My friend swears by these, so then another friend of mine bought them. And now she also wears by them.

Hopp Limbo Slide

Someone suggests these in a Twitter thread I saw this week, which you might want to check out as well.

Nike Air Rift Breathe

Margiela split-toe Tabi shoes, but make them mary-janes sneakers. I’ve seen shoe designer Mari Giudicelli wearing them out and about in New York.

Comme des Garçons x Salomon RX 3.0 Mary Janes

Salomons are great for outdoorsy types. (And city kids who like to pretend they’re outdoorsy types.) But because I’m a fashion type, I bought their collaboration with Comme des Garçons, and I wear them everywhere.

Kiko Kostadinov Suede Toe Detail Sandals

These are on my wishlist. The sneaker sole makes them seem comfortable, and they have a soft suede lining, which will hopefully prevent blisters.

Everlane Italian Leather Day Glove

Flats can feel dangerous (and suffocating) in the summer, but these literally fit like a glove and have air holes. I wore them all last summer.

Repetto Zizi Oxfords

I used to have a pair of these, and they made me feel like Emil-ee in Par-ee. These have no arch support but are super snug on your feet.

Martiniano Party Flat Shoe

These are really expensive, but the leather does seem really nice and soft as it molds to your feet. My wore them all last friend summer and never complained.

Moleskin Blister Tape
Very Good Deal

Fashion assistant Vivian Chuang offered a tip for preventing blisters before they happen — and after: “I buy a roll of moleskin tape and cut as needed for blisters,” she says. “I can basically cut it into any shape, and it stays on, even in the heat. It does leave a bit of residue when you take it off, but it can be easily cleaned with soap. Most of my shoes give me blisters, but I love them, so I wear them with this!”

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