Best Flip Flops for the Beach

These are the best shoes for your next trip to the shore


October 20, 2021
Bare feet on a sandy beach with flip flops
Flip flops just feel like the perfect fit for a day at a sandy beach. Pexels

Flip flops are as much a part of a day at the beach as sunscreen, a floppy hat and the seagulls. This shore-friendly footwear can stand up to saltwater and be cleaned of all the sand by a simple rinse of water before the drive home.

Here are our favorite models of flip flops that deserve their day in the sun.

Havaianas Women's Slim Flip Flop Sandal

Classic Style

This trusted brand paved the way for this iconic sandal. Havaianas

Havaianas—undoubtedly, the first brand to come to mind when you think of a flip flop. Serving up style and comfort since the 1960s, you can wear this rubber slip-on with nearly anything. The well-constructed sole can stand up to countless days slogging through sand and surf. With tons of styles, patterns, and colors to offer, this is a flip flop that belongs in every wardrobe.

Reef Men's Fanning Flip Flop

For Sporty Guys

These 100 percent synthetic sandals are available in more than a dozen color combinations and come in sizes from 4 to 17. Reef

We love these sandals for their water-friendly construction and molded footbed. And get this: There’s a bottle opener built right into the shoe so you can enjoy a beer or soda after a long walk on the beach. Say no more!

Clarks Women's Breeze Sea Flip-Flop

Something Different

These include an adjustable thong strap along with hook-and-loop closure. Clarks

These are as casual as they are comfortable—and they come in 12 different color combinations. Clarks have been in the shoe business for more than 100 years so it’s a brand we trust.

OOFOS - Unisex OOriginal - Post Exercise Active Sport Recovery Thong Sandal

Universal Fit

This innovative design cradles your arches to limit stress on your lower body. OOFOS

This chunky style from OOFOS is made with a cushy foam sole that helps absorb impact as you move. Designed for active lifestyles, this is a flip flop that feels good and provides relief for sensitive feet. Even better? These flip flops are machine washable.

Reef AHI Boys Sandals | Flip Flops for Boys

For Little Feet

These synthetic sole sandals are available in more than a dozen color combinations and four size categories. Reef

This pair of flip-flops is perfect for the young and active—read “restless”—beachgoer. They’re built with quick-drying, webbed upper straps and a tractioned rubber bottom for maximum protection. Yet the insole is still cushy and keeps its wearer comfy for hours in the sand and sun. An elastic heel strap is also available for smaller sizes to keep the sandal from flying off.

Flip Flops Womens Pool Beach Shoes with Flower Pattern- Floral Design

Budget Pick

These all-rubber sandals are available in four colors and three sizes. AIREE FAIREE

When we think of flip-flops, these are the exact ones we picture in our minds—easy to slip on, lightweight, simple construction. Of course, we think the flower is a lovely addition.

Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.


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