The Best Hiking Sandals for Women That, Yes, You Can Actually Hike In
When to Wear Hiking Sandals
Hiking sandals just might be the most versatile footwear you can buy. What other women's shoe can you wear to hike, go to the beach, and explore a new city? All of the sandals on this list truly go the distance, with serious soles meant for rugged trails and footbeds to keep your arches happy.
Keep reading for the tops picks for the best hiking sandals for women—and if you need more gear, check out the best hiking backpacks for women and the best hiking boots and shoes for women, for hikes when sandals just aren't going to cut it.
Best All-Use Hiking Sandals for Women: Chaco Z Cloud
Whether you're walking around town all day or headed out for a rugged hike, you can't go wrong with a classic pair of Chacos. These sandals have good arch support and break in over time to fit your foot perfectly. The soles have excellent grip and tread and can handle long, steep hikes and even a bit of scrambling. You can buy them with or without a toe loop, and with the ability to custom-design your own pair, there are endless strap pattern combinations to suit your individual style.
Extra bonus? Chaco is serious about the longevity of its shoes, so if you happen to wear them out in a few years you can easily send them in to be repaired through the ReChaco program, which will replace your outsoles, buckles, or straps for far cheaper than it costs to buy a new pair of shoes.
Best Durable Hiking Sandals for Women: Teva Hurricane XLT2
The super-grippy sole of Teva's Hurricane XLT 2 sandals and adjustable foot and ankle straps make it a great trail and river shoe. One tester who's been wearing them for more than a year says she regularly walks long distances in them and loves how well they perform on dirt trails and during river crossings. She loves them for days in the city, too, and finds them to be comfortable and supportive even when walking on concrete all day. (FYI, you get all these benefits of hiking when you hit the trails.)
Best Minimalist Hiking Sandals for Women: XeroShoes Z-Trail
These hiking sandals are ideal for anyone experimenting with the barefoot shoe trend: They're zero-drop and have no arch support. (Here's what a "zero-drop shoe" means and whether you should consider trying them.)
The insoles on these ZeroShoes Z-Trail hiking sandals are just soft and thick enough to absorb some shock, but they don't coddle your feet with excessive cushioning. The ultra-flexible soles bend with the surfaces underneath your feet, so you feel closer to the ground and can better connect with where you're walking. One tester wore these shoes for nearly four full days of walking, kayaking, and hiking around Japan and loved how lightweight and packable they were.
Best Hiking Flip-Flop: Chaco Playa Pro Web
If ever there was a flip flop suitable for hiking, it's Chaco's Playa Pro. These snug flips not only have impressive arch support for all-day comfort, but they also have grippy soles with deep treads. One tester was wowed with their performance on a short hike with mild scrambling on Baja's Isla Espiritu Santo (a rocky island off Baja California Sur in Mexico). Like Chaco's other sandals, the Playa Pro is also repairable in the event you hike down the treads on the soles or your puppy chews through a strap. (Related: 8 Reasons to Go On a Group Backpacking Trip)
Best Thong-Style Hiking Sandal for Women: Bedrock Sandals Cairn 3D Adventure Sandals
Bedrock's sandals go the distance, literally: These hardy, ultralight hiking sandals are burly enough for some super-weight-conscious thru-hikers to wear for hundreds of miles along the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. Testers who wore Bedrocks around town and on mild trails in the Rocky Mountains say they love the combination of grippy soles with deep treads, uppers that provide support, and minimalist straps that still provide enough security. The thong-style strap system frees your toes and doesn't rub against the sides of your feet in an uncomfortable way.