There’s no better time to find a cute new pair of flip flops to show off your beautifully pedicured toes than right now. One problem: Studies show that this type of flimsy footwear can do a number on your feet—from plantar fasciitis to low-back pain.
Walking in unsupportive thong sandals messes with your gait and your posture, leaving you with a weak foundation that makes you more prone to pain all over your body. So much for fun in the sun, right? But don’t swear off your sandal dreams just yet.
How to find flip flops with arch support
You can rock flip flops without hurting your feet—you just have to accept that paper-thin rubber thongs should have no place in your closet (except perhaps as shower shoes for the gym). Many shoe companies have heard customers’ cries and have developed comfortable flip flops with arch support and other healthy features designed to keep feet happy. When you’re shopping for flip flops with arch support, look for contoured footbeds, sturdy rubber soles, antimicrobial footbeds, adjustable straps, and soft uppers.
To help you find the right pair for you, we combed the internet for the best flip flops with arch support and came up with these pairs that are sure to suit any style.
Vionic Bella II Flip Flops
️ BEST OVERALL
Bella II Sandal
This ergonomic sandal has earned the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance, a rare honor given to shoes that meet the organization’s strict standards for promoting foot health. We love the stylish bow on the straps and the half-inch heel, which gives you a little more support than a complete flat. It also has contoured arches to match the curves of your feet. Comfort, meet style. One Nordstrom reviewer writes: “This is the first pair of flip flops I’ve been able to wear without getting a blister between my toes! They’re very comfortable and cute enough to wear with dressier clothes. Plus, I have high arches and they support them perfectly. I can wear them for hours!”
Vionic Bells Toe Post Flip Flops
️ BEST VALUE
Bells Toe Post Sandal
If ballet slippers and flip flops had a baby, it would be this bow-adorned pair. These polished sandals upgrade any casual outfit while still providing comfort. The cushiony footbed supports the arch, warding off aches and pains so you can wear them all day long. It also has a contoured heel seat to help you evenly distribute your weight as you walk. Vionic recommends wearing new shoes for a few hours to a few days to allow your feet to adjust to the the orthotic support.
Olukai Ohana Flip Flops
️ BEST WATER RESISTANT
Ohana Sandal [width : m]
These supportive flip flops are made with a water-resistant strap and quick-dry lining, so you can can go from the beach to the street in comfort. They come in 15 different summer-ready colors that are sure to brighten up any look. A Nordstrom reviewer says: “I have arthritis in my feet and it’s a pleasure to find these. They are comfortable out of the box. They will go on vacation with me. I purchased the light color and love them.”
Birkenstock Gizeh EVA Flip Flops
️ BEST FOR PLANTAR FASCIITIS
Gizeh Thong Sandal
With narrow- and medium-width sizes, this pair of Birkenstocks can accommodate a variety of feet. The contoured, flexible insoles adjusts to the shape of your foot, while cradling every curve around your arches. The cork footbed also helps to absorb shock, and the raised toe bar naturally supports the way you move your feet. A Zappos reviewer who has plantar fasciitis and high arches says,“These Birkenstocks have helped me get my problem under control.” Another reviewer says: “They fit like a glove and are very lightweight. I have wide feet and they aren’t an issue. The arch support is great.”
Best for the Beach: Vionic Beach Noosa Flip Flops
The bright, colorful insole designs in this Vionic pair give the classic flip-flop look a stylish upgrade—minus the foot pain. The lightly textured insole offers extra grip, and the contoured footbed provides plenty of arch support. In addition, the thong strap makes it easy to slip them on in a hurry. A Zappos reviewer says: “These are really cute beach flip flops! They have more arch support than any other flip flop I have tried.” She also recommends purchasing a size down since they tend to run big.
Best for Flat Feet: FitFlop Lottie Crystal Flower Flip Flops
You’ll want to pack this pretty APMA-approved pair for your next vacation. Amazing for walks, it has a comfortable, shock-absorbent midsole with three different levels of support for your toes, middle, and heel. Although it’s easy to put on, it has a slip-resistant design you’ll need for evening strolls after dinner. And with a little bit of height built in, it pairs nicely with a floral, flowy dress.
Best Designer: Tory Burch Miller Flip Flops
These top-selling flip flops have a foam-cushioned footbed and sturdy sole that makes them comfortable as they are stylish. Plus, they come in 15 different colors, so you can easily match them with any outfit. A Nordstrom reviewer writes: “They are great quality and never hurt my feet, even after wearing them for several hours. They are a little more on the narrow side but overall, a great fit and true to size.”
Aerothotic Original Orthotic Comfort Flip Flops
These water-resistant flip flops have a wedge heel to provide arch support in the midsoles. Wear them as you’re lounging poolside or at the beach, or pair them with a super chic outfit for a cookout. And unlike other flip flops, this pair has a leather-cushioned thong that makes them comfortable to wear all day long. An Amazon reviewer says, “These slippers are surprisingly light, comfortable, and durable. They don’t squeak and provides the perfect arch support for someone flat footed.”
Olukai Eheu V-Strap Flip Flops
Wish you could find flip flops with more ankle support? This pair is made for you. The adjustable leather straps and buckle will keep your ankles aligned to prevent injury. Not to mention, the leather straps never dig into or blister feet, making these a great choice for women with sensitive skin. In addition, the rubber sole provides traction and plenty of stability. A Zappos customer with a wide foot and bunions swears by these sandals: “I have several OluKai sandals. Every pair is well made, comfortable, and stylish. I can wear them all day without my feet hurting at all.”
Crocs Women’s Swiftwater Flip Flops
You’ll be glad you wore these Crocs instead of some flimsy pair of flip flops because they’re lightweight and flexible. The outsoles are made with herringbone flex grooves that offer traction around water, and the comfortable upper gives you freedom to move easily. An Amazon reviewer says, “Great summer flip flop for the beach. Rubber is firm but not hard and gives good support.”
UGG Tawney Flip Flops
The same soft, genuine leather used on UGG boots is employed on these stylish and sturdy flip-flops. And unlike paper-thin flip flops, this stylish pair comes with an EVA insole and outsole to provide comfort and support. Choose from rose gold and silver leather to put a little glam in your step. A DSW reviewer writes: “Purchased these for myself and I love everything about them! Love the way they look, love the way they fit, love how comfortable they are, love all of the UGG quality – these are must have flip flops for the upcoming spring and summer season!”
Tory Burch Wedge Flip Flops
These Tory Burch flip flops have a fun, striped pattern that you’ll love to bring out for open-toe weather. It has an interesting cutout wedge that offers stability and height. Plus its EVA sole provides flexibility and comfort with every step. And what would a Tory Burch flip flop be without the signature logo? The Tory medallion is situated right in the middle of the strap.
Vionic Kirra Backstrap Flip Flops
Classy meets casual in this sophisticated flip flop with an ankle strap. The microfiber footbed absorbs shock to help reduce muscle imbalances and knee pain, while the durable outsole has superior traction that can withstand a variety a surfaces. Vionic’s flip flops are designed to cradle your arches, and these sandals have a built-in orthotic to help treat plantar fasciitis.
Nike Benassi Ultra Slide Flip Flops
Whether you’re running from the pool or to the grocery store, these casual and comfy Nike flip flops offer comfort and style. They have dual-strap design to ensure they stay on you to prevent tripping or falling, and they feature a thick Phylon midsole, which you’ll find in many running shoes because they’re extra supportive. They also feature a textured footbed to provide traction. A reviewer says: “Very comfortable slides! Probably the best slides I have bought before…actually more comfortable than my Birkenstocks. I have received several compliments as well. Will purchase another pair soon!”
Sanuk Yoga Joy Flip Flops
These flip flops have jersey-lined upper, making them more comfortable to wear all day long. This pair has a slightly contoured footbed that naturally hugs the curves of your feet. Plus, they’re made with the same material as their yoga mats. An Amazon reviewer says, “I bought my first pair last summer when I was seven months pregnant and desperate for some comfort for my swollen feet. I have high arches, and these totally mold to your feet. The arch support is great.”
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