15 Pairs of Sandals You Can Wear Anywhere This Summer (Even If It’s Not the Beach)

Man, what is it about feet that inspires such deeply felt emotions? You’re either disturbed by the very sight of ’em or wayyyy too into ’em. Nobody’s indifferent. But why?! They’re feet! (I mean, you ever meet someone with a finger fetish?)

For me, sandals have always been a bit of a tricky style to embrace for that exact reason. I wouldn’t say I’m self-conscious about my feet per se (again, they’re fucking feet), it’s more that I wouldn’t go out of my way to expose ’em in polite company if I can avoid it. Yet sandals remain an essential part of summer style, and lately there’s been so many versions that’ve caught my eye that it’s getting increasingly harder to ignore them. And, as it turns out, like most styles mired in any sort of minor controversy, sandals are less about if you wear ’em and more about how.

What’s that? You’ve been feeling the same way? I figured (great minds and all that). So I took the liberty of rounding up some of the best options available now, from pairs you’ll want to slip into before hitting the beach (still possible!) to pairs you can wear out and about with impunity without feeling like a fucking fool.

Feet, man. Let’s get freaky.

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Benassi JDI Slide

Nike zappos.com


Slides are easily the most acceptable form of sandal a man can wear, and a clean black-and-white pair is always a safe bet. 

IPO Sandal

Champion zappos.com


This summer, Champion brings its classic C logo to the humble slide. 

Arizona EVA Sandal

Birkenstock urbanoutfitters.com


A super comfortable (waterproof!) sandal from the brand we can’t talk up enough. 

Adilette Slides

Adidas adidas.com


Wearing flip-flops anywhere near water is (mostly) fine. Adidas’ Adilette slides are even finer.

Chillos Slide

Chaco chacos.com


Chacos are a sandal-lover’s sandal and an insider flex. ‘Nuff said. 

OOFOS Edition OOahh Slides

TAKAHIROMIYASHITA TheSoloist. ssense.com


The disaffected art-student favorite. 

Canyon Sandal

Nike nike.com


In 2020, trail-ready sandals are really, truly a thing. 

Black Chilton Sandals

Dr. Martens ssense.com


And when your feet weren’t doing too good, who’s the doctor they told you to go see?

Banya Leather Slides

Saturdays NYC saturdaysnyc.com


Saturdays is a modern master of laid-back surfer style, and the brand brings that expertise to these simple slides. 

Hurricane XLT2 Alp

Teva x Snow Peak teva.com


Teva’s team-up with Snow Peak is the collaboration we never knew we needed. 

Navy Kaw-Cab Sandals

Suicoke ssense.com


Suicoke is king when it comes to sandals, and its Kaw-Cab style is a classic-in-the-making.

Latigo Woven Faux Leather Sandals

Malibu mrporter.com


If you’re in the market for a slightly more substantial shoe, Malibu’s handmade, faux leather, huarache-inspired sandal more than does the trick. 

Black Pursuit Pool Slides

Gucci ssense.com


C’mon. I’m, like, legally obligated to include these.  

Wiley Leather Sandals

Grenson mrporter.com


Sturdy sandals from the brand that already makes your sturdiest dress shoes. 

Arizonian Leather Sandals

Yuketen mrporter.com


An ultra-premium pair that riffs on Birkenstock’s iconic “Arizona” silhouette. 

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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