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The Best Women’s Sandals on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best walking shoes, heard from Sadie Stein about her favorite travel sandals, and even raved about a certain ultracomfortable, grandma-friendly sandal, here we’re breaking down the best sandals for women on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The Best Platform Sandals

Dream Pairs Women’s Greek Platform Wedge Sandals

“I ordered these sandals after pining over a pair of Eileen Fisher sandals that looked similar but were well beyond my budget. They fit perfectly and were super soft and comfortable. The footbed is like a micro-suede: super soft and cushiony. I love the soft, stretchy ankle straps, they move with me and aren’t too tight, plus the straps help keep the sandals on my feet. They have quickly become my everyday go-to sandals. Even my husband said, ‘Those are really cute,’ and ladies, we all know something’s gotta be pretty spectacular to get a compliment on your shoes from your husband of nearly 20 years.”

The Best Padded Flip-flop Sandals

Sanuk Women’s Yoga Sling Flip-flop

“Okay, folks, I don’t often leave product reviews, but the moment these amazing sandals/flip-flops were placed upon my feet, I swear I could hear my little tootsies SING! I have plantar fasciitis, so I need supportive, cushy footwear. These sandals are perfect! They look dressy enough to wear with a nice summery dress out to dinner, and yet not so stuffy that I couldn’t wear them with a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. The ‘strap’ material is stretchy enough to accommodate moving around and walking, and yet supportive enough to feel like these shoes won’t fall off. The cushion is perfectly squishy without being too squishy — just enough squish to be happy walking in these all day. No, seriously … ALL DAY.”

The Best Adjustable Flip-flop Sandals

Clarks Women’s Breeze Sea Flip-flops

“LOVE THESE FLIP-FLOPS! They are so much more than just your ordinary pair of flip-flops. They are ultracomfortable — underfoot as well as along the top of the foot. My last pair has lasted me a couple summers now, and they are finally coming apart, so I ordered a new pair to have when the old ones are no longer wearable. I have wide feet and these are perfect for me! But my mom also has these, and she has narrow feet and they work great for her, too. You just have to adjust the straps on top.”

The Best Flip-flop Sandals With Arch Support

Reef Women’s Sandy Sandal

“I live on a nine-acre farm in Florida and wear this Reef sandal about 90 percent of the time, pretty much daily. I wear it while mucking out the barn, digging ditches, putting up fences, etc., as well as to the beach. The thick sole has great traction and allows comfortable walking on all surfaces, even sharp rocks. The pretty strap makes it acceptable as a sandal with dresses, too. Given the very heavy use, I tend to wear out and replace this sandal about every year or so. Reef is the best and I would be very reluctant to settle for any other flip-flop in this price range.”

The Best Strappy Flip-flop Sandals

Teva Women’s Olowahu Flip-flop

“These are the most comfortable thongs I’ve worn for years. These Teva flip-flops mold to the length and width of each of your feet. In other words, they customize themselves to each individual foot. I have worn them nonstop since receiving them two or three weeks ago. I like this particular style, Olowahu, because they stay on your feet. They have never slipped off my feet no matter what I’m doing — up and down stairs, walking fast, driving — no problems.”

The Best Slim Flip-flop Sandals

Crocs Women’s Sexi Flip Sandals

“These are, hands down, the greatest sandals I’ve ever worn. I have wide feet with high arches and I get plantar fasciitis sometimes, so it’s really important for me to wear shoes with cushion and support. I remember when I first discovered these shoes: I asked my mommy friend if she was going to be okay carrying her baby all day with those sandals, and she explained that she can do anything in them. Well, I was converted by that statement and had to try a pair. I wear these shoes with dresses for going out because they look expensive, to the beach, for low-impact exercise, in the yard with my dogs and toddler, and all day almost every day with no problems. I get so many compliments!”

The Best Sandals With Cork Soles

Birkenstock Women’s Mayari Sandal

“If I could, I’d spend my summer in flip-flops, but that won’t fly at work. Instead, after talking to my cousin, who just so happens to be a podiatrist, I decided to invest in my first pair of Birkenstocks. They took a little breaking in, but they have fantastic support, especially in the arch of my foot, and they just seem to get better as I wear them. The style is very nice — comfortable enough for weekends, but nice enough to wear in my casual office — and I’m sure I’ll get years of use out of them. I would definitely recommend these sandals to anyone.”

The Best Ankle-Strap Sandals

Teva Women’s Original Universal Sandal

“For a summer of light activities in Europe, the Original Universals were great. I wanted to have sandals that were comfy but could also be worn with a casual skirt, and in the university for lab work without looking like I was in my ‘field clothes,’ but also for some moderate hikes on the weekends. I wore them for the one-mile walk to the institute every day, and even if it rained they didn’t look trashed. They looked reasonably respectable in the lab, and for social occasions I could pair them with a casual skirt and top without looking like I had Serious Clunker Footwear. Weekends I could wear them for half-day hikes with gentle slopes in perfect comfort.”

The Best Slide Sandals

Crocs Unisex Classic Slide Sandal

“I bought these after my sprained ankle was well into recovery, and I wanted a sandal that is flat and stable. These fit the bill and more. They are so very comfortable. They don’t pinch my toes, my feet don’t slide in them, I don’t have to grip with my toes, and the sole is a bit ‘spongy,’ so they would be great for walking on concrete. Perfectly stable, and don’t ‘slap’ as much as my Crocs flip-flops do, so they are quiet-ish.”

The Best Wedge-Heel Sandals

Clarks Women’s Eirwyn Wedge Sandal

“In a word: amazing. These shoes are like walking on clouds. The straps and sole just feel super plush and soft; no slipping, no rubbing, and you really don’t feel like you’re walking in heels at all. I really think I’ll need three more pairs. For note, I have size-ten feet with narrow to average width and they fit perfectly. There’s an adjustable heel strap, but I didn’t need to use it. Worth the price. Perfect summer shoes for any occasion. I’m using these babies for a wedding.”

Best Pool Sandals

Vertico Shower and Pool Sandal

“I have to say, this product really shocked me. Originally, I just wanted shower sandals for around the house. Very comfortable fit, and I find myself wearing them outside as well. Hard to believe for the price. I have spent $40 to $50 for sandals that are not nearly as comfortable as these.”

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The Best Women’s Sandals, According to Amazon Reviews