It’s officially summertime so for this week’s edition of You Pick Wednesday we’re going to tackle sandals. Specifically, comfortable sandals you can wear during your walking commute that won’t leave your feet sore or your knees aching. Here’s Bethany’s question:
While I normally blow off every warning about how flip flops are terrible for your feet/legs/body in general, since I’m training for Chicago [Marathon] this year and my #1 goal is to remain uninjured, I’d like to do whatever I can to make myself less likely to get injured or aggravate something…and poor footwear choices don’t seem like the best way to go about doing that.
Basically, I’m looking for sandals that 1) will be nice to my legs, particularly since I walk two miles (not all at once, just overall) on my commute, 2) are more appropriate for a twentysomething who more or less likes to keep up with shoe trends…. 3) are flat or very close to flat, since I avoid any shoe with anything resembling a heel at all costs on work days (see: two miles of walking in my commute), and 4) are not $$$$$$. $30 or less is ideal, but I’d be willing to go up to $50 if absolutely necessary.
Okay, so, the tricky part of Bethany’s question is the price. Supportive shoes and under $30 don’t really go together. At least not that I’ve found. Perhaps if you scour clearance racks and stalk sales you could find some, but chances are good you’re going to have to spend $50 or even $60 to find them. But, if you think about it, you have your feet and legs for life, right? And we pay $$$ for running shoes to keep ourselves uninjured. Why not spend that money on our every day shoes?
By the way, this is a case of do as I say, not as I do. I’m a hypocrite. I admit it.
The six sandals above range in price from $39.99 to $59.00 (although, I bet you could get the $59 one for less since they’re from Macy’s and Macy’s is always having sales and coupons). All get good reviews in terms of comfort and walkability. And most come in a variety of colors so you can pick something neutral or something fun.
The key is find something that isn’t just piece of leather or plastic attached to some straps. Cushioning and arch support are key. And if you MUST have flip flops, I can personally recommend the Montrail brand. You put them in the oven so that they warm up and then put them on and they conform to your fit. A little pricey but your cost per wear will be one of the best deals you can find.
Do you have comfortable sandals you love to wear in the summer? What kind are they?
Don’t forget, you can always submit your own question for a future You Pick Wednesday!