Comfortable Sandals Under Sixty Dollars

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Comfortable walking sandals under sixty dollars



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!

18 replies on “Comfortable Sandals Under Sixty Dollars

  1. kelsey

    Bethany read my mind, I’ve been wondering this too! I noticed whenever I wear flip flops for more than like 30 minutes (of walking) my calves get really sore and seize up. I have really tight calves to begin with so walking in flip flops makes it worse.

    Thanks for the great post!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I try to avoid wearing flip flops because I think they really make you work to hold the shoe on your foot. Sandals with a strap around the heel or ankle seem to work much better.

  2. Amanda

    Great timing! My sandals absolutely kill my feet, and I think it’s making some plantar fasciitis come back. I’ve been wearing TOMS to help since they’re more supportive, but I can’t wear them all summer. Thanks for the great post!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Are you allowed to wear open-toed shoes to work? At my previous job we weren’t allowed to so I always feel a bit like a rebel when I wear them now!

  3. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Woo! As I was on my way to work this morning I thought, “It’s July 10! My You Pick Wednesday question gets answered today!” Haha. Thanks for all the ideas! They’re all super cute. If only I could BUY all six pairs for under $60! 😛 You’re totally right about the running shoe and sandal cost thing, though. I’m more than happy to drop whatever necessary on a pair of running shoes, but if someone tries to charge me more than $5 for sandals I’m all, “What do you think I am, made of money?! This is robbery!” Hahaha.

  4. kilax

    Great question! It’s so important to wear supportive footwear… I was so bummed when I had to ditchy my flippy floppies the summers I had PF, but it really helped.

    Question, since you have the copyright issue – so is it okay to post pictures of products, since you have the links? I mean, I imagine stores would WANT you to do that! 😛

  5. Emily

    It seems like sandals in the style of #3 and #5 are very popular this season. I’m generally not a huge fan of thong sandals because I get between-toe skin irritation (sorry if that is TMI) but there are some really adorable choices out there. These selections when paired with a nice pedicure would all look super cute!

  6. Meghan

    Oooh! I love #4. But I agree – it’s hard to find super cheap AND comfy sandals. I found a cute pair of Clarke’s (or is it Clark’s?) that I was able to wear all over Europe without feeling too “old lady”-ish:)

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