It’s a hot day, and the last thing you want to do is put on heavy sneakers just to get some ice cream from down the road. Or perhaps, you’re planning a beach trip, and you’re worried that your leather sandals will get ruined by the saltwater and will bring bucket loads of sand back home with you… Enter the flip flop.
Flip flops are not known as a particularly high-fashion footwear item; you would never go to work or attend a wedding in a pair of flip flops. But they are a wardrobe must-have, especially in summer. Perfect for casual wear, flip flops are lightweight and are the next best thing to going barefoot – actually, scratch that – they’re better than going barefoot because they’ll protect your feet from getting burnt by hot pavements.
Plus, flip flops can actually be quite stylish when paired with the right outfit, and can even give you a laid-back, effortlessly cool look.
If you’re after a pair of men’s flip flops, we’ve rounded up the best brands that offer the most comfortable, durable, and stylish flip flops that’ll keep you feeling and looking cool all summer long.
Havaianas has been spreading Brazilian spirit around the world since 1962, with its iconic rubber sole and bright, colorful, and summer-infused designs. Every pair of Havaianas flip flops is still designed and made in its birthplace, Brazil. Available in almost every colour, pattern, and print you could think of, all of Havaianas' flip flops are super comfortable with cushioned footbeds with a textured rice pattern and rubber flip flop soles.
Famous for the creation of the boat shoe, Sperry is dedicated to crafting the tools for life's memorable experiences — on, off, and by the water. Sperry has a number of sporty flip flops for men that will seamlessly transition you from boat to beach. Sperry's flip flops have high-grip outsoles and EVA midsoles to provide cushioning and shock absorption.
The Adidas brand has a long history and deep-rooted connection with sport; one of the most recognised and iconic premium sportswear brands, Adidas caters to both professional and amateur athletes. Adidas doesn't have a huge range of flip flops, but the ones they do have impressively deliver in the comfort department. Their flip flops combine rugged durability with quick-drying technology and feature plush polyurethane footbeds for ultimate cushioning.
Founded in 1984, Teva created the first sport sandal. Today, Teva produces a wide array of footwear and promises their shoes will give people the freedom to roam. Teva's flip flops are extremely quick drying and feature lightweight EVA-foam outsoles, and topsoles that cushion and form to your feet for amazing comfort. Available in different styles and neutral colours, a pair of flip flops from Teva will keep you comfy all summer long.
Founded to pair style & comfort with premium construction & materials, Hari Mari is dedicated to establishing a new standard in footwear and apparel. Hari Mari has a huge range of flip flops that all feature firm arch support to keep feet in proper position, outsoles that provide extra grip with 100% rubber traction, and a signature 'Memory Foam Toe Post' that eliminates the break-in period for instant comfort and wearability. Their flip flops boast premium materials, bright color pops, classic patterns, and plush textures.
Brothers Fernando and Santiago Aguerre founded REEF in 1984 out of a love for the beach and surfing. Their idea was to create high-quality, super comfortable products that fit the lifestyle they loved; mainly, sandals that could take them to the beach, into town, and wherever they wanted to go – in comfort.
Today, REEF has extremely comfortable men's sandals and flip flops. All REEF flip flops have arch support, extra cushioning in the heel, and molded EVA footbeds for support and comfort, and come in a variety of beachy colours.
Contemporary footwear brand Camper was founded in 1975, and is a family business based in Spain. The brand has a rich shoemaking heritage that they use to create and inspire their unique footwear designs. Camper only have one men's flip flop, but it does come in six different colours. Camper's flip flop has a squared design as well as memory foam footbeds, and split-toe tabi socks made of embossed organic cotton.
Founded in 1989, Chacos is committed to creating the ultimate footwear range for outdoor adventures in and out of water. Designed for optimal functionality, Chacos' range of flips are comfortable, supportive, and made to last in rugged environments without sacrificing style. All flip flops are constructed from a variety of premium materials, including full-grain leather, padded pigskin, and high-performance polyurethane for airy durability.
Renowned podiatrist, Phillip Vasyli had a genuine passion for making orthotic treatment more affordable and accessible to people in need of pain relief, which is why Vionic was founded; to create stylish footwear with essential stability and addictive support.
Vionic flip flops are extremely lightweight, have good arch support and grip, and feature a biomechanically designed footbed for all day support. Available in a variety of styles and colours, a pair of Vionic flip flops are perfect for everyday comfort.
An industry leader in premium materials, and famous for their comfortable and supportive footwear, UGG is dedicated to long-lasting quality and enduring designs that transcend trends. UGG has a few flip flops in their range that all feature their signature 'Treadlite' proprietary compound which increases cushioning and traction for a supremely lightweight, ultra-durable sole. Available in classic colours, UGG's flip flops are as sophisticated as you can get in the flip flop department.
Since 1981, Merrell has been a top provider of performance footwear, helping people combat the elements and conquer their summits. Merrell only have one pair of flip flops in their range, but it is available in four different colours. Featuring a woven web upper, contoured EVA foam midsoles for stability and comfort, 'Vibram' megagrip sole, and 5mm lug depth, Merrell's flip flop is perfect for any water-based activity.
American fashion house, Kenneth Cole was founded in 1982. Kenneth Cole only has one flip flop style in their shoe range; available in an extremely sleek grey. The pair of flip flops feature cushioned contoured footbeds with extra padding for comfort, and are perfect for everyday wear.
Famous for their slides, Birkenstock also make extremely stylish and comfortable flip flops. They feature intelligent construction of the footbed, for arch support and ultimate stability even on uneven surfaces. The deep heel cup cradles your heel and keeps your natural cushioning right under your heel bone where it belongs, and the raised toe bar at the front of the footbed encourages the natural gripping motion of your feet, exercising your legs and stimulating circulation. If you're after true comfort, Birkenstock is the only way to go.
You should be familiar with the Columbia brand name. Famed for its range of outdoor technical gear, covering everything from clothing to footwear to equipment, the Oregon-based company produces apparel and equipment to go up against any challenge (and win). Their range of men's flip flops is on the smaller side, but they all have arch support, fantastic traction, contoured and cushioned footbeds, and are perfect for adventures in and out of the water.
The North Face
The fundamental mission of The North Face brand has remained unchanged since its inception in 1966: to provide the best gear for athletes and the modern day explorer, support the preservation of the outdoors, and inspire a global movement of exploration.
With only one pair of flip flops on offer, The North Face's version features lightweight tri-lug outsoles for extra grip without the extra bulk. Hyper-durable and ultra-comfortable, The North Face's flip flops are tough enough for anything!
HOKA's goal is to inspire people to move; therefore, they create shoes with innovative technology to meet the running, walking, fitness, and outdoor needs of a wide variety of users. HOKA's Ora Recovery Flip Flops are perfect for tired feet; they hug the feet and provide sleek comfort and support. They feature a soft top layer of EVA foam for immediate step in comfort, jersey textile straps that are moisture wicking, and strategic groove placement for optimal comfort and traction.
Sportswear and activewear brand, Under Armour has one goal; to inspire you with performance solutions you never knew you needed and can’t imagine living without. Under Armour's range of flips flops have been specifically designed to be worn after a workout; but they're so comfortable and stylish, they really can be worn whenever and wherever. With memory foam that is cushioning, Under Armour's flip flops not only feel great but also help eliminate the pressure on your feet after a gym session.
One of the largest apparel brands in the world, Old Navy believes in the democracy of style. They provide trendy and high-quality garments at an affordable price, because they believe everyone deserves access to good fashion. Old Navy's range of flip flops have the classic flip flop silhouette and are available in a variety of classic block colours, and playful vibrant prints. Extremely affordable, Old Navy flip flops are perfect for holidays or trips to the beach.
Everything Dr Scholls does, is done with heart; simply put, they make great shoes with style and comfort for days, using sustainable elements that show the Earth some love. Dr Scholls' flip flops feature insole technology with anatomical cushioning, comfort, and support, and their lightweight, flexible construction moves with you. With classic style and versatility, Dr Scholls' flip flops will add an effortless masculine look to your summer wardrobe.