10 best men’s walking sandals

Whether you’re going for a stroll round the park or tackling a rugged trail, we find footwear for covering ground this summer

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May is National Walking Month, so make the summer days to come as comfortable as possible with a pair of walking sandals from our edited choice. We asked a panel of testers to try these styles out on holiday and they rated them for comfort, style and coolness.

1. Rio Men’s Adventure Sandal: £49.99, hi-tec.com



So you want to feel bit of fresh air but don’t fancy showing off you’re the hooves you’ve had stuffed in socks for the rest of the year? These sandals have mesh uppers and the closed-toe style gives more coverage. Great if you’re likely to be walking on rougher terrain.

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2. Valor Race Sandal: £55, clarks.co.uk



These are pretty good-looking if you like the minimalist style of sandal. In soft leather, our tester said he felt these were smart enough to wear to dinner after a long day walking around a humid Disneyworld in Florida. Not traditionally sporty, but majorly comfortable.

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3. Lotus Rothbury Sandal: £35, brantano.co.uk



A more traditional choice, these Lotus sandals are well made for the price and scored well for their comfortable, moulded memory-foam foot bed. Our tester wore them on the tourist trail in Marrakech and gave them a glowing report.

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4. Regatta Outdoor Sandals: £35, matalan.co.uk



Not everyone likes the feeling of a shaped sole and our tester found the flat foot bed on these Regatta numbers more comfortable for everyday use than other sports sandals. They suited his wider feet as the Velcro straps adjust in three places.

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5. The North Face Hedgehog Sandals: £55, johnlewis.com



The North Face i associated with cold-weather clothes and shoes, but the brand does a great line in sandals too. If you’re Alpine hiking this summer, the Hedgehog sandal is a good choice. The ‘nubuck’ upper is synthetic and water resistant while the sole is non-slip on rocky riverbanks.

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6. Rip Tape Sandal: £19.50, marksandspencer.com



Our tester liked the ‘barely-there’ feeling of these light sandals. Perhaps more suited to walking round a mall than the foothills of the Himalayas, they’re a great bargain choice, especially if your feet tend to swell in hotter weather as the day goes on.

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7. Landsurfer Sandal: £75, fitflop.co.uk



Our tester found FitFlops took a bit of getting used to – the sole on these sandal feels rounded so he needed to ‘find his feet’ at first. Now he’s converted and especially likes how they’ve made him ‘address his poor posture’. Top marks.

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8. TerraFi 4 Sandal: £70, teva.co.uk



This chunky Teva strap sandal takes the design classic and makes it even more comfortable. For all-day wear this was the sandal our tester raved about most, as it had a light but substantial sole, moulded comfort for the feet and breezy summer styling.

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9. F&F Leather Triple Strap Adventure Sandal: £20, clothingattesco.com



This well-priced choice from Tesco is for you if you’re a once-a-year-on-hols sandals wearer. Comfortable enough to take you from beach to bar and back again, they are in genuine leather and have a four-way adjustable strap system to suit all width fittings.

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10. Uneek Sandals: £89.99, keenfootwear.com



Our tester’s head said no, but boy, did his feet disagree. ‘Mad looks, but the most comfortable sandals I’ve worn’, was the verdict. The ‘imaginative’ cord styling may not be to everyone’s taste but with an anatomical foot bed and adjustable bungee for a perfect fit they’re easy to fall in love with.

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Three sandals really stood out in the comfort stakes here – The Teva and FitFlops are expected to be prized off our testers’ feet when autumn comes. But for all-round rave reviews, the Keen Uneek has comfort for those adventurous enough to try a new look.


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