10 best women's walking sandals

Celebrate National Walking Month in comfort with an outdoor adventure

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Summer isn’t all about lounging by the pool. For the more energetic sun-worshipper, we’ve found the perfect women’s walking sandals for the job. Our testers wore the sandals everywhere from the Yorkshire Dales to Disneyworld to find the best in all-day comfort

1. Keen Clearwater CNX: £75, keenfootwear.com



If you need something a bit sturdier for summer hikes, these keep feet cool and whiff-free thanks to an ‘anti-odour’ inner sole and offer a bit more coverage than the average sandal. They also have really good grip for walking on rocks, boating, or just navigating your way across slippy pub decking in the sunshine.

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2. The North Face Hedgehog Sandal: £55, johnlewis.com



The clever thing about these sport-styled walking sandals is that you can remove the back strap altogether. After an afternoon’s sightseeing they’ll quickly convert into poolside slip-ons so you can kick them off with ease.

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3. Merrell Terran Lattice: £65, merrell.com



With daintier styling than some of the other sandals here, our Disneyworld-bound tester worried that thinner straps might dig into her feet, but after a day in the Florida heat she was a convert. She especially loved Merrell’s memory foam-like inner sole.

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4. Terra Fi Lite Sandal: £60, teva.co.uk



These are a more rugged version of the well-known Teva sandal, with a chunkier sole more suited to walking in the great outdoors. They come in a great choice of colours, and they also go up to ladies’ size 10. Our tester now has two pairs.

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5. Hi-Tec Aurora Sandal: £39.99, hi-tec.com



Full marks for the soft neoprene fabric on the heel and lining of these walking sandals, meaning no chafing or rubbing even on a long country walk in the sun. They also felt lightweight and were fully adjustable for the perfect fit, so are great for all-day wear.

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6. Birkenstock Rio Ankle Strap Sandals: £51, qvcuk.com



A classic choice, the moulded sole shape follows the natural shape of the foot. Our tester’s narrower feet mean slide-style Birkenstocks tend to slip off, so this style with back straps too was the ultimate in long-wear walking sandals for her holiday on the Med.

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7. Fly London Flix Sandal: £55, amazon.co.uk



Fly has long been a go-to brand for comfortable footwear – even their heels. But these flats were the business for broader feet especially and our tester found the wide straps very supportive after being on her feet all day.

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8. Originals Dusty Soul Sandal: £55, clarks.co.uk



If sporty looks are not your thing, try these Clarks Originals. In super-soft Italian leather, they have a flatter, less dramatically moulded sole than some of the other sandals here but our tester said they were ‘as comfortable as slippers’ and won’t be coming off till autumn.

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9. Banda Micro-Crystal Sandal: £95, fitflop.co.uk



Be the woman who puts the bling in rambling. Well, OK, perhaps we wouldn’t be scaling in mountains in these, but if you need to add a bit of comfort to a glamorous ‘on-your-feet-all-day’ occasion, our tester raved about their comfort.

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10. Ecco Offroad Lite: £85, rohan.couk



Ecco has pinned down what we need from a walking sandal with this traditional-looking pair. They offer ligament support and a flexible sole, not to mention a soft micro-fibre and foam footbed. Our tester liked the “washed” effect leather, too.

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For all round comfort, every pair of sandals here feels great even after an all-day schlep around the shops or a ten-mile nature trail. Our favourites were the Hi-Tec Aurora sandals as they were especially light, very soft and looked good too.


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