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The 12 Best Comfortable Walking Sandals for 10,000-Step Days
For vacationing in Paris or hiking in the mountains.
Summer is prime vacation season, whether that means heading into the wilds of America for a weeklong camping trip or traveling overseas for a fine dining-fueled trip through France and Spain. Either way, you’ll need a pair of the most comfortable walking sandals for logging the 10,000-plus steps you’ll be getting each day.
While statement heels are a fit for weddings or the office, if you’re planning to log any significant number of miles, the best sandals for walking are ones with lower heels (or none at all) and more support through the soles. “You want to pay attention to how cushioned the footbed is, as well as the flexibility and material of the upper,” Katie Moore, senior design director at Dr. Scholl's Shoes, says. As you can’t exactly spend a full day testing out a pair of sandals before you bring them home, doing a few laps around the store or your apartment can help to ensure the fit is right. Don’t forget: Some leather sandals may require a little breaking in before you’re guaranteed to be blister free.
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This season, fisherman sandals and chunky platforms are particularly on-trend options, while classic lace-ups and flip-flops are also great choices for dressing up or down. If you find yourself in a situation where heels can’t be avoided (say, an occasion where a wedding guest dress is also necessary), there is a hack to help keep you pain free. “If the pitch is too high, you could look to add a comfort pad to the front part of the sandal,” Moore suggests.
Ahead, find the 12 best comfortable walking sandals you’ll make moves in all summer long.
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