Updated July 2017
We updated this category to bring you the latest, greatest, and most popular models on the market today. There are countless to choose from, and your daily driver sandal has to be one that you love. For that reason, we've researched the most popular models and selected the top ten to test as multi-purpose, everyday sandals. What were the results? The OluKai Ohana remains our Editors' Choice for the second year in a row, while the OluKai Hiapo takes the win for Top Pick for Dressing Up or Down. The Chaco Flip Ecotread wins the Best Buy award - a new winner this year.
With so many flips to choose from, we were surprised to find that last year's Editor's choice once again outperformed its competitors. Our testers came into the review with little bias and no expectations. Many of us are loyal Chaco users and weren't ready to be so impressed by another sandal. The OluKai Ohana
blew us away in most of the categories that we rated these models in and was our highest scorer. Plush, stable on a variety of terrain, stylish and well built, this pair found their way to the front of the line time and again. The footbed is soft and didn't get sticky when it was wet and the rugged tread pattern made this sandal one of the best we tested on steep dirt and rock. This competitor is the do-anything winner, whether walking off the top of a climb or riding bikes to the bar.
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Top Pick to Dress Up or Down
Not a water sandal
Break in time
Despite considering ourselves rigorous outdoor enthusiasts, let's be honest, we spend at least as much time socializing as we do in the mountains; it's nice to have a pair that has as much class as it does mountain performance. For that reason, among others, we chose the OluKai Hiapo
for our Top Pick award, specializing in the classy occasion. When we first opened the box, we were sure that these were nothing more than an overpriced boutique model. Wow, were we wrong. Over months of wearing this pair, we learned that they are much, much more. We wore them on dates, plan travel, to concerts, we carried heavy packs to the crags and took them to the beach. After a break in period, they were by far one of the most comfortable sandals we tested, as well as the best looking. The attention to detail is easy to appreciate when you look closely; they are wonderfully constructed and performed well in every area except water sports.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Chaco Flip EcoTread
Great in water
The Chaco Flip EcoTread
has a cult following, and for good reason. For years, this has been the choice for climbers and boaters alike. People that demand not only performance but expect their flops to hold up for close to a decade. This is by far the most rugged, best-built sandal we tested; hold a pair in your hand, and this becomes evident. They are not the lightest model we tested but with their weight comes an exceptional level of durability. The footbed can feel stiff at first, so if you're looking for a plush pair straight out of the box, the Chaco might not be for you. However, if you're willing to put in the time to break this contender in, you'll be rewarded with a loyal piece of footwear for years and years. Get rad or go to a wedding; this model will outperform almost all others on the market.
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