Updated July 2017
What better way to get ready for summer than with a new pair of flip flops? We've got you covered. We tested 11 of the top models and found a new Editors' Choice Award winner, the Birkenstock Gizeh. Other top performers include our Best Buy winner, the Teva Olowahu, the OluKai Lala, our new Top Pick for Stylish Adventures, along with the Merrell Around Town Thong, our Top Pick for Hiking or Scrambling. Which pair will you choose?
Best Overall Women's Flip-Flop
Takes time to break in
Toe post is very stiff
The Birkenstock Gizeh
snapped up our Editors' Choice award after excelling in every rating metric and test we put it up against - even some that surprised us. This supremely well-made sandal became more comfortable the longer we wore it and also offered the most support and stability of all our tested models. While the aesthetic of the Gizeh doesn't do it for some people, most found it to be among the most stylish in our test suite, and repeatedly while hiking around on all manner of terrain we were impressed by the traction. This shoe is an investment, but if you're looking for something that will last many years and can handle all kinds of situations, this is a rock solid choice.
Read full review: Birkenstock Gizeh
Best Bang for the Buck
Harder to put on
The Teva Olowahu
is a sassy and stylish shoe at a very sweet price, making it an easy pick for our Best Buy award. The squishy foam footbed molds to your feet over time and the unique strap pattern makes it an ideal candidate for everything from shorts and leggings to a cute dress for a night on the town. It's not the most durable flip-flop we reviewed, and the straps took longer to dry when wet than other tested models, but aesthetically this was a crowd favorite and for only $25, we think the Olowahu is a beyond a steal
Read full review: Teva Olowahu
Top Pick for Stylish Adventures
Runs small and narrow
We had a group of women rate all our tested flip-flops from most to least stylish, and the Lala
was far and away the crowd favorite. But this isn't just a pretty sandal to look at, it's also a well-constructed and durable shoe that performed excellently across all our metrics. The Lala felt secure on steep terrain and dried quickly when wet, all while looking gorgeous and feeling luxurious. It definitely runs small and narrow, so it's not for everyone, but for narrow-footed fashionistas that also want to be ready for all the adventures of summer, this is a great shoe to consider.
Read full review: OluKai Lala
Top Pick for Hiking and Scrambling
Merrell Around Town Thong
Stable on technical terrain
Cork footbed lining peels off
Leather edges sharp when new
If you happen to find yourself scrambling up steep rocks and down dusty rugged trails while in flip flops, the Merrell Around Town
would be a great shoe to have on your feet. With fantastic traction, an adjustable buckle, and an overall burly design, it's easy to feel confident in terrain where a more minimal sandal would be cause for concern. The Merrell strikes a great balance between form and function, looking stylish enough to illicit compliments from passerby and yet rugged enough to not worry about getting dirty and muddy. An excellent choice for the adventurer that never knows where their day will take them!
Read full review: Merrell Around Town Thong