Best Overall Sandals for Men
Teva Terra-Fi Lite
The Teva Terra-Fi Lite
is an absolutely exemplary shoe, showing what's right with shoe design in our era. The shoe boasts best in class traction, best in class for weight, one of the highest rankings for comfort, one of the highest durability rankings, and as an added bonus has a very reasonable list price at $85.
Best Bang for the Buck
Teva Hurricane XLT
Lacks support and stiffness
The Hurricane XLT
is the little brother of the beefier, more elaborate Teva Terra-Fi Lite, is listed at only $60, roughly $40 below our average. Not only is the Hurricane XLT affordable, its value is spectacular by boasting most of the same features as the Teva Terra-Fi Lite, but with a little less padding in the straps, a thinner profile and a different tread pattern. Don't be mistaken by this shoe's price; this is a capable, trail-tearing, rock-hopping sandal.
Top Pick for Closed Design
Keen Newport H2
Doesn't hold water
Bungee on lacing system
Hard to get on
The Keen Newport H2
hit the nail on the head for closed shoe designs for us. While the shoe scored well in comfort and stability, it didn't win in any category. Yet the shoe's overall design, attention to detail and solid scores in each category bring it to be a great choice for a closed design. If you are looking for a more streamlined shoe with less volume, check out the Teva Dozer, one of our other favorites.
Top Pick for Support and Problem Feet
Chaco Yampa z/2
Great arch support
Available in other options and colors
Initially uncomfortable footbed
We've all seen Chacos on people's feet; maybe even in totally inappropriate times where typical products fall short, such as periods of long standing. While we were a bit perplexed at first with the Chaco Yampa z/2
due to some of its shortcomings (traction and weight being the key), as the shoe broke in we found it to be surprisingly comfortable — not for the cushy footbed or padded straps, but instead for the well-designed shape and contour of the shoe's footbed. The stamp of approval on the exterior of the box, boasting the approval of the American Podiatrists Medical Association, seems to hold merit. The support and strength of the Chaco design, mixed with its genius footbed profile, leaves the shoe unrivaled in terms of support.