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The 15 Best Women’s Flip Flops for Travel

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Shoe trends may come and go, but flip flops are an eternal summer staple. These sandals are the next best thing to running around barefoot, and they’re a must for travelers, since flip flops take up barely any room in your suitcase. Before your next trip, shop for a new pair: here are 15 women’s flip flops that will take you from beach trips to running errands or to brunch in a new city.

Everlane The ReNew Strappy Sandal

Two views of a pair of The ReNew Strappy Sandal from Everlane

From the front, this Everlane ReNew Strappy Sandal looks like a typical flip flop. But these shoes are bound to stay on your feet better than most flip flops, thanks to a back strap that slides around your heel. These flip flops are made almost entirely from recycled materials, per Everlane’s focus on sustainability. Choose between black and beige shades, or vibrant colors like scarlet and marigold.

TKEES Leather Sandals

Two views of the Leather Sandals from TKEES

Consider these sandals from TKEES the little black slip dress of flip flops. These barely-there TKEES Foundation flip flops just skim across your foot, and add a bit of elegance to even denim shorts. Plus, these shoes are so minimal, they’re easy to throw into the smallest carry-on. Neutrals are the main color palette here, with TKEES in shades of blush, black, white, and metallics (although there are bolder options as well, like animal print).  

Havianas Slim Palette Flip Flop

Two views from Havianas Slim Palette Flip Flop

Flips flop from this beloved Brazilian brand are designed especially for beach vacations. With flexible rubber soles, Havianas Slim Palette Flip Flop are cushy to walk in and very well-made considering they only cost around $30. For your next warm weather trip, snag a pair in a fun print.

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Old Navy Sugarcane Blend Flip-Flops

Two pairs of Old Navy Sugarcane Blend Flip-Flops in a flower pattern and a striped pattern

The price is right for these Old Navy Classic Flip Flops, and that’s why they are ubiquitous. On sale for just $2.50, these sandals can serve as shower shoes or pool shoes for travel — and if you leave them in your hotel room accidentally, it’s not the end of the world. Find the classic flip flops in match-everything colors like silver, white, and dulce de leche.

Gizeh Birko-Flor Flip Flop

Two views of the Gizeh Birko-Flor Flip Flop

In the past decade, Birkenstock shed its crunchy, hippy reputation as the German brand went high fashion (we’re talking runway show collaborations). Birkenstock’s focus on comfort didn’t change at all though, with lots of arch support and a forgiving cork and latex footbed. In addition to the ever popular two-buckle sandal, Birkenstock offers a flip flop version: try the Gizeh Birko-Flor Flip Flop with a sleek leather thong strap.

Asportuguesas Base Flip Flop

Two views of Asportuguesas Base Flip Flop

There’s a lot to like about the Asportuguesas Base Flip Flop: the sustainable, made-in-Portugal brand uses a blend of rubber and renewable natural cork for its soles, making this a flip flop with a negative carbon footprint. The actual flip flop itself looks cool too, with unique, grippy treads. 

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Indosole Women’s ESSNTLS Vegan Flip Flops

Two views of the Indosole Women's ESSNTLS Vegan Flip Flops

Certified B corporation Indosole had a genius idea: recycle old tires bound for landfills and turn them into the extremely eco-friendly Indosole Women’s ESSNTLS Vegan Flip Flops. Not only are these sandals waterproof and non-slip, they also feature arch support too. Indosole’s color options include cool, two-toned varieties.     

The North Face Women’s Base Camp Mini II

Two views of a pair of The North Face Women’s Base Camp Mini II

If you like your flip flops on the sporty side, try The North Face Women’s Base Camp Mini II. The outdoors brand designed these to be lightweight and durable, with a footbed featuring anatomical arch support. In shades of mint, rose, and basic black, these sandals are great for camping or running weekday errands with the kids.

Hoka One One Women’s Ora Recovery Flip Sandals

Two views of the Hoka One One Women's Ora Recovery Flip Sandals

The soles on the Hoka One One Women’s Ora Recovery Flip Sandals are extremely chunky, just like the brand’s maximalist running shoes. The end result is soles that make you feel like you’re walking on a cloud. Although they look a little bizarre, these flip flops designed especially for tired feet are so comfortable, you might be tempted to wear them everywhere. 

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Rag & Bone Parker Thong Sandals

Two views of the Rag & Bone Parker Thong Sandals

These Rag & Bone Parker Thong Sandals are very sophisticated as far as flip flops go (with the price tag to match). This grown-up sandal prioritizes comfort as well as style, with leather straps and a memory foam footbed. The two-tone contrasting leather is a nice touch too.

Rainbow Narrow Strap Sandals

Two views of the Rainbow Narrow Strap Sandals

The more often you wear a pair of Rainbow Narrow Strap Sandals, the more comfortable they get, as the spongy rubber soles mold to your feet. You will wear them a lot, since these flip flops are practically indestructible, with a sturdy leather sole and straps held together with bonded nylon thread. The iconic sandals are available in practical shades like black and sierra brown.  

Beek Seabird Sandals

Two views of the Beek Seabird Sandals

Shoes from Beek are designed in California and made by hand in Mexico out of buttery soft vegetable-tanned leather. Beek Seabird Sandals feature a molded arch for some support while you’re walking, and rubber bottoms in case you’re headed to the pool or beach. The tan version with shimmery peony straps is especially pretty.

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M. Gemi The Medio

Two views of the M. Gemi The Medio

Handmade in Toscana, Italy, The Medio by M. Gemi is a flip flop with European flair. The Nappa leather upper adds a sophisticated touch to your summer look and the small (10mm) heel gives the footbed some extra support. It comes in three metallic colors and six additional matte options.

L.L.Bean Women’s Maine Isle Flip-Flops 

Two views of L.L.Bean Women's Maine Isle Flip-Flops

These preppy L.L.Bean Women’s Maine Isle Flip-Flops are meant for cookouts and long days at the pool. The wide nylon straps are decorated with either stripes or polka dots in various colors, and these flip flops have a sturdy rubber sole.

Keen Kona Flip 

Two views of the Keen Kona Flip

You can basically hike in Keen sandals: that’s how rugged these shoes are, and the Keen Kona Flip is no exception. The molded footbed is made for comfort, and the treads are super grippy. No wonder Keen calls this the “SUV of flip-flops.” The classic tie-dye strap is a fun option.

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