The Best Women’s Hiking Sandals For 2019

 
The Only Guide You Need To Find the Best Hiking
Sandals in 2019

Women’s hiking sandals have had a massive resurgence in popularity over the past decade. The reason is simple: women love sandals because they are light, durable, convenient, and extremely comfortable. Their appearance has also improved from clunky footwear to fashionable statements.

Hiking sandals are also very versatile and can be worn in both urban and natural environments. This makes them particularly useful for women who want a comfortable stylish footwear that they can wear virtually anywhere.

There are several types of women’s hiking sandals available, from stylish lightweight sandals, through to rugged hiking sandals designed for trekking long distances. This gives you plenty of options when shopping for a pair of hiking sandals.  

How to choose hiking sandals

Our Methodology to Choosing the Best Hiking Sandals

This guide reviewed the universe of hiking sandals to narrow down those that would be considered the best-of-the-best. We used a standard methodology, which entailed giving each pair of outdoor sandals an accurate rating, based upon 5 difference criteria:

Comfort
How well the sandals fit and feel. Do they have good arch support and padding?

Traction
How much traction to the athletic sandals provide. Does the sole give you traction in different kinds of environments?

Adjustability
Can the sandal adjust to accommodate feet of different shapes and sizes?

Versatility
Whether the sandal can be worn in many different locations and environments

Aesthetics
How stylish/attractive the sandals are

From these 5 factors, we obtained an overall score out of 100 for each pair of hiking sandals. We also gave each hiking sandal a category, to help you understand how they are intended to be used. Categories include the most comfortable walking shoes, the best walking shoes for travel, the most stylish walking shoes and so on.

So without further delay, let’s check out which hiking sandals reached the top of our list!

 

What Are the Best Hiking Sandals for Women?

Teva Women's Tirra Sandal

Teva are one of the most popular manufacturers of women’s sandals. They have built a reputation for making sandals that are highly functional and comfortable — yet stylish enough to be worn in many different types of locations. The Teva Tirra sandal can be worn to a restaurant, shopping centre, beach, or technical jungle track, thanks to its incredible attractive design and versatility.

This sandal features a 100% textile upper that has a three-point adjustment system. The natural rubber sole provides excellent traction and makes these sandals ideal for virtually any environment — however, there are better options for long hikes in rough conditions. It is a very lightweight sandal that is quite comfortable to wear and its affordable price point makes it one of the best women’s sandals currently available. This sandal is available in more than 20 different color combinations.

Pros:

    • Excellent adjustability
    • Versatile and perfect for many different environments
    • Lightweight and comfortable

Cons:

    • Could have better support for long hikes
    • Ankle strap rubs slightly

Awarded: Best value for money women’s hiking sandal.

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

7

8

8

8

9

80

 

Viakix Napali Hiking Sandals

Best sandals for walking and hiking

Viakix has clearly spent a lot of time designing their Napali hiking sandals. They are one of the few products reviewed here which have the right blend of functionality, style, and durability. These athletic sandals look fantastic while still retaining the features necessary for hiking in rough conditions.

These athletic hiking sandals by Viakix have an upper made from a water-resistant webbing that can be adjusted by three straps to precisely fit your feet. Having multiple closures on the sandal means they hug the feet and are suitable for people with any foot shape (narrow, wide, average).

The insole has excellent arch support and a shank stabilizer, which adds stability and comfort to the sandal. The midsole is EVA foam-injected, which provides plenty of impact absorption, making it easier to walk for long distances. The outsole is made from natural rubber, which is extremely durable and provides plenty of traction.   Best of all, Viakix has developed these hiking sandals to provide an maximum arch support, by engineering an innovative arch stabilizer right into the sandal outsole.  

The versatility of these sandals makes them an excellent choice for many kinds of activities, including hiking, water sports, travel, and camping. To top it all off, Napali hiking sandals come with a 30-day guarantee. If you decide you don’t like the way they fit or how they look, you can return the unused pair within 30 days to receive a refund.

Pros:

    • Very stylish and fashionable appearance
    • High-quality materials including a rubber outsole
    • Superior arch support
    • Available in multiple color combinations
    • EVA-injected midsole makes them very comfortable to walk in
    • Very adjustable

Cons:

    • No toe protection

Awarded: The most versatile women’s hiking sandal on the market.

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

7

8

8

9

9

83

 

Chaco Z/Cloud 2

Hiking sandals for women

The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 has remained been a very popular women’s hiking shoes for several years now. It is one of the better long distance women’s hiking shoes we have seen, thanks to its combination of a thick midsole, highly adjustable upper, and light weight.

The shoe’s upper is made from a polyester jacquard webbing, which secures the foot to the sandal very well. This additional level of support is one of the reasons why this is such a great sandal for the trail. Another reason is the excellent traction it provides. You can feel safe wearing the Chaco Z/Cloud 2 as you traverse everything from slippery rocks to gravel. The only downside of this shoe is the footbed, which may be unsuitable for women with flat feet.

Pros:

    • Provides excellent support
    • Stylish and versatile
    • Well-constructed and extremely durable
    • Extremely thick midsole for more comfort

Cons:

    • It takes time to adjust the upper
    • Uncomfortable for flat footed people
    • Some do not like the outsole feel

Awarded: Best lightweight women’s hiking sandal.

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

6

9

7

9

8

80

 

KEEN Women's Clearwater CNX Sandal

best walking sandals for women

Keen has developed some fantastic women’s hiking shoes and women’s water sandals over the past few years. The KEEN Women's Clearwater CNX Sandal is one of their newest products and one of the best we have seen from the company.

It is an attractive women’s outdoor sandal that has been designed to work well in the water.   This sandal has a lot going for it, including a sleek design which makes storage in a backpack or suitcase easy. It is a very comfortable sandal as well, thanks to the squishy synthetic footbed and synthetic midsole. The additional coverage provided by the large upper also gives your feet more protection while on the trail.

However, the best feature of this women’s sport sandal is how well it does in the water. The synthetic materials dry quickly and remove moisture from the feet. The rubber outsole provides plenty of traction. This makes the Clearwater CNX Sandal a great choice for hiking near the water.

Pros:

    • Excellent performance in the water
    • Versatile
    • Low weight

Cons:

    • Cannot adjust ankle strap

Awarded: Best women’s hiking sandal in the water.

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

8

8

8

5

7

74

 

Merrell Terran Ari Lattice

Comfortable hiking sandals

This beautiful pair of women’s walking sandals is from Merrell. The Merrell Terran Ari Lattice sandals stand out as one of the best women’s walking sandals for urban environments thanks to their sleek and fashionable design.

Although you might be tempted to call these fashion sport sandals, they do have a high level of functionality, including an EVA-injected ergonomic footbed and Merrell Air Cushion heel. These features help the sandals remain comfortable during long walks in urban environments. The Merrell Terran Ari Lattice sandals have a durable leather and textile upper, natural rubber sole.

Pros:

    • A beautiful design
    • Ideal for urban environments
    • Excellent traction
    • Low weight

Cons:

    • Not very adjustable, with only one buckle
    • Not ideal for long-distance trail walking
    • Not as durable as other products

File under: Cute walking shoes for women.

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

8

8

9

5

8

78

 

KEEN Women's Newport H2 Sandal

water sandals for women

If you are interested in walking in the great outdoors, these women’s hiking sandals from KEEN are a great choice. These sandals are packed with great features including a supportive footbed with arch support and a durable polyester upper with high contrast stitching.

The Newport H2 Sandal has been designed with durability and safety in mind. The outsole provides excellent traction and stretch to the front of the sandal — protecting your feet from rocks, tree roots, and other objects. The Compression-molded EVA midsole makes the sandals extremely comfortable and provides additional stability in rugged environments.

Pros:

    • Rugged design capable of handling rough walking tracks
    • Excellent toe protection
    • Great traction in all environments
    • Lightweight thanks to synthetic materials

Cons:

    • May look out of place if worn in a restaurant

File under: High-quality hiking shoes for women.

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

8

8

8

7

7

76

 

Teva Verra Sandal — Women's Hiking Sandal

hiking and walking sandals

This is a thinner version of the popular Teva Tirra sandal. Its low profile makes these sandals a fantastic choice for travel, as they will take up limited space in your backpack or suitcase. You then have another footwear option for a day e exploring the sites of going to the beach.

The Verra sandal is made from mostly synthetic materials include a polyester/nylon upper and nylon shank which provides additional stability on uneven ground. The rubber outsole provides surprisingly good traction for low profile sandals, which will be useful on surfaces like wet cement and tiles.

The contoured EVA footbed is comfortable, but the shallower midsole makes these sandals less comfortable than the Teva Tirra. One big advantage of wearing these sandals is how easily they can be put on or taken off, thanks to the velcro hook and loop enclosure system. These sandals have been treated with Microban, a zinc-based antimicrobial technology.

Pros:

    • Extremely lightweight
    • Comfortable
    • Quick to put on or take off

Cons:

    • Less durable than other sandals
    • Design is plain looking

File under: Best travel shoes for women.

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

6

7

7

7

8

70

 

Luna Sandals Leadville Pacer (Unisex)

This pair of unisex sandals from Luna Sandals are perhaps the most lightweight hiking sandals on the market. Although they resemble flip flops, they have the traction and durability of a fully-fledged pair of hiking sandals.

It is a one-piece sandal that has a 9 mm thick foot bed and weighs just 4.45 ounces. The sole uses MGT (Monkey Grip Technology) — an aggressive tread pattern that works well over virtually any surface. The upper uses a continuous strap made from climbing grade webbing, which secure the foot well. A great choice for travelers and hikers alike.

Pros:                                      

    • Extremely lightweight
    • Fantastic grip
    • Ideal for aggressive trail running
    • Flexible and comfortable
    • Very low profile which makes them ideal for travel

Cons:

    • No protection for tops of feet

File under: Super light women’s trail sandals

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

7

9

6

8

8

76

 

Chaco ZX/2

comfortable hiking sandals

The Chaco ZX/2 remains one of Chaco’s best-selling women’s hiking sandals. It’s easy to see why — it is a very durable sandal that combines style and performance. It is also a very versatile sandal that is equally at home on the trail or in a restaurant.

The Chaco ZX/2 has a high arch and a firm sole, which provides plenty of stability. The upper is made from a double-strapped polyester jacquard webbing. Although this upper looks fantastic, it could have more adjustability. That being said, the toe loop and heel enclosure are good enough for most situations.

The sandal’s LUVSEAT PU midsole provides excellent shock absorption, which can help to prevent fatigue on long walks. The outsole is made from the “ChacoGrip” rubber compound and features a 3 mm tread depth. The entire sandal is coated in an antimicrobial coating, to reduce unpleasant odors.

Pros:

    • Extremely comfortable thanks to the thick heel and contoured footbed
    • Excellent traction
    • A stylish look

Cons:

    • Could have more adjustability

File under: Who said women’s hiking sandals couldn’t be beautiful?

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

7

9

9

7

9

82

 

Keen Women's Uneek-w Sandal

The Keen Women's Uneek-w Sandal is one of the more interesting women’s sandals currently available. Its leather and textile upper is half way between a shoe upper and a sandal upper. This upper provides plenty of protection for your feet and will keep your feet firmly attached to the sandal.

Unfortunately, other aspects of the Uneek-w are less exciting. The quality of the insole and outsole make it a fairly mediocre choice for trail hiking. It doesn’t provide the same level of stability as other sandals and is less comfortable on long hikes. That being said, it is still a great choice for short walks in urban environments.

Pros:

    • A unique look
    • Affordable

Cons:

    • Does not have more adjustability
    • Stability suffers on the trail
    • Ankle strap is not comfortable

File under: Stylish women’s fashion sandals.

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

7

6

7

6

6

68

 

ECCO Women's Yucatan Sandal

If you are looking for a general purpose walking sandal that is well constructed and made from high-quality materials, take a closer look at the ECCO Women's Yucatan Sandal. It is a comfortable sandal with a 100% leather upper (Nuckbuck) with three velcro strips to help you to adjust the fit of the sandal easily

The lightweight EVA footbed has a comfortable microfibre cover that feels great against the foot. The footbed is firmly attached to a thick PU foam midsole that provides excellent cushioning. The 100% rubber outsole provides excellent traction, making this sandal an excellent choice.

Pros:

    • Comfortable and highly adjustable
    • Made from high-quality materials

Cons:

    • Slightly overpriced
    • A fairly bland look

File under: Great general purpose women’s walking sandals.

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

8

8

5

7

7

70

 

Fantiny Women's Original Sandal with Arch Support

This stylish women’s hiking sandal from Cior combines comfort with a high level of durability. It uses a super soft EVA insole that feels like the surface of a yoga mat. The insole also has excellent arch support and a textured surface, which makes this sandal a real pleasure to walk in.

The Fantiny’s thick midsole provides plenty of shock absorption and heel protection. The skid-resistant rubber outsole is quite grippy and works well over a variety of surfaces. These sandals use a clever hook-and-loop closure on the upper, which makes them simple to take on or off.  

Pros:

    • Extremely comfortable
    • Affordable
    • Stylish
    • Upper closure is easy to use

Cons:

    • Not as durable as other products

File under: General purpose women’s walking sandals with extra comfort

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

9

7

6

6

7

70

 

KEEN Women's Whisper Sandal

This is another fantastic product from Keen that is similar to their Newport H2 Sandal. However, the Whisper is a slightly lighter sandal than the Newport H2, with a thinner midsole, compact outsole, and smaller toe bumper. Despite being more compact, it is still quite a rugged sandal that works well in any environment.

The KEEN Women's Whisper Sandal has a durable polyester upper, which dries quickly after being exposed to moisture. It uses the same bungee lacing system and elastic cording as the Newport H2, which is easy to adjust and grips the foot well.

The hydrophobic insole also dries quickly, which is handy if you often hike in wet environments. While the midsole isn’t as thick as the Newport, it still provides plenty of shock absorption. The outsole is 100% rubber and provides excellent traction on the trail.

Overall, this is an excellent product and a great choice if you are looking for a lighter version of the NewportH2.

Pros:

    • Rugged design capable of handling rough walking tracks
    • Excellent toe protection
    • Lighter than the Newport H2
    • Great traction in all environments
    • Available in many attractive color combinations
    • Lightweight thanks to synthetic materials

Cons:

    • May look out of place if worn in a restaurant

File under: High-quality lightweight hiking shoes for women.

Rating 

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

9

8

8

7

8

80

 

Xero Shoes Z-Trail - Women's Lightweight Hiking and Running Sandal

If you are looking for an extremely lightweight women’s hiking sandal, take a closer look at the Xero Shoes Z-Trail Hiking Sandals. These sandals are about the same weight as the Luna Sandals Leadville Pacer (also reviewed here), making them easy to run in and comfortable on long walks.

Z-Trail sandals are designed to provide a barefoot feel with the protection of a durable rubber sole. At only 10mm thick, these sandals are one of the thinnest sandals on the market. However, the sole is thick enough to protect you against sharp rocks and branches when hiking. The lightweight nature of these sandals make them useful for many different activities including running, cross fit, yoga, and beach combing.

Z-Trail sandals are water resistant, which makes them a great choice for going to the beach, boating, rowing, and other activities close to the water. The polyester upper is fast drying and it has a simple-to-use closure system that is surprisingly adjustable.

Pros:

    • Extremely lightweight
    • Comfortable
    • Attractive
    • Water resistant
    • Low profile so easy to pack in a bag

Cons:

    • Does not offer the same level of protection as more robust women’s hiking sandals
    • Durability may be an issue

File under: Hiking sandals for the beach.

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

7

7

8

7

7

72

 

Northside Women’s Burke II Sport Athletic Sandal

The Northside Women’s Burke II Sports Sandal is a surprisingly affordable hiking sandal with a focus on durability, foot protection, and comfort. It provides excellent value for money when compared to many other rugged women’s hiking sandals currently on the market.

It is a fully imported sandal that has a tough upper made from faux leather and textiles. This upper covers most of the foot and provides excellent protection for your feet. The water resistant EVA insole is comfortable and does a good job of wicking away sweat from the feet.

This sandal has a synthetic midsole offering a good amount of shock absorption which further improves its comfort levels. The toe guard does a good job at protecting the toes, while the padded heel strap offers some protection for the heel. The synthetic outsole has a good tread design but offers less traction than a natural rubber sole. A great choice if you are looking for a robust hiking sandal that provides excellent value-for-money. 

Pros:

    • Very affordable for a fully enclosed hiking sandal
    • Water resistant insole
    • Low profile so easy to pack in a bag

Cons:

    • Synthetic outsole not as effective as other designs

File under: Budget sandals which offer excellent protection.

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

7

6

7

7

8

70

 

Teva Women's W Sanborn Sandal

This high attractive pair of women’s hiking sandals from Teva combines good looks with a highly versatile design. These sandals work well in virtually any environment, from rocky tracks and waterways through to your local movie theatre. The versatility of these sandals make them an excellent choice for traveling.

The Teva Women's W Sanborn Sandal has a 100% polyester textile upper that provides a snug fit for your feet. The 1-inch heel and a small amount of arch support adds to the comfort of the sandal. The insole and upper are both water resistant, which helps to wick away sweat and allows the sandal to dry quickly after being submerged.

The midsole/outsole is EVA injected to provide cushioning for the feet and joints. The surface of the outsole is natural rubber which provides excellent traction. The attractive design, high-quality finish, and versatility all add up to make the Teva’s Sanborn hiking sandals a great choice. 

Pros:

    • Attractive design
    • Water resistant upper and insole
    • Lightweight and comfortable
    • Available in many colors

Cons:

    • Does not offer as much protection as rugged hiking sandals 

File under: Fashionable hiking sandals build to handle any environment 

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

8

8

8

7

8

78

 

Plaka Women's Hiking Sandals Explore

Plaka recently launched their new “Explore” walking sandal onto the market. While it is designed as a traveling sandal, but can also stand up to nature walks.

The sandal’s enclosure is made from thick polyester straps which can be tightened or loosened using a simple adjusting system. These straps feel good against the skin and don’t rub or chafe like the straps of some other women’s hiking sandals.

Both the upper and insole are water-resistant, which makes these sandals a great choice for kayaking, beach combing and other activities near the water. They would also be a great choice for taking on a vacation.

The insole is made of phylon, which is quite comfortable to walk on, while the anti-slip molded rubber outsole has enough traction for most surfaces. 

Pros:

  • Stunning design
  • Water resistant
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Does not offer as much protection as rugged hiking sandals
  • Not suitable for women with wide feet 

File under: Travel sandals that do well in the water. 

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

7

7

8

6

7

70

 

Skechers Women's Reggae-Happy Rainbow Sandal

Skechers have built a strong reputation for making high-quality women’s sandals. Their Reggae-Happy Rainbow Sandal is a decent product, with a couple of minor flaws (which I’ll mention shortly).

First, the positive attributes. The upper’s enclosure is made from a combination of synthetic textiles with a plastic buckle. This is a very durable combination that is water resistant. The insole is contoured and has a slightly elevated upper to spread weight evenly across the feet. The midsole is flexible and does a great job at absorbing shocks, while the synthetic rubber outsole has decent traction. 

The main issue is that the sandal lacks adjustability, which can result in the upper rubbing against the foot on occasions. The synthetic outsole also has less traction than natural rubber and the sizing of the sandal is on the large side. 

Pros:

    • Affordable
    • Contoured insole is comfortable

Cons:

    • Not as durable as other sandals
    • Poor adjustability
    • Sizing is not accurate (they are bigger than sizing suggests) 

File under: Affordable sandals for casual use 

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

6

7

7

6

7

66

 

Blowfish Women's Granola Fisherman Sandal

The Granola Fisherman Sandal is a popular pair of walking sandals that is both stylish and comfortable. They are made from 100% faux leather with a faux cork sole. It is a very attractive design that looks fantastic with many fashion choices.

The insole of this sandal is quite flat, which makes it a great choice for women who have flat feet. The faux cork insole is covered with synthetic textile that feels good against the foot and helps to secure the foot against the sandal surface. While not the best sandal for long-distance hiking, the Granola Fisherman Sandal is ideal for short hikes and is perfect for spending time at the beach. 

Pros:

    • Attractive classic design
    • Synthetic materials that are durable and lightweight
    • Available in a wide range of color combinations

Cons:

    • Not suitable for long hikes
    • Don’t fit people with very narrow feet well 

File under: Stylish fashion sandals that can work well on short hikes 

Rating

Comfort Traction Aesthetics Adjustability Versatility Overall rating

7

6

9

6

6

68

Finding the Best Hiking Sandals - Summary

 

We do hope you enjoyed this article and found it helpful and informative. If you are in the market for a great pair of sandals to hike in, make sure to check out one of our sandal picks

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Reviews (1 comment)

  • Amber On

    Thanks for so many suggestions geared towards women for hiking. I went on trips with my family as a child where we did some light hiking but I’ve always wanted to get into it on a more serious level. I’ve been looking around for suggestions on the right kind of gear for me.

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