Getting the right pair of flip flops can sometimes seem too magnanimous. There are hundreds of flip flops in the market, and there is little difference between them.

We went all-in looking and testing for the best flip flops. So if you need something to walk around the beach, or if you want to go an hike wearing a flip flop, you will find everything in this post.

After testing out multiple pairs, we narrowed down our list to the top 10. We have carefully recommended pairs according to their best application. This will help you to buy the pair which matches your need. Here are the top 10 best flip flops of 2018

1OluKai Ohana – Best Flip Flop Overall


The Ohana is a well-made flip-flop, and will easily last for years.

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2Crocs Unisex Crocband Flip – Best Budget Pick


If you are looking for a something on a budget, that can be used for everything; then the Crocband is what we’ll recommend.

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3Reef Fanning – Ideal for Beaches


You know what fanning is known for in the streets, ‘the flip-flop with a bottle opener.’

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And here’s a more detailed overview of each flip flop we have tested:

OluKai Ohana – Best Overall

  • Comfort – 10/10
  • Traction – 9/10
  • Durability – 9/10

Olukai is relatively a new brand, but it has quickly made its mark in the scheme of things. The Ohana is one of the rare flip-flops which combines utility with style.

Right from the get-go, we were comfortable in this thing, and the combination of EVA sole & ICEVA drop-in footbed gave us soft snug fit.

The outsole is hands down the best when you talk about traction. The lugs are not that deep, so it was able to grip the rocks quite well. Traction on mud and a rugged trail was also satisfactory.
On wetter terrain, it held up just fine. (However, Chaco Ecotread performed better on water)

The Ohana is a well-made flip-flop, and will easily last for years. You can use it for long distance walking around the city, but it can also double as a lightweight option for your next hike.

What we liked

  • High on Comfort
  • Stylish
  • Traction
  • Durability

What we disliked

  • Expensive

Bottom Line

If versatility is what you are gunning for, and budget is not a concern, the Ohana should find itself in your shoe cabinet.

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Crocs Unisex Crocband Flip Flip – Best Budget Pick

  • Comfort – 8/10
  • Traction – 8/10
  • Durability – 7/10

If you are looking for a something on a budget, that can be used for everything; then the Crocband is what we’ll recommend.

Right off the bat, it is one of the most eye-popping flip-flops on our list. You can choose from a collection of vibrant colors, and overall the Crocband ranks high on style.

It uses the acclaimed Croslite midsole, which gave us all day support and gives your feet ample cushioning. The ‘massage-pod footbed’ is somewhat polarizing, you will either love it or despise it. But after few walks most of the testers found the Crocband to be quite comfortable.

The sole may appear flimsy at first, but it does a good job all around. We had no problems while taking casual strolls or walking around the beach. For hiking, it was somewhat of a mixed bag. We got decent traction in mud, but it was not able to grip the rocks that well.

When it comes to durability, you get what you pay for. The synthetic construction won’t hold up for that long. Having said that it is quite easy to clean and dries up quickly.

What we liked

  • Comfortable
  • Decent Traction
  • Easy to Clean
  • Lightweight

What we disliked

  • Not that durable
  • Runs large

Bottom Line

For the price, we love the Crocband and overall it is a comfortable, versatile flip-flop.

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Reef Fanning – Ideal for Beaches

  • Comfort – 9/10
  • Traction – 8/10
  • Durability – 9/10

You know what fanning is known for in the streets, ‘the flip-flop with a bottle opener.’ Yes, it has a bottle opener in its sole. (Is this gimmicky or not, well we leave that up to you)

If you are looking for a flop for the beach, the first thing you want to be comfortable are the thongs. And boy, thanks to padded liner we loved them from the get-go. It has an added arch support, which comes in handy while walking around the beach. (On the flipside, the added arch support gets diluted on long walks around the city)

The fanning also features a ‘heel airbag,’ which gave us nice support on those beach sprints. The overall construction is also quite impressive, and the fanning gets a high score in durability.

Finally, the traction on the beach was exactly what we were looking for. This doesn’t come as a surprise as the fanning is designed for water. (And yes, it dries out quickly and can easily be cleaned).

What we liked

  • Added arch and heel support
  • Durable
  • Dries out quickly

What we disliked

  • A little tight (Order half a size large)

Bottom Line

Overall, the fanning is the perfect flip for the beaches and also helps you crack open those beer bottles if the need arises.

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Vionic Unisex Wave Toe Post Sandal – Best for walking long distances

  • Comfort – 9/10
  • Traction – 8/10
  • Durability – 9/10

If you are going to walk long distances, comfort needs to be at the forefront. This is exactly what we get with the Vionic Wave Toe. It comes with the Orthodic footbed which gave us ample arch support all day long. We also loved the heel cup which added to the overall support.

Padded uppers were like icing on the cake, and overall the wave toe keeps you comfortable all day long.

The wave pattern thread of the outsole gives you solid traction on roads. The front of the sole is flexible, which reduces the pressure while climbing stairs (or going uphill) The quality of the sole is of the highest standard, and this bad boy is built to last.

On the downside, the added arch support takes some time to get used too, and the Wave toe can have a long break-in period for some.

What we liked

  • Great arch support
  • All-around comfort
  • Durable

What we disliked

  • High break-in period
  • Not that stylish

Bottom Line

Overall, if we had to choose a flip-flop for those long tiring walks, the Vionic Wave Toe would be the clear winner.

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Chaco Ecotread Flip Flop – For Water Activities

  • Comfort – 9/10
  • Traction – 9/10
  • Durability – 10/10

The Ecotread is easily the most rugged flip-flop on our list. Because of this, it takes some to get used to this. The sole is stiff at first, and straps take some time to loosen up. With time it gets a lot more comfortable and the luvseat footbed, keeps your feet relaxed.

When it comes to traction, the Ecotread truly shines. It gives some high boots a run for their money when it comes to traction on water. It also grips granite and other rocky surfaces quite well.

The rigid sole also guards your feet against the impact of stepping on rocks. And hey, it is also the most durable flip-flop on our list.

The Chaco Ecotread came close to be our #1 recommendation, but its bland style can be a deal breaker for some.

What we liked

  • Great traction on water
  • Rugged construction
  • Arch support

What we disliked

  • High break-in period, low on style, expensive
  • Low on style
  • Expensive

Bottom Line

So if you need a flip-flop for your next fishing trip, the Chaco Ecotread is something we can blindly recommend.

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Teva Women’s W Olowahu – Best flip flop for women

  • Comfort – 8/10
  • Traction – 7/10
  • Durability – 7/10

While looking for a budget flip-flop for women, we wanted something that is an amalgam of style, comfort, and style. With the Teva Olowahu, we got exactly that.

It is super comfortable from the start, and the foam footbed (which conforms according to your feet) keeps getting better. We won’t recommend this for walking long distances because the straps get a bit uncomfortable when your feet start to sweat. Other than that the Olowahu ranks quite high on comfort.

We also had no complaints with traction, and it does what it is designed for. You can easily walk with this in your home, or for a casual shopping trip to the mall.

Our testers absolutely adored the style, and it is easily one of the most stylish walking sandals. (at this price point)

It gets an average score when it comes to durability. Don’t expect it to last that long. Also when it comes to contact with water, the footbed dries super fast, but the straps hold the moisture for longer periods.

What we liked

  • High on Comfort
  • Stylish
  • Decent traction and support

What we disliked

  • Average durability
  • Straps can cause irritation

Bottom Line

If you are looking for an affordable, comfortable option for your wardrobe, then the Olowahu is a decent buy.

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Orthaheel Tide Slide Orthopedic Sandals – Best flip flop for arch support

  • Comfort – 8/10
  • Traction – 7/10
  • Durability – 8/10

If you have flat feet or if you have a job where you need to stand for long hours, then you need a flip-flop that has arch support. Some other recommendations on our list did a great job when it comes to arch support, but the Tide Slide leads the pack.

Just like any other high arch shoe, it will take some time to get used to this, and you might experience some discomfort (or pain) at the start, but it would gradually get better.

Next up, the EVA footbed is also quite supportive and cushions your feet all around. The traction was also satisfactory, and the Slide surprisingly did a great job on muddier trails.

It is also one of the flip flops, which is built to last. The rugged man-made sole is complimented by the soft polyurethane upper.

What we liked

  • High on Comfort
  • Arch support
  • Durable

What we disliked

  • Colored leather band wears off

Bottom Line

Overall, if you are concerned about your foot health and need something comfortable at home, then Orthaheel Tide Slide would be our recommendation.

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Teva Mush II Flip-Flop

  • Comfort – 7/10
  • Traction – 6/10
  • Durability – 6/10

The Mush II came close to be our top recommendation for beaches. It was comfortable right from the start, and we were satisfied with the feel of the straps. It is also quite roomy which comes in handy while walking on the beach.
But its traction was a hit or miss. It gripped the mud quite well, but we had to deal with some slip issues when it came in contact with water.

It also has some glaring issues with the durability. The thong separates from the outsole, and the footbed begins to sink after regular use. This is something which you usually don’t expect with Teva.

What we liked

  • Comfortable
  • Doesn’t absorb water (dries quickly)

What we disliked

  • Average durability
  • Hit or miss traction

Bottom Line

Overall, apart from comfort, the Teva Mush II fails to sign anywhere else.

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OOFOS Unisex Original Thong Flip Flop

  • Comfort – 6/10
  • Traction – 8/10
  • Durability – 7/10

The Oofos flip-flop has somewhat of a unique style and is usually recommended to folks with flat feet.

It is also one of the most supportive flip-flops in the market. If you hate the feel of stepping on rocks, then this is something you can buy. It also ranks high on style and steals the show with its unique design paired with vibrant colors.

However, the raised heel (close to 1”) was a letdown. Its purpose is to offer high support and keep your feet comfortable, but our testers didn’t buy into that. The design sometimes made walking a bit uncomfortable, and it took a lot of time to get used to this. (However, one of the testers loved it, and the experience was close to walking on pillows)

What we liked

  • Supportive
  • Stylish

What we disliked

  • Can be extremely uncomfortable for some

Bottom Line

Overall if the design is appealing, then you can give this a try.

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Havaianas Men’s Brasil Flip Flop

  • Comfort – 6/10
  • Traction – 6/10
  • Durability – 5/10

The Brasil is perhaps the most basic flip-flop on our list. It is something you would remember your dad wearing during summers.

It is quite average all around. Being flat, you can’t expect any arch support, but it is reasonably comfortable. For walking around the city, we had no complaints with the traction. However, when it comes to gripping mud, its performance was quite average.

The story remains the same with durability. The all synthetic construction dries up quickly but doesn’t expect it to last that long.

What we liked

  • Average all around
  • Affordable

What we disliked

  • Breaks of easily

Bottom Line

Overall, you can buy Brasil as an extra pair of flip-flops.

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How to Choose Flip Flops – Buying Guide

There is a famous saying among the Millennials – “Flip Flops make my toes feel like they are on vacation.” Any other footwear can’t touch the level of comfort you can get from a flip-flop.

Because of this, many adventure junkies prefer flip flops for everything (including backpacking). Flip flops now come in all shapes and sizes; some stay true to themselves by focusing only on comfort, while some come with aggressive lugs which are designed for solid traction.

They kind of flip-flop you should go for; depends on the activity you will be using’em for. We have categorized our recommendation in broadly three categories – hiking, casual city walking & water activities. (More on that later)

They are three main pillars on which every flip-flop is judged. Here is everything you need to know about that –

Comfort

This is the most obvious and most flip flops usually rank high on comfort. Some are an instant delight from the get-go, but some get comfortable with time.

If you are not a fan of a break-in period, then you can choose flip-flops which have a soft footbed. Footbeds which are comfortable, usually conform to the shape of your feet, giving you complete support.

For trekking on rough terrain, you should go for a flip-flop that has a high-quality midsole (like a compressed EVA midsole). This shields your feet from the shocks which come your way.

Finally getting the size right is also important. You don’t want your toes be hanging near the edges. (Unless you want a rock to bruise your feet).

Traction

Good traction is something you want not usually associate with flip-flops, but as we said earlier many folks now prefer to use them for hiking and backpacking.

For such actives, you will encounter rough terrain. This is where flip flops like OluKai Ohana excel. They have an aggressive lug design (something you will see in a hiking boot), which firmly grips the surface and crushes through the rocks that come their way.

You can’t expect a flip-flop to be that stable (because of the design), but if you are trusting it on hiking, then ensure it can grip mud and doesn’t slip on wet terrain.

Durability

Most flip flops (bought for city walks) don’t last that much. The outsole wears out with time, and the straps break away from the midsole. In our recommendations, we have carefully chosen flip-flops which are known to last at least a year.

Adventure flip flops (like the Chaco Flip) are comparatively more durable and come with a much better construction. You can expect them to handle the rough terrain and with slight care & maintenance, you can take them on multiple trips.

If you are going to be using a flip-flop for a specific activity, then they are few other things which you need to keep in mind. We have discussed them below –

Casual City Strolls

On hot summer days, flip flops are highly recommended for city strolls. Go for a flip flop that is comfortable from the get-go. You also want to look for the material of the strap carefully.

Some straps begin to irritate your skin, especially when your feet start to sweat. If you hate that, you can go for a strap which is enclosed with a soft fabric.

The outsole should also be of the flatter trajectory. This will ensure that you get enough traction on paved roads.

City dwellers also prefer sandals which are stylish. You can go for vibrant colors and offbeat designs. (One of the most fashionable flip-flops is Teva Women’s W Olowahu)

Backpacking

If you are going for off-road hiking or camping in the country, you need to look for two things in your flip-flop – durability, and traction.

It should also be able to support the heavy load which that you would be bearing. The quality of the outsole is of prime importance. Go for a flip-flop made of high-grade rubber. They are known to handle different conditions and also hold up for years. The pattern of the lugs will be a factor on how well it grips the surface.

Since you will encounter different kinds of surfaces, go for something which can do well both in dry and wet conditions.

On the downside, adventure flip-flops take some time to break into. The strap thongs may be a bit tight when you put them on. They will gradually loosen up, and it is recommended that you go for some walks, before you wear them on a trip.

You can judge the quality of the outsole, by bending the flip-flop. Rigid flip-flops offer a better arch support and would last longer. Cheap flip flops usually bend quite easily.

Water Activities

Flip flops are not usually recommended for water activities as the traction offered is mediocre. But this is not going to stop hardcore enthusiasts, will it?

Chaco Ecotread Flip is the only flip flop which we would trust for anything related to water. It was quite stable and dried out quickly.

If you are looking for something to walk on the beach, go for a synthetic flip-flop. You can quickly wipe the sand off them. Traction of water should also be considered.

Conclusion

So there you have it, this ends our roundup on flip-flops. You can check our recommendations once again, to pick the one according to your need.

If you are looking for the ultimate hiking flip-flop, then you can’t wrong with OluKai Ohana, but if you are looking for to casually walk around the city, then we’ll recommend Vionic Unisex Wave Toe Post Sandal.

If you have any doubts regarding the recommendations or want to ask something specific, feel free to drop a comment below.

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