Another 'comfy sandals for holidays' thread

(87 Posts)
WildThongsHeartString Thu 11-Jul-13 12:53:47

Has anyone found this holy grail. We're going a place with lots to see, meaning a lot of walking on cobbled streets!

If possible I would like something lightweight and neutral in colour, with no toe posts bunions

mungojenny Thu 11-Jul-13 13:35:13

I tend to buy Merrell or keen sandals as they are comfortable and seem to last ages, my keen sandals can also be stuck in the washing machine when they get a bit grubby.

MadBusLady Thu 11-Jul-13 13:42:24

After my holy grail thread i bought these, except in snake which I now can't find on the site - on mobile, sorry

They were instantly comfortable and fit beautifully above the bunion! I didn't need the wide fit, which I sometimes do. I wouldn't hike in them, but they were great for being on my feet all day in towns.

BestIsWest Thu 11-Jul-13 14:22:44

Bought these last week, they are bliss hushpuppies

I also loved these in the tan

I have real problems with my ankles and normally live in fitflops (non toe-post) or Clarks but these are even comfier.

coffeeinbed Thu 11-Jul-13 15:49:24

Fit flops Bon sandals
Bloody expensive.
Very comfortable.

BerryBlast Thu 11-Jul-13 16:19:24

Ecco sandals - honestly, just check them out. I've got to 49 and just found out about them, I didn't realise you could buy sandals that didn't need breaking in and felt as comfortable as a pair of slipper smile
Seriously, just have a look at some shoe sites that sell Ecco.

BerryBlast Thu 11-Jul-13 16:20:56

I also have bunions and Plantar facsilitis (if that's how you spell it!), so I've got some serious foot problems, too smile

polyhymnia Thu 11-Jul-13 16:30:23

Have been in Rome now for a week and have two pairs of Fitflop sandals which I wear for daytime walking and are really coping with cobblestones etc brilliantly: one pair Via, last years version of Bon (still on sale on Fitflop site) for town and a chunkier sports type pair for serious ruin and beach scrabbling.

Both bought in last years sales - so comfortable ! Recommend.

polyhymnia Thu 11-Jul-13 16:31:59

Have also had a couple of bouts of PF in past but not with FFs.

DumSpiroSpero Thu 11-Jul-13 16:36:12

I have these.

They are not cheap but I am on my second summer with them and they are just as comfy add they were new, adjustable pretty much all over and well cushioned.

Spent a week trekking round Scotland on all sorts of terrain last year, including climbing stone burial mounds confused grin and they handled everything without my feet killing me at the end of the day.

Righton48 Thu 11-Jul-13 16:48:24

I live in walkies sandals in the summer. They are expensive but they last for years and you can change the footbeds. I can walk miles in them and they come in lots of lovely colours. I bought mine online. Am rubbish at links though!

Righton48 Thu 11-Jul-13 16:52:39

Sorry that should be wolkies

StuckOnARollercoaster Thu 11-Jul-13 17:14:57

Just bought these and I was sold on how comfy they feel. I find I need a bit of heel for comfort rather than fully flat and these are not as high ad they look as they are slightly platformed. Obviously not worn fully yet but do far they feel good...

QueenCadbury Thu 11-Jul-13 21:56:43


WildThongsHeartString Thu 11-Jul-13 22:01:05

Thanks everyone for replying. I'm busy going through all these ideas now!

geordiepidge Thu 11-Jul-13 22:06:05

I have Merrell Jacardia in brown. Very comfortable and not too hideously technical-looking.

polyhymnia Thu 11-Jul-13 22:08:27

Have heard v good things about Wolkies from a distant relative and the pair she had (Jewel in black snake) looked good.
Really fancy the same style (Jewel) in black and White snake and going to order them so

I've just bought these Earth Spirit ones and I'm thrilled with them. I have dodgy feet and plantar fasciitis but I can walk in them, they were instantly comfortable, they're pretty, and they're cheap!!

polyhymnia Thu 11-Jul-13 22:09:14

Sorry! Order them soon to try.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 11-Jul-13 22:15:06

I have these and they are super comfy.

holidaybug Thu 11-Jul-13 23:39:10

I have the Clarks kestrel soar sandals and they are great. I would like to have tried the Saltwater sandals but got let down by Sun Sandals - they don't seem very well organised so bear that in mind if you order from them.

mejon Fri 12-Jul-13 14:25:44

I'll second or third the Wolky Jewel. I've had mine for a few years now and they're very, very comfy, adjustable around the heel and over the foot and you can take the footbed out too (though I never have). I think they're currently reduced on the Shoon website.

EliotNess Fri 12-Jul-13 16:10:38

oh PLEASE someone need some Rona sparkle sandals in a 6.5
I bought in error for a school trip and they are the wrong blardy size. black ones

EliotNess Fri 12-Jul-13 16:11:07

i can do them for $25

workatemylife Fri 12-Jul-13 16:28:12

I have a pair of Tivo Terr and have lived in them all summer. Come in lots of colours. Every strap adjusts and the sole is springy. Like a pair of strappy walking sandals. Outdoor shops sell them but Amazon often have them cheap especially if you're not picky about the colour smile

workatemylife Fri 12-Jul-13 16:29:06

Sorry - tivo TERRA

BehindTheScenesAtTheMumseum Fri 12-Jul-13 16:30:41


AndTwoBits Fri 12-Jul-13 16:35:26

Been living in my red salt waters this summer. Unbelievably comfortable and cute too

BehindTheScenesAtTheMumseum Fri 12-Jul-13 21:57:27

Mine are red too! I loves them I do. Have walked miles in them, been in the sea etc and they still look fab. I want gold ones next!

MadBusLady Fri 12-Jul-13 22:12:00

Hm, I like the look of saltwaters but do you all have very slim ankles? I am a little chunky in that area, need something kind!

pollywollydoodle Fri 12-Jul-13 22:43:10

iwishiwas are those hush puppy rosebuds quite wide?

Suttonmum1 Fri 12-Jul-13 22:45:13

I have the prebious year's version of the Hushpuppies Ceylon Sling linked by BestisWest above. It was called Rosebud and I see is available for £25 on Amazon. Very comfortable, wore them in the heat and cobbles of Croatia last year and still going strong. I have dark brown myself.

Suttonmum1 Fri 12-Jul-13 22:46:36

PS I do have quite wide feet and two toes that rub and take ages to choose sandals

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 12-Jul-13 22:47:42

Yes polly they are quite wide. Super comfy!

BehindTheScenesAtTheMumseum Fri 12-Jul-13 22:52:46

madbuslady I'd say I have average ankles! The ankle straps on the saltwaters seem fairly ample though I'd say.

ThoughtfulSilence Fri 12-Jul-13 22:59:03

I've been looking for the holy grail too, I think the ones MadBus has linked to are the closest to what I want.

I just absolutely, categorically cannot bring myself to buy ones like these which I know are the sensible option but are only for camping trips and hikes imo and won't go with any of my clothes.

I want gorgeous and comfortable!

zipzap Fri 12-Jul-13 23:53:54

I've had comfy 'walk the world' sandals from Clarks, (particularly if they have the originals or unstructured sole, or if they have the sporty spongy sole, ignore the pretty dainty things for cobbles!), Ecco and Siebel. All of them have been wearable straight off with not wearing in.

This year I needed some new sandals as I haven't yet found my old ones from last year but didn't want to spend loads on them as my old ones should be fine once I find them. So I've ended up with these from K at the Clarks shop - oregano bay sandals and they seem comfy enough - particularly as I have recently started getting puffy ankles and feet when it gets hot so wanted something that could expand if need be.

They would be better if they had a paler sole and if they were a bit less gold and a bit more neutral soft metal but they were half price and about £25 so relatively cheap and comfortable. And I figure they'll soon dim a bit if I don't polish them grin

I've also had it on very good authority that Naot sandals are supposed to be fantastically comfortable but I haven't found anywhere local to try them on yet... but worth looking out for if you spot them!

WildThongsHeartString Sat 13-Jul-13 00:27:33

I've bought these today. Omg, it's like walking on marshmallows, really light and so comfortable.

EliotNess Sat 13-Jul-13 07:00:21

All these linked are granny sandals. Ladies. Terrible.

gindrinker Sat 13-Jul-13 07:17:02

How about Birkenstocks? I've got bronze gizahs and they're so comfy.

noddyholder Sat 13-Jul-13 07:38:17

Just te Haviannas for day and then something less orthopaedic for night. Mango do some cheap patent flats and the coral and jade ones are lovely

Hotter were doing a 3 for the price of 2 offer lately - I bought some brick red slip ons, some tan/ coral low heeled sandals, and some pale blue diagonal strap shoes - I always struggle finding shoes that can be worn with bare legs, but these seem to work. Will try to find links...

pollywollydoodle Sat 13-Jul-13 08:19:20

thanks iwishiwas and suttonmum

ThoughtfulSilence Sat 13-Jul-13 08:37:22

eliotness Yes, most of them I think are really granny too, awful.

I think you can have comfy and granny or fashionable and uncomfortable.

I just can't bring myself to buy the same type/style that my colleagues in their 60s wear with their 3/4length elasticated granny skirts.

eatyourveg Sat 13-Jul-13 08:50:39

The ones BlueEyeshadow linked to aren't granny sandals see here Think I might just pop down the high street later to try on a pair myself!

DumSpiroSpero Sat 13-Jul-13 08:53:13

Tbh I'd rather enjoy myself wearing granny sandals than spend the whole day distracted and miserable because my feet hurt.

noddyholder Sat 13-Jul-13 08:55:05

I can't believe anyone wears shoes like that. You can be comfy and still not grannyish! Kurt geiger do ugg flip flops and they are about £20 atm very comfy and nice colours

noddyholder Sat 13-Jul-13 08:56:39


MrsSchadenfreude Sat 13-Jul-13 08:58:54

I have Naot sandals, but they are Fugly.

ThoughtfulSilence Sat 13-Jul-13 09:12:02

EatYourVeg I think they are, not as grannyish as some of the others but pretty bad.

I think these are all granny, just can't imagine wearing them with any of my clothes. What do people wear theirs with? I wear Zara, Mango, River Island, Top Shop style clothes, none of these would look good:

Hotter My best friends mum wears these

Hotter Awful


Camping trip or hiking ONLY

My Nan has some just like these, had them years, she is 91

AndTwoBits Sat 13-Jul-13 09:18:03

If saltwater aren.t your cup of tea I also swear by lotta from Stockholm sandals, recommended to me here first. Now I wouldn't be power walking in them or over cobblestones but for a cute very comfortable pair of sandals I would really recommend them. I have two pairs and they look gorgeous and are so soft against my sensitive feet. Sorry cant do links to them on this iPad. I'm still learning!

AndTwoBits Sat 13-Jul-13 09:23:11

AndTwoBits Sat 13-Jul-13 09:23:33

Maybe that worked!

noddyholder Sat 13-Jul-13 09:28:59
MadBusLady Sat 13-Jul-13 09:29:32

I do like them especially in the polka dots, but I think as with the Saltwaters my calves wouldn't do them justice. That tricky narrow line between lovely cool young thing and nun on a coach tour...

MadBusLady Sat 13-Jul-13 09:32:00

red polka dots. Great for anyone who does 50s skirts! envy

flipflopper Sat 13-Jul-13 10:13:54

elliotness I am size 6.5. Where are you do you want £25 for the sandals?

polyhymnia Sat 13-Jul-13 10:26:40

Have to say I think anyone embarking on a walk round Rome and it's cobbles etc in thin soled flip-flops would be very I'll advised and would end I with completely shredded feet. Don't greatly want to look grannyish - if my Fitfops do - but if it's a choice between that and the holiday blighted by agonising feet so I can't even put on my pretty sandals for short walk to our favourite trattoria in the evening, then I'll go with the Fitflops thanks!

polyhymnia Sat 13-Jul-13 10:27:54

Its not It's !

polyhymnia Sat 13-Jul-13 10:30:19

Ill advised not I'll advised!
Wretched phone!

EliotNess Sat 13-Jul-13 10:31:24

christ those clogs are even worse.
My clarks efforst ( for school trip in heat ) i thought werent bad..
Flipflopper I have dm ed you

WildThongsHeartString Sat 13-Jul-13 11:09:05

poly you are right. Sometimes we over think the comfy shoe v pretty shoe thing. I have lost count of the number of women on holiday with yukky Elastoplast hanging off their shredded feet, usually British feet wearing totally inappropriate shoes or flip flops btw. It's not pleasant when links that have been added to try and help are basically sneered at and dismissed as "granny" or "fugly". It's okay to not like something, but why not just link to what you do like without being mean? I don't regard myself as either granny or fugly and am quite happy to wear my marvellously comfy Reikers during the day 'cos this means I am able to wear strappy/ pretty sandals at night.
Rant oversmile

shrug, I'm wearing the Hotter red sliders today with denim crops and a red/white T-shirt. I wear the blue shoes with dark trousers, and the tan sandals with a knee length dress.

I do think some of the so-called "granny" styles look better on than in a photo, and it does depend on what they're worn with.

But then, what do I know, I own 2 pairs of Crocs grin

Well, thank you eatyourveg. I'm glad at least somebody agrees with me that they're pretty.

ThoughtfulSilence I suppose I should be grateful for the "not so bad as some of the others" comment. I would imagine that you'd find all my clothes awful and mumsy too, so I won't bother telling you what I wear them with.

PS, wildthong I totally agree with you.

DoctorRobert Sat 13-Jul-13 13:22:23

I've recently bought these from Clarks

They're very comfy but I think they look quite nice too, should go well from day to evening when on holiday if we stay out all day

trying to ignore the fact there was a woman of about 80 buying the same pair at the same time as me

BestIsWest Sat 13-Jul-13 20:01:30

Can't imagine wearing those wooden clogs for long on Portuguese cobbles but was reminiscing only today how we all wore those wooden Dr Scholl sandals in the 70's.

babysbreath Sat 13-Jul-13 20:47:34

These are so comfy and retro......

women's originals by Clarks

Iatemyskinnyperson Sat 13-Jul-13 21:12:30

I've just gotten these google Scholl Molokai if the link doesn't work. I love them, got them in tan

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 13-Jul-13 23:11:25

Clarks ones dire

ThatVikRinA22 Sat 13-Jul-13 23:15:52

blueeyeshadow i have those earth spirit ones and i absolutely LIVE in them.
im looking for more. bliss for feet! i love em

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miffybun73 Sat 13-Jul-13 23:23:23

Birkenstock Madrid - I just love them. Feels like having bare feet, just so unbelievably blissfully comfortable even when walking long distances.

mercury7 Sun 14-Jul-13 00:56:51

love those clarks sandals Babysbreath grin

Noseynoonoo Sun 14-Jul-13 01:17:03

I 'suffer with my feet' and have had many a holiday ruined by painful feet.

However, I discovered Gabor shoes. The com first shoes imaginable and I think quite stylish.

WafflyVersatile Sun 14-Jul-13 02:16:02,en_GB,pd.html?cid=6K2&cgid=women-footwear-flats

a friend was recommending these today. I have their ballet pumps and it's like walking on a cloud.

noddyholder Sun 14-Jul-13 06:18:47

I have the clarks retro ones in a stone colour they go well with shorts ad skinnies but only look cool with cool clothes

snoworneahva Sun 14-Jul-13 07:00:02

Just spent a day walking around London in 31C heat in my Saltwaters and my feet were happy - no blisters it's a bloody miracle.

DoveDovePigeon Sun 14-Jul-13 07:08:30

Saltwaters are amazing

DumSpiroSpero Sun 14-Jul-13 07:09:15

Blimey - who called the fashion police? hmm

noddyholder Sun 14-Jul-13 16:52:16

I am wearing the clarks retro ones today They are mighty comfy I have to say and do look good

I'm wearing the Hotter tan sandals today, with stone coloured linen crops, a mint asymmetric Tshirt, a DVF scarf in stones mint/ black/ coral/ silver.

We went on a road trip with our 2 dogs (it's bog dog's birthday). Stopped at a little harbour for a stretch of legs, then to a cute seaside village for a more leisurely dander around. To a really nice restaurant for Sunday Lunch (they have special dog kennels so you can relax over lunch while your dogs are safe and not stuck in a car).

The shoes coped brilliantly with all that walking around and naice lunch-ing.

Morgause Sun 14-Jul-13 18:19:35

I like M&S footgloves for holidays but hide them when we get home.

BrianTheMole Sun 14-Jul-13 18:34:57

I like these. Don't care if people think they are granny shoes. Better to be comfortable than a fashion victim with shredded feet.

WildThongsHeartString Sun 14-Jul-13 22:27:34

Yes, I love Reiker too. I bought red leather mules. Good sales on just now. They are so nice on and dead comfortable.

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