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Sandals good for walking that aren't fugly

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TheUpsideDown Mon 13-Mar-17 18:14:55

I'm off to France in the summer for a week, and plenty of walking is expected. I can't seem to find any decent sandals that would be good for walking, but are also stylish and feminine.

Do pretty walking sandals exist, or am I going to have to buy Jesus creepers?!

Fitzsimmons Mon 13-Mar-17 18:17:50

Keens? I've had the same pair for about three years and live in them in the summer when I do a lot of fell walking. They have some nice styles and last really well.

MrsNuckyThompson Mon 13-Mar-17 18:19:22

I love my Salt Water sandals.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 13-Mar-17 18:27:05

Do you want proper walking sandals to go hiking in ie something that looks like a walking boot that's been pushed through a shredder, or a leather sandal that you can walk around a city all day in?

TheUpsideDown Mon 13-Mar-17 18:53:11

Shatners not serious hiking. More village exploring and country & forest walks. But something that's going to be fairly hard-wearing but still a nice looking sandal.

ElspethFlashman Mon 13-Mar-17 18:55:24

Well arguably the best sandals for walking are FitFlops. They have really expanded their line into different styles in the last couple of years and some are bloody nice. Have a look at the website cos you could wall for miles in them.

PleaseTieMyBow Mon 13-Mar-17 19:01:29

I second FitFlops. I walk an awful lot but if I wear real flatties I get sciatica flaring up. I spent 2 weeks sightseeing in NewYork and Washington last summer. Walked miles in my FitFlops and no aches and pains at all. I have worn them for about 5 years now, and only on my 2nd pair (they last really well)

TheUpsideDown Mon 13-Mar-17 19:16:55

Just had a look at FitFlops website. I had a pair a few years ago when they first arrived on the scene. But I found them awfully cumbersome, and quite unattractive.

But their current repertoire is quite extensive now isn't it, with a lot more choice on more feminine styles.

MrsNucky the Saltwaters are very pretty sandals. But sadly far too flat. I do need something with a bit of heel for support.

Acornantics Mon 13-Mar-17 19:25:27

Merrell sandals are lovely; practical but not hideous, and they last forever. However by way of a disclaimer, I tend to vote for comfort over style in the shoe department.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 13-Mar-17 19:26:59

Hotter sandals are very comfortable, but not exactly fashionable. I have these in silver. They're a bit fogeyish, but nobody's looking at my feet.

HebeBadb Mon 13-Mar-17 19:27:52

Fitflops! They have some lovely ones.

Theworldisfullofidiots Mon 13-Mar-17 19:29:26


Liiinoo Mon 13-Mar-17 19:32:17

I love Skecher Gowalks. Very light but well padded and very supportive.

Greenvalleymama Mon 13-Mar-17 19:34:35

You could look at Fly London? Their sandals have great reviews, and look better than the awful hiking sandal things.
I've been searching online over the last few weeks for something similar (leather, pretty, comfortable) but haven't come up with much. Definite gap in the market!
I decided I'm going to have to go into town and try loads on, and see what feels most comfortable and doesn't look too dreadful.

Glitteryfrog Mon 13-Mar-17 21:34:54

I've got gizahs - flipflops.
I've had them for years and they've been sea kayaking, around villages, up hills etc. The only time they've hurt was in Vegas and i think we'd walked 15 miles.

OhTheRoses Mon 13-Mar-17 21:38:14

Hotter have some nice(ish) canvas pumps that are very good for walking. I'd do sensible for walking and pretty for socoalising/dining.

MsRinky Mon 13-Mar-17 21:52:15

I walked 20 miles a day in these last summer, they were brilliant

Pixie2015 Mon 13-Mar-17 21:56:06

I was a fit flop fan till tried salt water sandals now own 4 pairs and can't wait to start wearing them again bring on the summer ☀️

ActuallyThatsSUPREMECommander Mon 13-Mar-17 21:59:57

The lightest weight Merrells, like
these, are worth a try.

ladyratterley Mon 13-Mar-17 22:01:28
I bought these in black last year and wore them absolutely loads. They're so comfortable! I wore them on a couple of city breaks when I did loads of walking.
They look very much like Swedish Hasbeen sandals which are very trendy, but about twice the price.

OhTheRoses Mon 13-Mar-17 22:02:20

It would be the salt water ones for me from choice but the Hotter ones have the arch support and padded sole to maintain healthy get in the future.

If I could turn the clock back to 35 I'd go Hotter. If I'd done that I'd still be able to wear elegant shoes at 56. My feet still look good and straight in sensible sandals and I can still wear sandals without disgracing myself but I wish I'd put substance over style 20/30 years ago.

loveka Mon 13-Mar-17 22:03:34

Fitflops. Like wearing slippers.

minipie Mon 13-Mar-17 22:20:38

Reef flip flops, the more padded/moulded styles not the uber flat ones. Sooo comfy.

confuugled1 Mon 13-Mar-17 23:49:51

I bought some Teva sandals a couple of years ago on the strength of recommendations on MNet.

They've been blissfully comfortable and for walking sandals, they're quite dainty. I've got this style in pink but they also do it in suede - it's all waterproof (even the suede version) so at the end of the day if they're hot and sweaty or grubby I just hose them down, and it doesn't matter if there's a sudden rainstorm. You sometimes spot them in sales in places like Sports Direct to get good deals on them.

They do plenty of other styles - some are more chunky and typical walking sandal but there are also others that have got the comfy base but a much daintier simple sandal top.

This has just reminded me that I meant to investigate if they did trainers or shoes as they were so so comfy I wanted to replicate that comfort in the winter too.

Iamastonished Tue 14-Mar-17 00:04:05

I love those Merrell sandals. Those Clark's ones don't look very practical for forest walking.

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