Every summer, I get tons of requests for comfort sandals that aren’t frumpy. This used to be a tall order, but this year, comfort sandals are very much on trend. Hallelujah!
I’ve been on a mission to find the best comfort sandals without the frump factor, and today I’m partnering with Nordstrom to style three of my favorites.
As you might expect, Nordstrom has a wide variety of comfort sandals to choose from, and of course their free shipping and a generous return policy. And don’t forget about the Buy Online Pick Up in Store option, if you need something right away.
What To Look For in a Comfort Sandal
When shopping for comfort sandals, there are a few things to consider.
First of all, look for a molded footbed. This is when the sandals are contoured to cradle the foot in a natural, supportive way. All of the shoes pictured below have a molded footbed.
Sandals with back straps or a lower vamp generally stay on your feet better and are easier to walk in that slides.
Sam Edelman Naomi Sandal (Pewter)
Finally, sandals that are adjustable will provide the best fit for your unique foot. Also, sandals with soft straps and cushioning in the footbed will help avoid blisters.
Born Sloan Platform Sandal (Turquoise Distressed)
For the purpose of this post, I’m going to style three of my favorite comfort sandals, but I’ve tried and highly recommend all of those linked above as well.
I kept these looks simple in order to showcase the shoes, but of course there are limitless ways to wear each pair.
Born Sloan Platform Sandal
This Born sandal has a bit of a platform, but don’t let that deter you from trying them. There is lots of cushion in the footbed, and it’s not as heavy as it looks.
The strap has three settings, and it’s soft against the foot. I also really love the basketweave detail on the sides.
I usually gravitate towards neutral sandals, but I love how this Distressed Turquoise pops against the white denim. (They do come in some neutral colors as well, if you prefer.)
A grey t-shirt and a few silver-toned accessories complete this casual look.
This Treasure & Bond Twist Detail T-Shirt is featured in all three outfits. It’s one of my favorites from last summer, so I was thrilled to see it back this year. It’s buttery soft with an easy, relaxed fit.
The twisted scoop neck is flattering without being too revealing, and the rolled cap sleeves are the perfect finishing touch. It’s true to size, or you could size down if in between; I have the small.
And I’m wearing the Mother Hustler — an ankle-length bootcut style with a raw hem for a fresh, modern take on white jeans.
These jeans run true to size, or size up if in between. I went with a 29, the larger of my two usual sizes.
Sam Edelman Naomi Sandal
These t-strap sandals from Sam Edelman are probably the most versatile of those featured in this post because of the t-strap design and adjustable buckle. They should work for narrow or wide feet.
They’re also extremely lightweight, and they come in a myriad of great colors. This is the Pewter, and I love how it offsets these olive green shorts and grey tee.
These Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution shorts are made of a comfortable stretch twill that moves with you and doesn’t constrict. They have a 9″ un-cuffed inseam, but I rolled mine twice to bring it up to about 7″.
This is the Lily Pad, but they come in several other color options. I really love that Smokey Twilight; in fact I have them in that color, as well. These shorts run true to size; I’m in my usual size 6.
Birkenstock Siena Soft Footbed Slide Sandal
Finally, I added these Birkenstock crossover slides to my sandal collection this summer. The crossover style is very much on trend this season, and I love this Orchid Nubuck.
Yes, another color! I don’t even know who I am anymore.
These have the infamous Birkenstock contoured cork footbed with soft nubuck straps in a criss-cross style, and they’re adjustable for the perfect fit. I wear mine on the tightest setting. They also come in a canvas style, which I assume might be a bit lighter in weight and more flexible, but I haven’t tried them.
Because the straps come pretty high on the the foot, they stay in place better than most slides. I have no trouble walking miles in these. They are true to size for Birks, but they’re designed for more narrow feet, so be aware of that. (That is why they are listed as having a B width.) I have the size 39.
These would look great with the white denim outfit above, but I changed into blue jeans to show another option.
I’ve worn this exact outfit several times in the past couple of weeks because these jeans are so incredibly comfortable, and I love the ultra-casual styling with the raw step hems and ripped knees.
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photos: Alison Cornell