Sandals are not the first choice of footwear that probably comes to mind when you think about hiking, but sandals that are built specifically for hiking, have their benefits and are a great addition to your gear closet. Use them during warm weather on gentle well-worn trails and especially in tropical climates. Additionally, if you’re planning a multi-day backpacking trip, a pair of hiking sandals are great alternative to heavy boots on easy days or when your feet just need to breathe. So, what are the best hiking sandals for you?

One of our big goals here at The Adventure Junkies is to make your life easier when it comes to gearing up for hiking. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to choose hiking sandals and show you our selection of some of the best models of the year.

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Quick Answer - The Best Hiking Sandals

  1. KEEN Arroyo III
  2. Chaco Z/2 Unaweep
  3. KEEN Newport H2
  4. Teva Terra Fi4 Multisport
  5. KEEN Whisper
  6. Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve
  7. Ahnu Kovar Sport

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Comparison Table - Best Hiking Sandals

PictureNameToe StyleWeightPriceRating
KEEN Arroyo IIIClosedUnknown$4.2
Chaco Z/2 UnaweepOpen1 lb 15.1 oz (Pair)$$4.5
KEEN Newport H2Closed1 lb 12 oz (Pair)$$4.3
Teva Terra Fi4 MultisportOpen1 lb 13 oz (Pair)$$4.7
KEEN WhisperClosed1 lb 1 oz (Pair)$4.5
Merrell All Out Blaze SieveClosed1 lb 2 oz (Pair)$4.5
Ahnu Kovar SportClosedUnknown$4.5
PictureNameToe StyleWeightPriceRating

Reviews - Best Sandals for Hiking

KEEN Arroyo III


View Women's Version
Specs
  • Toe Style: Closed
  • Weight: Unknown
Features
  • One-pull drawcord laces
  • Nylon mesh lining
  • Removable dual-density EVA footbed
  • Rubber outsoles with deep lugs

PROS: Grippy tread – great for hiking

CONS: Laces wear out quickly

Chaco Z/2 Unaweep


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Specs
  • Toe Style: Open
  • Weight: 1 lb 15.1 oz (Pair)
Features
  • Adjustable strapping system
  • Lightweight midsole
  • Rubber outsoles with 3mm lugs

PROS: Excellent arch support and pronation control

CONS: Open style leaves toes exposed

KEEN Newport H2


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Specs
  • Toe Style: Closed
  • Weight: 1 lb 12 oz (Pair)
Features
  • Foam-lined polyester webbing for added comfort
  • EVA midsole with antimicrobial footbed
  • Knife-cut siping on rubber outsoles for traction on wet surfaces

PROS: Great arch support and comfort

CONS: Stitching on some models wear quickly

Teva Terra Fi4 Multisport


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Specs
  • Toe Style: Open
  • Weight: 1 lb 13 oz (Pair)
Features
  • Adjustable straps
  • Microban antimicrobial treatment
  • Shock-absorbent heel

PROS: Adjustable fit and long lasting

CONS: Open style leaves toes exposed, not the best fit for big feet

KEEN Whisper

Specs
  • Toe Style: Closed
  • Weight: 1 lb 1 oz (Pair)
Features
  • Bungee lace capture system
  • Hydrophobic mesh lining
  • Toe guards for extra foot protection

PROS: Lightweight and comfortable

CONS: Arch support is limited

Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve

Specs
  • Toe Style: Closed
  • Weight: 1 lb 2 oz (Pair)
Features
  • Vibram outsole with 3 mm lug depth
  • Unifly midsole for extra cushion
  • Lycra neoprene stretch collar

PROS: Great for light hiking in wet climates

CONS: Designed more of a shoe than a sandal

Ahnu Kovar Sport


View Women's Version
Specs
  • Toe Style: Closed
  • Weight: Unknown
Features
  • Mesh upper with webbed straps
  • Semi-rigid EVA foam midsole for shock absorption
  • Grippy rubber for traction on wet surfaces

PROS: Adjustable buckle strap system for a more custom fit

CONS: Heavier than other models

LEARN HOW TO CHOOSE HIKING GEAR FOR YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HIKING SANDALS

ARCH SUPPORT AND CUSHIONING

Unlike cheap flip-flops or fancy dress sandals, hiking sandals are designed with great arch support similar to what you might find in your hiking boots. Arch support will provide the comfort and protection you need on the trails.

It’s important to know that hiking sandals aren’t for tough technical mountain climbs. You’ll want a hiking boot with good ankle support and tread for that.

 

TOE PROTECTION

If you plan to hike in sandals you’ll probably want a pair with some sort of toe protection depending on the type of trails you will be hiking. Many trails have sticks, rocks, roots, and other objects on the trail that can injury your foot and toes if they’re exposed to the elements.

Most serious hiking sandals are designed with toe protection. However, if you’re just hiking around on the beach or paved bicycle trails in the woods, you can get away with open-toed designs.

 

TREADS

Just like hiking boots, you will want a pair of hiking sandals with a sturdy tread. Most hiking boots and sandals are constructed with a Vibram sole, which provides excellent grip even in wet conditions.

 

FIT

Fit is one of the most important factors when purchasing any footwear. You want a comfortable pair of sandals. Often times while hiking your feet tend to swell so adjustable straps can be a lifesaver. Adjustable straps can also provide more room as the temperatures start to drop because you can wear a pair of socks under your sandals.

 

TYPE OF HIKING

Hiking sandals come in various design elements so These sandals aren’t made to be worn with a heavy backpack as it can place unnecessary pressure on your joints and could damage your feet. They are great for mild or tropical climates on easy trails, with a small day backpack or around the campsite.

 

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