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The Best Walking Sandals for Travel

Whether you’re shopping down the cobblestone streets of Cartagena or trekking the back roads of Cambodia, comfortable walking sandals are key for a day of exploration. Check out this guide to some of the most comfy, secure, and fashionable travel sandals out there.

Isa Tapia Nueva Scalloped Slide Sandals
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Nueva Scalloped Slide Sandals by Isa Tapia

These linen slides had us at scalloped edging. Their neutral hue is edged in chic black embroidery and their slip-on style makes them easy to kick off for an impromptu dip in pool. Who knows, these might just help us get an upgrade on our next flight.

$395 at Shopbop
Petal Pink Lace Grosgrain Women's Lexie Sandals
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Petal Pink Lace Grosgrain Lexie Sandals by TOMS

TOMS' vegan sandals go into sweetness overload with ballet-slipper-pink straps and dainty lace. The cushioned insole and ankle straps keep things sweetly comfortable.

$70 at TOMS
UGG Angie sandal
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The Angie by UGG

Add some height—and edge—to your outfit with these sleek black platforms. Crafted with metallic leather ankle straps, a foam footbed, and a lightweight platform, these babies only look tough.

$87 at Zappos
Emu Women's Acacia Sandals
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Acacia Sandals by EMU Australia

Don’t EMU’s two-tone lace-ups just ooze summer adventure? We love the perforated suede detail, plus the ankle strap means extra support for all of your wandering.

$100 at Amazon
Tory Burch Adrien Sandals
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Adrien Sandals by Tory Burch

Tory Burch's silver-chain-embellished Adriens are like a statement necklace or chandelier earrings in sandal form. The heavy-duty buckled ankle strap will keep your feet in place, whether the day takes you meandering down unknown side streets or into a spontaneous dance party.  

$328 at Shopbop
VIONIC Miami sandal
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The Miami by VIONIC

These chic T-straps are kind of like a mullet: party on top and all business down below. The strong rubber soles feature built-in orthopedic insoles and microfiber-covered footbeds that absorbs shock to the lower body joints. But the metallic hardware keeps things interesting.

$100 at Zappos
Jemma Sandal BZEES
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Jemma Sandal by BZees

This open-toe wedge may just be the most comfortable walking sandal we’ve ever experienced. Foam and gel cushioning give the footbeds a cloud-like softness, and the stone design give the stretchy denim uppers a bit of flair. They’re also machine washable in case you run into any travel snafus.

$79 at Nordstrom
Kalapu Sandal OLUKAI
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Kalapu Sandal by OluKai

No, you don't want to step on a jagged rock and ruin your beach day or rafting trip. And no, you wouldn't be caught dead in ugly water shoes, either! OluKai's Kalapu style lets water babies walk freely in the surf or at the shore, without sacrificing cuteness. Their ocean-current-inspired traction gives good grip and the overlapping straps provide plenty of security. 

$75 at Nordstrom
merrell Women's Around Town Backstrap sandal
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Around Town Backstrap by Merrell

A major upgrade from flip-flops, these Merrell sandals will keep you blister-free as you explore all ends of the earth. The design promotes breathability and comfort with a cork-covered base and back strap to secure your feet in place. The only question is: do you order the classic black or the earthy two-tone?

$75 at Merrell

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