For the 50+ Traveler

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NeedBo NDB Men's Classical Comfortable II Flip Flop

Top Pick
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These highly rated men’s flip flops come in a huge array of color combinations and sizes, and they’re a step up from your run-of-the-mill flip flop. Their EVA-cushioned footbed with a touch of arch support offers extra comfort while the textured sole promises a bit of traction.

The sole is super flexible and the toe and foot straps are nylon rather than plastic. The sandals are made to be rinsed clean.

Satisfied buyers note that they’re a great price for a comfortable flip flop option. People like the simplicity and range of sizes (they’re available in men’s 6.5 to 18). Even better news: If you’re not a fan, these flip flops are backed by a 100 percent money back satisfaction guarantee.

Key Features

  • Available in 15 colors + 17 sizes
  • Simple, straightforward design
  • EVA-cushioned sole

Specifications

  • Brand: NeedBo
  • Available Sizes: Men’s 6.5 to 18
  • Materials: EVA, nylon

Pros

  • Arch support
  • Lightweight
  • Satisfaction guarantee

Cons

  • May run a bit small
  • May squeak when wet

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Teva Women's Olowahu Flip Flop

Honorable Mention
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In terms of style, these are an upgrade from your average flip flop. Made by trusted sandal manufacturer Teva, the women’s Olowahu comes in 38 colors and 8 sizes. The attractive four-strap design is paired with an ultra-comfortable Mush footbed.

Like most of the flip flops on our list, this sandal has an EVA outsole, and between the EVA, the Mush footbed, and the nylon straps, the entire sandal is water-ready (not necessarily waterproof, though) and quick drying, which means there’s no reason not to wear these during water-adjacent activities and adventures. In addition to the extra straps giving these sandals some flair, they actually ensure a slightly more secure fit, as well, so they’re less likely to slip off, even when wet.

Key Features

  • Available in 38 colors + 8 sizes
  • 4-strap design
  • EVA outsole

Specifications

  • Brand: Teva
  • Available Sizes: Women’s 5 to 12
  • Materials: EVA, nylon

Pros

  • Made by a trusted sandal manufacturer
  • Cushioned Mush footbed
  • Quick-dry, water-ready materials

Cons

  • Only available in whole sizes

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Reef Men’s Fanning Flip Flop

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These are Reef’s best selling men’s flip flops -- maybe in part because they have a bottle opener built into their rubber outsole. Yes, that and the sandal’s heel airbags (which Reef says contribute to the sandals’ shock absorption and overall comfort) might seem a bit gimmicky, but overall, they have a high-end, athletic aesthetic.

Fanning flip flops are available in 36 color combinations and 14 sizes and have an EVA footbed that’s contoured for arch support. Multiple reviewers note that with regular wear, they’ll contour to fit your feet. In addition to the EVA, these sandals have textured rubber soles -- which offer even more traction and grip than foam/EVA soles -- and synthetic nubuck straps that give them a higher-end look.

Note that these flip flops are more expensive than some other options on our list, and between the built-in bottle opener and the rubber and nubuck materials, they are heavy for a flip flop. Also, they’re only available in whole sizes.

Key Features

  • Available in 36 colors + 14 sizes
  • Sturdy, athletic design
  • Built-in bottle opener

Specifications

  • Brand: Reef
  • Available Sizes: Men’s 4 to 17
  • Materials: Synthetic nubuck, rubber, EVA

Pros

  • Arch support
  • Shock absorbing
  • High-quality materials

Cons

  • More expensive than some other options on our list
  • Heavy for a flip flop
  • Only available in whole sizes

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Birkenstock Essentials Unisex Gizeh EVA Sandals

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Meet my favorite flip flop alternative. I’ve worn Birkenstock Gizehs for a long time, but it wasn’t until Birkenstock came out with these EVA sandals that I found my ultimate summer and beach time match. These attractive sandals are completely waterproof. Like other Birkenstocks, they’re adjustable thanks to a t-strap, but unlike traditional Birks, they don’t have any cork that can get damaged by exposure to water.

These sandals are ultra lightweight and come in 26 colors and 17 sizes. Their EVA footbed has classic Birkenstock arch support (though it’s not as firm since there’s no cork involved). I’ve worn my pair for two summers and on multiple vacations, and they’re still comfortable and looking good.

Of course, these sandals do come with the Birkenstock price tag and are more expensive than some options on our list. Also, because of their synthetic sole, they might squeak when they get wet or when you’re walking across certain surfaces.

Key Features

  • Available in 26 colors + 17 sizes
  • Ultra lightweight EVA construction
  • Classic Birkenstock footbed with arch support

Specifications

  • Brand: Birkenstock
  • Available Sizes: Men’s 3 to 9.5, Women’s 5 to 11.5
  • Materials: EVA

Pros

  • Made in Germany
  • From a trusted footwear manufacturer
  • Adjustable fit thanks to buckle

Cons

  • More expensive than some other options on our list
  • May squeak when wet

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OOFOS Unisex OOriginal Sport Recovery Sandal

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These highly rated unisex sandals are made of proprietary OOfoam, which absorbs 37 percent more impact than the foam used in most shoes and flip flops. This means increased comfort and, because OOfoam is machine washable, longevity.

The OOriginal Sport Recovery Sandal is available in 5 colors and 12 sizes and features a patented footbed that includes ample arch support and a rocking design that reduces stress on the feet, ankles, knees, and lower back.

Reviewers call these sandals soft and comfortable and like the unique aesthetic. Note that OOFOS suggests sizing down if you wear a men’s half size as these sandals run a bit large. Also, they are only available in whole sizes and are more expensive than some other options on our list.

Key Features

  • Available in 4 colors + 12 sizes
  • Unique aesthetic
  • Patented rocking footbed

Specifications

  • Brand: OOFOS
  • Available Sizes: Men’s 3 to 14, Women’s 5 to 16
  • Materials: Proprietary OOfoam

Pros

  • Machine washable
  • Impact absorbing
  • Arch support

Cons

  • More expensive than some other options on our list
  • Only available in whole sizes
  • May run large
Related:

You could buy a pair of flip flops almost anywhere, but do your feet, your wallet, and the environment a favor by investing in flip flops that fit well and will last. Here are a few things to consider as you make your pick.

Arch Support

Drugstore flip flops typically don’t offer arch support. They simply have a flat, synthetic sole with straps attached. These will protect the soles of your feet in a pinch, but the American Podiatric Medical Association recommends opting for flip flops with thicker soles, good arch support, and deep heel cups that can help with shock absorption.

Strap Design

Strap design is what sets classic flip flops apart from more unique sandals. More straps can help keep your flip flops on your feet, while T-straps can be more comfortable for some wearers (myself included).

Quality And Durability

Environmental journalist Jennifer Grayson points out that “the cheaper [flip flops] are ... the faster they break.” Durable, high-quality flip flops that can be rinsed and washed (maybe even in the washing machine, like OOFOS OOriginal Sport Recovery Sandals) will last longer and can serve as your go tos, meaning you won’t be tempted to buy a bunch of less comfortable pairs that will end up in the trash sooner rather than later.

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