Best Sandals for Sweaty Feet in 2022

In hot weather, you don’t always want to wear closed shoes. A pair of flip flops or sandals are ideal for wearing at the beach, when visiting friends, or in any situation on a hot day.

However, sweaty feet can make wearing open shoes challenging. Maybe your feet slide around in the shoes, or you feel uncomfortable being in public when your feet sweat a lot.

Luckily, we went out and found the best sandals for sweaty feet. The ones we’ve chosen are all breathable and have good support as well.

We recommend the Hoka Ora Recovery Slide for our top pick. It’s plush and comfortable, has excellent arch support, and it’s easy to wash.

If you have sweaty feet but you’d like to wear sandals, then have a look at the shoes on this list and find the ones that suit you best!

Top 3 Best and Favorites

 

Hoka Ora Recovery Slide

 

  • Superb arch support
  • Early-stage meta-rocker
  • APMA Seal of Acceptance
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Birkenstock Milano Soft Footbed

 

  • Natural cork footbed
  • Built-in arch support
  • Shock-absorbing EVA outsole
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OluKai Ohana

 

  • Versatile and stylish sandal
  • Brushed lining dries quickly
  • Rubber outsole
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Most Comfortable

1. Hoka Ora Recovery Slide

Hoka sandals are just like Hoka running shoes—they have a thick chunk of comfortable, shock-absorbing EVA for the ultimate in cushioning.

Plus, the open design makes the sandal extremely breathable, which is essential for those who have sweaty feet.

What We Like

The Hoka Ora Recovery Slide is an open-style sandal that makes it very breathable. Even the thick band across the top of the foot has gaps for airflow, so your foot will stay as cool as possible when wearing these.

As well as being breathable, it’s incredibly comfortable, thanks to Hoka’s thick EVA sole. Despite being quite bulky, the sandal is surprisingly light, at just 5 ounces.

A “bucket seat” design means your foot sinks into the soft EVA top layer, adding an element of stability to the already-wide base. Just note that this may cause the regular-sized sandal to feel a bit too wide for people with narrow feet.

As well as excellent, shock-absorbing EVA cushion, the Ora Recovery Slide offers nice arch support, suitable for both those with high arches and flat feet.

An early-stage meta-rocker helps make walking more effortless and reduces foot fatigue. The rocking while you walk may take some getting used to if you haven’t worn shoes like this before.

If you find that your feet still sweat a lot when wearing these sandals, you can wear them with socks, and they will still look stylish and be comfortable.

Why We Like It

These sandals have the classic Hoka comfort in the form of a thick, pillow-like sole, as well as a highly breathable design that helps to keep the feet well ventilated, reducing sweating.

PROS:

  • Extremely open, breathable design
  • Superb arch support
  • Early-stage meta-rocker
  • APMA Seal of Acceptance

CONS:

  • This shoe may be too wide for those with narrow feet

Most Durable

2. Birkenstock Milano Soft Footbed

These sandals are made of a combination of highly durable materials, like leather and cork.

If you look after them, they should last you for a very long time before needing to be replaced.

What We Like

These sandals are unusually durable. The leather upper is not only soft but also resistant to the elements.

Although this is a fairly open design, the leather is also fairly breathable and allows good airflow through the shoe. Three sturdy buckles on the leather straps make it very adjustable.

The footbed is made of cork, which is not only sustainable but has a sweat-wicking top layer that helps to keep moisture away from your feet.

It also molds to the shape of your foot to provide ideal arch support for your foot. A deep heel cup keeps your foot correctly aligned, and a metatarsal bar keeps your toes spread comfortably.

There’s a latex cushion inside the footbed, which helps to cushion every step. An EVA midsole offers good traction, extra shock absorption, and long-lasting protection underneath the shoe.

Why We Like It

Not only are these sandals great for sweaty feet, but they’re also highly durable and should last you for a long time.

PROS:

  • Soft, moisture-wicking suede lining
  • Natural cork footbed molds to the shape of your foot
  • Built-in arch support and raised metatarsal bar
  • Shock-absorbing EVA outsole

CONS:

  • These shoes may require a break-in period

Best for the Beach

3. OluKai Ohana

These lightweight, water-resistant sandals come in many colors and are casual enough for beachwear.

They’re breathable, moisture-wicking, and ideal for people with sweaty feet who want something to wear for beach days.

What We Like

Everything about these sandals reminds us of the beach! They come with synthetic leather uppers in a range of bright colors and patterns. They’re water-resistant and quick-drying.

These features are also helpful if you have sweaty feet. The footbed wicks away moisture and dries quickly, so sweaty feet won’t be an ongoing problem.

Even the footbed is made to feel like the beach. The ICEVA footbed is designed to hug your foot, like stepping into wet sand. It also has good built-in arch support.

A grippy rubber outsole with light lugs helps to provide excellent traction on both wet and dry surfaces.

Why We Like It

This is a classic beach sandal—lightweight, available in multiple bright and cheerful colors, and has a breathable and moisture-wicking design that makes it excellent for those with sweaty feet.

PROS:

  • Versatile and stylish sandal
  • Brushed lining dries quickly
  • Great balance of cushioning and support
  • Rubber outsole with lugs for excellent grip on wet and dry surfaces

CONS:

  • These sandals run a little large so you may want to order a size down

Top Vegan Sandals

4. Chacos Z/Cloud 2

It can be hard to find completely vegan shoes and sandals if you’re a vegan. The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 sandals are vegan shoes ideal for those who also have sweaty feet.

They have a casual design and come in quite a few different colors, and you can wear them confidently as a vegan.

What We Like

Apart from a vegan construction, this sandal is casual and simple. A polyester webbing upper wraps securely around the foot, holding it tightly in place. This single strap runs through the sole of the shoe and supports you from bottom to top.

These straps are quick-drying, so it shouldn’t affect them too much if your feet sweat quite a bit.

The LUVSEAT molded footbed cradles your arches and provides excellent support and comfort. It has some texture so that even if your feet sweat lightly, they won’t slide around too much.

It also has a textured outsole with excellent traction on many different surfaces, and it comes in wide sizes and standard sizes.

Why We Like It

These sandals are not only suitable for those who have sweaty feet, but they’re also 100 percent vegan so that vegans can wear them with complete confidence.

What’s New

The newest version of the Z/Cloud 2 has a softer feeling underfoot and a more grippy outsole than the previous sandal.

PROS:

  • Vegan-friendly sandal
  • Molded footbed supports and cradles your feet
  • Polyester webbing straps wrap securely around your feet
  • Available in wide sizes

CONS:

  • The webbing may tighten up a little when wet

Best Clogs

5. Crocs Classic Clog

You can’t deny that Crocs are one of the most popular shoes ever. If you like clog-style shoes, Crocs are the best ones.

They come in whole sizes only, so if you are a half size, you should order smaller rather than larger as the shoe has a naturally wide fit.

What We Like

Crocs are made of a single piece of water-resistant EVA, which means they’re easy to clean if they do get sweaty.

The design is loose and breathable, thanks to holes in the upper that allow air to flow easily through the sandal. However, if you sweat easily and worry about hygiene, Crocs are odor-resistant.

The Croslite foam provides excellent shock absorption and comfort. And in the footbed, these clogs have adequate arch support for most feet. Texture on the footbed helps to keep the foot in place.

The strap in the back heel will provide a tighter lockdown if necessary. Alternatively, you can flip the back strap up out of the way or remove it completely.

Crocs come in a wide range of colors, and you can even customize them with Jibbitz charms to truly make them your own.

Why We Like It

Crocs are classics, and they’re incredibly comfortable. They’re easy to clean if you sweat, and they’re also odor-resistant. A textured footbed stops the foot from sliding.

PROS:

  • Made from molded Croslite foam
  • Built-in arch support
  • Vented forefoot increases breathability
  • Comfortable and supportive out of the box

CONS:

  • Some may not like the style of Crocs

Most Versatile

6. Teva Omnium 2 (men’s)

7. Teva Omnium (women’s)

These shoes are quite versatile and can be used for casual wear, hiking, sports, and everyday use.

While they are a little less breathable than some other open-toed sandals, they offer a good combination of breathability and protection.

What We Like

The names can be confusing, note that the Omnium is the men’s sandal, and the Omnium 2 is the women’s sandal. Both are quite similar, though.

These sandals are closed-toed extremely protective but may compromise their breathability. However, they have large-perforated mesh in the rearfoot and ventilation holes in the midfoot.

You don’t have to worry about odor if your feet still sweat despite the ventilation holes. The Omnium and Omnium 2 have Microban technology built-in, which prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

Another helpful feature is the textured footbed, which helps stop your feet from slipping if you sweat a little. However, the footbed is not removable, so you won’t be able to use custom orthotics.

The EVA midsole offers shock absorption and cushioning, making it a comfortable and supportive choice. A nylon shank in the midsole provides even more medial support, making this shoe ideal for overpronators.

A Spider rubber outsole with aggressive lugs offers exceptional grip on several different surfaces, contributing to this shoe’s versatility.

Why We Like It

These heavy-duty sandals are ideal for outdoor adventuring, and they’ll support your feet while offering good ventilation at the same time.

PROS:

  • Great for hiking, boating, and multi-sports
  • Excellent blend of cushioning, support, and protection
  • Textured footbed keeps feet from slipping
  • Aggressive lug design provides traction on a variety of surfaces

CONS:

  • The footbed is not removable, so if you use a custom orthotic, you won’t be able to use it in these sandals

Top for Walking

8. ECCO Yucatan Sandals

If you walk a lot and need a supportive sandal that also offers good ventilation, we recommend the ECCO Yucatan.

They’re sturdy and durable, as well as looking stylish. These sandals come in a range of colors.

What We Like

These are hiking sandals, so they’re both protective and supportive. With a reasonably open, breathable design, your feet should be well ventilated and have little opportunity to sweat as you walk.

The footbed is made from EVA, which contours to the foot to offer comfort and shock absorption, and provides excellent arch support.

It’s also covered with a microfiber top cover to wick away sweat and keep your feet dry and comfortable. Leather straps and neoprene linings allow you to get a tight fit without chafing or discomfort.

Unfortunately, the front strap is not adjustable, but this may not be a problem for those who don’t need a snugger fit in the forefoot.

The outsole has a slight rocker shape to reduce foot fatigue and smooth the heel-to-toe transition. It’s made of rubber for good traction, and it also has aggressive lugs for excellent grip on multiple different surfaces.

Why We Like It

The Yucatan sandals are a stable and durable walking shoe with a soft top cover and ventilated design that should help to reduce the incidence of sweaty feet.

PROS:

  • Neoprene strap lining prevents skin irritation
  • Contoured EVA footbed cradles and supports your foot
  • Midsole foam cushioning provide all-day comfort
  • Slightly rockered outsole provides smooth transitions

CONS:

  • The front strap is not adjustable

Best Arch Support

9. Vionic Orthaheel Kiwi Slide

These shoes have received the APMA Seal of Acceptance for promoting good foot health so that you can wear them confidently.

Although they are slide sandals, the upper and arch support work well together to keep your foot supported.

What We Like

These unisex sandals are therapeutic shoes that provide excellent support for the feet, gently realigning them to ease pressure on the joints.

A biomechanically-designed, contoured EVA footbed offers semi-rigid support for the arch. A deep heel cup helps to keep the foot in place.

The footbed features a dotted texture to help prevent your feet from slipping as you walk. This is ideal for those who have sweaty feet to stay steady on their feet.

A padded hook-and-loop upper is adjustable and allows you to get a good fit. It’s also got a quick-drying mesh lining so that sweat won’t be a problem.

The TPR outsole keeps you safe on slippery ground.

Why We Like It

These orthotic shoes have excellent arch support, so they are the ideal choice if you need strong support in the arch. They’re also unisex, so women may need to order a size down.

PROS:

  • Contoured footbed provides semi-rigid arch support
  • Medium-density EVA midsole offers all-day comfort
  • Quick-drying mesh lining
  • Wave-patterned tread increases traction

CONS:

  • The shoes may run slightly large for women

Best Dress Sandals

10. NAOT Julius (men’s)

11. NAOT Amadora (women’s)

We recommend NAOT—the Julius for men and the Amadora for women when you need a smarter-looking sandal to wear to classy events.

They’re both smart-looking sandals and will help with sweaty feet so you can stay comfortable and safe when you’re out.

What We Like

Both the Julius and the Amadora feature leather uppers. The Julius is a fisherman-style sandal, while the Amadora is a feminine cut-out design.

Both feature a cork and latex footbed covered with soft suede. This is comfortable and helps to wick away moisture so those with sweaty feet won’t need to worry about slipping or being uncomfortable.

Both of the shoes also have removable footbeds, so you can use a custom orthotic. You can buy patented NAOT footbeds with your ideal level of support.

The polyurethane outsole absorbs shock and is also slip-resistant.

Why We Like It

These sandals are both smart-looking and good for sweaty feet. The suede top cover wicks away moisture and keeps your feet cool and comfortable.

PROS:

  • Suede top cover is moisture-wicking
  • Cork and latex footbed molds to the shape of your foot
  • Can accommodate orthotics
  • Shock-absorbing polyurethane outsole

CONS:

  • The latex in the footbed may be a problem for those with a latex allergy

Buyers Guide – Sandals for Sweaty Feet

Types of Sandals

There are several types of sandals on the market. Each has its own set of pros and cons. Make sure you figure out what you need before looking into other features.

Flip Flops

Flip flops are lightweight and convenient and very breathable due to their open and minimalist design.

However, they don’t always have arch support due to how light and minimalistic they often are.

If you like wearing flip flops, you can find more robust options that offer better support and cushioning.

Hiking/Activity Sandals

Hiking sandals are the most supportive type of sandals. They usually have a strap that wraps snugly around the heel and acts as a heel counter, a strong upper that’s relatively adjustable, and a cushioned sole.

Closed Toe Sandals

Closed-toe sandals are more protective than others but may sacrifice some breathability. If your toes need more protection, these are a good choice.

Slides/Mules

Slides are similar to flip flops but don’t have a toe post. They are also usually light and comfortable but don’t often have a lot of adjustability.

Slides or mules are also usually very breathable due to their open design.

Breathability

Breathability is the most important quality of an excellent sandal for sweaty feet. You want your feet to be well ventilated and for air to be able to circulate and wick away moisture, as well as keeping your feet cool.

Most sandals have a reasonably open design which allows for increased breathability. You should find a good combination between a sandal that’s supportive and breathable.

Arch Support & Heel Cup

You will need to choose a sandal that offers your feet the right type and amount of arch support. Overpronators will need extra support in the arch, while neutral feet can get away with less support.

There should also be a deep heel cup, which will work with the arch support to keep the foot properly in place. This is helpful for sweaty feet as it stops the feet from sliding around on the footbed.

Alternatively, you can choose one of the best insoles for sweaty feet.

Flexibility

You should consider the flexibility of the sandal you choose. Some people may find that they need a slightly more stiff sole for comfort and support, while others may prefer a very flexible sole.

FAQs

What Causes Sweaty Feet?

Many different things can cause excessive sweating on the feet. One of the most common reasons for sweaty feet is wearing shoes that aren’t breathable.

In these cases, moisture can’t evaporate quickly and your feet become damp. Sometimes this is due to the material the shoe’s upper is made of, or the shoe may be too tight for moisture to evaporate.

People who spend many hours a day on their feet in warm environments may also find that their feet sweat a lot.

Those with poor hygiene can also experience excessively sweaty feet in any pair of shoes. Not washing your feet or wearing the same pair of socks for a long time can cause bacteria to grow, increasing the amount of sweating.

How Do I Keep My Feet From Sweating in Sandals?

The first step to stopping your feet from sweating when you’re wearing sandals is to choose a very breathable pair of sandals that allows air to circulate, wick away moisture, and cool your feet down.

You can also use an antiperspirant spray or powder to reduce the amount of sweating. When you can, remove the sandals to allow your feet to breathe.

What Are Home Treatments for Sweaty Feet?

If you find that your feet sweat excessively, you should wash them twice a day with antibacterial soap to keep them as healthy as possible.

Make sure to dry them thoroughly once they’re clean, and you can apply an antiperspirant or antifungal foot powder. Alternatively, use cornstarch to the feet, which will help to absorb sweat.

What Are Medical Treatments?

If your excessive sweating is more than just a nuisance, your doctor can prescribe a strong antiperspirant. This will have a better effect than store-bought antiperspirants.

Alternatively, they can prescribe medication—anticholinergics—which can help to reduce excessive sweating. In some cases, Botox injections can also help with excessive sweating, although you should check with your doctor first.