How to choose sandals?

Hot weather has come, that is why now the most relevant shoes are sandals. Modern manufacturers have created many different models, consequently it is sometimes quite difficult to find the appropriate variant. As we want to help you with it, this article deals with this problem. Of course, as usual, there is no prate in the article, here you find only practical suggestions! Choose your perfect sandals with


Top material of sandals

Leather has always been the best top material in most cases. However do not disregard the modern substitutes. Nowadays sandals made of faux leather can be a good competitor of genuine leather. Faux leather is becoming more comfortable, soft and of high quality. Its durability is not worse than the durability of genuine leather, and it looks nice as well. The best example is eco-leather. Just pay careful attention to the softness. If the material is tough, it must be used with the softening lining material (especially on the edges).

The general rule: the softer top material is, the better it is



This is your protection against chafing. Chafing happens because of the combination of two factors: lack of fixation and comparatively hard elements touched the skin. And, of course, wrong size. Consequently, during the fitting try to draw tight all fasteners in order to feel whether the shoes are loose or not. If you buy on the Internet, pay attention to the amount of fasteners on the model. The more fasteners are, the easier it will be to seat sandals on the foot.

The general rule: the more you are going to walk, the greater fixation you need

Practical suggestion: A good variant is the combination of touch fastener and elastic tightening.

Toeless sandals or closed-toe sandals

Let’s review advantages of each kind


Closed-toe sandals

  • Toes protection against hits.
  • If you want, you can wear them with socks (but if sandals are toeless, it will be considered as bad manners)
  • As a rule, they have the best fixation. They are good for a short walk.

Toeless sandals

  • Much airing
  • It is easy to shake out small pebbles without taking off the shoes
  • It is simple to find a good variant based on the price to quality ratio. A model with fabric top can be a quite good variant.s34a

The sole of sandals

It is preferable to have soft inner part (so called, non-removable insole). This will simplify the life if you do much walking. If you are going to have nature walks, choose the model with raised outsole. It will provide necessary grip.

You can often hear that good sandals have leather sole. It was relevant 6-8 years ago. However now the best choice is modern rubber. Sole made of genuine leather is very uncommon now. It is more typical for models without back fixation of heels (in fact, leather mule shoes). Polyurethane rubber has higher durability, but it is less flexible that is not very good for sandals.

Practical suggestion: It is easier to find cheap model with more or less high-quality rubber sole than with a high-quality leather one.

We hope that these suggestions will help you to choose the model which will satisfy your requirements.


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