Summer is just around the corner, and if you plan to hit the sand, you’ll need the proper attire. Aside from a swimsuit, sunglasses, a wide-brim hat, shorts, and a cover-up, beach-friendly shoes are a must-have. But don’t worry—practical, comfortable kicks can be totally stylish.

At Vionic, we’re passionate about creating flattering footwear for all occasions, activities, and terrains. And since the company was founded by surf-loving podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, you can bet we have stylish shoes to wear on the beach. Consider this your guide to finding the perfect beach sandals and shoes.


What Are the Best Shoes to Wear on the Beach?

Whether you have a tropical vacation on the calendar or live near the ocean, footwear shouldn’t be overlooked if you plan on making your way to the sand. Maybe you love long walks on the beach, splashing in the tide, swimming in the ocean, lounging on the shore, or all of the above. In any case, you’ll need a proper pair of beach shoes.

So, what are the best shoes to wear on the beach? While there are certain features to look for when shopping for beach-ready footwear, you’ve got options. Flip flops, toe-post sandals, slides, strappy sandals, sneakers, and wedge heels are all excellent picks. Here’s a breakdown of each style and how to find the best pair.

Orthotic Toe-Post Sandals


If you like Y-strap sandals and want a more solid sole, orthotic toe-post sandals are the way to go. They’re similar to flip flops but with sturdier footbeds. Also, toe-post sandals typically have thicker straps.

And like flip flops, toe-post sandals vary in terms of arch support and comfort. We probably don’t need to tell you that Vionic’s take on toe-posts covers all the bases. As a leading footwear innovator, our orthotic sandals are both flattering and beneficial for your feet.

Each pair of toe-post sandals from Vionic features:

  • Wide and supportive uppers
  • Comfy, cushioned footbeds
  • Shock-absorbing EVA-rubber midsoles
  • TPR-rubber outsoles
  • Patterned tread

The patterned tread provides better traction in the sand, and the shock-absorbing midsoles reduce stress on your feet and ankles. On top of that, the contoured arches support the natural alignment of your feet and calves.

Our stable yet lightweight toe-post sandals come in a variety of materials, colors, and patterns with varying heel heights. Many have simple, versatile designs, and others come with trendy embellishments and summery prints.

Arch-Support Sandals


Flip flops and toe-post sandals give off unequivocally beachy vibes, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only shoes you can wear on the beach. If you prefer slides, ankle-strap designs, hook-and-loop sandals, or wide straps with toe loops, these are all great options.

In many instances, ankle straps are ideal for the beach because they won’t slide off your feet when you walk through the sand, splash in the waves, or go for a swim. Of course, the most important thing to look for in a pair of beach shoes is sufficient support [1].

Each pair of Vionic arch-support sandals are:

  • Lightweight and flexible
  • Flattering and versatile
  • Notably comfortable
  • Exceptionally durable

If you want fashionable sandals with plenty of arch support, Vionic has you covered. We carry a wide selection of men’s and women’s comfortable sandals in both classic and contemporary designs, many of which have adjustable straps.

Our beach-friendly sandals come in lots of different colors, patterns, and materials, including matte leather, patent leather, suede, sturdy textiles, and durable rubber. Choose from rubber, cork, microfiber, or espadrilles-style footbeds.

One thing to keep in mind with slides and strappy sandals is that leather and suede may become damaged if they get wet. Rubber soles and footbeds are best for the beach, but most leather sandals should hold up as long as they aren’t submerged in water.

Contoured Wedges


To elevate your beach style, opt for a pair of wedge heels. These summer shoes give you a boost while lending to a trendy, feminine vibe. And with thick, sturdy soles, you don’t have to worry about your heels sinking into the sand.

Just like all of our footwear styles, Vionic’s orthotic wedges have supportive, contoured footbeds and deep heel cups. Similar to our sandals, Vionic wedges come in many different styles, colors, and materials. As for the soles, you have a few options to choose from. Your best bet for the beach is rubber, raffia, or cork, but some leather designs may also work.

If you prefer to wear tall shoes no matter where you’re headed, Vionic wedges are a perfect choice. Our chic styles go with swimwear, shorts, tank tops, button-down shirts, sarongs, sundresses, and maxi dresses. And unlike other brands, our wedges are easy to walk in, even on the sand.

Comfortable Low-Top Sneakers

Rae casual Sneaker

Although sandals are go-to footwear for the beach, some people prefer closed-toe shoes. In that case, we suggest a pair of comfortable low-top sneakers. You may not be able to avoid getting water or sand in your shoes. However, the extra material can prevent sunburned feet and protect against sharp rocks, glass, and other abrasive debris in the sand [2].

Unlike most tennis shoes, the low-top beach sneaker from Vionic is one of the best shoes to wear without socks because they were made that way. When you’re walking through sand and kicking around in the tide, you’ll be glad you’re not wearing them.

Each pair of Vionic beach sneakers have:

  • Extra-soft and breathable canvas or cotton uppers
  • TPR-rubber outsoles
  • Removable orthotic footbeds
  • Stretchy laces or laceless slip-on uppers
  • Convenient pull tabs on the heels

Additionally, our closed-toe beach kicks are made from eco-conscious materials and are 100% vegan. They’re easy to take on and off, light enough to stash in a tote, and are some of the best shoes for beach walking. But that’s not all—Vionic’s casual beach sneakers are the perfect complement to any seaside ensemble.


Men’s and Women’s Beach Shoes from Vionic

Is there anything better than spending time by the ocean? It’s hard to beat the warm sunshine, cool winds, refreshing saltwater, sand between your toes, calming sound of waves crashing, and stunning views you get at the beach. But one thing that’ll definitely enhance your experience is comfortable shoes.

With Vionic, you never have to choose between comfort and style. Our cutting-edge footwear is designed to make your feet feel good and look good, no matter where you’re going.

Vio-Motion Support

Every pair of Vionic shoes is embedded with our exclusive Vio-Motion Support technology. What this means is that you get arch support, contoured heel seats, and built-in alignment, all of which are concealed within the shoe. To the untrained eye, they look just like any fashionable pair you’d see at a department store.

Foot discomfort and pain should never be caused by your footwear. And with our podiatrist recommended shoes, it won’t. Many Vionic shoe styles have a Seal of Acceptance from the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association). This certifies that a pair of shoes provides adequate support and benefits foot health.

Vionic carries an impressive inventory of supportive flip flops, orthotic toe-post sandals, arch-support sandals, contoured wedge heels, and low-top casual sneakers for men and women. When you browse our collections, you’ll find high-quality footwear in a wide range of sizes, colors, designs, and materials.

If you’re wondering about the best shoes to wear on the beach, it really depends on your personal style, preferences, and planned activities. In any case, Vionic shoes are made to be comfortable to wear for hours on end. Whether you plan to swim, stroll, splash, or sit back and chill at the beach, we have a perfect pair of shoes for you—maybe even two or three!





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