A BUYING GUIDE FROM REEF

BEST SPRING SANDALS 2022

Springtime is like beer-thirty on a Friday afternoon: full of promise and hope and getting our fun on with a vengeance. Along with spring comes being outdoors for all the things, so now's the time to find your best spring sandals.

We surfed through all of our customer reviews, our copious amounts of styles, and spring sandals trends for 2022, and we've pared them down to the top 12 picks in several categories. Consider it a little help from your friends at REEF, so you can take a walk on the styled side.

Most Comfortable Sandals

Of course we've got to start here, because ridiculous comfort is what REEF is all about. Topping this category is the men's
Santa Ana
and the women's Cushion Celine, both super comfortable sandals.

MEN'S

SANTA ANA

When you're ready for real comfort and premium materials, you'll want to catch the Santa Ana. These flip-flops feel amazing, thanks to a textured, contoured footbed, soft vegan leather straps, and high arch support. Santa Anas are the sandals that'll take you from all-day play to that nice restaurant she wants to try.

WOMEN'S

CUSHION CELINE

The women's comfort winner is the Cushion Celine. Made with a soft EVA sole and vegan leather straps, these are all-day comfy thong sandals with cute scalloped details. They're the perfect flat sandals for walking on the beach, date night, and everything in between.

Best Sandals for Vacation

Whether for vacay or stay-cay, a new pair of summer sandals elevates the season. Topping our list for trippy sandals (see what we did
there?) are the men's Fanning Slide and the women's trend leader, the Water Vista.

WOMEN'S

WATER VISTA

You might want to stop right here and snag a pair of Water Vistas, because they're super popular and are definitely among the TOP SANDALS trends for summer 2022. With cute espadrille-inspired detailing and an all-one-piece design that's waterproof, these mini platform sandals are the must-haves for vacay.

MEN'S

FANNING SLIDE

We took our legendary Fanning, named after surf champ Mick Fanning, and made it a must-have water-friendly slide sandal that's beyond comfortable. A molded EVA footbed with arch support and our famous built-in bottle opener take these poolside slides to next-level awesome.

Best Sandals for Day-to-Night Wear

Don't be that person who has to run back to the hotel or house to switch out your sandals for dinner. Not cool. Luckily we've found the ultimate versatile spring and summer sandals for you. Behold the Pacific LE and Vista Hi.

WOMEN'S

VISTA HI

Find your favorite color and grab a pair of these while you can, because they sell out of stock all the time. With a super cute chunky lug sole, the Vista Hi is one of our all-time best sellers. An amazing genuine cork top liner, full arch support, and soft vegan leather straps make these platform sandals a must-have for spring. Walk in comfort and style, from brunch to beach to beverages with your besties.

MEN'S

MEN'S PACIFIC LE

We know dudes prefer one or two great pairs of sandals that'll take them around the clock - and possibly the world - in total comfort, so trust the winner of this category, the Pacific LE. A hallmark of outstanding quality, these sandals feature full-grain leather on outlasted straps for pure comfort, along with arch support and a memory foam footbed. From surf check to dinner check, the Pacific LE is multi-talented.

Best Sandals for Party Time

While we're known for our ridiculous comfort, we're also infamous for our built-in bottle openers that grace a select iconic style, the Fanning. These are classic flip flops re-imagined. Get ready: you're about to become a walking happy hour.

WOMEN'S

FANNING

We're all-inclusive when it comes to party starters, so the WOMEN’S FANNING boasts all the legendary features of its male counterpart. A molded footbed, amazingly soft water-friendly straps, and the beloved built-in bottle opener on the bottom. You're welcome.

MEN'S

FANNING

Our MEN’S FANNING is named after surf champ MICK FANNING and encompasses everything awesome about beach life. Comfortable, water-friendly, and party-ready. A molded footbed, soft straps, and bottle opener in the sole add up to ultimate summer sandals.

Best Anti-tantrum Kids Sandals

No blisters, no battles to keep these sandals on little feet. Our top pick in this category is the Ahi, and it's definitely kid-approved.

BOYS

AHI

Made for all-day adventures, the Kids Ahi sandals feature instantly comfy straps and a soft EVA footbed. Rad prints make these even more wearable, all season long.

GIRLS

AHI

Rainbows, hearts, pineapples, ice cream, polka dots … they're all prints charming when it comes to the girls’ Kids Ahi. Best of all, soft water-friendly straps and super comfortable EVA footbeds make these an instant favorite.

Most Stylish Sandals for Teens 

We cracked the code for top teen spring and summer sandals. The Phantom and the Devynn are amazingly comfortable, both with a laid-back-yet-on-point style perfect for whatever the mood … including that "whatever" mood.

MEN'S

CUSHION PHANTOM

A compression-molded, comfortable footbed and EVA outsole make the Phantom an obvious choice for easygoing spring and summer sandals. Signature wide soft straps and that REEF style finish the look.

WOMEN'S

CUSHION DEVYNN

For the beachy fashionista, we designed a FLAT SANDAL WITH A TOUCH OF GLAM. On top of our soft EVA footbed is an antiqued metal detail, making these summer sandals like jewelry for your feet.

THIS YEAR TOGETHER WE CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF #EARTHDAY

While some of us aren’t able to visit our favorite beach or outdoor venue right now, we can celebrate the Earth and all its majesty from right where we are. These treasured places will be there when this storm blows over, and for now in some places the air is cleaner, the water is clearer, and animals have more room to roam freely in their natural habitat. In celebration of Earth Day, we wanted to share some information from our friends at Surfrider on how we can reduce our impact on the places we all love and want to protect, year-round. Happy Earth Day!

IN YOUR HOME

To make your home more Ocean Friendly, consider making some small adjustments to the way you purchase household items. For instance:

For many products, you can visit your local refill shop and fill up a glass bottle with hand, body or dish soap. If there isn’t a refill shop near you, you can always buy in bulk to reduce the overall amount of plastic packaging used. Or, try switching to bar soap and explore some of the great options available at grocery stores or from local artisans. COVID-19 Note: many stores may still be closed right now but still offer online sales so you can have your favorite zero-waste products shipped directly to you.

Ditch single-use plastic zip bags and try Stasher Bags, mason jars, or any kind of reusable tupperware. We like Stashers because they’re made with food-grade silicone and zip closed to prevent leaks or spills, and come in a variety of sizes. Pro tip: these are great for taking to the beach to store electronics, cosmetics, or anything else you want to keep sand-free and dry!

Switch up your laundry routine to be more ocean friendly. Ditch chemical-laden dryer sheets and try reusable wool dryer balls or DIY dryer sheets and your favorite essential oil. Consider purchasing a laundry bag that will help prevent microfibers from ending up in our waterways.

PLASTIC POLLUTION AND REUSABLES IN THE AGE OF THE PANDEMIC

Keep in mind, single-use plastic bags are still not the most viable option even during quarantine measures. A recent study found that the viable COVID-19 virus lasts longer on polypropylene plastic and stainless steel surfaces (up to three days), than on copper and cardboard surfaces (roughly four and 24 hours, respectively). Therefore, it is important to be cautious and try to limit the amount of packaging and single-use plastic that is entering your home.

For this reason, reusables are still a safe, preferred, and sustainable option when proper precautions are taken. It’s a good idea to wash your reusable bags by hand or laundry in hot water. If reusable bags are not currently allowed in stores where you live, consider asking for your purchased items to be placed back in your cart so you can bag them yourself in your reusable bag outside the store. Similarly, water and beverage refill stations are safe to continue using (where allowed), as long as the proper precautions are taken – avoid letting your reusable water bottle or cup come in contact with the spigot, and be sure to sanitize your hands after touching any communal surfaces such as refill buttons.