A buying guide from reef

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 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.

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 Ana's are the sandals that'll take you from all-day play to that nice restaurant she wants to try.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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best sandals for day-to-night wear

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

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 commfort, along with arch support and a memory foam footbed. From surf check to dinner check, the Pacific LE is multi-talented.

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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.

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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-imaged. Get ready: you're about to become a walking happy hour.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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we hope this buying guide helps you find yoiur feel, selectyour style, and get your ridiculous comfort on for spring and summer!

Spring sandals faqs
What Sandals Will Be Popular In 2023?

We're seeing comfort as a #1 feature for spring and summer sandals, so you're in the right place. Here's what customers are looking for:

- Comfort - things like EVA soles, memory foam footbeds, arch support, and wide, soft straps add up to comfy sandals

Platform sandals - a bit of lift gives sandals like the Vista Hi extra style without sacrificing comfort

- Straps - look for extra padded straps on slide sandals and comfy, wide, double straps on women's sandals to be the must-haves this spring and summer

Should I size up or down for sandals?

Sizing up or down for sandals really depends on the brand and from customer reviews. Read those reviews, but rest assured that REEF historically fits true to size.

What should I look for when buying sandals?

Based on our extensive experience designing sandals as well as our customer loyalty and feedback, here are things to look for no matter where you shop for sandals:

Soles: look for EVA (closed cell ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer foam) foam, which stands up well to weight and water provides comfort.

Traction: outsoles should have carved textures and patterns to help grip the surface

Footbeds: things like memory foam, genuine cork liners, and compression-molded EVA make the most comfortable footbed materials

Support: arch support, deep heel cupping, and anatomical molding are key for walkability

Straps: are they water-friendly? Outlasted - i.e., stitched to the outside of the sole? Padded and lined? All good features of comfortable straps

Quality craftsmanship: premium materials like ethically sourced leather along with hand stitching and etching are among features that point to quality

This guide is just a start as to what's out there for warm weather sandals, but each of the styles mentioned is a sure bet. Whether you're looking for leather sandals, a thong sandal, poolside slides, or more, you'll find your faves at reef.