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10 Best Flip Flops for Men: 2016

10 Best Flip Flops for Men: 2016 

By: Natalie Tull

 

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The term “best” is subjective when it comes to things like footwear.  Obviously, feet differ from one man to another.  So do personal preferences about things like arch support, material, pricing and overall comfort.  There isn’t just one pair of the “best flip flops for men”. With that in mind, I searched for flip flops that were the highest reviewed on Amazon and found the reasons why reviewers loved them.  Below is a list of all the features of the top reviewed, best flip flops for men on Amazon (in no particular order).  Whether you are looking for water friendly flip flops,  athletic ones, recycled ones, really supportive ones or leather ones, your best flip flops are waiting.

So, gentlemen, with no further ado, I present to you:

 

The 10 Best Flip Flops for Men: 2015

Sanuk Men’s Beer Cozy Sandal


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Sanuk’s Beer Cozy flip flops are made from recycled yoga mats, so you can imagine how cushioned they feel.  Like the name suggests, the slightly textured footbed forms to your foot like a beer cozy does to your favorite drink.   The wide, padded, jersey lined straps connect to a “no rub” cloth toe piece, and they have Sanuk’s “Shaka” outsole.  I wouldn’t recommend these for someone looking for arch support because there is none.  However, reviewers rave about the comfort they experience while wearing these lightweight Sanuks.  There is no break in period or irritating rubbing from the straps.  The soft footbed is resilient, so after forming to your foot, it maintains its shape.  Sanuk’s Beer Cozy flip flops are by far, one of the most comfortable pairs of flip flops you could own.  

Note: Since they are made of yoga mat material, they soak up water, making them pretty slippery when wet.

Features of the Sanuk Men’s Beer Cozy Flip Flops

  • Made from recycled yoga mats
  • Wide, jersey lined straps
  • “No rub” toe post
  • Sanuk’s “Shaka” outsole
  • Footbed forms to foot, but is resilient
  • Lightweight (6 oz.)
  • Available in 7 color combinations
  • Sizes 6-14

Reasons to Love Them: 

  • Superior comfort
  • Made from recycled yoga mat (environmentally friendly)
  • Forms to foot, while staying resilient

Price Range: $15.00 – $50.00

How They Fit: About 75% found they fit as expected, while around 20% found them to run a size small.  They don’t have half sizes, so if you wear a half size, order up. 

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Rainbow Men’s Premier Double Layer Leather Sandals

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If you are looking for a durable pair of flip flops, then you need to check out a pair of Rainbows. Each pair is hand made with triple glued layers and triple stitched straps. Their premier double layer leather flip flops have an added layer of memory foam midsole and pin line (hence the “double layer” moniker.) This extra layer molds to your foot, providing support and a great fit.  Several reviewers likened the footbed to a that of a pair of Birkenstocks.  The wide straps are made of top grain leather and are lined with nylon for extra comfort and the rubber sole is non-slip.  Reviewers find Rainbows to be really durable, many pairs lasting well over five years.  They also find them to be extremely comfortable.  Since they are made of leather, they do take some time to break in.  But, overall, reviewers say the break in period is worth it.  Rainbow has a thriving customer base, creating 2,000,000 pairs of sandals a year.  

Tips from reviewers for helping the break in process:  Before wearing them,  soak them in warm water and wear them until they dry.  This needs to be done around 4 times before they will feel broken in.  Otherwise, most people said it took about two weeks before they felt best. 

Features of the Rainbow Men’s Premier Double Layer Leather Sandals

  • Handmade
  • Wide top grain leather straps (nylon lined)
  • Rubber, non slip sole
  • Added layer of memory foam midsole and pin line running from heel to the front of the arch
  • Triple glued layers
  • Tripled stitched straps
  • Available in 18 color options
  • Sizes S-XXXL (7.5 – 15)

Reasons to Love Them: 

  • High durability
  • Molds to foot for comfort, fit and support
  • Top grain leather straps

Price Range:  $25.00 – $70.00

How They Fit: Sizing is as expected (you may experience a breaking in period before they fit correctly.)

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Montrail Men’s Molokai Flip Sandal

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Montrail is a running shoe company, so they designed this flip flop with runners and other active people in mind.  The sporty Molokai has a “PRFRM thermo-moldable footbed” that heats up in the oven, then molds to your foot as it cools.  So, you have a footbed that molds to support your unique bone structure and arch support needs.  The reinforced grid outsole is made of 30% recycled materials and provides great traction and surface protection from outdoor terrain.  The slender toe piece, synthetically backed straps and wider width also help make the Molokai one of the most comfortable flip flops for men.  Reviewers agree that this flip flop has perfect arch support and provide hours of comfort.  They also say they are great for walking distances or to ease your feet after a long run.   (I own a pair of the women’s Molokini and spend up to 10 hours in them cleaning and painting apartments without any discomfort.)

Features of the Montrail Molokai Flip Flop

  • Sporty flip flop made of hydrophobic synthetic material (quick drying)
  • “PRFRM” thermo-moldable footbed for great fit and support
  • Reinforced grid outsole for traction and surface protection
  • “Recyclonite” sole is made of 30% recycled materials
  • Synthetic backed straps and slim toe post
  • Available in 3 color options
  • Sizes 7-14

Reasons to Love Them

  • Thermo-moldable footbed to fit your unique foot
  • Made by a running shoe company with recovery and comfort in mind
  • Reinforced grid outsole

Price Range: $28.00 – $60.00

How they fit: Sizing on these is a little tough.  Overall, reviewers reported that the sizing was as expected. However, several reviewers suggested buying a size up for the best fit after molding them. I suggest you go up a size only if you are a half size (8 1/2, buy a 9) or have wide feet.

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Skechers Men’s Fray Cotton Thong

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The laid back style and feel of Skecher’s Fray cotton flip flops makes them a customer favorite.  The soft canvas straps are deconstructed for a worn in, frayed look.  The toe post is made of a comfortable fabric and the grippy outsole aids in traction.  The flexible foam footbed has EVA at the midsole, providing extra shock absorption. They don’t provide arch support, however, they do provide lots of cushioning and comfort. Reviewers love how great they feel and many people can wear them all day without discomfort.  These stylish flip flops are also less expensive than other EVA flip flops and repeat customers say they are a great value.  Available in brown, chocolate and black, these Skechers should definitely be a staple in your summer wardrobe.

Features of the Skecher’s Men’s Fray Cotton Thong

  • Cushioned foam footbed
  • Flexible EVA midsole for shock absorption
  • Soft canvas straps with frayed edges for casual beach look
  • Fabric toe post
  • Gripping rubber outsole for help with traction
  • Available in 3 colors
  • Sizes 7-13

Reasons to Love Them:

  • Stylish frayed straps for casual look
  • Super comfortable cushioned footbed
  • Great value

Price Range: $15.00 – $38.00

How They Fit: Fit as expected

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Teva Men’s Mush II Flip Flop
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Like the Skecher Fray flip flops, Teva’s Mush II flip flops are a great value and comfortable fit.  However, their top “mush” layer provides a contoured fit and some arch support.  They also have a dual density EVA midsole for extra shock absorption.  The patterned, textile straps have a 3 point construction for durability and the outsole has a traction pattern to help with gripping.  Teva is an outdoor shoe company that has a lot of repeat customers.  Their customers say the Mush II footbed is soft and really comfortable.  They also say the straps and toe post don’t rub or irritate and they can be worn for long stretches of time.  They are also stylish and come the straps come in a variety of colors, with a black footbed.   (Some people did advise that the footbed can be slippery when wet and the straps don’t dry quickly.)

Features of the Teva Men’s Mush II Flip Flops

  • Patterned textile straps with 3 point construction
  • Top “Mush” layer that forms to foot
  • Arch support from “mush” layer
  • Dual density EVA for shock absorption
  • Traction pattern outsole
  • Available in 16 color options with black footbed
  • Sizes 7-14 and 40.5-47

Reasons to Love Them:

  • “Mush” layer provides form fit and arch support
  • Dual density EVA midsole
  • 3 Point construction on toe post for durability

Price Range: $11.00 – $35.00

How They Fit: Fit as expected (some people found them to be narrow)

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Reef Men’s Fanning Sandal

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Reef is a global surf apparel brand that designs durable footwear that reflects the ocean lifestyle.  They are one of the most popular flip flop brands and their sporty looking Reef Fanning is the best reviewed men’s flip flop on Amazon.  And, for plenty of reasons. The soft footbed is contoured to your foot with compression molded EVA with arch support.  For added comfort and support, there is also a 360 degree airbag in the heel that aids with shock absorption. It also has a rubber outsole with a herringbone design for traction.   The straps are made of a smooth, synthetic nubuck leather that is water friendly and quick drying.  And there’s a bonus: the Fanning also has a church key bottle opener built into the bottom of the sole.  Several reviewers say it is practical and a great conversation piece.   Many reviewers also say that these are their favorite flip flops and they are repeat Reef customers.  They can wear them for long periods of time without irritating their feet.  The Reef Fanning has something for every flip flop lover and their rave reviews reflect that. 

Note: There may be some break in time with the leather straps, but it will be worth it. 

Features of the Reef Men’s Fanning Flip Flops

  • Synthetic nubuck leather straps
  • Water friendly and quick drying
  • 360 degree air bag in heel for shock absorption
  • Contoured compression molded EVA footbed with arch support
  • Herringbone rubber outsole for traction
  • Church key bottle opener built in to outsole
  • Available in 20 color combinations
  • Sizes 4-17

Reasons to Love Them:

  • 360 degree heel airbag
  • Built in bottle opener
  • Best reviewed flip flops on Amazon

Price Range: $24.00 – $100.00 (Average pair is about $40.00)

How They Fit: A majority of people thought they fit as expected.  Some found them to be a bit small, so if you are a half size, definitely order up.

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OluKai Men’s ‘Ohana Sandal

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The goal at Olukai is to “create footwear that combines durability for the waterman, ocean lifestyle, and a brand that has strong values and roots with style, comfort, and craftsmanship.” (The company also strongly believes in giving back to the community.) These values are perfectly reflected in their highly reviewed ‘Ohana flip flops.  These synthetic leather flip flops are not only stylish, but also water friendly, lightweight and comfortable.  They have water resistant straps with jersey liners and neoprene backing attached to a nylon toe post.  Their non marking rubber soles have Olukai’s “coral reef lug” design to redirect water, aiding in traction.  The footbed is anatomically contoured and made of ICEVA – a moldable, cushy material that helps with comfort and fit.  This compressible footbed also helps give the ‘Ohana a lot of arch support that reviewers love.   Reviewers say this footbed provides lots of comfort during long periods of wear.  (Bonus: there isn’t really a break in period needed.)  Reviewers also agree that these flip flops are great around water, providing plenty of traction.

Features of the Olukai ‘Ohana Men’s Sandal

  • Synthetic leather straps 
  • Water resistant straps with neoprene foam backing and jersey lining
  • Soft nylon toe post
  • ICEVA footbed (moldable, supportive, soft)
  • Anatomically contoured drop in footbed for arch support and fit
  • Non marking rubber soles with “coral reef lug” design for traction on wet surfaces
  • Lightweight (8 oz.)
  • Available in 15 color combinations
  • Sizes 7-18

Reasons to Love Them:

  • Water resistant leather straps
  • Anatomically contoured ICEVA footbed (comfort and support)
  • Rubber soles designed for traction on wet surfaces

Price Range: $44.00-$100

How They Fit:  Fit as expected

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OOFOS Unisex Ooriginal Thong Flip Flop

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OOfos designs recovery footwear that helps with shock absorption, support and stress reduction.  They have created their own type of footbed material called OOfoam.  This closed cell foam reportedly absorbs 37% more shock impact than traditional EVA footbeds.  Due to the closed cell design,  these footbeds are waterproof and free of bacterial buildup.  (They are easy to wash and float in water.)  OOfoam also has great arch support, easing stress on joints in your knees, ankles and hips, as well as your lower back and heels.  The material also flexes with your foot and your walking surface at the same time – allowing your foot to move on all planes and move the way nature intended.  Reviewers love OOfos’ Original flip flops.  They say these flip flops are great to wear after working out, running or just dealing with aching feet.  They say they are well cushioned, supportive and help with their aches and pains (including plantar fasciitis.)  What these flip flops lack in style, they definitely make up for in comfort and relief.  

 

Features of the OOfos Unisex OOriginal Flip Flops

  • Recovery flip flops
  • Footbed made with OOFoam
  • Waterproof
  • Antibacterial
  • Bio mechanically designed footbed
  • Contoured arch support
  • Lightweight
  • Available in 15 colors
  • Unisex sizing: Men’s 3-14

Reasons To Love Them:

  • 37% more shock absorption than traditional footbeds
  • Closed cell foam keeps footbed waterproof and antibacterial
  • Designed for recovery: Relieves pains from hip, ankle, knee joints, heels, lower back and plantar fasciitis

Price Range: $25.00 – $50.00

How They Fit: Fit as expected

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Riders Men’s Dunas Thong

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Riders flip flops are designed and manufactured in eco-friendly facilities in Brazil.  The company’s goal is to create flip flops that conform to your foot, cushion each step, while remaining durable.  Their Dunas flip flops are a customer favorite.  These flip flops have faux leather straps with EVA lining attached to a fabric toe post.  The footbed and sole are made of injection molded Flexpand – a resilient and thick rubber that is non slip and non marking.  A padded insole and footbed are covered in a waffle texture that provides cushion and a massaging sensation.  Reviewers find Riders’ Dunas flip flops to be really comfortable.  (They really like the “squishy” and “cushy” footbed.)  They also like that the footbed is non slip.  Overall, reviewers think that Riders’ Dunas flip flops are a great value.  

Note: A few people warned that the straps stretch out over time and become too lose and some people recommend ordering a size up.  I suggest ordering your normal size to avoid a loose strap issue.  

Features of the Riders Dunas Flip Flops:

 

  • Faux leather straps
  • Fabric toe post
  • Flexpand footbed covered with waffle texture
  • Padded insole
  • Non slip, non marking
  • Lightweight
  • Available in 3 colors
  • Sizes 7-13

Reasons to Love Them:

  • Lots of comfort from waffle textured footbed and padded insole 
  • Non slip and non marking footbed
  • Wide, faux leather straps, lightweight overall

Price Range: $30.00 – $38.00

How they Fit: Fit as expected

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Oakley Men’s Supercoil 15 Flip Flops

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Oakley is a worldwide company that was created for athletes and holds over 500 patents for footwear innovation.  Their Supercoil 15 flip flops reflect that in both their style and design.  The footbed is made with a textured EVA midsole that provides great arch support and cushion.  The footbed is also quick drying with a microban antimicrobial treatment for odor control and water resistance.    The synthetic leather straps have a molded mesh panel attached to a flexible fabric toe post for extra comfort.  The outsole is made of carbon rubber that provides a lot of traction and resistance to abrasion.    Reviewers say that the Supercoil 15 flip flops are really durable, lasting for years without the straps coming lose or the footbed wearing down.  They also say they provide nice arch support that allows for hours of wear without discomfort.  Reviewers love these flip flops, and many are loyal customers.

Features of Oakley’s Supercoil 15:

  • Textured EVA midsole with arch support
  • Microban antimicrobial treatment for odor control
  • Quick drying footbed
  • Synthetic leather straps with molded mesh panel for comfort
  • Flexible cloth toe post
  • Carbon rubber outsole for traction and abrasion resistance
  • Available in 9 color combinations
  • Sizes 6-15

Reasons to Love Them:

  • Durable
  • Hours of comfortable wear with arch support
  • Quick drying, antimicrobial footbed

Price Range: $20.00 – $50.00

How They Fit: Overall, they fit as expected, but some found them to run small.  Order up if you are a half size or have wide feet. 

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Related Articles:

10 Best Flip Flops for Women: 2015

A Guide for Finding the Best Flip Flops for You

Olukai Flip Flops: Top Picks for Women and Men

Rainbow Flip Flops – Top Picks for Women and Men

Sanuk Flip Flops – Top Picks for Women and Men

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