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Durable Flip Flops for the Active Flopper

durable flip flops cerberusWhen I talk about durable flip flops, I mean the kind of flip flops you own for several years and you only retire after some deep soul searching and one too many foot problems.  

Durable flip flops don’t have straps that bust loose or toe posts that pop out of place.  Their footbeds and soles won’t whittle away to thin sheets of foam.  They don’t make you regret buying them and they would never fall apart on you when you need them most.

Finding all of these qualities in one pair of flip flops can be difficult and time consuming.  To make it a little easier for you, I have compiled a list of some of the most durable flip flops based on customer reviews. 

Durable Flip Flops for Women

Montrail Women’s Molokini Sandals
Montrail Molokini durable flip flopsMontrail produces outdoor footwear for running and hiking that is supportive, comfortable and durable.   The Molokini has a thick, reinforced grid pattern on the outsole that provides traction, as well as protection for your feet from the ground below.  They also have wide, water resistant straps and secure toe posts paired with a thick footbed that heat molds to your foot using Montrail’s PRFRM technology.  Reviewers love the support and comfort that the Molokini sandals provide during years of wear and Montrail has a lot of repeat customers.

 

Price Range: $40.00 – $60.00

How They Fit: Fits as expected, though the fit may change slightly as footbed is heated.

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Reef Women’s Ginger Flip Flops
reef ginger durable flip flops

 

Reef makes a lot of comfortable, stylish flip flops, but the Ginger flip flop gets the most props for durability.   Most reviewers said that a pair of Gingers last them 2-3 years, but some customers have comfortably worn their pair for 5-10 years!  The outsole and footbed are both made of EVA – a flexible, soft, water resistant material that is common in footwear because of its shock absorbing properties and durability.  The thin fabric straps and toe post are comfortable, even after hours of wear.  (If you would like a durable Reef with wider straps, check out Reef’s Sandy Flip Flops.)

 

Price Range: $17.00 – $30.00

How They Fit: Many reviews said that they run a size small. Ex. If you wear an 8, order a 9.

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Rainbow Sandals Womens Premier Leather Double Layer Arch Wide Strap
rainbows double layer durable flip flops

 

Rainbow footwear has a reputation for durability, comfort and support with lots of devoted customers.  The Women’s Double Layer Wide Strap Sandals are not only some of the most durable flip flops (average lifespan of 5 years), they are also some of the most comfortable flip flops around.  There are two supportive layers of midsole between the leather footbed and rubber, non-slip bottom sole that provides a lot of arch support.  The wide, double stitched straps are made of nylon lined leather and the toe post is securely attached nylon.   (If you would like a highly rated Rainbow with thinner straps, take a look at Rainbow’s Double Layer Flip Flop with a Narrow Strap.)

 

Price Range: $30.00 – $65.00

How They Fit: Fits as expected, though some people found them to be very narrow. (Expect a breaking in period for best results.)

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Durable Flip Flops for Men

 

Montrail Men’s Molokai Flip Sandals
montrail molokai durable flip flops

 

The Molokai is a sporty flip flop made by Montrail, a company known for durable running and hiking footwear. Molokai flip flops are great for a variety of terrains and for post-workout wear.  The thick, sturdy footbed of the Molokai is heat moldable using their PRFRM technology, so the arch support is right where you need it.  The outsole has a reinforced grid pattern that aids in traction, foot protection and durability.   The wide straps are made of a hydrophobic material, so your feet stay dry and the toe post is slender and comfortable, yet well made.  Quite a few reviewers are return customers, who own multiple pairs of Montrails.

 

Price Range: $40.00 – $60.00

How They Fit: Fits as expected, though the fit may change slightly as footbed is heated.

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Reef Men’s Phantoms Sandal
reef phantom durable flip flops

 

Reef is well known in the flip flop community for their durability and comfort.  Their Mens’ Phantom Thong doesn’t disappoint.  These durable flip flops have a footbed and outsole made out of EVA (a high density material that is flexible, yet strong, and is water resistant and great for shock absorption.)  The contoured outsole helps with grip, while the footbed offers great arch support.  The  wide straps are breathable and well attached to the comfortable toe post.  Surprisingly, for as durable as they are, they are also very lightweight.  Reviewers love Reef sandals, and put the Phantom Thong at the top of many lists.

Price Range: $15.00 – $45.00

How They Fit: Fit as expected.

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Rainbow Men’s Premier Double Layer Leather Sandals
rainbow double layer durable flip flops

 

Rainbow is the top in leather flip flops for durability and support and are among the most comfortable flip flops out there.  As the name suggests, there is a layer of arch support and a layer of midsole between the footbed and outer sole, all triple glued together for extra longevity.  The wide, stretchy, leather straps are attached to a nylon toe post using a box X stitch.   The rubber soles are non-slip and thick enough to walk on rougher terrain.  According to reviewers, the average lifespan for a pair of Rainbows is 5-7 years, making them one of the most durable flip flops around.

Price Range: $49.00 – $55.00

How They Fit: Fit as expected. (Allow for a breaking in period for best results.)

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Do you own an immortal pair of flip flops?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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