Rainbow Sandals was started in 1972 in the Laguna Beach garage of Jay “Sparky” Longley. He wanted flip flops that weren’t cheap like all the popular brands at the time, but functional and durable. Using a sewing machine and some rubber, he set out to make the “world’s best sandal” (He ended up making the first flip flop for surfers.) He started selling his product at consignment shops and the Sawdest Festival until he officially started the Rainbow Sandals brand in 1974.
All Rainbow flip flops are created by hand! Both the straps and footbed are made of nubuck leather. The layers of the footbed are triple glued along with the straps, which are also double stitched into the footbed. The footbed is glued to a non-slip sole, making their flip flops perfect for all types of terrain.
The Rainbow Sandals company has a growing fan base, producing 2,000,000 pairs of sandals/flip flops a year. They give back to the community by donating money and shoes. Loyal customers agree that Rainbow flip flops are durable, comfortable and supportive. Based on many of their reviews, I have compiled this list of the top Rainbow flip flops for women and men. I hope it helps you find your new favorite pair of Rainbows!
(Tip: Because they are leather, Rainbow flip flops take some time to break in before they feel comfortable for long wear. Some reviewers suggest getting them wet and wearing them to speed up this process.)
Price: $42.00 – $60.00
The “single layer” in these flip flops refers to a midsole layer of moderate arch support inserted between the non-slip sole and footbed. These layers are triple glued for extra durability. These Rainbow flip flops are made with premium nubuck leather, with wide, double stitched straps attached to a nylon toe post. The straps and toe post are double stitched with nylon threaded for even more durability. Reviewers say there is a breaking in period with the Single Layer, but afterwards, they are super comfortable. Reviewers also agree they are well built and durable – some saying they have had their pair for over 5 years. Many reviewers also said these flip flops are narrow, so beware if you have wider feet.
If you are looking for Rainbow flip flops with all these features and a narrow strap, check out their Premier Leather Single Layer Narrow Strap flip flops. They are available in 15 colors and range in price from $27.00 – $55.00.
Price: $40.00 – $65.00
Like the single layer, these Rainbow flip flops have wide leather straps, a leather covered foam footbed, and a non slip sole. They are also triple glued and double stitched, with a nylon toe post. As the name indicates, these Rainbows have a double layer of arch support, providing comfort for those suffering from knee and foot pain. They take a little time to break in, but reviewers say they are well worth the wait. They are comfortable and supportive, forming to your foot for a perfect fit. Reviewers also say these are extremely durable, lasting for several years of wear. If you have foot or knee pain, or just enjoy a lot of arch support, these Rainbow flip flops are for you.
If you are looking for Rainbow flip flops with all these features and a narrow strap, check out their Premium Leather Narrow Strap Double Layer flip flops. They are available in 9 colors and range in price from $30.00 – $55.00.
Price: $35.00 – $53.00
The Flirty Braidy is a more feminine take on the single layer leather flip flops. It still has a single layer of midsole arch support and a comfortable foam footbed, but the outside strap is braided leather. They are also triple glued and have a non-slip rubber sole. They are available in both classic leather and nubuck, with a leather toe post. Reviewers find them to be cute and super comfortable, with the durability of other Rainbow flip flops. Many reviewers did warn that they take some breaking in and the braided strap may cause some irritation at first. But, if you are looking for a cute and supportive flip flop that will last for many summers, check out these Rainbow flip flops.
If you like the braided look, Rainbow came out with a double braided strapped flip flop called the Twisted Sister. They are made of classic leather and are available in 8 colors and range in price from $45.00 – $55.00.
These Rainbows have narrow straps, embedded with Swarovski crystals for a little sparkle, but maintain the single layer arch support. They are made with premium leather and are triple glued for durability. The nylon toe piece is comfortable and securely attached to the footbed with an X box stitch. Reviewers found them to be comfortable and supportive. They also loved the sparkling Swarovski crystals and durable leather. They are available in 8 colors, like white, tan, pink and black. They are a dressier version of the comfy Rainbows customers have come to love.
Price: $34.00 – $57.00
Rainbows are known for their midsole layers of arch support. The “single layer” in the name refers to a single layer of arch support, triple glued between the non-slip rubber sole and nubuck covered foam footbed. The straps are wide and lined with nylon and the nylon toe piece is secured with a Box X stitching pattern. Reviewers who love Rainbows rave about how comfortable and form fitting their single layer flip flops are. They take a little time to break in, but reviewers say they are worth it: not only are they extremely comfortable and supportive, they are also really durable. If you are looking for a leather flip flop with lots of comfort and a sturdy layer of arch support, these Rainbow flip flops are for you.
Price: $34.00 – $56.00
Looking for extra arch support? Then, these Rainbow double layer flip flops are right up your alley. They have the single layer of midsole arch support, then a second layer that runs from the heel to the front of the arch. After a break-in period, they form to your feet and provide great arch support. They are made with classic leather and have wide straps and a nylon toe piece. The layers are all triple glued, finished off with a non-slip rubber sole. Reviewers say their double layer flip flops are very supportive and comfortable. (May be a little too much arch for some people, so you may want to figure out what type of arch you have before getting these.) Reviewers also loved the high quality and years of wear they experienced with these flip flops. I recommend them to anyone that doesn’t mind a little break in time, but loves a lot of arch support and durability.
Price: $37.00 – $53.00
Rainbow’s single layer hemp flip flops are a more casual approach to the single layer flip flops Rainbow has become known for. Both the straps and top sole are made from hemp, a strong, fibrous, durable material that has a more casual look than Rainbow’s leather flip flops. They are bonded with nylon thread, with a nylon toe piece secured with Box X stitching. The single layer of midsole arch support and foam footbed provide years of comfort. Reviewers agree that these flip flops are durable and comfortable, making them a great value for someone looking for a casual flip flop that doesn’t act like one.
If you like these hemp flip flops, but want a little more arch support, check out Rainbow’s Double layer hemp flip flops. They come in either white, black or tan and range in price from $40.00 – $55.00.
If you have a favorite pair of Rainbows that I haven’t mentioned, please tell me about them in the comments. Or, if you own a pair Rainbow flip flops on this list, let me know what you think about them.