10 Flip Flops With Arch Support

March 9, 2018
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It's summer, and your perfectly pedicured toes are begging to be shown off in a cute new pair of flip flops. One problem: Studies show this type of flimsy footwear can do a number on your feet—and ankles, lower back, hips, and legs. Walking in unsupportive thong sandals messes with your gait and your posture, leaving you with a weak foundation that makes you more prone to pain all over your body. So much for fun in the sun, right?

Don't swear off your sandal dreams just yet. You can rock flip flops without hurting your feet—you just have to accept that paper-thin rubber thongs should have no place in your wardrobe (except perhaps as shower shoes for the gym). Many shoe companies have heard customer cries, and have developed comfortable flip flops with arch supports and other healthy features designed to keep feet happy: think contoured footbeds, sturdy rubber soles, antimicrobial footbeds, adjustable straps, soft uppers, and more.

We combed the internet for the best supportive flip flops and came up with ten pairs that are sure to suit any style. Ranging from $35 to $100, they also won't put much of a dent in your wallet—so why not stock up on a few pairs?

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VIONIC Bella II Sandal

This ergonomic sandal has earned the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance, a rare honor given to shoes that meet the organization's strict standards for promoting foot health. Plus, we love the pretty little bow on the straps. Comfort, meet style. (And speaking of comfortable, fashion-forward shoes, check out these 9 best walking shoes for women that are cute enough to wear anytime.) 

Buy now: $75, nordstrom.com

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UGG Annice

The same soft, genuine leather used on UGG boots is employed on these stylish and sturdy flip-flops.

Buy now: $35-$70, amazon.com

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Soft Style Lizzy

This sandal's cork footbed absorbs shock, making the Lizzy an ideal sandal for all-day wear. 

Buy now: $15-$49, amazon.com

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Olukai Pua Flip Flop

Leather straps never dig into or blister your feet, making these a great choice for women with sensitive skin. A rubber sole provides traction and plenty of stability.

Buy now: $58-$100, amazon.com

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VIONIC Beach Noosa

Get that classic flip-flop look—minus the foot pain—with this slip-on by VIONIC. A lightly textured insole offers extra grip, and the contoured footbed provides plenty of arch support.

Buy now: $40, zappos.com

Birkenstock Gizeh EVA Flip Flop

Get the classic Birkenstock comfort you crave—now in a cushy, waterproof EVA.

Buy now: $40, zappos.com

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FitFlop Super Jelly

FitFlop's biomechanically engineered footbeds absorb shock and diffuse pressure—in other words, you'll never want to take them off. This pair features an adjustable buckle for a custom fit, as well as a grippy rubber sole for traction.

Buy now: $40-$90, amazon.com

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New Balance Revive Thong

Get a little lift, minus the uncomfortable heel, with these New Balance platform flip flops. The ultra-cushy sole feels amazing on the feet after a tough yoga class. 

Buy now: $50, zappos.com

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Nike Ultra Comfort Thong

The footbed of these sporty slides has a layer of memory foam that provides added comfort and support.

Buy now: $30, zappos.com

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VIONIC Pippa Flip Flop

These metallic flip flops dress up any outfit, and the biomechanical footbed supports the arch, warding off aches and pains so you can wear them all day long.  

Buy now: $100, nordstrom.com