Best Sandals for Flat Feet – Top 30 List

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Flat feet (also called pes planus or fallen arches) are normal for children and adolescents (ages 3-19) since the human arch is still developing at this stage. Although the children with flat feet may suffer pain in the knee, hip, and lower back. Flat feet become a postural deformity when you reach early adulthood (ages 20-35) because during this stage, you must have a developed arch.

According to a study, up to 30% of the population will not develop the arch on one or both feet. This is because of injury, illness, prolonged stress on the foot, and poor biomechanics. The most susceptible to flat feet are women (ages 35-80) who have high blood pressure and diabetes. And it can stay permanent if not corrected properly.

While most people with flat feet have no problems on their feet, adults can experience pain in the knee, hip, and lower back too. But according to experts, this defect has fewer injuries compared to high arches. In fact, high arches are four times more injury-prone than flat feet.

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What are the Best Sandals for Flat Feet?

There are many types of sandals but the best sandals for flat feet have the following features:

  1. They can deliver fair body weight distribution from the moment your foot hits the ground until it pushes off to complete your step.
  2. They have outstanding support on the arch tendon of the foot to correct over flattening of arch.
  3. They have built-in pronation control for stability and better balance – a contoured footbed will be helpful for an added stability.
  4. They can eliminate foot fatigue by aligning your lower limb to its correct position.

With the need for stability to correct over flattening of arch, famous brands have developed the sandals with built-in arch supports to solve the problem.

If the arches of your feet collapse, you’ll tend to overpronate. And you are prone to shin splints and pain in the lower back and knee because of too much inward roll of foot. You can correct overpronation by wearing a stability shoe with a good arch support. Stability shoes will prevent over flattening of the arche and will position your feet at the right angle. Then your lower limb will be able to support your body with ease.

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How We Choose a Sandal

We spend many hours testing new sandals and reading new technologies, expert advice, and consumer testimonials on various foot types. And we choose the most suitable sandals for a specific foot type.

Disclosure: We provide links to shoes mentioned in our reviews and use affiliate links to earn commission income from qualifying purchases at no cost to you. This site is an associate of Amazon, KEEN, Zappos, Clarks, and OOFOS.

Best Sandals for Flat Feet – Top 30 List

Here’s a list of the best sandals for flat feet (in no particular order):

1. OOFOS OOriginal
2. OOFOS OOahh Slide
3. OOFOS OOlala
4. OOFOS OOcloog Clog
5. Spenco Yumi
6. Spenco Breeze
7. Spenco Kholo Slide
8. Chaco Z/Cloud 2
9. Chaco Flip EcoTread
10. KEEN Arroyo II

The best OOFOS sandals have OOfoam footbed cushioning technology which absorbs shock, cradles the arch, and promotes natural foot movement, as well as, soft, contouring toe post which reduces chafing.

The best Spenco sandals have Orthotic Arch Support and deep heel cup which offer stability, alignment, and motion control, EVA footbed which conforms to your foot, metatarsal arch support which relieves forefoot pain, and Total Support Cushioning System which absorbs shock and helps prevent overpronation.

The best Chaco sandals have toe loop which helps secure the foot, injection-molded ladder lock buckle at ankle, adjustable, high-tensile heel risers, LUVSEAT PU midsole which offers arch support, and non-marking ChacoGrip rubber outsole which delivers optimized traction in wet conditions.

11. KEEN Newport H2
12. KEEN Venice II H2
13. Clarks Wave Coast
14. Clarks Leisa Cacti Q
15. Telic Recharge Slide
16. VIONIC Rest Miami
17. VIONIC Tide
18. VIONIC Tide II
19. VIONIC Bella II
20. VIONIC Wave

The best KEEN sandals have Metatomical EVA footbed which offers excellent comfort and support, contoured compression-molded EVA midsole which offers comfort and support of the entire foot structure, and patented KEEN toe protection.

The best VIONIC sandals have EVA midsole which absorbs shock and reduces stress on the feet, ankles, and knees, Vio-Motion Support which is biomechanically designed to hug your feet and increase comfort, soft, woven toe post and foam-lined strap for a comfortable fit, and durable TPR outsole with wave-patterned tread which provides traction.

21. VIONIC Shore Slide
22. VIONIC Keomi
23. Finn Comfort Catalina
24. Finn Comfort Samara
25. Finn Comfort Sylt
26. Finn Comfort Sansibar
27. Finn Comfort Gomera
28. OluKai Ohana
29. OluKai Hokua
30. OluKai Hiapo

The best Finn sandals have Finnamic technology that offers rockered heel-to-toe rolling motion, as well as, anatomical heel cup and anatomic shape midfoot, medial, and lateral arch support which work together to cradle the foot and give support that evenly distributes your body weight.

The best Olukai sandals have non-slip EVA footbed and compression-molded EVA midsole which offer cushioned footbed with arch support.

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9 thoughts on “Best Sandals for Flat Feet – Top 30 List”

  1. This is NOT correct! People who are born with flat feet CANNOT wear Birkenstocks OR Teva shoes, and any good sports medicine expert will confirm this. The arches are so big they cause our bones and tendons to try to mold to something **we don’t have!** “Fallen arches” ARE NOT flat feel. These are totally different. People with flat feet need a footbed that MATCHES OUR FEET and supports our whole foot. So, try again with correct information.

    • Thank you for leaving a reply, Anissa. If we will consider that what you’re saying is absolutely true, it won’t be fair for all the reviews of people who have flat feet but say Birkenstock sandals are comfortable. You’ll see user reviews stating that their podiatrists recommend Birkenstock because their feet are flat. And our tester who tested Birkenstock Arizona for 12 months walking around town and using it as a post-workout footwear has flat feet. And the Arizona is one of our tester’s favorite sandals. But if you have an excessively rigid flat feet, you might find Birkenstock arch support too high.

      But in order to be comfortable using a Birkenstock sandal, you need to make sure the contours of the footbed correspond to your heel and arch. And the raised toe bar is well-placed under your toes for a natural gripping motion. If the bottom of your foot will be put in an odd position, it will be uncomfortable.

      We agree that flat feet need a footbed that matches the feet and supports the whole foot. But the footbed must have more emphasis on the arch support because flat feet will roll too much inward during the gait cycle, therefore you will struggle with stability and balance. To prove that flat feet lack stability, try walking barefoot on uneven surface (especially a rocky surface). You will quickly struggle with balance. And this can lead to pain in your knees, hips, and lower back because the lower limb doesn’t have the correct alignment.

    • Thank you so much for explaining this with Birkenstock’s being extremely uncomfortable and they hurt like hell!!! I have flat feet who pronates and plantar fasciitis here and there. I want to desperately want to love Burns but I can’t and my feet are in so much pain. Yes, a podiatrist recommended them to me, however, the man at the shoe store who sells shoes for people that wear orthotics said, Birks are a hard no for people who have flat feet. Bummed!

      • Hi Kristin. Thank you for pointing this out. Although Burns will work well with some people who have flat feet, they aren’t comfortable for those who find the arch support too high. Yeah, it’s quite disappointing for the one who wants to love the sandals and find they don’t work for them. Although our tester who finds them comfortable has flat feet. Indeed, the human foot is a complex unit. So since Burns won’t apply to everyone, we will replace them with another brand for this list but only after we test the new ones for a few months.

  2. I was born with flat feet and have worn corrective shoes since I started walking. I also have an extra bone in my foot slightly below my pinky toe on my right foot. My feet hurt constantly as well as my lower back. I can’t find a summer shoe, sandal, flip flop. I’m desperate to find something I can wear everyday with comfort for my issues. Recommendations please!!! I’m tired of suffering.

    • Hi Teresa. Have you tried OOFOS and VIONIC sandals? They are very comfortable for people with flat feet and have orthopedic features that can support the mechanics and structure of your feet, ankles, and legs. They are among our favorite post-workout footwear.

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