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If the idea of hiking in sandals seems ludicrous to you, hear us out. We’re big fans of hiking boots, hiking sneakers, and really any shoe with some tread and traction. In the summertime, especially if you’re walking through creeks or places with some water, wearing a waterproof hiking sandal is actually a great choice. This editor knows a seasoned hiker who almost exclusively takes to the trails in Birkenstocks. If the idea sounds appealing — and, frankly, freeing — you’ve got to shop these 11 hiking sandals.
These pairs of sandals are comfortable, have plenty of traction, and are easy to walk in. Some have a closed toe, which is great if you’re prone to stubbing your toe or just want a bit more coverage, and some are minimally designed with just a couple of straps. Plus, there are plenty of waterproof options, which we love for all kinds of summer activities. The best part is that this style of sandal is actually coming back into fashion, so if you wanted to pair them with your jeans or shorts post hike, you totally could. Keep reading to shop our selects!