Now is the perfect time to shop for a pair of New Season Walking Sandals as you plan your much anticipated Summer Vacation. Whether these sandals are best known to you as Walking Sandals, Trekking Sandals or Sports Sandals, chances are you will want a pair that will ticks all the boxes.As James Forrest from Outdoors Magic stated in his recent article ‘Best Walking Sandals 2022’ (April 2022)
“The best walking sandals are designed to give you the breathability and good looks of a casual beachwear sandal, with the grip and comfort of a hiking shoe. This makes them extremely versatile products that are just as at home on boulder-hopping expeditions as they are exploring rock pools on the beach”
So, whether you have a penchant for climbing high rise rocky elevations or wish to plan an adrenaline rushed water sports activity, then you need a pair of walking sandals that are multi-functional, light weight and well ventilated but equally comfortable, durable, and fashionable. In this blog post, the Finn Footwear editorial team have reviewed our full range of outdoor walking sandals and presented some of our personal favourites, while also highlighting some terrific tips and advice on how you can choose the perfect pair of walkers for yourself this summer!
It is impossible to discuss Walking Sandals which offer comfort durability and design without placing ECCO centre stage. ECCO is renowned for its design and comfort, made from high quality leather with tanneries across Netherlands, Thailand, Indonesia, and China. There are several unique attributes which make the ECCO Sandal range truly exceptional as aptly described by journalist John Max on Sandals Digest in his recent article 'Best ECCO Sandals Review' (February 2022)
Uppers - Premium Yak or Oiled Bovine leather is used for the upper in some models and textile and mesh in others.
- Footbed and Midsole -Most models have a direct-injected PU foam midsole or an EVA footbed with a microfiber cover for premium cushioning or the FLUID FORM direct injection process Eva insole that is contoured for better support.
- Outsole – ECCO uses durable rubber for their outsole with different tread pattern options for different terrains and requirements.
- Adjustability – Most sandals from Ecco have an adjustable hook and loop strap design.
- Linings – Leather, mesh, or microfiber are favoured by ECCO as moisture managing and breathable linings.
- Colour and Styles – ECCO sandals are available in many colours and designs, although most are more neutral in colour.
- Support features – RECEPTOR technology for excellent stability can be used in some models, while others have a PU midsole that ensures good shock absorbency in turn.
This sandal includes:
- Adjustable 3 way strap on the uppers with hook and loop closures
- Soft Nubuck leather upper with neoprene lining for a soft and comfortable fit
- RECEPTOR® Technology and direct injected PU Midsole foam offers stability and dynamic support
- Durable Rubber Outsole with superb flexibility and excellent grip
Alanna Elia from walkjogrun.net also emphasises ECCO’s RECEPTOR® technology in her article ‘Best Ecco Sandals Reviewed & Rated for Nature-Friendly Summer Fun' (April 2020)
“Receptor® technology is specifically designed to mimic human movement to provide enhanced stability. The technology provided better support while you walk lessening the chance of motion-related injuries and preventing foot fatigue.”
She also highlights that
“The Yacatan features comforting stretch-fit lining material that conforms to the shape of your structure for a better fit. You can forget about tight and uncomfortable footwear thanks to this innovative design features that enhances your overall enjoyment while wearing the Yucatan”
If you are looking for an all-day comfortable walking sandal that combines ventilation, durability, comfort, and fashion in a range of unique colourways, then the Yacatan Sandal by ECCO will fail to disappoint!
A second option is the ECCO OFFROAD Sandal Style 822153, which features a clean-lined design that is crafted with subtle overlays and less stitching for an updated look and feel. The lower strap is adjustable and can be fully opened. The overall functionality of the sandal remains a lightweight outdoor favourite, but it can easily be styled for warm-weather excursions of a more casual persuasion. This ‘must-have’ summer walking sandal favourite includes:
- Crafted from ECCO yak nubuck leather made using ECCO DriTan™ Technology, which reduces the amount of water and chemicals used in the tanning process
- Three adjustable quick-fastening straps, which can be fully opened, ensure a customisable fit
- Midsole provides cushioning and flexibility, using innovative ECCO FLUIDFORM™ Direct Comfort Technology
- Lightweight moulded EVA footbed covered in microfibre provides added cushioning and stability
- Rugged rubber outsole for durability and grip on all types of terrain
“The Offroad Lite is a lightweight sandal ideal for all terrains without the weight”
A variation of the ECCO Offroad sandal is the Ecco Ladies Offroad Walking sandal 822083 special edition which provides over 10 years of a proven comfort fit in combination with a unique marble print.
This Soft nubuck upper comes with
- One side bar
- Lightweight moulded EVA footbed with a soft microfibre cover for supreme cushioning and superior stability
- 3-point adjustability and stretchable lining
- A direct-injected PU midsole foam provides long-lasting cushioning and outstanding everyday walking comfort.
Intrinsic to this Offroad Edition is the ECCO RECEPTOR® Technology which provides excellent stability and dynamic support from ground impact to toe-off. Finn Footwear also has this sandal available in the eye catching multi colourway ‘Lumens’ which provides the perfect splash of ostentatious colour to your summer sandal collection!
So, if you prefer a more robust sandal for long distance hikes then the Ecco Offroad Walking Sandal is an excellent choice.Finally, the ‘His and Hers’ ECCO MX Onshore Walking Sandal 824753 and 824754 is designed for an active summer, by the water, on light hikes and for city trekking. Versatile and lightweight with a heavy-duty outsole, the ECCO MX Onshore comes with three fully adjustable straps so you can find your optimum fit and comfort. Engineered with ECCO FLUIDFORM™ Direct Comfort Technology for a modern balance of cushioning and rebound, it follows the natural curves of your foot for fit, comfort and stability. From the shoreline to the streets, the Rugged, motocross-inspired outsole with deep, multi-directional grooves delivers grip, stability, and support.
As Julianna Barnaby recently described in her article ‘10 Best Walking Sandals for Women 2022: Rated and Reviewed’ on TheDiscoveriesof.com
“If there is one word that describes Skechers’ shoes, it is comfortable. The same holds true for the Skechers Reggae Sandals. The Reggae’s boast a simple strappy sandal design with smooth faux leather sides and heel and a lightly textured, memory foam cushioned footbed. The simple, sleek design allows for a more lightweight feel — perfect for those lengthier walks. Skechers also feature a neat heel string strap. The adjustable hook and loop closure on the strap and soft, stretchy leather upper ensure a much easier fit”.
Finn Footwear is delighted to introduce its Ladies Reggae Light Vegan Sandal style 163221 by Skechers. A warm weather comfort favourite gets lighter in Skechers Reggae-Lite -Beachy Sunrise. This sporty casual sandal features a strappy knit web fabric upper with an ankle strap, lightweight comfort footbed and flexible midsole. Its key attributes include:
- Cushioned comfort footbed ReggaeLite midsole for lightweight comfort
- Knit web fabric upper with woven geo patterned trim
- Flexible traction outsole
- Adjustable hook and loop closures at instep and heel
- Machine washable
- These are a bigger fit than standard
If you have fallen arches and need more support from your lightweight walking sandal, then why not try our Ladies Go Walk Arch Fit Sandal 140257 also by Skechers. Walk with long-lasting comfort and support this season in Skechers GO WALK Arch Fit Treasured. This strappy sandal features a knit and woven fabric upper with an Arch Fit® contoured footbed and lightweight ULTRA GO® cushioning.
- Podiatrist-designed shape developed with 20 years of data and 120,000 unweighted foot scans
- Contoured footbed helps mould to your foot to reduce shock and increase weight dispersion
- High-rebound Comfort Pillar Technology® for added support
- Lightweight, responsive ULTRA GO® cushioning
One of our all-time favourite brands is our Rieker Brand and when it comes to Summer 2022, Rieker showcase some exciting new styles as part of their walking summer sandal range. Our personal favourite for Summer 2022 is the Rieker Ladies Triple Velcro Strap Walking Sandal 68872-90. This style comes in a fresh Ice Multi Combi colourway which will pair perfectly with everything in your summer wardrobe.This Rieker comfortable walking sandal has 3 hook and loop fastening straps and velcro close across the foot, toe and the back of the heel offering the perfect combination for comfort and style all day long. Its removable insole and hook and loop velcro close makes this easily adjustable for optimum comfort. Every Rieker sandal is designed and built with the Rieker features and benefits. Each sandal offers Rieker Antistress sole which offers the best level of support, flexibility and durability.
As joint owners (and brothers) of Finn Footwear, Austin and Paul Finn are keen to emphasise:
“If you are looking for the perfect all-rounder summer walking sandal, then this eye-catching Ice Multi Patterned upper with complementary chunky white sole offers a stylish twist to your summer sandal choices. For versatility, adjustability and durability, you simply cannot go wrong with Rieker”In addition there is Rieker's Ladies Velcro Strap Walking Sandal 68871-33. This comfortable walking sandal with Velcro close straps across the instep and toe offers the perfect combination of comfort and style all day long. Its Fire Red upper with white stitching and contrasting chunky white sole offers an eye-catching twist to your summer sandal choices. Its removable insole and Velcro close makes this easily adjustable for optimum comfort. Every Rieker sandal is designed and built with Rieker Antistress features and benefits.
A recent online article by Tresspass.com (Summer 2021) ‘The Best Walking Sandals: Buyers Guide' highlighted’ ‘Why are walking sandals great for summer hikes?
- Ventilation: The open-air ventilation allows your feet to breathe preventing sweat and blisters.
- Lightweight: They take up virtually no space in your suitcase. Ideal for vacations.
- Multi-functional: Wear your sandals in streams, trails, and paved paths. Pack them in your backpack and switch between your shoes and sandals.
- Styles: There are lots of choices when it comes to sandals. For hikers that love to explore all kinds of terrain, the best walking sandals are the rugged trail-ready designs with thick soles, closed-toe caps, and thick straps for support.
- Fashionable: Available in a range of styles and finishes, traditionally seen as fashion faux-pas, sandals are now a trendy piece of footwear. When you’re not hiking, style your sandals with a casual dress or a pair of casual cargo pants.
At Finn Footwear, we are delighted to highlight this stunning walking sandal style 158460 by IMAC as part of our Summer 2022 Walking Sandal Range. For those amongst you with a wider foot, who find it challenging to source a comfortable outdoor walking trekking sandal, then this IMAC walking sandal is perfect for you. This is a premium leather upper in a wide fit which comes with 3 way adjustable straps across the toe, instep and heel for added comfort and support. The powder black colourway adds to the overall appeal of this ‘Must-Buy’ walking sandal. For all day comfort in a wide fit, its hard to find a multi-functional trekking sandal that easily ticks all the boxes of adjustability, durability, flexibility and comfort!
Imac Ladies Velcro Walking Sandal 158460
So get out there and enjoy the Great Outdoors this summer by investing in a staple pair (or two!) of Walking Sandals.
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