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11 best podiatrist-approved summer sandals for women to shop in Canada — all under $100

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Now that the warm weather is upon us, the pressure is on to find summer sandals that are breathable, lightweight and provide extra support.

But with many sandals looking and feeling the same, how do you know which ones to purchase? We spoke to an expert and rounded up a list of the most comfortable and supportive sandals for summer — that you'll actually want to wear.

Even better? The 11 sandals listed below are under $100, so your feet can be stylish and supported without breaking the bank.

What should you look for in a sandal?

According to Podiatrist Craig Hunt of Hunt Footcare, there are a few things to keep in mind before purchasing a new pair of sandals.

"Firstly, fit is the most critical thing to look for. The sandal has to fit the shape of your foot to give you the most comfort and support," Hunt tells Yahoo Canada. "You'll want to find a sandal that fits the width of your forefoot, is long enough to cover your longest toe, and has closed heel support or a ridge around your heel to keep your foot in place."

"Finding a sandal with adjustable straps are also great, so you can adjust the shoe to your foot as it swells over the course of the day," he adds.

Woman lying on the grass barefoot with her sandals next to her.
Now that summer's arrived, it's time to find sandals that are supportive, comfortable and stylish. (Photo via Getty Images)

What are the risks of poor-fitting sandals?

"If you don't have a sandal that fits properly, it can lead to a variety of issues that can actually cause your feet more pain," Hunt says.

As a result of poor fit, Hunt explains that blisters, bunions or calluses are common, as well as the development of bacterial or fungal infections.

"Ill-fitting sandals can also cause pain in the arches or balls of the feet, can lead to toenail problems or even plantar fasciitis, which is a very painful condition and is tricky to treat," Hunt adds.

How do I know which sandal to choose?

According to Hunt, it doesn't necessarily matter what brand of sandal you choose, as long as it properly fits your foot and provides adequate support.

"However, there are some brands I recommend for walking around the house like Birkenstock, Clark's, Hoka and OOFOS, and others that are better for outdoors like Mckinley and Outbound," Hunt says.

To shop the best summer sandals for women in 2022, including Hunt's top picks, scroll below.

Birkenstock Women's Gizeh EVA Multi Strap Sandals

Black Birkenstock women's sandals with toe separator and buckle.
Birkenstock Women's Gizeh EVA Multi Strap Sandals (Photo via Sport Chek)

"These sandals are very comfortable and durable for a great price," writes a Sport Chek shopper. "They also have a high arch bed that supports my arch and minimizes pain."

$65 at Sport Chek

Mckinley Women's Auckland 2 Hiking Sandals

Grey women's summer sandals for hiking with two velcro straps.
Mckinley Women's Auckland 2 Hiking Sandals (Photo via Sport Chek)

According to Hunt, the adjustable straps and outsole grip makes these Mckinley sandals a perfect choice for outdoor adventures.

$70 at Sport Chek

Women's Cushionaire Luna Cork Footbed Sandal

Brown and white women's strappy sandals with toe separator and two silver buckles.
Women's Cushionaire Luna Cork Footbed Sandal

As per the item's description, these Cushionaire sandals "form a perfect contour to the foot after being worn in." If you're not a fan of white, these sandals come in 20 other colours and patterns.

From $33 at Amazon

Quechue NH 110 Hiking Sandals

Purple, grey and black women's sandals with four straps and a heel cup.
Quechue NH 110 Hiking Sandals (Photo via Decathlon)

"I have a high-arched foot, and these sandals really gave me great support and reduced how fast my feet tire. The footbed is also big enough for wider feet and they're really lightweight," writes a Decathlon shopper. Need we say more?

$40 at Decathlon

Vionic Bella Flip-Flop

Women's flip flop sandals with tropical pattern and bow at the toe.
Vionic Bella Flip-Flop (Photo via DSW)

Don't be fooled by these chic and classy sandals — they also provide optimal support and comfort! One shopper says "they're great for plantar fasciitis," while another adds that "they fit really well and solved stubborn and chronic foot pain."

$99 at DSW

Clark's Women's Laurieann Echo Slide Sandal

Women's black sandals with embroidery and three velcro straps.
Clark's Women's Laurieann Echo Slide Sandal (Photo via DSW)

Although these sandals have only received a handful of reviews, they've already earned an incredible 4.6-star rating for "comfort" and "durability." According to the item's description, these shoes feature foam footbeds to cradle the foot, a lightweight EVA outsole and optimal shock absorption.

$99 at DSW

OOFOS Women's OOAHH Limited Slide Sandal in Rose Leopard

Women's white and pink leopard print summer sandals with two straps
OOFOS Women's OOAHH Limited Slide Sandal in Rose Leopard (Photo via OOFOS)

According to Hunt, OOFOS are a solid option for summer as they reduce stress on your feet, knees and back. The OOfoam technology also absorbs 37 per cent more impact than traditional footwear. How great is that?

$80 at OOFOS

Outbound Women's Shore Sandal

Women's black and grey hiking style sandals with lace up detail on the top of the foot
Outbound Women's Shore Sandal (Photo via Canadian Tire)

"These fit well and feel great! I needed a closed-toe sandal for hiking and these are just the ticket," writes a Canadian Tire shopper. At only $55, what do you have to loose?

$55 at Canadian Tire

White Mountain Hazy Sandal

Women's beige sandals with gold braided detail and a gold buckle
White Mountain Hazy Sandal (Photo via The Shoe Company)

According to the item's description, "these slide sandals have a signature, contoured footbed with heel cup to offer all-day comfort with cushioned support." The adjustable buckle strap also secures your foot while walking.

$60 at The Shoe Company

Hoka Ora Recovery Slide Sandals

Women's blue two-toned slide sandals with thick strap and bird pattern
Hoka Ora Recovery Slide Sandals (Photo via Altitude Sports)

Available in sizes 5-11, these Hoka Ora sandals give you comfort and support when and where you need it most. Although they're labelled recovery sandals, these shoes are perfect for anyone at any time of day.

$50 at Altitude Sports

OOFOS Women's OOLALA Luxe Sandal in Cabernet

Women's black sandal with dark red flip slop style strap
OOFOS Women's OOLALA Luxe Sandal in Cabernet (Photo via OOFOS)

Bring the glam without sacrificing support. Made with revolutionary OOfoam technology, this sandal features a streamlined footbed that compliments every outfit, day or night.

$75 at OOFOS

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