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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.
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.
"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."
According to Hunt, the adjustable straps and outsole grip makes these Mckinley sandals a perfect choice for outdoor adventures.
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.
"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?
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."
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.
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?
"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?
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.
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.
Bring the glam without sacrificing support. Made with revolutionary OOfoam technology, this sandal features a streamlined footbed that compliments every outfit, day or night.