Choosing the right sandals

By: natasha leigh - Published: • References: ebay &

Sandals--they are something that most people associate with women's fashion, but they can also be an excellent choice of shoe for men. They allow the feet to breathe in warm weather, and may even be designed to go from the water to the land without changing shoes. Some are made for running or hiking, whilst others are designed to be fashion-forward and suitable for, dare it be said, business.

While there are a few cardinal rules of sandal-wearing for men--like the golden rule of never wearing socks with sandals--it's more than possible to wear sandals in a wide range of situations. Read on to learn about 10 sandal styles that will you see you through just about any life situation.

Sport Sandals

Men's sport sandals are designed to be durable in almost all cases, as they are frequently worn during sports and other outdoor activities. Aside from this, they also make excellent walking sandals when out for a stroll around your neighbourhood. Designed with comfort and support in mind, these shoes usually feature adjustable straps and flexible, durable insoles. Some make use of nubuck material to reduce friction, providing comfort, too. Most are made to conform to the foot, providing support to arches and heels to prevent accidental injury. While they are sport-appropriate, it's important to understand that certain sports players should always wear closed-footed shoes; biking is one such sport. This type of sandal also features:

● Drainage

● Breathable fabrics

● Double-stitching

● Waterproofing

Water Sandals

Water sandals are designed for one main purpose--they are meant to be worn in the water. With a thick rubber sole and mesh top, they can help to protect the feet from jagged rocks, glass, or even coral. They may also help to give surer footing when swimming in rocky areas. These mens sandals tend to come in many different size. They aren't necessarily waterproofed, but they allow water to travel through them, draining out the other side. They are an excellent choice when:

● Canoeing

● Swimming

● Playing in the pool

● Attending the beach with children

● On tropical holiday near reefs

● Anytime you are concerned about cuts

Leather Sandals

Considered by many to be the most professional-looking sandal, leather sandals are generally simple in design and eco-friendly. Most use a combination of leather and rubber to create a comfortable, easy-to-wear sandal that can be slipped on or off quickly. They are popularised by businessmen and others who need to avoid the casual look that sports sandals or casual sandals may carry.

Leather sandals can be further broken down into sub-categories:

● Slip-on sandals

● Strapped sandals

● Thong sandals

● Flip-flop sandals

Of these, all but the thong variety may be suitable for business casual wear.

Birkenstock Sandals

Made famous throughout the 1980s, Birkenstock sandals have a reputation for durability, longevity, and comfort. The design of these sandals usually incorporates premium leather with ecologically friendly materials. In fact, Birkenstock prides themselves on building shoes that feature strongly environment-friendly materials throughout. They use cork, latex and jute to create the base of the shoe itself. Each of these is easily replenishable and is a plant-based material.

Other materials left over from the creation process, like scrap leather and cork, are used in different areas of the creation process or are forwarded to other businesses for additional use. In this way, Birkenstock is able to minimise waste and help to lower their ecological footprint. Because of these innovative strategies, they have remained a popular men's sandal for over thirty years.

Casual Sandals

The term "casual" can mean many different things. When it comes to men's sandals, these are generally easy-to-wear, affordable sandals that are designed for a high level of comfort. Casual sandals can include:

● Beach flip-flops

● Strap sandals

● Crocs

● Plastic sandals

● Gel sandals

These may come in a variety of styles, from almost entirely closed to almost entirely open. They are sold in a variety of locations, from department stores through online auction sites like eBay.

When speaking specifically of Crocs, the branded shoe, bright colours and foam rubber materials are used to create a shoe that is easy to put on and take off, and able to withstand moisture and water. Crocs are known for their distinctive design, which isn't always the most fashionable; despite this, they can be an excellent choice for just hanging around the house. They can be worn in the pool, lake, or ocean, and will float should they come off, making them easy to wear and retrieve. They also have fairly excellent grips on the bottom of the shoe itself, helping with footing.

Crocs are durable, and they come in a variety of colour patterns and styles. They have also been made to show support for causes and teams, including:

● Sports teams

● Cancer research

● Educational institutions

● Businesses

● Other promotional uses

This can make them a fun novelty gift to give away during contests or business presentations.

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