She found that sandals with contoured footbeds that are molded to anatomically fit the foot provided the greatest amount of support and stability. The four top-scoring products in the review all have molded footbeds and OutdoorGearLab recommends these types of flip-flops for women who demand high-performance from their open-toed footwear. Fenn explains that the stability and support provided by a contoured footbed will help keep the arches and joints healthy. The review also gave considerable concern to overall comfort. Testers took into account both footbed and strap comfort, giving higher scores to products with plush, cushiony footbeds and wide, non-chaffing straps.
OutdoorGearLab published its first women’s flip-flop review in 2011 and awarded top honors to the OluKai Ohana and bestowed its Best Buy Award upon the Reef Sandy Sandal. In the updated review, the OluKai Women’s Ohana again took home the Editors’ Choice Award, while the Teva Women’s Mush II overthrew the Reef Sandy for Best Buy. OutdoorGearLab also chose the Reef Women’s Fanning as the Top Pick for Spring Break.
Read on to learn more about each of these award-winners, or view the full review here:
OluKai Women’s Ohana
The women’s Ohana excelled across almost all of OutdoorGearLab’
Teva Women’s Mush II
One of the least expensive products in this review, the Teva Women’s Mush II earned the highest scores of any sandal under $40. Ringing up at $25, the Mush II provides plenty of comfort and some support at a significantly lower price than a contoured footbed model. The Mush II has a foot-molding footbed that remembers the wearer’s foot over time. Although this is very comfortable, it doesn’t compare in stability or support to a contoured footbed. However, if you’re not ready to make a $50 or more investment in a pair of sandals, then OutdoorGearLab strongly recommends its Best Buy Award winner. The Mush II comes in a variety of fun colors and patterns and provides more arch support than any other sub-$40 flip. Additionally, it dries fairly quickly and offers decent sole traction.
Reef Women’s Fanning
In every review, OutdoorGearLab awards a Top Pick to a product that stands out for a specific purpose. In this side-by-side comparison, reviewers decided that the Reef Women’s Fanning should receive the Top Pick Award for Spring Break! The Fanning is a wide thong-style sandal with athletic styling and an integrated bottle opener in the sole. Overall, the testers agreed that this casual flip is geared toward a younger demographic and perfect for water activities by the beach. In addition to its spring break vibe, the Fanning provides excellent stability and support and earned top marks in traction. Its wide, athletic straps are very comfortable and lined with fun patterns that add just enough sass. At $50, this product is more affordable than the Editors’ Choice winner, but still twice the price of the Best Buy award winner.
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