Best flip flops for men

Though flip-flops are one of the most divisive footwear categories, no one can argue with their practicality.

Engineered with hot weather in mind, they’re designed to slip on and off, making them essential when the mercury’s on the rise and the idea of covered feet fills you with temperature-related anxiety.

While they won’t work for every occasion – wearing them to the office or for a city break will result in blisters and sores – they’re a suitcase staple for summer holidays. It’s a silhouette for casual settings only, namely sunbathing on a sandy beach or poolside, where they’ll protect your feet against hot terrains with as little shoe-related admin as possible. Just make sure you swap them with leather sandals, loafers or trainers when it’s time for the evening soirée or al fresco dinner.

Although they’re not usually known for street cred, this year, there’s a whole host of brands challenging the ‘uncool’ status. From Russell & Bromley’s timeless monochrome leather design to Camper’s cushioned take, not to mention the 90s celeb-approved classic by Havaianas, you no longer need to sacrifice fashion for functionality. Just make sure to stick to leather or rubber and steer clear of anything that looks too utilitarian or else risk erring into dadcore territory.

Our top tip? Don’t wear them if you’re likely to be walking long distances or dealing with difficult terrain. Not only will they leave you in desperate need of Compeed plasters, but they also tend to be a little flimsy, so there’s no support and it’s likely you’ll ruin them in the process.

Shop the best below.

Brunello Cucinelli Leather Thong Sandals

best flip flops for men

Brunello Cucinelli is the purveyor of quiet luxury. Each and every piece is designed and expertly crafted in Italy, the brand’s home country with the finest attention to detail. From the calf leather upper to the premium leather insole to the square toe, these offer both style and substance – and they’re a classic investment you’ll be wearing for years.

Buy now £290.00, MyTheresa

Havaianas Top

best flip flops for men

A celeb favourite, Havaianas counts Zac Efron, Liam Hemsworth and David Beckham in its starry fanbase. If that’s not enough to convince you, it seems the brand is the next Noughties staple to make a comeback, so now’s the time to jump on board.

Buy now £23.00, Havaianas

Ugg Men's Capitola Flip Flop

best flip flops for men

Everyone’s familiar with Ugg’s winter-friendly sheepskin boots which have been spotted on everyone from Adam Sandler to Pharell Williams. Now, it seems the Australian footwear expert has entered the summer chat too. These offer the same level of comfort as the best-selling boots thanks to the padded leather straps to the moulded footbed, and the lug sole takes the versatility up a notch.

Buy now £100.00, Ugg

Camper Pelotas Flota Blue Leather Flip-Flop for Men

best flip flops for men

If you’re into colourful footwear, Camper should be on your radar – just look to the Pelotas for a case in point. The exaggerated bubble sole and thick leather upper put the spotlight on the light blue shade while the cushioned footbed and padded straps deliver comfort. A win-win.

Buy now £115.00, Camper

Gant Kilmore Sandals

best flip flops for men

An expert at blending smart and casual (did someone say #OldMoney?), it’s no surprise that Gant’s sandals feel sophisticated yet relaxed. Worn simply with jeans and a T-shirt, these could even work beyond the pool or the beach.

Buy now £150.00, Gant

Birkenstock Mayari

best flip flops for men

Everyone needs a pair of Birkenstocks on their shoe rack – whether you prefer the mules or the flip flops. These are our top pick, with the toe loop and double buckle, all finished off with the brand’s signature moulded footbed.

Buy now £80.00, Birkenstock

Ancient Greek Sandals Solon T-Moro

best flip flops for men

For classic leather sandals, look no further than Ancient Greek Sandals. The brand offers gladiator silhouettes, slides, and, of course, flip-flops - all of which are handmade in Greece. These feature the brand’s signature Y-shaped leather strap and sole for a seasonless silhouette that never gets old.

Buy now £175.00, Ancient Greek Sandals

FitFlop iQushion Ergonomic Flip Flops, Navy

best flip flops for men

If comfort is your priority, FitFlop has you covered. Each style is biomechanically engineered to complement the body’s natural structure, joint alignment and movement, so these will make you feel your best with every wear.

Buy now £32.00, Debenhams

The Resort Co Brown Saffiano Leather

best flip flops for men

For resortwear, The Resort Co is your best bet – terry cloth, linen and co-ords, included. Pairing a soft Saffiano leather strap with a comfortable EVA sole, these would work anywhere from the Amalfi coast to the Greek Ionian islands.

Buy now £141.00, The Resort Co

Russell & Bromley Claremont Toe Post Sandal

best flip flops for men

British high street hero Russell & Bromley needs no introduction. As with all leather goods, these sandals will look better the more you wear them – so, there’s no better excuse to book your next holiday, stat.

Buy now £125.00, Russell & Bromley

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