Plenty of men are wary of wearing sandals and flip-flops. After all, many scoff at the thought of them. Men’s sandals have even been called mandals, which can sound pejorative. What is so wrong with guys in sandals or flip-flops? Is it the exposure of gross feet? Maybe guys wearing them with socks have ruined them? We can never be sure, and the reason might be different for each person, but it’s worth challenging the idea that men can’t be stylish in one with great-looking, labeled sandals or flip-flops that are especially ideal in the summer.
Here are designer sandals and flip-flops under $500 that may change your mind:
Osklen leather flat sandals
A fan of espadrilles but want to go open-toed? Osklen has definitely pinned down your taste. The soles are in soft, braided raffia and sturdy rubber. No need to worry about accidentally losing one of them too as they will be fastened to your feet by straps.
Church’s Fisherman sandals
When we said designer sandals, you didn’t expect for the list to include only sporty-looking gear, did you? Make your feet dressed to impress with these fisherman sandals that have as much history as its cobblers, Church’s. There’s definitely no reason to fret about having your feet encaged with the quality leather and comfortable rubber soles that will make your peds happy.
Acne Studios Black & Brown Basiel Sandals
Make walking a pleasure with the Sweden-based Acne Studios. Not only are the rubber soles heaven to your feet, the sandal’s neutral colors mesh swimmingly with each other. From the black grained leather to the seamless stitching in white and the gunmetal-tone hardware, the sandals are sure to bring the spring to your every step.
Fendi logo embossed slide sandals
Expose your feet tastefully with Fendi sandals that depart from the usual dark shades of men’s sandals. The embellished logo is very subtle, and the color not distracting to the eyes, but its casual sophistication is sure to draw you in. Besides the luxurious calf leather, of course.
Ami Alexandre Mattiussi Neoprene Sandal
Keep things simple and pristine with these white leather and neoprene sandals. You will not get any complaints from your soles while having these on as they are adequately supported by the thick rubber. Also available in black if you prefer it darker.
Salvatore Ferragamo Crisscross-Strap Calfskin Sandal
Go all-leather with Salvatore Ferragamo. Sure, leather sandals (all leather footwear, actually) require some know-how in maintaining them, but if you do it right, your efforts will pay off. Not only will you gain a durable, trusty pair of sandals, you will also be in style that it wouldn’t be awkward to show your toes.
Prada buckle open-toe sandals
If you wish not to tether your ankles and limit the straps into decorations, then opt for these handsome sandals from Italian powerhouse Prada. The buckles are mostly decorative but the effect of the polyester on the rubber have a masculine touch.
Gucci Web sandals
Get yourself a footwear that is attention-catching even from afar, with an even more easily recognizable design. Yup, we’re talking about these Gucci web sandals with the signature webbing design of the brand, complete with the standout colors of red and blue. This pair are the slingbacks perfect for your favorite athleisure look.
TOD’S Leather Slides
Nothing shouts polished and durable like these leather slides, even when worn with the most effortless outfit you have. Spot the thick stitching on the black leather and the comfy rubber soles—that’s how you know you’ve got a pair from a legit high-quality Italian luxury brand, no other than Tod’s.
VALENTINO touch strap sandals
Valentino’s years in the fashion industry is a testament to its ability to produce outstanding pieces, even in the simplest form and style. These touch strap sandals are a great example of that, with the classic strappy and open-toe design kept sophisticated by the use of monochrome. Simple, yet very classy for a laid-back gentleman.
BRUNELLO CUCINELLI Full-Grain Leather Sandals
Brucinello Cucinelli’s sandals will not only give your feet the comfort and protection it needs during the hot days, but it will also take you into an Italian-like trance with the vibe it gives off. The rich brown hue of the full-grain leather will keep you utterly stylish, while the thick rubber soles will keep your every step cosy and discomfort-free.
BALMAIN logo open-toe sandals
As always expected of the brand nowadays, Balmain released these badass open-toe sandals that serve as a statement footwear for every manly guy (even in casuals!). The thick cross-crossed leather bearing the brand’s name is the right cherry on top of the sleek silhouette and captivating form of the leather pair. With these sandals, you’ll surely have a fantastic summer walks around the city of maybe on a tropical paradise.
MALIBU Canyon Classic Faux Leather Sandals
These Malibu sandals are real standouts because of their gorgeous design. Not only do fashion enthusiasts love the creative flair shown in the hand-woven leather design of this pair, but the brand’s use of vegan materials approved by PETA. A definite standing ovation-worthy pair for a trusted luxury brand.
STELLA MCCARTNEY logo printed strap sandals
These strap sandals are part of Stella McCartney’s SS18 Collection, apparent in the bold prints of the label’s name across the straps. Its design is a fool-proof comfort-giver, with the thick quality straps’ cozy feel on the feet and the open-toe design allowing you to rest your feet after a whole week’s use of closed shoes. Just the best feet-buddies for a fun weekend.
SAINT LAURENT Leather Slides
A manly pair to complete your effortless summer look, these Saint Laurent leather slides are bound to be your feet’s bestfriends! Made from black leather of the highest and smoothest quality, this pair features a contoured foot bed that hugs your soles for the most comfortable fit. Wear these with your shirt, jeans and jacket ensemble.
HYSTERIC GLAMOUR logo print strapped sandals
Hysteric Glamour’s logo print strapped sandals can be quite different from your usual pairs of blacks and browns, yet you don’t have to be intimidated by the white hue that makes these stand out. All three horizontals strap fastenings show off the word “HYSTERIC”, an obvious homage to the label.
BALENCIAGA Printed Leather Slides
Balenciaga keeps its classy with these white leather slides that is marked only by the name of the label across the thick and smooth leather. Designed by no other that Demna Gvasalia, Balenciaga’s creative director, we expect no less of the known glamour and quality of the brand.
GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI DESIGN Carlito sandals
Carlito sandals showcase the creative craftsmanship of Gieuseppe Zanotti, as the high quality of the pair is apparent in just one glance. Despite following pattern from the classic sliders we are fond of, this pair features a steel plaque that immediately elevates its look and style.
GIVENCHY Printed Rubber Slides
Slides worn only on the beaches were a thing of the past; in fact, they are the “it” thing now in men’s streetwear. Having doubts? Have a go at these Givenchy’s slides, and you’ll surely be convinced. The red rubber with the brand’s logo isn’t something you’ll just parade along the shore, it’s meant to be seen by every street and corner in your city.
SILVANO SASSETTI cross strap sandals
A more polished and classy look is given by Silvano Sassetti’s cross strap sandals styled with a slingback and small buckle fastening. Made from calf leather in a sexy black polished hue, these sandals will make you feel more manly than you look and more comfortable than ever.
TOM FORD Churchill Chain-Trimmed Full-Grain Leather Slides
Trust Tom Ford to always take designs to the next level, perfectly show by these leather slides that will make you look like a million bucks. Italian-made from full-grain leather, these slides sure have an appeal that creates a fashionable impact. No need for your fancy brogues, this pair is enough to complete your gentleman look.
RICK OWENS Granola Lego sandals
Just a quick look at these sandals allows you to peek into the artistry of their designer, Rick Owens. Its peep toe design is just enough to let your feet breathe, while most part of it is composed of black leather, aptly complemented by the cool lego-like stacked sole as a finishing touch.
PRADA Leather Sandals
Prada’s leather sandals are like the quarterbacks of all men’s footwear—everyone likes them. You’ll surely have a boyishly handsome look when you get to wear them, either with your fancy shorts or distressed jeans. Spot the engraved design on the silver buckles, letting you know that the brand gets it down to the littlest detail.
MARSÈLL cut out sandals
The modern take in the design of these sandals reflects Marsèll’s aesthetics: sleek, current and stylish. This pair has an experimental vibe, shown by the cut out design with the open toe front, all completed with the gorgeous embossed brand name on the pair’s insoles.
DRIES VAN NOTEN Leather Slides
Dries Van Noten’s leather slides are a must for men who love to go casual no matter what the season is. This pair has a classy feel, a totally elevated look from the usual flip flops made from rubber. The wide criss-cross bands at the front provides comfort and style you would love to wear every day.
DOLCE & GABBANA gladiator style sandals
It’s true that style just come and go—gladiators are back in the fashion scene and they are classier than ever. This Dolce & Gabbana pair shows you that the gladiator style can be luxurious-looking as well. While part of the label’s collection for Spring/Summer 2017, these are still cool to have this 2018!
OFF-WHITE Printed Rubber Slides
Off-White has a quirky style that appeals to people of all ages. Proof is this pair of rubber slides, designed with diagonal stripes and printed with “left” and “right” as if the wearer would need guidance to not interchange the two. A true mark of irony that the brand’s Creative Director, Virgil Abloh, is known for.
DSQUARED2 stud-trimmed sandals
A tough-looking pair, these DSQUARED2 sandals were designed with studs to make you look grunge-ly fashionable. The sandals’ modern style isn’t only great to look at, but also features ridged edges that will secure keep your steps in the pavement, the sand, or even in soil.
BERLUTI Diego Striped Webbing And Polished-Leather Sandals
Berluti’s Sandals are the perfect balance of style and practicality, with their dashing look and durable built. These feature Velcro straps that make the pair easy to use, but the webbing with green, brown and white stripes make them look gorgeous for your captivating outfit.
Marcelo Burlon County of Milan
If you’re not one for flash, then keep it low-key with these black flip flops from Marcelo Burlon. Aside from the logo stamp and the rubber strap that is embossed with the brand, the flip flops are pretty straight-cut. It is made out of durable rubber that will last through many beach trips.
Bottega Veneta Crocodile Flip-Flop Sandal
Want to add some edge to your otherwise uncomplicated footwear? The crocodile leather straps on these Bottega Veneta neatly knotted to keep the flip flops from slipping add a stylish throw. The soles are also made out of smooth rubber that will make your feet happy.
Jimmy Choo Clive flip flops
Jimmy Choo may be best known for striking handmade women’s shoes, but the designer also has footwear ideal for men lounging around the pool. If you want to blend in the summer vibe, these flip flops are thematically appropriate. They are also embellished with the designer’s name on the crossover straps to keep your feet in style.
Suicoke sling back strap flip-flops
Stick with these Suicoke pieces to make sure that your footwear clings securely to your feet. Don’t let the hassle of a lost flip flop dampen the mood when you’re you’re on a vacation, out and about and enjoying moving around.
Emporio Armani logo flip flops
If you want some color but still be manly, then look nowhere else than Emporio Armani. You will not regret investing in rubber that is meant to survive some serious wear and tear, especially with abrasive materials aplenty on the beach. It is also lined with leather that looks good anywhere.
Thom Browne striped sole flip flops
Prevent bogging down your feet and really show that you’re in the mood for the sea with Thom Browne. The soles are thin enough to make each step lighter, and the flip flops are lined with calf leather to make the grip on your feet better.
Givenchy logo strap flip flops
Put your best foot forward even when off-duty with these black Givenchy flip flops. Save for the logo on the straps, the slip-ons are pretty neat. Fearful of embarrassing slips? Don’t fret, the textured sole will make you feel safer.
FENDI logo flip flops
Under the creative direction of Karl Lagerfeld, who juggles not one but three fashion houses, Fendi‘s pieces are sure in the best hands especially in the aspect of menswear. These logo embossed flip flops showcase the kind of footwear men would want to actually flaunt at the beach and not just mindlessly choose out of convenience.
BRUNELLO CUCINELLI Cotton-Canvas Flip Flops
Whether you’re heading to the sea or to the pool, these beige and navy flip flops are the best showing-off tool as much as they provide the best feel for your feet. The sole is made of foam to provide cushion against the searing cement or sand from the heat of the sun.
GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI DESIGN Florida chain flip-flops
When you plan on getting wet anyway, there’s no point in opting for anything other than rubber. It takes a lot of creativity to get the material look good for the beach but that won’t be an issue with this Giuseppe Zanotti flip flops. The brand makes it attractive through the contrasting black logo-embossed gray insole and the silver-tone chain detail along the straps.
ORLEBAR BROWN Haston Rubber Flip Flops
Orlebar Brown‘s Haston, with its foam sole and rubber straps, has the most basic but timeless and foolproof construction you’ll ever want in a pair of flip flops. But the diversity it lacks in the structure, it makes up for with the red and white design that’s sure to strike some awed attention from the hip beach crowd.
PHILIPP PLEIN logo-print flip flops
Red is a color that you don’t normally see at the beach or any nature-y place, so wearing it is the best way to stand out in a place where you’re not required to wear much. These red Philipp Plein flip flops are not only striking in color but also through the insole that’s printed all over with the brand’s monogrammed initials enclosed in hexagonal patterns.
DSQUARED2 leopard print flip flops
We know what you may be thinking about leopard: it’s too girly for you. Hold that thought for a second and take in these leopard print flip flops. From Dsquared2, a brand we consider an expert in menswear fashion, this blue-colored print and logo-appliquéd strap is a macho way to parade leopard.
DIESEL logo flip flops
Made with only PVC, Diesel showcases how this single material can become high fashion quality. The logo-printed sole is a matte black while the thick straps have a slight sheen, a perfect contrast for a one-color pair. This may be the best choice for men who wants something to match all their clothes because black goes with everything and this can definitely be fashionable even out of the beach.
GUCCI logo print flip flops
As with most designer footwear, these Gucci flip flops bear evidence of a creative and excellent Italian craftsmanship through their quilted straps emblazoned with the iconic logo in gold at the center. The logo-embossed insole is also cushioned for a soft experience for your feet as the ridged soles enable flexibility with each step and keep you firmly planted on any surface.
EA7 EMPORIO ARMANI flip flops
We’re sure a lot of you here are into sporty clothing and accessories. You don’t have to let go of the aesthetic even when you’re off to a vacation if you wear this pair from Armani’s sportswear line, Ea7 Emporio Armani. Featuring orange and white accents, this black flip flops are suitable even after gym or whenever you’re giving your feet a break from sweaty socks and enclosed shoes.
PRADA metal logo flip flops
If you only know Prada as this famous brand for women’s handbags and clothes, this Prada flip flops should permanently instill their new reputation for you as one of the most renowned fashion houses. This pair shows how they take things seriously, even for a simple footwear as slippers. Made with luxurious leather, this pair embodies sleekness and functionality with the metal logo and curved soles.
MARCELO BURLON COUNTY OF MILAN Snakes thong flip flops
Here’s one that screams edgy without using the usual stud or chain details. Through its red snake print on the insole, these flip flops from Marcelo Burlon County of Milan are able to achieve a chills-inducing design. The black rubber strap tones down the busy print and it’s engraved with the brand’s logo enclosed in an embossed rectangular frame.
NEIGHBORHOOD logo print flip flops
Sure, black is a universal color that everything matches with, but you’ll have your peace only until you actually step foot on the beach and discover the rest of the tourists are wearing something similar. The final straw will be when you go for a swim and waste time trying to find what pair is yours. This white flip flops will not give you the same problem as its shines with its bright white and black contrasting colors. Also, they’ll still match with all of your board shorts and tank tops.
TOMAS MAIER camouflage palm tree flip flops
Even with its dreadful black colored soles and equally-dark camouflage straps, these flip flops from Tomas Maier are still made for the beach. If the embossed image of a palm tree on the insole is not indication enough, the soft feel of the rubber material will give you a hint that the sea is calling. With this on, you’ll be wanting to head to the nearest beach and actually be ready for it in no time.