Teva No-Blister Walking Sandals: So Comfortable

But if you’ve been avoiding them because you don’t like their signature prints (which can sometimes have a snakey Legends Of The Hidden Temple aesthetic or sometimes a Saved By The Bell summer yacht club vibe) or you’re not sure they look comfortable, let me convince you otherwise on both fronts.

First of all, Teva’s “original universal sandal” is available in approximately 40 colors in women’s sizing and 30 in men’s sizing on Amazon, ranging from the aforementioned prints to (drumroll …) solids. And colorblock solids! Take a look at a few of my favorites below:

I wear them with everything from schlubby drugstore-errand shorts to casual dresses, and a colleague recently convinced me they were work-appropriate when I questioned wearing them to the office. A solid black or a fresh white pair looks especially modern if that’s your thing.

But let’s talk about the most important thing: comfort. I’m a New Yorker who walks at least 5 miles a day, so I’ve put these things to the test. And because of a number of genetic mutations, I have feet that are blister magnets. Sandals, with their myriad straps and slings, are especially blister-inducing. So when I set out to break in my first pair of Tevas and came home with not a single blister, I couldn’t believe my wretched little feet. And after thousands of miles, I still haven’t gotten blisters.

Perhaps it’s due to the adjustable Velcro straps that allow you to custom fit each sandal to your own unique foot shape, but I also find that, unlike leather, the grosgrain ribbon straps don’t create any friction against my skin. I don’t have any particular arch support needs, but I find these to sufficiently support my foot even on miles-long walks. A bonus: the footbed provides plenty of cushion walking on hard city sidewalks and enough lift off the ground to keep my feet from touching all the gross little gifts you can find on a New York sidewalk.

In short, they’ve been a godsend rain or shine (yes, they hold up well in the rain!), and because they’re a somewhat modest price, I now own them in four different colors. Shades vary in price on Amazon, FYI.

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