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Best Sandals for Summer 2021

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Best Sandals for Summer 2021

The Urban Gear Team has always been passionate about footwear. Over the decades, we’ve had plenty of experience wearing, testing, and enjoying some of the best quality sandals available. Our curated selection of footwear is based on these years of experience at The Urban Gear. We have our stories, the brands have their tech, and we have a  list of our favourite sandals from Teva, KEEN, and OluKai for Summer 2021.


Sometimes you just can't beat an original sport sandal. Teva Original Universal Sandal made its start in 1984 at the Grand Canyon and now can be found worldwide. These water sandals are a testament to practical comfort and style, taking you from the sidewalk to the waterside in no time. As a kid in the early 90s, I can distinctly remember receiving a pair of Teva Universal Sandals and being told they are water sandals. The next logical kid decision was to strap these bad boys on and jump feet first, fully clothed, into the pool and give the whole extended family a heart attack when I didn't resurface immediately in my new sandals. Obviously, I made it out and learned these are not in fact designed to make it easier to swim. The Teva Original Universal Sandal does however provide a comfortable supportive base that stays securely on your foot even when you do find your foot full submerged. These became my go-to sandals to wear kayaking and on light hikes throughout my childhood and early teens. I still rock the rectangle-shaped tan lines and enjoy the incredible range of colours these epically versatile sandals now come in. 

Enjoying light hikes in the Teva Originals, it was a natural step to upgrade to the Teva Tirra Sport sandals. These sandals provide support and padding, just like a hiking boot underfoot with the upper sandal straps being fully adjustable with lightly padded straps. There wasn't a dramatic event like nearly drowning with this sport sandal, but I’ve cruised through many theme parks, deserts, and summer days in comfort. These are best used for light hikes, groomed trails, long days of urban exploring, and even some recreational gardening. 

Best Teva Flips

Comfortable flips are a necessity for the summer even if it is just from the car to the beach. You can say Bon-VOYA-ge to your old rubber sandals as the foot forming Mush top sole cushions, while the quick-dry strap and the EVA sole supports your foot, with the Teva Voya Flip Sandals.Teva Sandals Australia StockistKEEN

Mid-00s and the whole family has on their KEEN Newport's as we hike our way through river crossings, rocky crags, and a bit of brush. These became part of the summer uniform as we spent the year exploring mountains, fishing, canoeing, and generally finding our way on and off the grid. KEEN sandal shoes were created to minimize stubbing your toe and swearing like a sailor. I can tell you from experience this sandal does in fact prevent toe stubbing. The design takes a minute to get used to, especially when you are in your teens and parents insist you wear them, but I can now appreciate my unbroken toes and fully intact nails. While my brothers and dad still rock the KEEN Newport H2 for their adventures, I've since graduated to the more dainty looking KEEN Whisper Water Sandal which boasts a lot of the same perks as the Newport. The upper style is slightly more streamlined, but still durable with a supportive contoured plush footbed. 

Newest KEEN Sandal additions

The SOLR range in men's and women's. The name SOLR stands for Sea-Ocean-Lake-River. The Keen SOLR Sandal is designed for all things water. These sandals are one of the newest additions to our collection of water sport sandals, but if your going to get wet these are the sandals to wear.  Keen made these water sandals with serious grip, quick-dry, supportive, and comfortable even when sopping wet.  Grab a pair of these water sandals to use on your next rafting, supping, fishing, or kayaking adventure. While you're splashing around, feel good knowing the webbing upper is made from recycled plastic bottles. Keen Sandals Australia StockistOluKai

As a whole, The Urban Gear Team were late bloomers in the 10’s to the OluKai family, but boy were we missing out on some amazing footwear.  Nothing screams excellent footwear more than everyone on the team often finding themselves wearing them in the house even after we get home because they are so dang comfortable. OluKai believes in making quality long-lasting sandals with awesome arch support and are a perfect addition to the quality sporty sandal family. The famous OluKai Ohana Flip has a wide generous cushioned footbed with softly lined wide straps to cradle your foot. The Hawaiin based brand, not only accommodates wide feet but also in the larger sizes for men up to a US18.  

Newest OluKai Sandal additions

In the men’s fit,  a slightly different style from the Ohana that doesn't compromise on comfort is the Olukai Ulele Flip Flip. It feels like a lightweight runner underfoot, but it's a men's comfortable water sandal that is contemporary enough to be worn out for an afternoon with the guys. 

Olukai Women's HoÓpio sandals are low profile, durable, with low arch support. This slim design is best used for casual wear, for a regular width foot. If we had to vote, the best 2021  summer sandal colours would go to Olukai Women's HoÓpio Hau Sandal, with the colourful hibiscus flower artwork.

OluKai Women's Nu'a Pi'o Sandals are a personal favourite, due to their squishy footbed and small platform style. These sandals provide a bit more style than a traditional flip flop and with every step feels plush. OluKai Sandals Australia Stockist

The Urban Gear Team will continue to curate a range of footwear that is quality and ideal for adventures.  We hope you enjoy some of our snippets of stories, and why we love these sandals from Teva, KEEN, and OluKai for Summer 2021. Let us know in the comments below if there is a sandal you think we are missing out on, a story, and why you love it. 


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