Comfortable Sandals for Summer Walking


Sandals You Can Actually Walk In

It’s summertime, and that means sandal time. If you have foot issues like me, finding sandals you can actually walk in can be a problem. In my previous post on comfortable sandals, I talk about features to look for and brands that have worked well for me. This time, I’m sharing some current sandal styles that are foot friendly while still being on-trend. All of these sandals are ones you could wear trekking around all day on vacation, or to Target and the kids’ sporting events. Either way. 🙂

The three types of comfy walking sandals I’ll be sharing with you today are cork footbed sandals, sporty dad sandals, and flip-flop and toe ring type sandals.

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Cork Footbed Sandals (like Birkenstock)

Y’all, I have been wearing Birkenstocks since I was strolling around campus at the University of Illinois in the early 90’s. When they started coming back into style in the last 10 years or so, I jumped right back into them and remembered why they’re my all-time favorite comfort sandal. I wear them to teach, to do serious walking, and now that I have the waterproof pair below, to the beach and the pool. If I could only wear one type of sandal forever more, it would be Birks. There are a lot of other brands of cork footbed sandals, and they’re probably great to wear, too. I’m wearing Birks non-stop this (well, and every) summer.

The Look: Casual Everyday

This sandal style can be worn just about anywhere. They may not be dressy enough for a more formal wedding or event, but they’re probably fine for daytime events, casual date-nights, and to church or on errands.

Birkenstock Arizona Sandal

Copper Rose Gold Birkenstock Arizona Sandal

EVA Birkenstock Essentials Arizona Sandal

Birkenstock Essentials EVA Arizona

Birkenstock Papillio Arizona Sandal

Birkenstock Arizona Papillio Pink

Birkenstock Papillio Cora Chunky Slide

Birkenstock Papillio Cora Chunky Slide

Sporty Dad Sandals

I’ve been wearing Tevas lately, and I am pleasantly surprised at the amount of arch support and comfort they provide for heavy duty walking. I guess they are sport sandals, which means they should be good for this, but you never know. You can go with the basic model or amp things up with fun colors, prints, and materials, and you even add a little height.

The Look: Athleisure or Trendy

When worn with joggers or more sporty outfits, these will take you in the athleisure direction. However, you can also wear them with a fun printed skirt, jumpsuit, or dress for a more trendy look.

Teva Midform Universal in Mesh

Teva Midform Universal in Black

Teva Midform Universal in Leather

Teva Midform Universal in Red

FitFlop Heda Slide

FitFlop Heda Chain Slide in Black

FitFlop Heda Backstrap Sandal

FitFlop Heda Chain Backstrap Sandal

Separated Toe and Flip-Flop Sandals

Flip-flops are a perennial summer “do,” and they can be comfortable if you choose a pair with some support (not the thin, flat kind). Toe loop sandals are having a moment right now, too. They’r a riff on the flip-flop, but with a bit of a dressier vibe. The same rings true for these, though: choose a pair with some cushion and support if you plan on actually walking in them. Adding a backstrap is a great way to up the comfort factor as well.

The Look: Beachy-Casual or Classy Everyday

Flip flops dress up or down depending on what you’re wearing with them. I love the look of a jumpsuit or a midi or maxi skirt with flip flops. Toe loop sandals are really cute with shorter skirts, rompers or jumpsuits, and they also look great with summer jeans or wide-leg crops. Material makes a difference, too: leather sandals will look a little dressier than rubber or EVA ones.

FitFlop Tia Metallic Leather Back Strap Sandal

FitFlop Tia Metallic Back Strap Sandal

FitFlop iQuishion Ergonomic Flip-Flops

Fitflop iQuishion Ergonomic Flip-Flops

Vionic Kirra Backstrap Sandal

Vionic Kirra Backstrap Sandal

Vionic High Tide Platform Sandal

Vionic High Tide Platform Sandal in Tortoise

FitFlop Wave Pearlized Toe Loop Cross Slides

FitFlop Wave Pearlized Toe Loop Cross Slides

Birkenstock Mayari Sandal

Birkenstock Mayari Sandal in Lilac

Walk on, friends.

Any of these comfortable sandals are good options for walking. If you’d like more info on how to keep your feet happy and healthy, check out this guest post with foot health tips from a physical therapist.

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How Tough Should We Be on Our Kids? + the Perfect Mom Tee

How Tough Should We Be on Our Kids? + the Perfect Mom Tee

What Kind of Parent Are You?

Do you struggle to find a balance between drill sergeant mom and best friend mom? I do. As a teacher, I see a lot of kids whose parents put tremendous pressure on them to achieve and excel. I see just as many kids whose parents are more concerned about their kids liking them than seeing them as authority figures. Too much pressure can cause anxiety and self-esteem issues. Too little can result in kids who give up easily and don’t develop a good work ethic.

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Amy Poehler, everyone’s favorite “cool mom” from Mean Girls
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The Three Parenting Styles

Anyone who ever took Psychology 101 knows developmental psychologist Diane Baumrind’s three types of parenting styles: authoritarian (strict, rigid, and demanding obedience); authoritative (has standards and boundaries, but with a caring tone and flexibility); permissive (no rules, man – don’t upset the cherubs). Okay, there is also a fourth style, neglectful, but we won’t go into that one today. The recommended style of parenting, and management in the workplace, incidentally, is authoritative. Most people strive for this, but it plays out a little differently from person to person. Did you see a leaning one way or the other in your parents? Lots of times one parent is more permissive and one is more authoritarian, even though both are striving to be authoritative. You can take this free parenting style quiz from Psychology Today if you’re not sure what your style is.

Because I Said So Mom Tee with Striped Duster
Shop my outfit: tee and cardigan from Jeffrey Alans boutique; distressed jean shorts, Birkenstocks

I’m Not a Cool Mom . . . I’m a Regular Mom.

I’d love to say that I’m totally authoritative. But if I’m being honest, I have leanings in the “authoritarian” direction. Maybe it’s because I’m a teacher and I’ve seen kids be disrespectful to each other and to adults one too many times. Maybe it’s because my parents leaned in that direction. Either way, I sometimes find myself being a little too rigid. Once you cross over that line, it’s hard to scramble back to the right side of it.

Yes, You Have to Sweep the Porch, Dude.

Do Your Best. It’s Enough.

Having raised 2 out of my 3 boys to adulthood and seeing at least a couple thousand students move through my classes over the years, I’ve come to realize that it’s okay to mess up. Just acknowledge it, apologize, and move on. Love them with all your heart and do your best to be fair and firm, but gentle when that’s what the situation calls for. Listen to them, see them, and be a coach and guide, not a drill sergeant or a best buddy. Every kid is different: love them, enjoy the people they are, and coach them to be kind, empathetic, diligent, persistent, responsible adults. Act the way you want them to act. Treat them the way you want them to treat others. Will everything go perfectly? Heck no. Will anything go perfectly? Don’t get your hopes up. But perfect is in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it? You will worry and fret over them and about whether you’re handling things the right way, but in the end, what you have to give really, truly is enough. It’s okay, mom, because you’re trying.

Jeffrey Alans long striped duster and graphic tee

“Because I Said So.” – Mom

Did you notice the tee I was wearing? I thought it would be funny to wear for this post. It’s a Ruby’s Rubbish tee I picked up from the Jeffrey Alans boutique in Peoria, IL.

Shop my outfit: tee and skirt from Jeffrey Alans boutique; sneakers

Local Jeffrey Alans Boutiques

If you’re local, you really need to check the Jeffrey Alans boutique out. Jeffrey Alans (and its sister store, Prairie Gardens in Champaign, IL) is mainly a home decor and garden store with locations in Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, and Springfield, IL. But what you may not know is that each of these stores has a surprisingly large and completely amazing fashion boutique inside! It’s a mix of trendy and classic pieces, plus tons of accessories; and friends, it’s TEACHER budget friendly (YESSSSSS!). I recently visited the Peoria Jeffrey Alan’s (check out the “Collabs” highlight on my Instagram profile to see the boutique on my first visit!). I would like to thank Jeffrey Alans for partnering with me on this post.

Jeffrey Alans Tee, striped duster, and sweatshirt fleece skirt

My Jeffrey Alans Picks

In addition to the Ruby’s Rubbish “Because I Said So” mom tee I’m wearing, I also found this cute summer-weight striped cardigan and gray fleece (like soft, comfy “sweatshirt” material) skirt at Jeffrey Alans. And you should know that this skirt has pockets — always an asset. All three of these cute, easy pieces are perfect for summer mommin’.

Because I Said So mom tee with sweatshirt material skirt with pockets; from Jeffrey Alans boutique in Peoria, IL

You’ve Got This, Mama

So do your best, but don’t stress. Celebrate the good stuff, learn from the not-so-good stuff, and above all, love the kids you have. Challenge them to do their best, but try to keep things realistic. And if all else fails (which it may at times, but don’t worry because it’ll swing back again!), one thing that has helped us through many types of parenting situations is a really good sense of humor.

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