The weather is heating up and it might be time for a new pair of sandals or flip-flops. You probably don’t want to buy just any old pair though. Too few sandals are made with actual American quality and comfort in mind. That’s why we set out to find which companies are making sandals in the USA. Below are our findings along with tons of details about each.
Full List of Sandals Made in the USA
Island Slipper sandals are made to hold up and keep your feet comfortable on warm days. They’re hand-crafted in Hawaii, where sandals are called “slippers”. They’re all formed from rugged materials like ripstop fabric, suede, and leather to hold up well over time. They also feature a tough rubber outsole that offers a solid grip and protection. It has built-in arch support and heel cup design on most of the sandals sold by Island Slipper. These sandals would work well for the beach because they’re smooth and easy to clean, and they’re built to last.
Okabashi is a family-owned and operated shoe business located in the small town of Burford, Georgia, and is one of the remaining 1% of US manufacturers of footwear in the United States. Their men’s and women’s sandals are durable and comfortable while remaining affordable. Their footwear is composed of recycled materials sourced from the U.S, they’re also vegan, cruelty-free, and 100% recyclable. Not only are their sandals made to be comfortable but they will also not shrink and the colors won’t fade, no matter how many times they’re washed. We recently featured them in our YouTube video on how to find shoes made in the USA.
Oka-B is the ideal online store to shop for women’s sandals. Not only is the footwear affordable and stylish, but it’s also built to last. There are sandals in many different shapes and styles, making it easy to find something that appeals to you. Each pair of sandals features built-in arch support, a heel cup, and a padded design for comfort. Many also use added metallic or stone accents for a touch of flair. Oka-B’s sandals are made to be thick and tough whilst also being fashionable.
Gurkee’s sandals aim to blend style and function to help you stand out everywhere that you wear your sandals. Each sandal is made from Gurkee’s trademarked Comfort Twist rope – woven polypropylene carpet yarn. They’re designed to be durable, soft to the touch, and fit well. These sandals are simple to maintain and can be tossed in the washer and dryer to clean up. They can withstand chlorine and saltwater well and the sandals are sold in many different styles and colors to suit your tastes. They are handmade right in West Virginia, and many are adjustable for a perfect fit for every foot size.
Good running sandals are tough to come by, enter the Circadian Lifestyle sandals from Earth Runners. Earth Runners really prides themselves in being American-made. When we talked to them recently, they said “by keeping manufacturing in-house, we have complete control over design, quality control, and sourcing which is very important to us and our customers.”
Circadian Lifestyle’s sandals are lightweight, comfortable, and grippy, and have a snug fit that keeps them in place all throughout a run. The topsole has texture to give it traction and the sandals feature a lightweight Vibram Gumlite outsole. They are tough enough for hard use, and feature nylon webbing reinforced with stainless steel thread to withstand plenty of force during use. The shipping time on these sandals is typically a few weeks so order them early if you’re after some.
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Not only do they have an old-school look to them, but the Original sandals by the Piper Sandal Company are made to be comfortable, tough leather sandals that will last you many years. They feature a smooth footpad and a moldable foam inner sole that creates a custom fit that will form closer to your foot over time (leather products typically take some time to break in). These sandals are made from rugged leather and feature a tough 3/8” leather strap that’s built to hold. They also come with a grippy ½” Vibram sole that will help you feel surefooted no matter what you’re walking over. They’re a little on the expensive side but they’re made to be a quality piece of American engineering.
Waltzing Matilda USA makes leather sandals from Horween leather for men and women. They are based in Maine and have been in business since 2013. If you’re looking for a nicer pair of leather sandals, these folks have a great selection.
Factors To Consider
Look for footwear made from tough and weather-resistant materials like leather, rubber, polypropylene, and treated canvas material. Look closely at the thickness of the material utilized and at the finish or treatment given to the sandals to help them hold up through use, especially in bad weather.
After the material itself, look at how those materials were used to craft sandals that will hold up. Look at stitching, padding, and thickness closely to decide which sandals are tough enough to be one of the best.
It should go without saying that quality sandals are comfortable on the feet.
Style is subjective, but look for options that you think look stylish and that have a good following of customers happy with their appearance.
Value for Money
Finally, decide whether the sandals are worth their cost or not. Some options are way more expensive than they should be for what they are made from – eliminate those products from your consideration.