A podiatrist shares the best hiking sandals for women and men

Take your hiking backpacks and one of the best hydration packs, because fall means it’s time to head to the mountains and go hiking. And even if you’re stocked hiking essentials, a lighter and cooler option for your feet can be essential when heading to the trails for easier hikes. But our best walking sandals are not quite made for a hiking trail. So we spoke with foot experts to bring you the best hiking sandals for your most comfortable and safest options on the market for enjoying the fall foliage this season.

And before you click buy the best hiking sandals we’ve compiled below, be sure to consider whether you need a sturdier option instead, like our best hiking shoes for women. A hiking shoe is necessary for rougher terrain and tougher trails, explains Tim Oldani, DPM, FACFAS, podiatrist at Missouri Foot and Ankle. But if your planned hike is rated easy to moderate, the weather is temperate, and the trails are paved, gravel, or mulched, Dr. Oldani says sandals are a great option.

So grab your best healthy trail mixes and slide on your best hiking pantsbecause we’re here to share the best hiking sandals to make the most of the wonderful time of year.

How We Chose the Best Hiking Sandals

We consulted Dr. Oldani, countless customer reviews, and conducted our own research to find the best hiking sandals available.

Our top picks