What do hipsters, tourists and middle-aged dads have in common? An undying devotion to sandals, one of the most practical shoes in existence.

That often means that they can be quite an eyesore, as much as a source of comfort they may be to our feet. Even more so when they’re paired with socks (if you absolutely must, go with those made with thinner fabrics). “Sophisticated”, then, is not the word usually applied to this summer staple, but more fashion brands are looking to change that.

Forget the chunky, dorky shoes you often spot lying around on the beach. The new men’s sandals are sleek and stylish, whether in minimal designs that you can slide on in a jiffy, or with handcrafted uppers that make the shoe toe the line between smart and casual. Above all there is a newfound appreciation for details, especially in the hardware.

Below, we’ve curated a list of elegant men’s sandals that fall under this category, providing the ultimate comfort and style. The only thing you need to do once you’ve added them to cart is to get a pedicure, or at the very least, moisturise.

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1
Birkenstock 'Arizona' sandals

It would be a disservice to any serious sandals shopping story not to include Birkenstock, the OG sandals brand. This pair is one of the German shoemaker’s most recognisable and comfortable styles, offering you all the support you will need from heel to toe. The shoes will last you a long time, too, since they’re made with the brand’s durable Birko-Flor fabric.

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Price
S$95
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2
Malibu faux leather-trimmed woven webbing sandals

Despite its name, Malibu takes inspiration from Mexico. Specifically its “huaraches” sandals of centuries past, for which hand-woven, braided straps are a hallmark. That explains the nylon and faux leather webbing on this “Canyon” pair. Their chunky rubber soles also add a bit of height while making them suitable for walking in all day. That army green shade is just the deal closer.

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Price
S$174
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3
Álvaro 'Alex' suede sandals

These Álvaro sandals will have you looking as smooth as they feel, what with their brown suede straps and leather soles. The Italy-made shoes are simple yet sophisticated, meant to be slid into with ease. Plus, if you’re heading to the beach anytime soon, this is the pair that will spare you the nightmare of sand getting stuck in your shoes.

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Price
S$309
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4
Yuketen 'Arizonian' two-strap leather sandals

These Yuketen sandals practically bend over backwards to make sure your feet are comfortable. It features a handcrafted contoured footbed and buckled straps for you to adjust as you see fit. Functionality aside, the shoes are also visually pleasing with charming details like antiqued gold buckles and a braided raffia midsole.

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Price
S$350
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5
Grenson 'Wiley' buckled leather sandals

These Grenson shoes are caught somewhere between sandals and loafers. The latter is thanks to its wide, interlocking straps (great coverage if you’re not too crazy about showing off your feet) and ankle buckles to secure your feet. These details elevate the shoes to that sweet spot of “smart casual”, so you can even pair them with an unstructured suit made with lightweight fabric.

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Price
S$235
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6
Suicoke 'Kisse-V' technical sandals

When it comes to functionality, few brands come close to Suicoke. The Japanese label is known for slapping on a technical fastening or three on their sporty sandals. Here, all three nylon velcro straps are lined with black neoprene and come with buckles for you to adjust the shoes to your feet. The contoured footbed takes care of the rest.

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Price
S$315
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7
Ancient Greek Sandals 'Miltos' sandals

Ancient Greek Sandals has people dressing like Greek philosophers of yore, if not actually thinking like them. This simple style is actually handmade in Athens using chemical-free, natural tan leather that will age like the timeless works of Plato. The distinctive winged buckles, a nod to the Greek god Hermes, is a nice touch, too. The shoes will look best with shorts and a linen shirt.

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Price
S$219
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8
Officine Creative 'Oliver' suede sandals

For lounging about or strolling through the city, these suede sandals will go a long way. They feature soft, elegant crossed straps that will age with a distinctive patina over time, while their serrated rubber soles give the right amount of friction to keep you from slipping.

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Price
S$532
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Pameyla Cambe
Senior Writer
Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.