The Freewaters GPS Sandal is a gift to your feet: flip-flops that you can wear all day and still feel great.
When people go on vacation, they often end up in hot places near the water, prime spots for a pair of flip-flops. I’m happy to see more and more of them going beyond utility and these Freewaters ones are a great example. I’ve been wearing them to the beach and around town for weeks now and my feet have been very happy about it.
These sandals have a Therm-a-Rest footbed that really supports and massages your feet as you move, so you can actually take a walk in these a couple miles down the boardwalk and not feel any foot fatigue. You’ve basically got a whole series of soft little arches supporting your feet. There’s a bit of arch support and a heel cup for support.
The way the ribbed texture is designed, you also get more ventilation than with most other options too—including from my beloved Sanuks.
If these get wet, no biggie, which is another major plus. The water flushes through and they’ll dry in a jiffy. The sole is reasonably grippy too, so you could wear these on a boat or paddleboard. When I wore mine one day in a particularly dusty place, afterwards I just stuck them under the faucet in the sink and all the dirt washed right off.
For all you leather-eschewing vegans out there, this style of Freewaters sandals does not use any animal materials or by-products and it’s assempled with water-based glue. The company does some good in the world too: one percent of gross sales goes to funding clean drinking water projects in Kenya.
At a list price of $38, these will cost you more than a pair of beach souvenir shop flip-flops, but not nearly as much as many higher-priced models that don’t deliver as much comfort. These weigh next to nothing and pack down flat in your suitcase, but deliver more comfort than most of your $100 shoes probably do.