Is there anything better in this world than a pair of comfortable slippers or flip flops? They are easy to just slip on, they are great for warm and cold weather, and they are convenient for spending a day at the park or the beach or running out to quickly grab the mail.
With the Sanuk footwear line brings a whole to meaning to comfort, ease, and convenience. The Sanuk footwear line offers rubber-sole flip flops for both men and women, and shuffle slip-ons for walking near the surf.
Beer Cozy Flip-flops
- Synthetic. Rubber Sole.
- Thong flip-flop featuring nylon webbing toe post and no-slip footbed crafted from real yoga mat.
- Arch cookie for added comfort.
- Happy U sponge rubber outsole.
What do yoga mats and beer cozies have in common? They’re made of the same squishy foam material and they’re the male/female sides of these comfy flip-flops from Sanuk.
See, the company rightfully assumes that not all that many normal males are going to buy flip-flops with “yoga” in the title. Likewise not many woman are likely to go for ones with “beer” in the name. Label accordingly though and it’s a marketing home run.
Whatever is on the tag, these are some of the most comfortable flip-flops I’ve ever worn. I haven’t done yoga all that often, but enough to know that those mats feel really good under your feet. That’s the idea behind this “Squish-fit Footbed.” Like a memory foam mattress for your feet, the top of these conforms to the shape of what you’re putting on top of them, but pops back up later when you take them off. So they still feel as great a year later.
The bottom layer is the usual hard rubber sole, but with the cute smiling Sanuk logo faces. The part that goes over your foot is built in three layers, the bottom one soft against your skin. If you hate having something between your toes, there’s a Slide version.
Nothing too complicated, but there are very few pairs of flip-flops I could imagine taking a real walk in, further than from the beach house to the bar. With these I feel like I could walk a couple miles without regretting it later. There are a few shoe/flip-flop lines that seem to have “beach vacation” written all over them and Sanuk makes great kicking back footwear that’s supremely comfortable, whether you’re comfortably numb or lugging suitcases in the heat.
The men’s Beer Cozy line comes in several styles (Jamaican, jute, leather) and the women’s Yoga Mat line—that I review next—runs from $28 to $38 on their official website.
Yoga Mat Sandals
- Synthetic sole.
- Heel measures approximately 1″.
- Platform measures approximately 0.75″.
- Cushioned thong flip-flop featuring yoga-mat footbed and contrast print lining on strap.
Do you always travel with a pair of flip-flops for the airplane and hotel downtime, but never dream of wearing them for longer than a few blocks of walking around town? With the Sanuk Yoga Mat sandals, it’s time to flip-flop on those habits.
Even if you don’t practice yoga yourself, you’ve got to admit—those thick mats are downright comfy. And that’s what you’re wearing on your soles with these sandals. The footbed is made from a real yoga mat. So, whether you’re standing around in line, meandering along the beach, or discovering a new city, you can do it in casual comfort.
Vegans and vegetarians don’t have to worry about the leather look of the Sanuk Yoga Mat sandal. The synthetic leather and printed jersey liner is free of animal products. And the range of colors—from basic black to screaming orange—allow for a variety of travel styles.
I’ve worn these sandals walking all day through New York, Disneyland and more tropical destinations. I’ve worn them along beaches, through airports and along trails. If you’re used to flip-flops, your soles will love them, and you may want to consider ditching your slippers for these permanently.
These shoes aren’t best for more rugged pursuits, obviously. And if you need more defined arch support, the sandals aren’t for you for long-term walking. But they’re far more comfortable than your standard rubber flips.
The Sanuk Yoga Mat sandals list for $30 on the Sanuk website, but on Amazon, they range from $12 to $30, depending on the color you choose. I guess that’s when it pays off to prefer bright colors, and not basic black, like me. You can also find a wide variety at Zappos and Planet Shoes.
Shuffle Slip-ons for Women
- Rubber sole.
- Ultra laid-back slip-on with crumpled design and cushy Happy U sole.
- Features a handmade canvas upper.
For years my daughter has been envious of my Sanuk sidewalk surfer shoes. She liked the look, the logo, the marketing and she probably guessed from how much I wore them that they were really comfortable.
So this past Christmas I got her a pair of these Sanuk Shuffle shoes for women and she’s had her own pair to pad around in and take on trips. Since they pack down flat in a suitcase, they’ve been good to have in a few trips we’ve taken together.
I don’t know what the official stats are, but I would assume this is a brand that sells more to guys than gals. They’re ready-made for surf dudes, beach bums, and the kind of guys who own more pairs of shorts than socks.
Not coincidentally, many backpackers fit right into that mold. The brand name is the Thai word for fun, after all. There’s been some smart branding to appeal to casual, fun-loving women too though, like calling the beer cozy soles yoga mat soles for the women’s versions.
They’ve put out lines that are more stylish, more girly, and with fun colors. If you can’t find one pair you like in the women’s section at Sanuk these days, you are obviously way too refined to be hanging out with guys like me.
These shoes are actually less clunky in person than they look in the photos. When on the feet they look more like Toms with extra cushioning than the chunkier men’s styles. They go great with jeans or can be worn with a skirt or shorts.
The claim to fame for this brand though is how they feel and when I solicited feedback for how these have worked out the past four months, the first answer was one word: “comfy.” These are great shoes to pad around in and with a little give in the fabric upper, your feet are not restricted.
There’s a molded EVA footbed that offers cushioning and a bit of support, but be advised there is no arch built in. So if you have high arches and need strong support there, this is not something you’re probably going to want to wear for eight hours straight. For those who have the right feet for these though, you’ll find lots of raving fans online who wear these every day.
They have an Aegis antimicrobial treatment to keep them from getting stinky and if they get dirty you can just toss them in the washing machine.
This Shuffle for women is available in three colors on the Sanuk website for a list price of $60. Oddly enough, half the reason my daughter was so psyched about these were they were purple, and that color is not there. Hop over to Amazon though and you can find purple and a few other colors at what I’m guessing are close-out prices. You can also find Sanuk Shuffles at Zappos and Planet Shoes.
Block Party Flip-Flops
- Vegan and Vegetarian.
- Synthetic sole.
- Simple flip-flop featuring color-block straps and logo-print footbed.
- Textile covered nylon webbing toe post.
The Sanuk Block Party is called a sandal, because shoe companies seem to universally hate calling their products flip-flops, but this sandal/flip-flop by either name is great for casual beach wear.
Usually when we post these travel gear reviews we dive into the specs and features, zeroing in on what makes the product worth the price. These are $29.95 though, basically a cushy footbed, sole, and thong strap. So you’re probably not going to put a lot of thought into the technical part when pondering a purchase. They’re sanuks, they’re comfy, and they’ll last a while. For three Alexander Hamiltons, that’s a good value proposition.
They are made without animal products, if that matters to you, and the synthetic upper dries quickly. The part under your feet is not as squishy and comfortable as the Beer Cozy (men) and Yoga Mat (women) Sanuks, but it’ll do for all-day beach or pool lounging and the price is a bit less than those. You get the same grippy textured sole that will keep you upright on wet boat decks or bar decks.
For me the Block Party sandals are the kind of basic flip-flops you throw into your bag for vacation and they’re your go-to pair when you don’t want to worry about sand, dirt, and spilled beers.
They’re low-maintenance and if you lose them, it’s not going to ruin your whole weekend. At the same time, they’re a big step up from cheapo flip-flops you’d find on location. My only gripe is that the edges of the straps are a little too stiff for me. They’re lined underneath, but it would be nice if that lining extended around the edges or the material was softer to start with.
At $30 list price, it’s hard to go wrong with these and you’ve got four color choices too. Get the Block Party Sandal direct from Sanuk.com or check prices at Backcountry, Moosejaw or Zappos. There’s also a youth version and a toddler version with a back strap for a bit less.