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The 10 Best Beach Shoes for Women Over 50 That Are Stylish and Supportive

From slip-ons to flip flops and strappy sandals, find the pair of beach shoes that will work best for you

There’s nothing better than a beach or pool day in the summer. With the hot temperatures and beaming sun, taking a dip in the water to cool off is the perfect way to spend a day off or your weekend. With that, you need the perfect beach shoes to accompany you — and even more so if you are over 50. From uneven sand to rocky shores to hard pool cement, finding supportive, cushioned, high quality beach sandals is essential. The best part? They can be stylish too! Keep reading to see the best beach shoes for women over 50 that will provide all day comfort wherever the water takes you!

What to look for in beach shoes for women over 50

Unfortunately, our feet often go through the ringer as we age. We tend to lose our natural cushioning, our arches start to “flatten”, we may form bunions, suffer from plantar fasciitis — you name it, the chances of our feet developing ailments as we age is very likely. That’s why it’s so important to be preventative and proactive by taking care of our feet with the proper shoes, and if you already have developed these foot concerns as many of us have, it’s important to treat it with the right shoes.

1. Arch support

As mentioned, our feet tend to “flatten” the older we get, so to restore some of that arch, look for beach shoes with arch support. Many options nowadays on the market have this feature, so you don’t have to worry about aching, painful, flat feet when headed to the beach.

2. Sturdy cushioning

Cushioning is crucial as we age. Our natural footbeds and balls and heels of our feet lack cushioning as we get older, which can lead to painful shocks with every step. Looking for beach shoes for women over 50 with sufficient cushioning is key — but make sure the cushioning is sturdy too. You don’t want it to be so cushiony and soft that you sink into the shoes (even though it can feel comfy), especially if you’re going to be on a beach with uneven surfaces. You instead should look for beach shoes that have thick, durable cushioning that will keep your feet upright and supported while still feeling comfortable.

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3. Waterproof and durable

Inevitably, our feet will likely get a little wet at the pool or beach, so it’s smart to pick a pair of beach sandals that can withstand water or any other environmental factors like rocks, sand, etc. Looking for beach sandals made out of materials like EVA foam will keep your shoes protected and in good condition despite any water exposure.

The 10 best beach shoes for women over 50

Keep reading to see our top picks for the best beach shoes and sandals for women over 50 that will make you the most comfortable and stylish person on all the shore!

Best beach slides for women over 50

Dr. Scholl's Feel Free Slide Sandal
Dr. Scholl's

Dr. Scholl’s Feel Free Slide Sandal

If you’ve been suffering from especially sore, tired feet, these beach sandals are to the rescue. They are specifically designed as “recovery sandals,” meaning they are meant to “rejuvenate” your feet. Also great? They feature a built-in insert with stimulating bubbles to help with blood circulation and to lessen foot fatigue. Plus, they also have a foamy footbed and EVA midsole for arch support, and even more, the top material is anti-microbial and anti-odor to keep feet smelling fresh all day.

Reef Water Scout Slide Sandal
Reef

Reef Water Scout Slide Sandal

You can’t go wrong with a pair of classic white slip-on sandals. They go with just about any outfit or swimsuit, and are just all around ultra versatile. This pair is water-friendly, lightweight, have adequate arch support and a heel cup, so your feet will be comfy and supported on the beach all day long.

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials
Birkenstock

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials

This style of Birkenstock’s sandals is a staple, and has been a cult-favorite for years. They have a super simple design with just two adjustable top straps, but come in fun (and neutral) colors. They also don’t have a large platform like some of the other options mentioned, if you’re looking for a more standard beach sandal. Made from EVA, they’re great for the water, and they have a contoured footbed.

Totes Molded Cross Slide Sandals with Everywear
Totes/Macy's

Totes Molded Cross Slide Sandals with Everywear

We love the chic criss-cross straps on these beach shoes, but not at much as we love how comfortable they are. They are made from 100% EVA, are scuff-resistant and machine-washable, so they’ll look in tip-top condition even months after wear.

Ecco Cozmo E Platform Sandal
Ecco

Ecco Cozmo E Platform Sandal

A classic slide is a staple beach shoe! Sometimes, we don’t want to have to worry about fastening ankle straps and just want to slip into a pair and go; well, you can do just that with these slides! They do have adjustable top straps for more security, but they don’t prevent you from easily throwing on. Plus, they have special technology that follow the natural shape of your foot, so the footbed will feel just right. And made from EVA foam, they’ll have you water-ready in no time.

Best beach flip flops for women over 50

Skechers Go Walk Flex Sandal
Skechers

Skechers Go Walk Flex Sandal

On the hunt for a good walking beach sandal? Look no further than this pair from Skechers. Not only are they stylish with the criss-cross straps and chic, modern, navy and white colorway, they also are oh-so-comfortable with a flexible traction outsole and contoured footbed.

Reef Cushion Bondi
Reef

Reef Cushion Bondi

These flip flops have a comfy, ultra-cushioned footbed that will feel like you’re walking on clouds (while still feeling supportive and durable). Plus, the chic platform design adds a bit of height sans any pain form a high heel.

Best strappy beach sandals for women over 50

Teva Women's Hurricane Drift
Teva

Teva Women’s Hurricane Drift

These beach shoes are great for taking long walks along the beach or any rocky shores since they have fastening straps that are adjustable and secure. This means your feet won’t be slipping or sliding out of these shoes, and they’re made from recycled EVA.

Skechers Foamies: Arch Fit Upbeat
Skechers

Skechers Foamies: Arch Fit Upbeat

Skechers are podiatrist-recommended by thousands of doctors because of the excellent support in their shoes. This pair is a perfect example, as it’s made with their special arch support technology, as well as a foamy, cushioned and contoured footbed. Made from EVA, they’re safe for the beach, and they have a heel strap for extra security.

FitFlop Surff Sandals
FitFlop

FitFlop Surff Sandals

What we love about this pair of beach shoes is that they are slip-resistant, making them great for getting wet. They feature adjustable straps and come in fun, fashionable colors to make a statement. Plus, they are designed to have great shock absorption, which is helpful when walking on hard surfaces like cement/pavement.


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