Sanuk flip flops seem to be everywhere these days with a wide range of styles with fun names. When I picked out my pair of Sanuk Sidewalkers I wasn’t excited. Their too-wide footbed made them seem oafish and the linoleum floor black, white, and gray mottled pattern didn’t help things much. But I needed flip flops to review so in the basket they went. What followed was a surprisingly fun-filled, easy going, and completely comfortable adventure.
The Sanuk Sidewalker is completely happy in its own skin and doesn’t worry about trying to impress anyone. They are who they are, take‘em or leav’em they fine either way. It turns out that who they are is a wonderful pair of all rubber, ready for the water flip flops. Sure, they squeak way too much when they’re wet but they don’t mind. True, the all rubber toe post is a bit uncomfortable early on, but it gets better once they break in a bit. They styling isn’t great, but that’s fine too because they feel so at ease on your feet.
They are just so very relaxed and relaxing it is contagious
They became my go-to pair to wear to the pool. They’re all rubber and love the water. They’re built well enough that they don’t feel cheap but don’t feel fancy either. They’re just themselves and are up for most anything.
As time went on, I found myself seeking them out of my pile of flip flops for trips to the store, walks in the neighborhood and quick errands. Their comfy casual influence was so strong that they inspired me to dig out my most comfy pair of sweatpants and head out into the world. They are just so very relaxed and relaxing it is contagious.
The traction is great on both wet and dry surfaces with treads made up of dozens of little rectangular smiling faces (the Sanuk logo). They literally leave a trail of smiles wherever you go. Since they are all rubber and wonderfully casual, odds are they won’t last forever but that’s ok. They’re just what you need when they’re here and when they aren’t that’s fine too.
Sanuk Sidewalker’s are wonderfully charming all rubber, very casual flip flops. They’re reasonably well made, light weight and, as their branding says, “made wide for a comfy ride.” It’s is so true. Even my very narrow feet could appreciate the wide comfy ride. Nicely done Sanuk.
Flip Flop Verdict
Overall Performance — 3.7 out of 5
Easy days and carefree nights
Fit – 3
Made wide for a comfy ride
Style – 2
Not pretty and kind of clunky but that’s ok
Traction – 4
Good on wet and dry and leave a trail of smiles in their wake
Comfort – 4
Light, squishy, comfy
Dudeness – 5
These were made for the Dude