The 4 Best Extra Wide Flip Flops for Big Men

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I never wanted to be the “guy in flip flops.” Maybe it’s just where I live but dudes who wear flip flops around town are considered weirdos (probably because we usually have a couple of feet of snow). Whatever the reason, this has left me unprepared every time I take a trip to the beach or even to the pool. I typically end up buying a pair of flip flops from Walmart or Old Navy and my feet just suffer through.

The problem is, most generic flip fops only go up to a size 12. Every time I’ve tried to pick up some extra wide flip flops at Walmart I’m told, “Well we’ve got flip flops…and these fit a men’s size 10-12.” Too bad I need a 13 wide or extra wide to avoid dragging my toes on the ground.

Well, the time came that I figured I should just invest in a pair of flip flops that didn’t suck and actually fit me. To my surprise, the reason I didn’t like flip flops is that I hadn’t given them a fair chance. I simply needed to get some extra wide flip flops that actually fit my feet!

During my search for the perfect flip flops, here are the five options I considered (including the pair that I bought and love):

Dunham Men's Carter Flip Flop, Brown, 8 D US
Jebuar Men's Woven Genuine Leather Thong Biblical Flip Flops Sandals Free Beach Bag
New Balance Men's 100 V1 Slide Sandal, Black/Black, 5 M US
New Balance Men's 200 V1 Slide Sandal, Grey/Grey, 5 M US
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Dunham
Jebuar
New Balance
New Balance
Dunham Men's Carter Flip Flop, Brown, 8 D US
Brand
Dunham
Jebuar Men's Woven Genuine Leather Thong Biblical Flip Flops Sandals Free Beach Bag
Brand
Jebuar
New Balance Men's 100 V1 Slide Sandal, Black/Black, 5 M US
Brand
New Balance
New Balance Men's 200 V1 Slide Sandal, Grey/Grey, 5 M US
Brand
New Balance

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What makes a good flip flop?

During my younger days, I spent two years in Keyna doing humanitarian work. Everyone there (or at least all the working-class guys) makes flip flops out of old tires. As you can imagine, they were heavy and a bit uncomfortable but the had great traction and would literally last forever!

On the other end of the longevity spectrum, we find the flip flops you get at Old Navy for a dollar a pair. Lightweight foam footbed and rubber straps. These are just as uncomfy, not flattering, don’t last a week and, worst of all, they aren’t available in wide sizes. I need some extra wide flip flops to contain my toes at the beach!

the best extra wide flip flops for men at the beach

Given the wide spectrum of possibilities I knew I needed to narrow things down to a few characteristics that would give me the best wide flip flops for men. Here’s what I came up with:

  • Footbed. I wanted a footbed that was actually shaped something like a foot. Even in gym-shoes, I get insoles with arch support to keep my feet happy so a flat piece of foam wasn’t going to cut it.
  • Sole. Forget foam, I wanted traction and longevity. If the wide flip flops I chose didn’t have a “true” sole then they at least needed to be made out of natural rubber or something similar. Foam soles might be fine for the shower but if I’m going to be walking around a market or down to the beach I don’t want to end up with sore and bruised feet.
  • Straps. The straps on regular flip flops tend to be both too tight and loose enough to give me blisters all at the same time. I needed something that wasn’t too rigid and was soft enough to take care of my sheltered feet.
  • Sizes. While I only wear one size of shoe (shocker…) I couldn’t recommend anything to be the king of extra-wide flip flops if they had a limited range of sizes. I only need a size 12-13 but I did my best to find options that had sizes ranging from 6 to 16!
  • Width. Above all, my flip flops had to be noticeably wider than the average store offering. I’ve bought “wide” shoes before only to find that they fit like regular shoes. I wanted some legitimate extra space for my feet and looked for sandals with both extra wide and extra extra wide fit.

With only 5 requirements, I figured it wouldn’t be hard to find some options and expected to spend most of my time trying on flip flops and walking around. I was wrong. Even with my loose standards I spent hours to even find 4 options that didn’t have issues of some sort. However, it came out even better than I expected in the end and most of these actually really rock! Let’s check them out!

The Best Wide Flip Flops for Big Guys

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If you’re the type of big guy who needs everything to have leather, these are the flip flops for you. Not only do they have extremely durable (and comfortable) leather straps, but they are well matched with the EVA footbed which provides both comfort and traction.

Dunham makes this flip flop in “extended sizes” which means they come as big as you could possibly need! Not only are these flip flops perfect for just hanging out or heading to the pool, but the sole ensures that even if you have to put some miles on the you’ll still be comfortable at the end of the day.

So if you’re a big guy with wide feet, pony up and get these flip flops. You’ll thank me later.

Leather Strap Flip Flops for Big Guys

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While many men might not consider these to be strictly flip flops (and I’d probably agree) I would say that they perform the same functions as flip flops while remaining just as carefree and comfortable!

Jebuar makes several fine sandal options and these are perfect for big guys. They feature as easy to wear slip-on design but are still able to hug your feet due to their innovative strap design.

The all leather straps and sturdy footbed mean that you’ll be able to walk distance in these without any issues, probably for years on end. If they appeal to you they are available in a wide range of both sizes and widths.

Extra Wide Slide Sandles for Big Guys

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If you’ve read any of our other footwear articles you’ll know that I adore New Balance. They are one of the few companies that make an inclusive range of sizes in all of their shoes and their sandals are no different.

Because I’ve always had chunky feet and funky toes I’ve favored slides over flip flops. When I wear flip flops I always seem to end up with blisters between my toes. Not to mention I always feet like they’re about to fall off my feet.

While the sole on these is not quite the same level of rugged as the other options on our list, they still are cushioned and comfortable. And besides, any shoes that is actually available in your size is going to be more comfortable than one with a hard-sole that doesn’t fit!

Best Wide Flip Flops for Walking

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And again, New Balance. Their line of extra-wide slides is just too good to only share once. These are the updated version of the above slides with a bit more cushion and space. If you fancy being a little comfier and looking a little taller, get these ones instead.

Now go buy yourself some extra wide flip flops or slides!

Let’s cut to the chase, I’m a guy, you’re a guy (probably…or you’re shopping for a guy….) and you just need some wide flip flops. Any of the above are a huge step above what you’d find at a box store and you’ll probably be happy with any of them. So scroll back up, pick your favorite, and close the deal!


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