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When comfort trumps all, these shoes top the list.

By Kimberly Holland

Finding the perfect sandal or flip-flop that can transition you from grocery store to dockside takes energy and effort we can't spare when summer days beckon us to the shore. If you need a slip-on shoe you can trust will be comfortable and supportive no matter the task, turn to a shoe almost 9,000 people say is spectacular. (Surely that many people can't be wrong, right?)

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Buy It! Clarks Women's Breeze Sea Flip-Flops, $28; amazon.com

Clarks has been known and respected for over a century as a maker of fine dress shoes and loafers. That's why you know these shoes, despite their low pricetag, are made for comfort and durability.

While these Clarks Women's Breeze Sea Flip-Flops ($28; amazon.com) may not be the slip-on sandal that transitions you from poolside to cocktail hour, these will certainly see you safelty through slippery surfaces, hot sand, and jagged rocks by the sea. The appeal of these shoes is that they're designed for comfort and for keeping you steady in your steps. (Three-dollar flip-flops are a safety nightmare on boat docks.)

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On Amazon, these classic flip-flops have more than 8,800 reviews and still maintain a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. They're available in 16 colors, from neutral New White to bright and bold Coral.

The material is a synthetic leather with a synthetic sole; you don't have to worry about water shrinking the materials or discoloration. Despite their rugged design, these sandals maintain a flattering silhouette, so we'd have no problem pairing them with our favorite swimsuit for poolside lounging. The thong strap is also adjustable, so you can make the fit as tight or loose as you like. 

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If you're looking for a sandal that can go with you into the evening hours, we love the Birkenstock Women's Mayari Birko-Flor Sandal ($90; amazon.com) paired with a breezy maxi dress or crops and a billow top. They're available in 27 colors, have buckles for adjusting the fit, and boast more than 5,000 reviews and 4.5 stars on Amazon and 5 stars with over 2,500 reviews on Zappos.