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Comfortable Sandals for Older Women: How to Choose and Style Your Summer Shoes

Sandals are the ultimate summer shoe. Stylish, versatile and ultra-trendy, they look great with every outfit and will keep you cool and comfortable during warm summer months.

Of course, as we enter our senior years, our footwear choices can become problematic – and many older women choose to avoid wearing sandals for this very reason. However, you don't have to miss out on this stylish, open-shoe style with the right footwear knowledge.

Here at Rieker, we've combined our shoe and style knowledge to help put together the ultimate guide on comfortable sandals for older women. From how to wear sandals to what to look for when buying a new pair, read on for our top style tips.



Finding comfortable sandals for older women can seem like a tricky task. Whilst many ladies choose to avoid this shoe style due to a fear of injury, imbalance and a lack of support, today's market is filled with supportive shoe styles for older women.

Here at Rieker, all of our ladies' shoes are made with unique anti-stress technology, ensuring that you can enjoy this summery style without compromising on support or comfort. 


When shopping for your sandals, there are a few things that you can look out for to ensure you will get a secure and comfortable fit. Here are the top five.


Choose the right fit

Though sandals are an open shoe style, it is still important to ensure that you select a style that fits your toes. As we get older, our feet are more at risk of swelling – which can be amplified under the sun's heat. With this in mind, you should shop for sandals with a slightly wider width or toe box area to prevent painful rubbing and resistance as you walk. 



Ensure that your sandal has the right amount of cushioning, as this will prevent any foot pain or swelling in the long run. Each of our ladies' shoes is designed using Rieker's unique anti-stress technology, meaning you can be confident that you will be receiving a well-made, comforting fit with every purchase.


When shopping for comfortable sandals, it is essential to look for a sandal style with a contoured sole. A contoured soul will give you more stability as you walk, preventing any trips or falls.


A strong outer sole

Summer sandals often have a reputation as being flimsy. However, if you shop smart, you can avoid this. Look for sandals with a durable, high-grip sole: This will not only ensure a comfortable fit but will also prevent the risk of slips, trips, falls and accidents.


Straps and buckles

Straps and buckles are not only on-trend, but they will also allow you to enjoy a secure fit and will prevent your sandals from slipping off throughout the day. 


There are various types of comfortable sandals for older women to choose from. When hunting for the right pair for you, it's important to consider where you plan to wear your sandals, as there are types of sandals suitable for different occasions. Below we've covered the three most popular styles of comfortable sandals for older women.

1. Wedge Sandals

Wedge sandals are a wardrobe staple that will pair perfectly with dresses and skirts for a stylish summer look. Though wedges are considered a comfortable alternative to heels, it is still important to be mindful of the wedge height and how long you plan to wear the sandal, as prolonged elevation can cause stress on your soles.

2. Flat Sandals

Flat sandals are one of the most popular sandal styles, with women of all ages choosing to style them as part of their spring and summer wardrobe.  A high-quality flat sandal will improve your posture, prevent foot pain and reduce swelling – All whilst looking stylish

3. Sandals with straps and elasticated sandals 

Sandals with straps and elasticated fittings are an excellent choice for ladies looking for a stylish but secure shoe style – and they don't have to be unsightly. Whether your feet are wide or narrow, this sandal style ensures a fantastic fit, and you won't have to worry about them slipping off.


Whilst sandals are often associated with holidays and warmer weather, there is no reason that you can't wear this versatile shoe style outside of the summer months.

Pair your sandals with culottes on warmer spring evenings or with your favourite maxi dress on mild autumn days. As soon as it gets too chilly, you can swap out your sandals for a more covered shoe style. 

Here at Rieker, we stock an excellent selection of ladies' shoes, so whether you're looking for shoes suitable for spring, summer, autumn or winter or something transitional, you'll be sure to find them in our collection. 


If you're wondering how to wear sandals, then the answer might be simpler than you think. Sandals are a staple spring and summer shoe style that will complement any item in your wardrobe, from your favourite maxi dress to your new three-quarters and shorts. 

What's more, sandals can be styled up or down to match the formality of any occasion, so whether you're going for a coffee catch up with friends or a cocktail weekend get-together, you can wear this shoe style and fit right in. 

Choose a wedged sandal style for occasions that demand a touch of formality and flat sandals or mules for day to day looks.

At Rieker, we've got an excellent choice of stylish but comfortable sandals for older women. Shop sandals for every occasion and enjoy elegant, on-trend styles that will complement any look that your imagination can put together. 


On-trend, versatile and effortlessly stylish, wedges are one of the most popular comfortable sandals for older women. They are designed with a cushioned heel that provides much-needed support, allowing the wearer to reap all of the aesthetic benefits of a heel without the dreaded foot pain. 

Depending on the occasion and how you style them, you can wear wedges to dress up or down an outfit. Wear wedge sandals with jeans for a smart-casual summer style, or choose wedges with less height for a more casual occasion. You can also pair your wedges with dresses or skirts for a chic look that will suit various occasions. 

Here at Rieker, our collection of ladies' wedge sandals is filled with styles for you to shop. Discover everything from bold colours to neutral beiges and creams to animal and floral prints, and elevate your outfit with style. 


If you're looking for a fancy alternative to flats, then look no further than mules. Mules are chic, elegant and bang on trend and are a great way to dress up an outfit without resorting to a heel.

Mules might seem like a trickly sandal style to wear; however, there is no reason they have to be. As a general rule, you can style mules just like any other pair of sandals. Pair mules with jeans, dresses, skirts or culottes and enjoy an elegant, sophisticated look. 

Due to their cushioned sole and contoured shape, mules are one of the most comfortable sandals for older women. At Rieker, we have a great collection of mules for you to discover, perfect for any occasion! 


Sandals for older women don't have to be an eyesore, nor do they have to be uncomfortable. Though many ladies avoid sandals due to their reputation of flimsiness and their notoriety for causing discomfort and imbalance, our collection at Rieker shows that this isn't always the case. 

At Rieker, you don't have to compromise on style when shopping for comfortable sandals for older women. Our collection of ladies' sandals is filled to the brim with elegant designs, on-trend colours and supportive styles – each designed with our unique anti-stress technology. So whether you're looking for daytime walking sandals or something a little fancier, we've got you covered. 

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