We didn't expect to be very impressed with a model we had typecast as an overly urban shoe. And we certainly didn't expect said shoe to run away with our Editors' Choice award. But the Birkenstock Gizeh surprised us at every turn, regularly outperforming our other tested models while cradling our feet in comfort. It molded to our feet, made us feel secure and supported, and provided excellent traction. While the break-in period was a bit rough, we stuck with it and were rewarded in kind. This stylish sandal probably isn't the one to pick if your primary warm weather goal is to get wet and dirty every day, but if the Gizeh does end up in a mud pit or a river we know it can handle it because we put it through all that and more! This is a superbly well-made shoe that, while expensive, can easily be part of your wardrobe for many years to come.
If the look of the Gizeh doesn't do it for you, but you still want something super stylish and functional, be sure to read about our Top Pick for Stylish Adventures, the OluKai Lala. If these options are feeling appealing but a bit out of your price range, our Best Stylish Buy on a Tight Budget, the Teva Olowahu might be a good alternative. It's cushy, cute, and only $25.