The Merrell Around Town is a rugged and burly sandal that made playing outside fun and secure. This is a fantastic shoe for adventuring because, over and over again, we were struck with how solid we felt wearing it on all manner of terrain. With excellent traction, wide supportive straps, and materials we weren't afraid to get dirty, this is a sandal for the adventure-minded individual. The design decisions in a couple of areas outlined below left a bit to be desired, but overall we enjoyed this awesome shoe. If you often find yourself playing in nature like a kid during the warm weather months, the Around Town might be a smart addition to your closet.
Another primo option for those that love to frolic in nature was the Astral Rosa, our Top Pick for Hiking and Scrambling. This sweet little flip-flop has an optional ankle strap that threads on and converts it to a sandal. The traction wasn't quite as good, but stability from that extra strap was pretty stellar.