The Rainbow is a flip-flop we found ourselves reaching for again and again. The soft finished leather is both attractive and comfortable, and the footbed provided enough cushion and decent arch support. Even after being completely soaking wet, this sandal dried quickly and efficiently, and the more we wore it, the better it felt. An easy shoe to dress up or dress down, it's an excellent addition for anyone that wants to add a lightweight and classic-looking flip flop to their summer wardrobe.
We really enjoyed our time with this straightforward and comfortable sandal.
The Rainbow Premier offers a classic shape and style that is easily comfortable for a wide spectrum of people. While overly contoured footbeds and wide straps can be very nice for many, there's something to be said for a well-made, simple design. This flip has just enough cushion and arch support to work for a lot of foot shapes without running the risk of chaffing or hurting. Rainbow's sizing system is a bit strange though, so it's easy to end up with a shoe that's not the perfect length. For example, the Rainbow size for a woman's 8.5-9.5 foot is X-Large (yes, you read that right).
Our main tester wears an 8.5, so we ordered the X-Large, and the footbed was a bit long; this made for zero issues with breaking in though because no part of the sandal was tight or constricting. But if you prefer a snug fit and are on the low end of Rainbow's size brackets, we suggest sizing down. All in all, we find this sandal to be soft, supple, super cozy, and an easy go-to.
Slipping into the Rainbow Premier after a hard climb was a very pleasant experience indeed.
Support & Stability
As much as we enjoy this shoe, we couldn't score it very high in this category because it has a relatively flat and minimal design. There's nothing wrong with this, as many people don't want a lot of contouring or structure with a flip flop. If you prefer moderate, non-aggressive arch support and an uncomplicated fit, this is a great choice. If you need more support and integrity, then you may want to look to a more heavily featured model.
The Rainbow isn't a highly stable or supportive shoe as it has a simpler, more minimalistic design. However if you're not looking for super intense support in your flip flop then this is a fun and comfortable shoe to consider buying.
The Rainbow Premier is well-made and meant to last a good number of years. However, it IS made from foam and thin rubber with narrow straps. If you plan to be walking for miles or scrambling around on rocks every day, then this maybe shouldn't be your number one choice. But if you plan for a day where warm weather shoes are needed, the Rainbow could be your best friend.
If you love the look of this sandal but are concerned with the minimal design, consider spending a mere $4 more and getting the double-thick sole, or spending zero dollars more and choosing the wider straps. Both of these options will help increase the lifespan of your flip, as well as the comfort factor.
After several months of traipsing over rocks, through rivers, and up steep dusty hills, the Rainbow showed just a minimal amount of graceful wear.
This flip is one of two top performers in this category. The Rainbow doesn't resist water so much as absorb it, but it still dried incredibly fast when put to the test of being fully submerged in a river. Within 20 minutes, the whole shoe was dry. The other component that makes it so successful with water is their ability to wick all moisture away from the surface — even when the shoes are damp, they feel pleasant and secure to walk in.
Whether it's a light sprinkling or full immersion, the Rainbow Premier handles water with ease, all the while feeling great on foot.
Just like with the support and stability metric, the Rainbow performed well in this category for what it is, but couldn't out-compete beefier more featured models. It is what it is — this is a great flip flop, but it's simply not made for super-advanced terrain. And that's okay! If you plan to fjord rivers or scramble around on boulders, you might want something more burly, but with regular everyday use, the traction of the Rainbow Premier is more than adequate.
As long as you don't plan to get into crazy terrain with your flips, the Rainbow Premier has adequate traction for simple hikes and everyday use.
We polled a group of women to help us rate our tested flips in this department, and the Rainbow Premier ended up in the middle. It's certainly not an unattractive shoe, but its simple and humble look just isn't quite enough to pull it into the top. Some will swoon for this flip, and some will feel nothing, it all depends on what you like.
While not a style favorite, the Rainbow is still an attractive shoe that goes easily with everything from active wear to casual dresses.
This classic-looking flip flop is best suited for casual summer adventures where comfort and the ability to deal with water are priorities, but that maybe don't require a ton of support or traction. The Rainbow has an understated style that can easily be dressed up or down, and it wears beautifully, becoming more comfortable and personalized the longer you wear it. For languid summer evenings, strolls on the beach, or a comfortable post-workout shoe, this is a solid choice.
This flip flop is moderately priced — on the higher end for a minimal shoe, but not bad. The double-layer version is just a few bucks more, which is nice. And though this particular model is thin and dainty, it's still noticeably well-made. Rainbow makes high-quality shoes that are known to last, and they offer repairs to help extend their life as long as possible. Your dollars are also going to a company with integrity: when your flips are past the point you enjoy wearing them but still have a little bit of life, Rainbow will take them back, repair them, and then donate to the homeless, orphaned, and victims of natural disasters.
The Rainbow Premier is a comfortable and approachable sandal that wears well and dries quickly after being wet. It's not fancy or burly, but it's comfortable, relatively affordable, and provides decent traction for low-key everyday use. This is the kind of flip flop you pick for easy walks and summer hangouts, and it's the kind of flip flop that may very well become one of your most beloved warm-weather accessories — it certainly did for us.
The comfortable and uncomplicated Rainbow easily became one of our favorite flip flops for all casual endeavors.