Reef Sandy Sandal ReviewPrice: $28 List | $22.46 at Amazon Pros: Lightweight, simple design, smooth, wide straps and squishy foot bed for comfort.
Cons: Little support, sole flattens over time, straps stretch over time.
Footbed material: Reef-Flex EVA
Strap Material: Woven tubular polyester
In our old review, the Reef Sandy Sandal took home our Best Buy Award, but this year, it was overthrown by the Teva Women's Mush II, which is a little cheaper and slightly more comfortable and supportive. That said, the Reef Sandy Sandal remains an awesome option for those seeking an affordable flip-flop with a foot molding footbed. This simple, classic flip-flop performed well in our water resistance tests and we really liked it for days at the beach. It's also cute enough to dress up with a casual skirt or sundress. We found that we could comfortably wear the Teva Mush II longer, but the Reef Sandy still offers more support than competitors like the Sanuk Yoga Spree 2 and the Havaianas Top - Women's.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Reef Sandy Love Sandal vs. The Reef Sandy Sandal, The Older Version
Reef has told us that the Sandy Sandal remains the same and the Sandy Love is now available (and is an updated version of the Sandy and appears to be made for a narrower foot), costing $2 more, bringing the grand total to $30.
Check out the side-by-side comparison, with the Sandy Love pictured on the left and the Sandy Sandal shown on the left.
A simple sandal with a foot-molding footbed, the Reef Sandy Sandal will meet all your basic flip-flop needs. It's straps are comfortable and it dries quickly when wet. We were pleasantly surprised by its footbed traction, but wished it provided a bit more arch support. Read on to learn how it measures up to its competitors.
Stability & Support
Initially, we thought that the Reef Sandy and the Teva Mush II would earn the same scores in stability and support, but after trying them both on, we discovered that the Teva model has an added bit of arch support that actually makes a pretty big difference. On the other hand, the Sandy has a thicker sole that is less bendable than the Teva's.
We liked the this sandal's comfortable, lightweight straps. Although its sole wasn't as squishy as the Teva Mush II or the Sanuk Yoga Mat - Women's, the Sandy earned decent scores in comfort.
The Reef Sandy Sandal dried quite quickly. Like most other flip-flops, the sole was dry within 15 minutes, but the single-layer straps were what stood out. They dried in less than 1.5 hours, which is about 30 minutes faster than the Teva Mush II.
Although this flip-flop offered less sole traction than many other competitors, its brushed EVA footbed was actually very grippy, especially when wet. For water activities, we recommend this piece over the Mush II.
Style & Fit
This classic, thong-style flip-flop is cute enough to dress up a bit. It has a boxier toe box that makes it better for ladies with longer toes. In fact, the length and toe post placement actually provided the best fit for our main tester (who has a size 9.5 foot and longer toes).
We liked this sandal for water activities. Since it is less comfortable and supportive, we didn't love it for all-day wear.
At $28, this sandal is relatively affordable. The price of this piece has gone up since it won our Best Buy Award back in 2011, which is part of the reason we opted to award the Teva Mush II our Best Buy Award this time around. The Sandy is still a good value, but if you're looking for a foot-molding flip-flop, we would likely steer you toward the Tevas, which ring up a few dollars cheaper.
A classic flip-flop that is on the less expensive end of the spectrum, the Reef Sandy Sandal is a simple piece that met many of our basic expectations. This piece definitely didn't disappoint us, it just didn't score quite as highly as some of the new competitors.
— Amanda Fenn
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