The Bedrock Cairn Adventure handily won our Editors' Choice award. They are impressively durable, comfortable, and performed well across a range of uses. Their simple strap system combines a flip-flop style thong with a more traditional sandal ankle strap. The footbed is slim and tough, with far less cushioning than most sandals we tested, yet enough protection to guard your feet from sharp rocks. We were impressed with the Vibram sole's grip on slick granite slabs and wet rocks. Whether you plan to wear them on steep scree slopes, long boating trips, or mellow jaunts around town, the Bedrocks will not disappoint.
If the Cairn Adventure seems a bit too minimalistic, we recommend checking out the heavier-duty Chaco Z/2 Classic, which features a much thicker footbed and more robust cushioning. If you want a more budget-friendly option, the $60 Teva Hurricane XLT lists for $45 less than the Bedrocks and is our Best Buy Award winner.