Sport sandals are my definition of what women around my age (40-ish) and older need to be wearing instead of flip-flops or flat sandals. My favorite is the Marc Fischer in olive green & red, but it comes in 7 colorways. Don’t get me wrong, I love flip-flops. They are affordable, easy to slip on, and come in every color under the sun – but if you’ve ever had one of those days when you end up on your feet for most of the day, it takes a tole on your body! I’m not saying I’ll be giving up my favorite flip-flops altogether, but it’s time to add a pair or two of these cute sport sandals to my closet.

These 18 top picks all have a platform sole that offers support and comfort. Styles vary from sporty to girly to neutral – so hopefully you’ll find something that fits with your own personal style. Price points range from $60 all the way up to $740 (I had to include the designer brands for comparison!) There are multiple colorways for a number these sport sandals, so be sure to look for other colors on the product page.

Clearly Birkenstocks are making a comeback and they are certainly known for quality and comfort. You’ll find the original style in new colors as well as more feminine looks with a white sole and rose gold straps. Black leather is a more edgy choice – especially the slingback with studs ; ) For the girlier types, there are bows, fur and pink from UGG, Cougar and Alexandre Birman. Although the bow slides are pricey – they were too cute not to include!

Hopefully this edited selection of sport sandals will save you some time from searching through thousands of sandals (Nordstrom alone has over 5,000 choices!)