Haj & Umrah
Question: May I wear leather sandals during Ihram or I have to wear flip flops?
Answer: Among the restrictions placed upon males while in the state of ihraam is the well-known restriction regarding footwear as reported by Imam al-Bukhari (and others). Based on this, scholars of all schools agree that most of the upper foot must remain uncovered. Failing to do so will result in a minor or major penalty (depending on the duration worn). Therefore, sneakers and (most) sandals are not to be worn while in Ihram. This is the reason why simple flip flops are usually recommended. The sandals in question are not acceptable according to many contemporary Hanafi scholars and should be avoided as a matter of precaution (ihtiyat). Another added benefit for simple flip flops is that they’re lightweight which makes carrying and storing convenient. And if they go missing you can easily find a budget replacement.