If you’re one to think flip-flops shouldn’t be worn outside of a 300-metre radius from the beach, it’s time to reconsider. Think about it: If there’s one shoe style that transports us immediately to a summer holiday state of mind (minus the airfare), it’s a pair of humble (or, if you look to Gucci, not-so-humble) flip-flops. Brazenly flat and unapologetically skimpy, flip-flops may all look the same on the whole, but no two pairs are made equal.
Whether you spend pocket change on rubber shoes to wear around the pool or hundreds on an exquisitely crafted leather pair, this delicately tonged shoe style has a myriad of personalities. When worn imaginatively (frayed-hem jeans with a white blouse are a good starting point), flip-flops don’t have to be reserved for just the tropics. As with all summer staples, the early bird really does catch the worm, so get to shopping with the edit below.
A wear-anywhere pair that is unassuming, unpretentious and perfect for wearing around the house or while shopping.
The Brazilian brand’s flip-flops are an affordable, minimalistic classic.
Channel an arty vibe in these cork-heeled beauties.
Dainty and metallic—perfect for complementing any summer holiday outfit.
When only the loudest will do.
A slight heel and lots of embellishment make these a truly flattering pair. You might even be able to wear them for dressy occasions.
In my opinion, no pair of flip-flops are more comfortable than Birkenstocks.
If you’re after a long-lasting leather style, look no further than Ancient Greek Sandals. The choices are plentiful and they just get better with age.
They're a design classic these days.
Admit it: These are far too pretty to be destined solely for the beach. Slip these on with stonewash jeans as soon as the sun rears its head.
Trust Isabel Marant to design the most desirable sandals of the season.
At the top of my flip-flop wish list are these enduring beauties by Gucci (complete with a logo embellishment, of course).