Okay, "hate" is a strong word. Basically, I'd never have considered wearing flip-flops anywhere but the beach, but even there, they wouldn't serve as my favourite footwear option. There's always espadrilles, after all. That said, I like to think I'm open-minded, so when I started to spot influencers wearing flip-flops on home soil, I reserved my judgement.
Flip-flops? In Britain? In April? I, too, was surprised at the number of flip-flops that started to take over my feed—I have The Row to thank for that. But given that they're largely being worn indoors and accompanied by jeans, my interest was piqued. Never before had I considered wearing flip-flops with anything other than a sarong. This was a game-changer, and now, I'm a flip-flop convert. And if you aren't already, I think you're about to be, too.
Below you'll find eight excellent examples of how to wear flip-flops, courtesy of some of my favourite influencers. Keep scrolling to see them, then shop the pieces you need to re-create the ensembles for yourself.
Lucy adds a playful touch to her jeans and flip-flops with the addition of a bright cropped cardigan and yellow bag.
You might think it's too formal, but wearing flip-flops with sharp suiting is about as cool an outfit as you can get (as evidenced by Monikh).
Minimalists don't need to look any further—TyLynn's combination of flip-flops, tailored trousers and a silk blouse is pared-back perfection and will work in any office setting.
Photo:Alyssa in the City
The colour palette Alyssa has created with the burgundy dress, beige bag and tan heeled flip-flops is too beautiful not to replicate.
You needn't overthink your flip-flop outfits all of the time. Queen of off-duty dressing, Stacey Dooley, proves they look just as sleek paired with jeans and a chunky knit.
Wearing shades of cream punctuated with black accessories never fails to impress us, and this look from Lydia is no exception.
Photo:Slip Into Style
Ellie demonstrates just how good flip-flops can also look after dark. A pair of kitten heels with a metallic gold finish help.
Photo:Ropes of Holland
If in doubt, you can always rely on an oversize blazer, grown-up shoulder bag, and classic denim to elevate the humble flip-flops.