Flip-flops are a Summer staple and go with everything, not to mention provide the ultimate comfort. Celebrities like Emmy Rossum, Gwen Stefani, Keira Knightley, Kylie Minogue, Jordana Brewster, Vanessa Hudgens, and Kim Kardashian have all recently worn flip-flops with warm-weather outfits we approve of. We especially love that Emmy sported her blue pair with a fancy dress, how Gwen donned her gray flip-flops with a bright tank, and the way Keira wore hers with a retro floral dress. Check out six fresh celebrity-inspired ways to wear your Summer flip-flops, then shop your favorite looks.
We live in a busy world, so investing in convenient pieces is a plus. But the trick is to find convenient pieces that don't sacrifice good taste. They're sometimes hard to come by. What do you think: Are these Flock Designs Pocketflop Foldable Flip Flops ($22 each) cute? They come in all sorts of prints and colors — zebra, purple, argyle, paisley — and the fact that they fold in half is way cool. Even cooler, they're made of recycled tire rubber, and the storage bags are made from 100% organic cotton. You can throw one in your bag wherever you go, just in case of any shoe emergencies. Would you get a pair?
But that doesn't mean you have to ditch the flips entirely. Just look for a more structured sandal with heel cups and sculpted arches that will keep your feet stable. Simply put, "The less flip in your flop, the better it is for your feet and legs," said Justin Shroyer, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette who studied more than 100 flip-flop wearers.
Sandals with heel indentations and arch support will allow you to walk more naturally, rather than straining your toes to keep the sandals from falling off. I was impressed with FitFlops, which may or may not tone your backside but offer far more support than regular flip-flops.
Still, Shroyer warns that flip-flops shouldn't be worn on long walks. Think of the Summer shoe as more of a transitional accessory that you wear from house to pool or car to beach. Do you have any supportive flip-flops to recommend?
Last year Skechers introduced Shape-ups, a toning sneaker, and when we asked if you thought they were cool or not, the majority of FitSugar readers responded, "Cool"! Skechers has created a summer shoe too: Tone Ups, a flip-flip "designed to help improve posture, circulation, and increase muscle effort with every step." The Tone-ups come in a variety of styles, and Kate Gosselin has been spotted rocking the Shadow Box ($49) sandal. I am curious: would you wear a pair?
Once upon a vacation, I was rushing to get back to my room from the lobby. It was dark, I was being attacked by mosquitoes, and needed cover ASAP. Everyone removed their flip-flops and sandals at the entrance, so there were always lonely mates waiting for their owners. I slipped on some flip-flops and raced to my bungalow. The next morning I realized I grabbed the wrong flips. I put them back, but then they sat there for days. Luckily, I found mine. I felt bad. This all could have been prevented had my flip-flops had solar energy and glowed in the dark. I present to you Havaianas "Cool" glow-in-the-dark flip-flops ($28). May each traveler be reunited with their loyal flips.
Arguing with your lil fashionista about what she wants to wear each day may have gotten a little easier. Your budding Tory Burch can now get her feet wet in shoe design with Lindsay Phillips's Switch Flops ($30). Available in three base styles — black, floral and wedge — the shoes feature a Velcro system that allows tots to change the straps and adornments depending on their mood. The dozen interchangeable straps ($10 each) range from zebra and giraffe prints to preppy grosgrain and denim ribbons. While the color and pattern options offer kids the opportunity to match their shoes to their outfits, waiting for them to do so is a whole other topic!
Jimmy Choo is fashionably supporting Elton John's AIDS Foundation by creating a limited-edition accessories collection dubbed Project PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis). It will include handbags, shoes, and small leather goods decorated with a new signature laminated canvas print showing off iconic Jimmy Choo details like snakeskin, leather, and even a picture of Tamara Mellon from a Vogue Italia photo shoot.
"It's a whole collage of the DNA of Jimmy Choo," said Mellon. The collection drops November with prices ranging from $95 for flip flops to $995 for a large handbag. Twenty-five percent of all proceeds will support the Simelela rape center in South Africa.
I'm letting you know this a day early so you can plan around your fabulous Saturday . . . Old Navy is having its $1 flip-flop sale for one day only. Flips are limited to five pairs per person, that is $5 dollars if you do the math. You get my point, it's Summer, go.
Regardless of how bad they are for my feet, I can't get enough of flip-flops and own more pairs than I'd care to count up. So, my flipping and flopping obsession aside, when I spotted this super-cute dog bed on TrendHunter, I saw a DIY project in the making for all my old shoes. Stay with me here . . .
Since the bed's created by Australian designer Ilya Frieman, I'm not sure where (and if) you can buy this creation stateside, but it illustrates a good enough case for me to want to test it out. Not only does rubber attract and hold dog hair, it's much easier to keep clean than fabric beds. Get started on your own version by gathering up 18 flip-flops, popping out the thong part, and using an X-Acto knife to divide the flat part into fourths.
For this fancy model, the new rubbery part will eventually fit into that base for another pet-friendly hammock, but I'm betting you could (nontoxic) glue the shoe pieces together to make a rubbery, easily washed dog mat perfect for Summer. What do you think about attempting this project at home?