Alternatives to Flip-Flops

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Let's just say that I have been riding the "I just had a baby" train for much too long, and it's time I get my behind off that train. I've decided that I am going to start making myself look a little more put together when I leave the house. I got a new haircut, which is actually a style I sported many years ago when I was 25, and when I look in the mirror now I feel 25, so that helps. Next step is to stop slipping into my flip-flops, even if I'm just running to the supermarket.

Here in San Diego, we wear flip-flops everywhere, not just at the beach. Whether they're the cheap rubber kind from a big box store or pricier Reef EVA-soled sandals from the surf shop, flip-flops always scream casual footwear. While I would like to feel casual, I don't want to look casual all the time. Does that make sense? I want a sandal that feels like I am slipping on my Reefs but looks a little more grown up. I think I've found some lovely alternatives.

First, we have the t-strap sandals and the ribbon sandals, both by Sseko. The ribbon sandal is fun because you can arrange the ribbons in a variety of ways, many of them slip-on style, which is great for wearing on the go. The t-strap sandal is a classic, but has interchangeable details that make this one pair of sandals feel like you have several pairs. Plus, they are made by women in Uganda working to pay for their college educations. 

Next is The Bleacher by Eliza B. Yes, it's a thong sandal, but not a flip-flop, in my book. The straps and soles are leather, and it just looks more elegant, I think. From what I can tell on their online shop, you customize the sandal by choosing the color of the leather straps and toe fabric from dozens of colors. Made in USA.

Finally, there's the the Avarca sandal. This is actually the sandal I went with, and I chose a nude color by Jeffrey Campbell (on sale in store at Nordstrom -- yipee!). The sandal shown above is by Binicoco, and oh my goodness, do they ever have some lovely colors and prints. They are handmade in Spain. Another great company that makes avarcas is PONS, which I mentioned in this post on Spanish shoes a while back.

What's your take on the flip-flop? Do you wear flip-flops anywhere and everywhere or only poolside or at the beach?

1 comment

  1. You should check out a brand called TEVA, they do a nice alternative.

    The perforated shoes are by Mamnick and can be found here

    Buckets & Spades


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