The humble flip flop has played an essential role in everyday living, though you have to admit, they’re not exactly what you would call tres chic. They’re great for after pedicures and quick trips to the store, not so much as the final touch for an outfit. For beach and poolside ensembles, yes, but not for weekends in the city.
If your excuse of wearing flip flops all the time is that it’s too hot to wear other kinds of shoes and they’re easy to put on, have I got news for you. There are so many types of sandals out there that are just as effortless to slip into that are way more fashionable than flip flops. And the best part about these sandals is that they won’t give you any blisters between your big and second toes!
And have you noticed that every time you choose to wear your flip flops, the rest of the ensemble seems to match the lackluster quality of your footwear?
So let your flip flops take the back seat for a change, and try on these comfy, contemporary sandals to keep your outfits on point this summer!
Forget those blister inducing bow ballet flats; bow slides are where it’s at. With shoes like these Bow Slides from KW, you can still look sophisticated while wearing what are essentially slippers. You can dress these slides up with wide leg pants, or wear them in a more casual manner with some jeans (skinny or loose, the choice is yours) and a feminine blouse. Whatever you do, don’t go for any ripped or distressed jeans, since they’ll clash with the aesthetic of the bow slides.
2. Cork Sandals
More elevated than flip flops and more down-to-earth and cooler than your average strappy sandals, these cork sandals are as easy going as they get without resorting to ill-favored tsinelas. Cork Sandals from OEM and from an assortment of other brands give your outfit that beachy vibe that’s still appropriate for the metropolitan setting.
3. Espadrille Sandals
The canvas on espadrille sandals feel so good against your feet. Plus, they are much more breathable than leather and materials normally used on sandals, and they’re certainly more comfortable than the rubber on flip flops. They come in all different styles, but these Espadrille Sandals from Audestore are almost like your alternative to ballet flats. Because the fish mouth style opening and the heel strap, it’s best to wear shorter bottoms, or at least cropped, fitted pants so that you can show off those small details.
4. Flat Mules
In need of work shoes that keep your feet comfortable all day but still says you’re a professional? Shoes like these Flat Mules from OTHER are designed to pair with your work separates, such as palazzo pants, pencil skirts, and black jeans. With flat mules, you’ll never get that achy feeling that you normally do with heels, and you can easily slip out of your shoes when you’re sitting at your desk, in case you want to stretch those feet or let them breathe a little.
5. Platform Sandals
Everyone has been completely infatuated with 90’s fashion trends over the the last couple of years, and with good reason! Remember the iconic platform shoes made famous by the Spice Girls? Not saying to go too crazy with 6-inch platforms, but these Platform Sandals from Kleinshop would do just fine. Match these with any casual getup featuring jeans, regardless if you’re channeling the decade with a frayed denim skirt or mixing fashion eras with mom jeans. Whichever jeans outfit you decide on, these platform sandals will maintain the cool and casual nature of it, without making it too dressed down like lounge wear.
6. Slide Sandals
Last but not least, there are sandal slides. Similar to the bow slides, these are made for those that aren’t too fond of little feminine details, but rather enjoy sleek slipper sandals that look nothing like the ones you use at hotel pools, such as these Sandal Slides from KW. The key is to avoid sandal slides with a thick, rectangular strap. You want to go for ones with interesting shapes in a muted tone, so that they can be treated as nude flats. You can also opt for silver or metallic pink if you feel like the nude sandal slides are a little too flat, in terms of color.
Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.