Summer is just around the corner and as the weather starts to heat up more and more…the less clothing we see on people. The proper footwear is detrimental to your Summer look (the other option is shoes). In my opinion, there should only be the basic flip flop (ie. Havaianas or a reasonable facsimile in leather) at least for men, if you must wear sandals. Stay away from Birkenstocks, Tevas, Keen & those god awful Oakley Mandals. Flip flops should be simple and should not draw too much attention to your feet…they’re already exposed as it is and drawing more attention to it may not be a good idea specially if you have heinous feet. Sandals must NEVAH be worn with socks EVAH, if it’s a tad chilly out wear shoes instead.
Get a pedicure if you are going to show your tootsies to the world. Nobody wants to see cracked, yellow nails and dry skin. It is important during the Summer to pay more attention to moisturizing your feet since they will be exposed more than usual. See Jamie’s post on “Feet: Are Yours Ready for Summer?”
What is a Flip Flop?
In footwear and fashion, flip-flops (also known as Hawaii Chappals in India, thongs in Australia, jandals in New Zealand and the South Pacific, slippers, pluggers, go-aheads or chancletas.), are a flat, backless, usually rubber sandal consisting of a flat sole held loosely on the foot by a Y-shaped strap, like a thin thong, that passes between the first (big) and second toes and around either side of the foot. They appear to have been developed based on traditional Japanese woven or wooden soled sandals.
(The flip-flop is not the only type of thong sandal. Many of the other types are dressier and more formal than simple flip-flops. A basic thong sandal is held on the foot by a strip that fits between the first and second toes and is connected to a strap usually passing over the top or around the sides of the foot. Some thong sandals have a strap that forms a loop around the first (big) toe. Many different additions and variations of straps are possible. The variety of styles includes such as women’s heels, slides, and wedges, or kitten heels.)
Flip-flops have a style of their own, different from other types of shoes. These dressier versions of the thong sandal are often made of leather, suede, patent leather, metallic finishes, fabric and other textiles. Based upon prevailing fashion, they are sometimes embellished with buckles, jewelry, fringes, medallions and beading. In their more formal incarnations, thong sandals are interchangeable with any other dressy sandal, and are often worn as dress shoes. The term “flip-flop” is not generically used to describe this dressier style of thong sandal. Read more on the History of the Flip Flop on Wikipedia.