Shoe trends may come and go, but flip flops are an eternal summer staple. These sandals are the next best thing to running around barefoot, and they’re a must for travelers, since flip flops take up barely any room in your suitcase. Before your next trip, shop for a new pair: here are 15 women’s flip flops that will take you from beach trips to running errands or to brunch in a new city.
1. Everlane The ReNew Strappy Sandal
From the front, this Everlane ReNew Strappy Sandal looks like a typical flip flop. But these shoes are bound to stay on your feet better than most flip flops, thanks to a back strap that slides around your heel. These flip flops are made almost entirely from recycled materials, per Everlane’s focus on sustainability. Choose between black and beige shades, or vibrant colors like scarlet and marigold.
2. TKEES Leather Sandals
Consider these sandals from TKEES the little black slip dress of flip flops. These barely-there TKEES Foundation flip flops just skim across your foot, and add a bit of elegance to even denim shorts. Plus, these shoes are so minimal, they’re easy to throw into the smallest carry-on. Neutrals are the main color palette here, with TKEES in shades of blush, black, white, and metallics (although there are bolder options as well, like animal print).
3. Havianas Top Verano Flip Flop
Flips flop from this beloved Brazilian brand are designed especially for beach vacations. With flexible rubber soles, Havianas Top Verano Flip Flops are cushy to walk in and very well-made considering they cost less than $30. For your next warm weather trip, snag a pair in a fun print (bright colors are a must).
4. Old Navy Classic Flip-Flops
The price is right for these Old Navy Classic Flip Flops, and that’s why they are ubiquitous. On sale for just $2.50, these sandals can serve as shower shoes or pool shoes for travel — and if you leave them in your hotel room accidentally, it’s not the end of the world. Find the classic flip flops in match-everything colors like silver, white, and dulce de leche.
5. Gizeh Birko-Flor Flip Flop
In the past decade, Birkenstock shed its crunchy, hippy reputation as the German brand went high fashion (we’re talking runway show collaborations). Birkenstock’s focus on comfort didn’t change at all though, with lots of arch support and a forgiving cork and latex footbed. In addition to the ever popular two-buckle sandal, Birkenstock offers a flip flop version: try the Gizeh Birko-Flor Flip Flop with a sleek leather thong strap.
6. Asportuguesas Base Flip Flop
There’s a lot to like about the Asportuguesas Base Flip Flop: the sustainable, made-in-Portugal brand uses a blend of rubber and renewable natural cork for its soles, making this a flip flop with a negative carbon footprint. The actual flip flop itself looks cool too, with unique, grippy treads.
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7. Indosole Women’s ESSNTLS Vegan Flip Flops
Certified B corporation Indosole had a genius idea: recycle old tires bound for landfills and turn them into the extremely eco-friendly Indosole Women’s ESSNTLS Vegan Flip Flops. Not only are these sandals waterproof and non-slip, they also feature arch support too. Indosole’s color options include cool, two-toned varieties.
8. The North Face Women’s Base Camp Mini II
If you like your flip flops on the sporty side, try The North Face Women’s Base Camp Mini II. The outdoors brand designed these to be lightweight and durable, with a footbed featuring anatomical arch support. In shades of mint, rose, and basic black, these sandals are great for camping or running weekday errands with the kids.
9. Hoka One One Women’s Ora Recovery Flip Sandals
The soles on the Hoka One One Women’s Ora Recovery Flip Sandals are extremely chunky, just like the brand’s maximalist running shoes. The end result is soles that make you feel like you’re walking on a cloud. Although they look a little bizarre, these flip flops designed especially for tired feet are so comfortable, you might be tempted to wear them everywhere.
10. Rag & Bone Parker Thong Sandals
These Rag & Bone Parker Thong Sandals are very sophisticated as far as flip flops go (with the price tag to match). This grown-up sandal prioritizes comfort as well as style, with leather straps and a memory foam footbed. The two-tone contrasting leather is a nice touch too.
11. Rainbow Narrow Strap Sandals
The more often you wear a pair of Rainbow Narrow Strap Sandals, the more comfortable they get, as the spongy rubber soles mold to your feet. You will wear them a lot, since these flip flops are practically indestructible, with a sturdy leather sole and straps held together with bonded nylon thread. The iconic sandals are available in practical shades like black and sierra brown.
12. Beek Seabird Sandals
Shoes from Beek are designed in California and made by hand in Mexico out of buttery soft vegetable-tanned leather. Beek Seabird Sandals feature a molded arch for some support while you’re walking, and rubber bottoms in case you’re headed to the pool or beach. The tan version with shimmery peony straps is especially pretty.
13. M. Gemi The Torcere
Handmade in Toscana, Italy, The Torcere by M. Gemi is a flip flop with European flair. It’s designed for walking-intensive trips, too. The puffy straps are made with soft, twisted nappa leather, and the lightweight sole is double padded and features extra latex foam. Choose between neutral colors like black, tan, or ivory, or make more of a statement with denim blue or pastel pink.
14. L.L.Bean Women’s Maine Isle Flip-Flops
These preppy L.L.Bean Women’s Maine Isle Flip-Flops are meant for cookouts and long days at the pool. The wide nylon straps are decorated with either stripes or polka dots in various colors, and these flip flops have a sturdy rubber sole.
15. Keen Kona Flip
You can basically hike in Keen sandals: that’s how rugged these shoes are, and the Keen Kona Flip is no exception. The molded footbed is made for comfort, and the treads are super grippy. No wonder Keen calls this the “SUV of flip-flops.” The classic tie-dye strap is a fun option.
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