The Controversial Summer Trend You Should Get Behind ASAP


Rational or not, there are a lot of strongly held feelings surrounding flip flops. No matter how high the temperatures rise, walk down the streets of New York in a pair of rubber Havanaias and you're bound to spot a raised eyebrow or two. There's something about slipping into this easy, breezy sandal that leaves feet seemingly more exposed than when wearing a Birkenstock or block-heeled mule. But, love them or hate them, there's no denying: 2019 is the summer that the flip flop trend hits its peak.

Not only are cool contemporary brands like Mari Giudicelli, Staud, and Reformation debuting their own iterations (both heeled and flat), influencers are styling flip fops in ways that are neither lazy nor ironic. You already know that flip flops make the perfect vacation shoe — they pack well and are easy to walk in — but, this season you may be inclined to break these sandals out for a night on the town or even to the office. Still not convinced? Below you'll find seven simple styling ideas that will squarely put you on team flip flop once and for all. While yes, you'll still have to watch out for puddles of spilled ice cream on the sidewalk, you'll be dancing your way down the street in style.

Colorful Dress + Neutral Sandals

For a light and sprighty vacation look, consider pairing a sweet, simple printed dress with a pair of simple nude sandals. You'll be comfortable enough to walk around all day, but your look will feel effortlessly cool.

Jumpsuit + Square Toe

Square-toe shoes are the latest shape to sweep the fashion industry. So, a flip flop that's straighter across the front has a more sartorial feel. Style your shoe of choice with a simple jumpsuit for an ensemble that's equal parts understand and cool.

Leather + Leather Straps

For an ensemble that's elevated enough for a casual office, try styling leather staples (like the shorts suit above) with a pair of leather sandals to match. The fabrication definitely dresses up the style.

Minidress + Heels

If you want to make flip flops your going-out footwear of choice, opt for a pair with a low heel. You'll be comfortable, but the slight lift gives the shoe a nighttime twist.

Jeans + Sandals

For the ultimate off-duty weekend look, style jeans and a t-shirt with a pair of basic flip flops. If you're looking for an ensemble that's takes next to no effort, this outfit takes mere minutes to throw together. Grab a cool tote, and you're ready to head out the door. A heeled sandal transitions the look into nighttime.

Sequins + Sandals

For a daytime look that's just plain fun to wear, try dressing down something flashy and sparkly with a pair of laid-back sandals. Since high-shine can also come off as high effort, flip flops keep this look grounded.

Slip Dress + Heeled Sandals

Yes, there are now fresh takes on flip flops that feel way more dressed up than your usual beach shoes. A heeled sandal with an extra strap or two looks ultra polished when styled with something silky.