When it comes to sandal styles, options run the gamut from super strappy to so minimal that you hardly notice they're on your feet at all. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to begin your search. In times like these, it's best to look to your favorite celebrities for inspiration. So, when Katie Holmes wore a pair of heeled flip-flops over the weekend, she made a major sartorial statement. But, she also showed just how versatile the shoes can be. In the process, she proved that maybe they should be given a whirls, even as the summer comes to a close.
Holmes was spotted out in New York City on August 18 in the perfect end-of-summer ensemble. She donned a sleek black and white striped midi dress by Altuzarra, a relaxed denim jacket, and a tiny Chanel purse in a deep cranberry hue.
When it came to her footwear, however, her outfit took a more daring turn. The actor opted for a pair of nude flip-flop mules — and they just might be the best part of her entire outfit. Not only are they super simple, but they go with anything in your closet thanks to their pared-down silhouette. While Holmes paired them with a simple dress, they would look just as perfect with a summery midi frock or with classic denim shorts.
Heeled flip-flops were originally made popular in the early 2000s, but quickly went out of focus over the past decade. Now, they're back alongside several other vintage-inspired styles like tube tops and halter-neck dresses, and it looks like Holmes is clearly a fan of bringing them back.
The style is the latest in the slew of barely there sandals that have flooded the market recently. When The Row debuted their now-infamous Bare-Heeled Sandals, nearly all of your favorite brands followed suit, each more minimal than the one before. It's no surprise, then, that they were an inevitable addition to any fashion lover's shoe collection this season.
To emulate Holmes' exact look, search for styles with thinner straps and minor detailing elsewhere. If you're looking for something more bold, brands like Cult Gaia make versions with statement-making heels. Also, more affordable brands such as Simmi London have pairs with a strap across the back for a little more support.
Ready to get shopping? Ahead, The Zoe Report rounded up the best heeled flip-flops on the market right now.