Despite the fact that I live in Indiana (which only really got into summer temps yesterday), I am a flip-flop queen.
If it has 2 straps and looks like a podiatrist’s nightmare – I love it. Guaranteed.
The thing is – not all flip flops are created equally. In fact, until you’ve walked barefoot on hot asphalt on the hottest day in July… you don’t realize how important that little slip of rubber is.
So without further delay, my best and worst flip flop picks:
Old Navy Flip Flops
Is there anyone in the United States who hasn’t – at one point or another – had a pair of the Old Navy flip flops? I don’t think so. Old Navy gets points for color selection and price – but that’s about all. Unfortunately, every pair of Old Navy flip flops I have purchased break. They either break at the toe-spot or the strap breaks completely. I had purged my closet of ON flip-flops a few years back… but with patterns like these I might just have to break my own ban and try them out.
Target Flip Flops
Five or six years ago, I bought three pairs of Target flip flops. They. were. amazing. I wore them everywhere, with everything. In fact, one of my best friends even wore a pair I purchased in her wedding. They were cushioned and a little similar to the pair pictured above.
In the years since, my friend and I have trolled eBay for the exact same pair of flip flops… because, unfortunately for Target (and me), the quality of Target flip flops have decreased dramatically. The once-padded footbeds are now basically paper-thin. Don’t step on a rock in these bad boys or you’ll be feeling it for days! Target gets points for several cute styles, but they just don’t hold a candle in the quality or comfort department anymore.
Havaianas Flip Flops
When I first heard of Havaianas, I laughed in the face of the person who told me they had just paid over $20 for flip flops. Hahahaha!
Six months later, I bought my first two (and only) pairs. That was just over three years ago. These flip flops have been worn in the dead of winter. They have been worn as shower shoes in college. They have graced my feet through two home renovations (with tons of paint splatters that have since washed off!). I wear them every single morning to work until I change into my un-comfy work shoes.
I highly recommend the ‘Slim’ style for its more feminine styling. It might take a few wears to break in these shoes – but once you do, they’ll be on your feet for life. Totally worth the $25 price tag. (And this from a girl who doesn’t like to pay full price for anything.)
As you can tell, I have declared a clear winner in the flip-flop race. I remember loving a pair of Reefs while they lasted but unfortunately they floated down a river in a freak tubing accident so I limited hands-on experience with this brand.
So… what ‘s your favorite brand of flip-flops? Do you have a sandal hall of shame story to share? Spill the beans!