We couldn't help but insert the other thong here. Image courtesy of Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Thinkstock.

I’m not a big fan of wearing shoes unless I have to and they are some kick ass shoes.  

Not kick ass like in a Bruce Lee kind of way, but kick ass in a Zoolander walk-off kind of way.  California surf culture combined with increasingly acceptable casual fashion has led sandals to be pretty mainstream.  

I mean, you can wear them with jeans and still go out to a nice dinner.  Ohhh, that’s rich.  I’ve got a few pairs, but let’s break down the basics of flip flops, thongs, chinelas, oh, you get the point.

Everyone should have a basic pair of flip flops.  

I go for Reef Dr. Simmons.  They have a bit of arch support, and a decent tread.  The footbed is also cut in a way that keeps my feet cool, and let’s them breathe.  If you want a cool color, and don’t mind that you are just wearing a piece of rubber on your feet, then Havaianas are a good option.  They are also a favorite of your everyday ordinary Brazilians like Gisele Bundchen.

Olukai Ohana, that is supple

Stepping up to the higher end, the new kid on the block is Olukai.  They are styley, comfortable, and durable.  I own a couple pairs of the Makau.  They are a little more spendy ($50-$100), but I think they are definitely worth it.  On the high fashion end, Prada has always brought the heat.  Now, these can be a downright ridiculous sum to spend, but, it’s only money, right?

Summer’s right around the corner, so get your footwear game tight.  And cut those toenails!


Richard has been in the Essential Style for Men mix since its inception in 2009. When he isn’t busy serving as the ESM’s Director of Fashion & Style, you may find him on the beach playing volleyball, or working hard in Thailand shooting with a beautiful Brazilian supermodel.