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.
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!