If you’re one to think flip-flops shouldn’t be worn outside of a 300-metre radius from the beach, it’s time to reconsider. Think about it: If there’s one shoe style that transports us immediately to a summer holiday state of mind (minus the airfare), it’s a pair of humble (or, if you look to Gucci, not-so-humble) flip-flops. Brazenly flat and unapologetically skimpy, flip-flops may all look the same on the whole, but no two pairs are made equal.
Whether you spend pocket change on rubber shoes to wear around the pool or hundreds on an exquisitely crafted leather pair, this delicately tonged shoe style has a myriad of personalities. When worn imaginatively (frayed-hem jeans with a white blouse are a good starting point), flip-flops don’t have to be reserved for just the tropics. As with all summer staples, the early bird really does catch the worm, so get to shopping with the edit below.