Flip-flops are like convertibles for your feet. You drop the top on your car when the weather is nice, so it only makes sense to do the same for your feet.
It’s amazing how the simple act of throwing on a pair of flip-flops can turn your whole outlook around. It’s like you’re instantly transported into a Corona ad and want to start singing Jimmy Buffet songs. (Resist that urge, please.)
There are unwritten rules to wearing flip-flops, however. For starters, if you live in a city like New York, don’t do it. Seriously. The sheer volume of grossness that will come in contact with your skin is tough to fathom, and when you take them off at the end of the day it will look like you’ve been chimney sweeping with your feet (Also, if you run into Slate’s Dana Stevens in Brooklyn wearing your flip-flops, she will NOT APPROVE). Another thing to keep in mind is the condition of your toes. No one wants to see your talon-like toe nails, so make sure they’re trimmed. There is no shame in guys getting a pedicure, either. Finally, no dark socks with dark flip-flops. This should be a no-brainer, but the guy with the metal detector searching for buried treasure on the beach is not a style influencer.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are the 10 best flip-flops for guys to rock this summer.
With its minimal three-stripe branding and cushy footbed, this slide-style sandal is a timeless classic. Originally introduced in 1972, the Adilette was favored by soccer players who wore it after shedding their cleats. Now it is appreciated by athletes and tastemakers alike.
The basic rubber flip-flop remains a staple in a guy’s wardrobe, and few people do it better than Havaianas. The Brazilian company produces its Top model in a ton of different colors so you can find one to suit your style.
RAINBOW SINGLE LAYER
People end up forming a deep bond with their Rainbows. The reason is they last so damn long. Featuring a memory foam footbed that is covered in natural leather, the sandals conform to your feet. It’s not strange to see a pair last a dozen years or more.
REEF SWELLULAR CUSHION 3D
The cushioning on these sandals is so soft your feet will feel like they’re taking a nap on the comfiest pillow ever. Even though they have plenty of padding, they maintain a low profile so you won’t look like you’re wearing platform shoes and the bottle opener in the sole will come in handy more often than you think.
Yes, the flip-flop can be a luxury item too. The new slides from Buscemi, which will be available July 13, are made in Italy from a buttery leather that comes in five colors (navy, black, white, red, and orange). Go ahead and spoil your feet. They deserve it.
The Holumuas carry a seal of approval from the Hawaii Lifeguard Association. If they can stand up to some of the world’s most demanding ocean conditions, they will do just fine while you’re lounging by the pool. The design features adjustable webbing on top of the neoprene straps so you can get a more locked-down feel.
The original Teva sandals have been making a strong resurgence and have been embraced by the fashion world, but we still prefer this simple flip flop. The rainbow-patterned sole oozes 70s cool and makes you remember what a stud Magnum P.I. was.
If you want to wear a sandal but live in an area where it doesn’t get that warm (or literally get cold feet) then try the Birkenstock Amsterdams. The felt uppers will keep your toes toasty and they sit atop Birks’ renowned cork footbed which molds perfectly to your foot over time.
HURLEY PHANTOM FREE ELITE
Nike took the Free outsole from its popular running shoes and put the technology into a flip-flop. The resulting sandal has hexagonal grooves cut into the sole that make it flexible in every direction and allow your foot to move more naturally.
THE NORTH FACE BASE CAMP SANDAL
The straps on these flip-flops are made from the same material as The North Face’s bulletproof duffel bags. But the feature you’ll really notice is the extra cushy egg carton footbed that feels like a massage every time you slip your feet into them.