Window Shopping: Trendy flip-flops
Flip-flops have grown up a bit.
They've always been an essential, go-anywhere part of a warm-weather outfit. But lately, the simple sole-and-two-straps concept has taken on a trendier look.
The basics are still out there in droves, of course, but check out the sparkle, ruffles and bows on these babies.
We zeroed in exclusively on the thong-style, no-heel flip-flops - the ones that make that satisfying "thwack" sound as they flip up against your heel. For many, it's part of the soundtrack of summer.
A couple of our picks are from the new ShoeWoo store, which opened at Easton a few weeks ago.
A touch of whimsy
J. Crew, $98
The tiny ribbon-and-rhinestone flower makes this flip-flop instantly girly, but the toned-down colors are far from teenage. The lovely leather sole will last for years. Pair these with an embellished top that shares the floral tones.
Not so straight-edge
Spring's ruffle trends have extended to the feet. Flip-flop straps are feminized with a ruffle of fabric and a string of rhinestones. We like the pop of color from this pinky-peach tone, but they also come in black and sand colors.
Classic goes metallic
Old Navy, $3.50
Certainly you've come to rely on Old Navy's rainbow of rubbery soles as staples of your summer. (And at two for $5, how could you not?) This season, a few metallic additions joined the lineup, like a pearly white and this gold. Be warned: They're being snapped up quickly.
Ankle bracelet, anyone?
This stacked-bracelet style is very fashion-forward, and all sorts of colorful, studded styles are out there. We prefer this natural, beachy look. Shells, sea glass and faux pearls circle the ankle in bands. A zipper up the back makes getting these on and off a little easier.
Wear with any outfit
This pair ups the glam factor while keeping heels planted firmly on the ground. Edged in a waterfall of mini-mirrors, they're great for both daytime jeans-and-a-tee looks and easy evening dresses. These guys are also available in black and gold tones.