Deal Divas

Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Shelley Rossetter, Kameel Stanley, Keeley Sheehan & Keyonna Summers

Flip-flops: All day, every day

Florida needs a new summer image. Our signature sunshine causes wrinkles and skin cancer. Cheeseburgers taste like paradise but make you fat. Alligators bite. Real hurricanes lack alcohol.

Enter the flip-flop, our all-weather friend. If the secret to a happy life is comfy shoes, it’s no surprise this beach classic has matured into a fashion must. From the $1 plastic variety to the $200 designer thong, the flip-flop has you covered. We’ve found styles for every flip-flop-worthy occasion. As always, look for sales. And don’t forget that pedicure, or fresh polish.

GlitterflipflopYour feet are the party
Traffic, $15 at store in WestShore Plaza, Tampa
You’re a walking nightclub in these disco-ball inspired flip-flops in silver, summer’s hottest metallic. No worries about someone’s spilled drink ruining your investment: This is a dead-ringer for a Bandolino style priced at $49 at Macy’s.

Jeweledflipflop_3Three hot trends, one smokin’ shoe, Kenneth Cole Reaction, $69 at Macy’s
Flip-flop meets wedge heel meets jeweled gladiator style. This shoe works hard so you don’t have to. Pair it with a tank dress, cargo shorts or jeans and your feet are the center of attention.

Plaidlflipflop_2Get your prep on Capelli New York, $9.38, Dillard’s
You don’t need a lifetime golf club membership to wear plaid in the summer. When classy fabric meets leather (only you know if it’s faux), it looks like you planned to run into your boss at the grocery store.

b&b (beach & bbq)
Polkadotflip_2J-Crew, $5.20 at Prime Outlets, Ellenton
Polka dots are a summer classic. This adorable ribbon strap and water-ready sole make feet happy at the beach. A raised heel means you’re ready for a poolside fiesta.

Blackthong_2Little black thong, Italian Shoemakers Inc., $39.95, DSW

A slight heel morphs the flip-flop into its sophisticated cousin, the thong sandal. This pair further refines the look with patent leather shine and a silver buckle. Completely acceptable at the casual workplace or a cocktail party.

~ Deal Diva Letitia

(Photos: Times staff)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:09pm]

    

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