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Published Jul. 7, 2008|Updated Jul. 7, 2008

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.

your 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.

little 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.

b&b (beach & bbq)

J-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.

three 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.

get 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.


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