Flip flops are as much a part of a day at the beach as sunscreen, a floppy hat and the seagulls. This shore-friendly footwear can stand up to saltwater and be cleaned of all the sand by a simple rinse of water before the drive home.
Here are our favorite models of flip flops that deserve their day in the sun.
Havaianas—undoubtedly, the first brand to come to mind when you think of a flip flop. Serving up style and comfort since the 1960s, you can wear this rubber slip-on with nearly anything. The well-constructed sole can stand up to countless days slogging through sand and surf. With tons of styles, patterns, and colors to offer, this is a flip flop that belongs in every wardrobe.
For Sporty Guys
We love these sandals for their water-friendly construction and molded footbed. And get this: There’s a bottle opener built right into the shoe so you can enjoy a beer or soda after a long walk on the beach. Say no more!
These are as casual as they are comfortable—and they come in 12 different color combinations. Clarks have been in the shoe business for more than 100 years so it’s a brand we trust.
This chunky style from OOFOS is made with a cushy foam sole that helps absorb impact as you move. Designed for active lifestyles, this is a flip flop that feels good and provides relief for sensitive feet. Even better? These flip flops are machine washable.
For Little Feet
This pair of flip-flops is perfect for the young and active—read “restless”—beachgoer. They’re built with quick-drying, webbed upper straps and a tractioned rubber bottom for maximum protection. Yet the insole is still cushy and keeps its wearer comfy for hours in the sand and sun. An elastic heel strap is also available for smaller sizes to keep the sandal from flying off.
When we think of flip-flops, these are the exact ones we picture in our minds—easy to slip on, lightweight, simple construction. Of course, we think the flower is a lovely addition.
Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.