Flip Flops are Controversial at the White House, but are Great Everywhere Else

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Flip Flops and Thongs are climbing up the foot chain this fashion season.

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I bought these for my boyfriend, to replace his beloved, but ancient, flip-flops. As much as he was reluctant to part with his old, broken-in favorites, he really, really loves the new ones! They’re comfortable, have excellent arch support and they look great.

The underlying theme of women’s fashion this year is simple: comfort. Women are finding new ways to remain stylish, yet comfortable and flip flops are coming out on top. Once thought to be at the bottom of the “foot” chain, flip flops - also called thong sandals - were considered frumpy and only acceptable for ultra-casual settings like the beach or poolside.

Traditionally flip flops have a thin, rubber sole and a piece of material which forms a “Y” around either side of the foot, joining between the big and second toe. Because of the style and material, they were reserved for casual occasions. Today, flip flops and thongs have evolved into fashion staples, available in everything from delicate satin to expensive Italian leather.

Considering how versatile they have come to be, it’s no wonder that Shoebuy.com has seen a huge increase in demand for flip flops this season. With the range of styles available, anyone can find a flip flop that suits them. Whether you plan to wear them to the beach, on a day hike, to your wedding or even when your team gets invited to the White House like the Northwestern University's women's lacrosse team, Shoebuy.com offers suggestions on some favorites below:

For casual, more traditional flip flops try the Merrell Bahia or the Flojos Colette. The sporty Bahia comes in eight different colors and features a Lycra®-lined cushioned footbed that’s great for everyday wear. The Colette comes in five colors and features a sponge rubber footbed with a nylon-lined leather strap for comfort.

Trying to be a little more fashionable with your flip flops? Consider either the Nicole Penelope or the Touch Ups Jinni. The Penelope comes in three shades of soft leather, with a detailed braided strap that goes across the foot, giving it a more ethnic feel. The Jinni comes in white satin or silver with delicate beading and has become a popular alternative to the more traditional wedding shoe, especially for beach weddings.

And don’t forget, flip flops aren’t just for women. There is an array of flip flops for men too, including the Chaco Flip and the Tommy Hilfiger Seaside. The rugged Flip comes in seven different colors and has a shock-absorbent, contoured footbed with a broad heel cup to accommodate many different foot widths. The Seaside is available in three colors and is a more traditional beach flip flop, featuring a sponge rubber footbed that offers durability on both wet and dry surfaces.

Don’t just take our word on it though. Here is what some Shoebuy.com customers are saying about flip flops:

  • “I wear them daily in season from walking my dog, (sometime running if we see a squirrel) on long walking situations like buying trips for my retail store or a festival, where I am on my feet for long periods of time. They are extremely comfortable. I feel like I could quite literally run a track meet in them if I had to. They fit that well. I even got my friend to purchase a pair recently and she thinks they are great as well.” - Julie, GA about the Merrell Bahia.
  • “I wear a lot of flip flops and these are the most comfortable. I like the leather straps on top of the soft nylon for less friction against the skin. And, the sole is so cushiony and molds to the foot. The leather is a waxy type leather---very sturdy. I will be wearing these most of the summer.” – Barbara, NC about the Flojos Colette.
  • “I bought these for my boyfriend, to replace his beloved, but ancient, flip-flops. As much as he was reluctant to part with his old, broken-in favorites, he really, really loves the new ones! They’re comfortable, have excellent arch support and they look great.” – Catherine, VA about the Chaco Flip.

Shoebuy offer a great selection of flip flops and thongs. If you don’t want to search through all of them use the advanced search function on the site. You can target your results by gender, brand, category, shoe type, size, width, color and price.

Why else is Shoebuy.com such a great place to buy flip flops and thongs?

  • Free Shipping
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  • 110% Price Guarantee
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  • Live Customer Service

About Shoebuy.com

Shoebuy.com is the largest retailer on the Internet focused on all categories of footwear and related apparel. Shoebuy.com has partnerships with more than 250 manufacturers and represents over 400,000 products from top brands including adidas, Aerosoles, Allen-Edmonds, Bass, Born, Bostonian, Brooks, Clarks England, Dexter, Dockers, Donald J Pliner, Dr. Martens, Fila, Florsheim, Franco Sarto, Hush Puppies, Johnston & Murphy, K-Swiss, Keds, Mephisto, Merrell, Mezlan, New Balance, Reebok, Rockport, Sebago, Skechers, Sperry Top-Sider, Stride Rite, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Via Spiga, and many more. Shoebuy.com also operates Bagsbuy.com, which represents all categories of bags including handbags, backpacks, luggage, baby gear, briefcases and laptop bags. Shoebuy.com is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp.


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