The flip flop is the quintessential summer shoe. From my childhood days of wearing jelly sandals to my squishy pink Floaties (if you ever went to overnight camp, you’ll know what I’m talking about), it’s fair to say sandals are the best part of summer. And every girl in my cabin had a pair of black Reef sandals; if you had Tevas, it just wasn’t the same.

Good times…
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But as twenty-somethings, it’s time to find a more sophisticated pair that we can wear grocery shopping, at the beach and to a formal dinner with the family, all in the same day. Read on to find eight pairs that totally upgrade your $1 Old Navy flip flops.

Tory Burch Patent Leather Thora Sandal, $125,

The white strap pops against a tan, and the supple leather makes these worth the extra dough.

Sam Edelman “Gracie” Animal Print Calf-Hair Sandal, $60,

Versatile and sophisticated.

Tkees Foundations Flip Flops in Beach Bum, $50,

Like finding the perfect foundation, these flips come in shades that match your skin tone.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Standard Supply Flip Flops, $83.99,

A jolt of red is hot for summer.

Joie A La Plage Palmetto Sandals, $51.20,

Rose gold feels so luxe.

Yosi Samra Metallic Snake Sandal in Pastel Green/Silver, $55,

An easy-to-wear shade that pairs with everything.


Bernardo “Miami” Sandal, $97.95,

Party in the city where the heat is on…

Vince Camuto “Fynn” Flip Flop, $39.99,

Playful and fun, the bow adds a girlie touch.



Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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