Posted by: Viviana M. Rueda Image | June 24, 2009

The Much Maligned Flip-Flop

Poor flip flops.  They have gotten such a bad reputation.  But certainly a well-deserved one when you consider what you see people wear out on the streets.  Icky, dirty flip flops that look like Lassie has chewed on for fun.  Or flip flops that look like they’ve been on a trek in the Himalayas.  It’s no wonder that the average Fashionista turns her nose up at the flip flop. 

Well thank God for us Fashionistas, designers such as Tory Burch, Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman have come to our rescue (but not necessarily to the rescue of our pocketbooks, these babies ain’t cheap). 

Stuart Weitzman Blook Jelly Thong

Stuart Weitzman Bloom Jelly Thong

Tory Burch Flip Flop

Tory Burch Flip Flop

Cole Haan Lindsey Thong

Cole Haan Lindsey Thong






Though flip flops aren’t appropriate for many occasions, when they are, then you may as well look hot wearing them.  Plus, if they’ve sufficient padding, they are much more comfortable than leather thongs (aka flip flops, not the underwear my dear).

While doing some personal shopping and styling with a client this past week I decided to test drive as many flip flops as possible.  The above are just a few of  my favorites for the Summer.  

Other adorable options that are so channeling the 80’s are jellies.  Yep.  They are back and they are hot.  I loved them as a kid and I love them now.  Tory Burch has especially cute jellies that are great for looking chic when those Summer rainstorms come along.  Which is so not likely to happen in city of drought – aka Los Angeles.  Which means I need to skip an L.A.  “staycation” and head out to Miami Beach.

Tory Burch Jelly Reva Flat

Tory Burch Jelly Reva Flat



  1. so glad you did an article on flip flops… you know how I feel they are the quickie solution when you cannot think of anything else. You can dress up with embellishments all you want but to me they are still flipp’n flops. Jellies look very chic.
    Thanks Viviana for another inspiring blog.

  2. I completely agree with the flip flops problem– They are so comfy but they have totally lost their status in the world of fashion. These are some cute options. Thanks!

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