Flip-flops – or thongs as the Aussies call them – are rarely considered a fashion statement.
Aside from their moment in the sun when ‘Regina George bought army pants and flip-flops’, they’ve largely been considered a staple of so-laid-back-they’re-horizontal surfer dudes and eager holidaymakers slapping their way through the airport.
It seems 2022, however, is their time to shine.
TikToker Laura Schulte posted a video to the platform late last month declaring flip-flips ‘the new hot summer shoes’.
She explained that she’d spent six days working in a showroom, spotting a growing trend among sartorial tastemakers.
‘Literally ALL fashion buyers were wearing Havaianas,’ read the caption.
Responses were mixed, ranging from ‘they look so cute with literally everything’ to a flat-out ‘absolutely not’.
Whichever side you take, it’s a certified trend. Kim Kardashian is a fan of the toe-post sandals, and everyone from Selena Gomez to Madonna have been spotted donning them off-duty.
We can definitely get behind comfortable and lightweight footwear being in style, and thankfully the high street is filled with options so you can incorporate flip-flops into your look.
People with plantar fasciitis usually run a mile at the mention of these sandals, but these days there’s a much wider range of options in terms of support and shape.
From leather and cloud-like foam to classic and flatform styles, there’s something for everyone. Who knows, you may become a convert to the thong…
Havaianas Slim Flatform
Buy for £30 at Havaianas.
Axel Arigato Delta Sandal
Buy for £100 at Axel Arigato.
Lightfeet Arch Support Flip Flops
Buy for £29.90 at Amazon.
Leather Flatform Flip Flops
Buy for £35 at M&S.
Hunter Women’s Flip Flops
Buy for £20 at Hunter.
Flow Rope Flip-flops in Natural
Buy for £14 at Asos.
Rocket Dog Spotlight Tampa Flip-Flops
Buy for £22 at John Lewis.
Crocs Women’s Classic Platform Flip
Buy for £29.99 at Amazon.
Sleepers Tapered Flip Flops
Buy for £29 at Office.
IQushion Towelling Flip-Flops
Buy for £30 at FitFlop.
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