Flip flops are old news on the beach—because what else is a girl supposed to wear after a frolick by the shore?—but they've become, well, admittedly sort of taboo in the city. Either we have residue trauma from the early aughts' slipper obsession or the wider-spread, prevailing mindset that they're generally a sloppy option when not on vacay to blame...whichever prejudice you're nursing, it's time to let go. We're preaching to ourselves here, too.
2019's updated key, we've deducted, is to veer far away from casual territory. In other words, dress all the way up, preferrably in crisp, office-ready silhouettes like a tailored pencil skirt or a boxy suit jacket. Going the calculated yet easy high-low route makes the 'fit 100% intentional and so, so current.
Check out these restrained, delightfully pragmatic styling suggestions courtesy of Stockholm-based label Totême, who sells achingly chic kitten-heeled versions (a modern, sleek leather take on the Sigerson Morrison ones that were enormously popular in the 2000s) we're drooling over. Hi again to the thong sandal! Saying that the Scandinavian girls are experts at this game is a total understatement, by the way: it was, in fact, Copenhagen Fashion Week's street style set that helped nonchalantly revive the flip flop's sartorial status.
We're pleased to report that the look pairs divinely with eveningwear, too. If there's a garden fete coming up on your calendar, hit the dance floor with the summery sound of a rubber-soled smack.
Now you can throw your Havaianas into that toe-happy Birkenstock rotation!