Whether or not you're a self-confessed beach bum (I for on, you have to admit that the idea of curating outfits for a day under the sun is quite enthralling. I mean, you can play around with tropical colors, fresh linens, and even flaunt your new swimsuit wardrobe—don't even get us started on all the sunnies you could haul with you. It's a fashion arena that's hard to resist! However, there's a certain beach staple that might not be so sartorially enticing: flip-flops.
While these rubber soles offer you comfort and waterproof realness, it's sometimes difficult to find a design that suits your fine, fine sartorial taste, despite the many options available. Or, maybe they remind you too much of the early noughties (see Paris Hilton reference above). Well, as someone who truly empathizes with you, I've devised a short list of alternatives that will have you breathing a little lighter knowing your feet are perfectly fashown. Check them out below and let the summer wardrobe planning begin!
Renegade Folk Golden in Camel
Golden in Camel, P2290, RENEGADE FOLK, renegadefolk.com
Nude and embellished with a tortoiseshell buckle, these slides from local brand Renegade Folk are perfect for the gal who is always dressed in breezy linen, cream colors, and crisp cottons. The pair's as easy to slip into as a pair of flip-flops (yay!) but obviously offers a more polished appeal, making it your best bet for a day-to-night piece.
Birkenstocks Arizona Birko-Flor Sandals
Arizona Birko-Flor Sandals, P4650, BIRKENSTOCKS, zalora.com.ph
We'll go out on a limb and say that a pair of Birks is like the casual counterpart of a pair of white sneakers. They're insanely cozy, versatile, and stylish—the fact that they've been on every fashion girl's feet since the trend broke out during the normcore era is testament to that. Not only can you wear them by the beach but you can take them by the bar, too, and still look on-point.
Cacatoes Manaus in Eyes Vert Deau
Manaus in Eyes Vert Deau, P4285, CACATOES, cabannaliving.ph
For the active traveler who often finds herself hopping from one island to the next (or perhaps one poolside bar to the next!), here's a funky pair of velcro sandals that will having you stomping around the beach in style—and they're waterproof, too! It's seafoam green base and eye-catching print are sure to stand out in all your OOTDs, as well as complement your vacay's tropical feels. Another bonus? They're made out of recycled plastic!
Annie and Lori Naomi in Natural
Naomi in Natural, P1395, ANNIE & LORI, annielori.com
If rugged rubber flip-flops were never your thing but you secretly liked the ease and comfort it provides, then perhaps this sexy-looking pair of leather sandals will woo the sartorial stickler in you. Annie and Lori's Naomi sandals strike a balance between casual chic and comfort, which makes for the perfect pair for poolside hangouts or bumming by the beach—a.k.a. it's perfect for chill island girls!
Andante The Sportif Sandal in Black
The Sportif Sandal in Black, P2090, ANDANTE, andante.shop
Is your fashion sense far from 'tropical'? Do you live in black and white? Were you, a city-loving girl, dragged to the beach by your friends? Well, these devilishly black pair of leather velcro sandals might just make you excited for that trip! Sporty, trendy, and comfy all rolled into one, these sandals will match all your monochromatic outfits as well as help you survive all those seaside adventures they've got planned out for you.
Inne Sinta Double Strap Slide
Sinta Double Strap Slide, P2290, INNE, innestudios.com
For the eternal summer girls out there who love wearing beach-ready separates all year round, you'll want to sink your feet into these leathers-soles, strapped sandals that feature unique solihiya-patterned rattan straps. The simple, sophisticated design makes it a great choice not only for your next vacation but for everyday OOTDs as well.
Lani, P590, KEES COLLECTION, Kees Collection
If you're a low-key traveler who doesn't want to trouble herself with curating outfits, we've found the perfect sandals you'll be reaching for over and over again. We love these nude-colored sandals from Kees Collection that comes in different hues, so you can choose the shade that best suits your skintone! Don't you think they'll look amazing with all your minimalist swimsuits?
Melissa Beach Shine Slide Sandals
Beach Shine Slide Sandals, P2316, MELISSA, zalora.com.ph
Bright, summery colors aren't for everyone. But, if you still want to make a splash with your footwear choice, why don't you go for a lustrous option instead? We like the subtly sheen appeal of these Melissa slides that'll look even more fabulous when they catch the sunlight. Plus, you can easily wash them so they look good as new throughout your vacay. Imagine this with biker shorts, a matching bikini top, and a bucket hat! Streetwear fanatics will swoon.
Salt-Water Sandals Shark
Shark Sandals in Red, P3995, SALT-WATER SANDALS, saltwatersandals.com
If heading to the beach reminds you of sand castles and seashell hunting of yesteryears, then might we suggest these cute ruby sandals to remind you of your childhood? What's so great about this pair is its use of both leather and rubber: Expect a cushiony sole and a buttery leather upper that's soft yet sturdy enough to protect your toes. Use these bright red sandals to add a punch of color to your OOTDs, whether they're minimalist, streetwear-oriented, or full-on tropical. Oh, and these babies are waterproof, too!