Fact: They are not great for your feet. Nor are they much good in environs where discarded food wrappers blow like tumbleweeds. But non-basic flip-flops for a stroll on the boardwalk or a lawn straight out of an L.L. Bean catalog? Bliss. (Though these can Mr. Ripley their way practically anywhere.)
"Nude" doesn't come in just one shade; neither do these ultra-slim flip-flops, now made for an impressively wide range of skin tones.
BUY IT: TKEES, $50; tkees.com.
You wanted "non-basic." You got non-basic with these laurel-gilded sandals, fit for a triumphal march.
BUY IT: Giuseppe Zanotti, $700; net-a-porter.com.
::sees metallic pink:: ::doesn't ask questions::
BUY IT: H&M, $13; hm.com.
Support Beyoncé's twins' college fund.
BUY IT: Ivy Park, $25; topshop.com.
Reef, $20; pacsun.com.
A super classic flip-flop brand plus an intricate print from a great swimwear designer? Where do we sign?
BUY IT: Havaianas x We Are Handsome, $34; us.havaianas.com.
Belongs in a modern-art museum. Or its gift shop.
BUY IT: Ipanema, $30; openingceremony.com.
Kitschy in the best "fab Palm Springs granny" kind of way.
BUY IT: Steve Madden, $40; stevemadden.com.
Welcome to your '90s daydream/nightmare.
BUY IT: Zara, $70; zara.com.
Beach meets the ballet.
BUY IT: Charles & Keith, $47; charleskeith.com.