Essential Summer Gear Guide

by Cathay Che


As the old adage goes, it's impossible to be too rich or to have too many flip-flops (okay, maybe we made up that last part, but it is true). So consider investing in a different pair for every summer occasion. Clockwise from top left: Both J.Crew's starfish-patterned flip-flop and its polka-dot Jelly will hang tough in sand and salt water, as will Patagonia's supercushy Wave in raspberry (and just below it, in green). For a more come-hither look, try Rafe's metallic-gold leather braid thongs with coral beading. Nature walker and city stroller alike will appreciate the ergonomic-but-still-cute leather Eclipse by Chaco, which molds to your feet. Mystique's leather-soled and bejeweled flip-flops are silver-studded and a little bit rock 'n' roll. Finally, the Chaco Switch has a sliding strap for the perfect fit. Buy one or all? Refer to the first sentence.

Fabric and grosgrain flip-flops, $26.50
Jelly flip-flops, $19.50

Wave green and raspberry flip-flops, $40
Tel: 800 638 6464

Gustavia amber capri, $255
Buy at: Select Bloomingdale's stores
Tel: 888 521 2816

Mimosa Eclipse flip-flop, $65
Switch Huckleberry flip-flop, $55

Silver-studded medallion leather thongs, $125
Buy at:

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