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When it comes to classic footwear, no one can deny flip flops their rightful place as a timeless summer staple. While the strappy design as we know it today originated in Japan (where it was made from wood and rice straws and went by the name zori), similar styles have been worn since 4,000 BC in Ancient Egypt. The sandal won over Westerners after World War II after soldiers brought it back from Japan. Its simplicity and functionality have made it a fixture in people’s closets, especially in the summertime.
While at some point it fell from grace with high fashion for being too simple, it is now back in style and we couldn’t be happier about it. Luxury brands such as Prada, Gucci, and Giorgio Armani offer flip flops giving the sandals’ classic strappy design a modern makeover.
Here we rounded up the chicest flip flop designs to add to your shoe closet this season.
Gucci GG Logo Sandal
These stylish Gucci sandals are perfect to wear on weekends or on vacation. Style them with a pair of breezy wide-legged pants and a top for the ultimate effortlessly chic ensemble.
To buy: $420, nordstrom.com
Prada Logo & Leather Men’s Thong Sandals
Step into the summer in style with these leather Prada thong sandals that sport the company’s logo on the straps.
To buy: $520, saksfifthavenue.com
Swims Men’s Flip Flops
These are the quintessential beach flip flops—lightweight and easy to slide into. They sport molded design and antibacterial mesh lining.
To buy: $70, neimanmarcus.com
Tory Burch Miller Flip Flops
The Miller sandal featuring Tory Burch’s laser-cut logo has become a classic for the brand. These flip flops have over five thousand positive reviews by Nordstrom customers thanks to their chic looks and comfy construction.
To buy: from $198, nordstrom.com
Eileen Fisher Ty Sandals
If you’re in the market for a classic black sandal to wear with dresses and pants, this is it. The asymmetrical strap looks really cool and provides maximum coverage and stability.
To buy: $185, nordstrom.com
Olukai Kapua Men’s Leather Beach Sandals
If rubber flip flops are not your thing, then opt for these stylish Olukai leather sandals that you can wear both on and off the beach. They sport anatomically molded soles that will keep you comfortable all day long.
To buy: $125, olukai.com
Taryn Rose Karissa Flip Flops
Add a pop of (gorgeous) color to your summer wardrobe with these beautiful nappa leather flip flops that feature recessed shock-absorbent footbeds.
To buy: $66, nordstrom.com
Birkenstock Gizeh Flip Flops
When it comes to comfort nobody does sandals better than Birkenstock. Their Gizeh style is a classic that comes in so many color options and the company’s signature cork sole.
To buy: $100, zappos.com
Giorgio Armani Men's Logo Jacquard Flip-Flops
These Italian-made Giorgio Armani sandals have jacquard thong straps and soles sporting the company’s logo.
To buy: $345, neimanmarcus.com
Vince Toe-Thong Sandal
Ditch the high heels this summer and instead opt for a stylish pair of flat sandals like these Vince ones in a classic beige shade. They have infinite styling potential and will be the best investment you make this season.dob
To buy: $225, nordstrom.com