In search of the perfect flip flop
It's sandal season! We love to show off our perfect pedis with some chic flip flops, so we scoured the world to find three of the cutest, blingiest and best flip flop fashions for you.
Musewear Flip Flops
This new company is taking an unusual piece of fashion real estate -- the flip flop footbed -- and covering it with striking artwork, quotes from global thought leaders and zodiac descriptions.
"Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve, I'm wearing my head on my feet. Waking up each morning and repeating words of positivity empowers me to change how my whole day unfolds," says founder and "chief muse" Diane Curry, who was inspired to create the line from her practice of saying "thank you" when taking her first two steps each morning.
The ultra-soft, unisex Brazilian-made flip flops are eco-friendly, as they're 100 percent recyclable. All excess rubber from the manufacturing process is also recycled. Every purchase of Musewear Flip Flops -- sold exclusively online -- includes free Fed Ex shipping for orders in the U.S., Hawaii and Alaska.
We're totally convinced now that all things beautiful come from Brazil -- just look at their people and another made-in-Brazil brand, Havaianas. These are the perfect accessory for a night on or off the red carpet. What's better than taking off your 6-inch heels and slipping into a pair of comfy flip flops for a night of dancing, mingling and A-list partying? Celebrity fans of the brand include Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani, Matthew McConaughey and more.
MYOH is a fun feature -- Make Your Own Havaianas! Yes, you can customize your own pair (but who could stop at one?) in four simple steps: 1. Choose your category. 2. Choose your sole. 3. Choose your straps. And here's where the bling comes in: 4. Choose the crystals and pins.
The "original" flip flop was established in 1962. The Havaianas brand has been keeping feet happy for 50 years.
Crocs have come a long way since they were designed originally as a spa shoe. The company now offers a complete line of flip flops, some of which double as fashionable footwear. Being five foot cough cough (not too tall), I especially love the Carlie Platform Flip.
This is a company with heart, too. Since 2007, Crocs has donated over 2.6 million of pairs of shoes to those in need both domestically and internationally in more than 40 countries including Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Iraq and Malawi.
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