Alternatives to Flip-flops

Sonia Rykiel yellow flats look charming and cheery for summer.

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Come spring and summer, those comfy, breathable, utterly casual flip-flops can be a godsend. Their ease of wear -- just slip 'em on and go, with jeans or shorts or a mini -- makes them a go-to warm-weather staple. They are not, however, the only option for open footwear.

Here, five stylish alternatives to flip flops when you're looking for something higher-fashion, dressier or simply a bit more interesting. They may not replace your flip flops for daily wear, but they offer nice variety that can round-out your spring/summer wardrobe.

First, the rope-bottomed sandals you'll see everywhere, and with good reason ...