5 Alternatives to Flip-flops

Towering T-straps look elegant and bare.
Towering T-straps look elegant and bare.
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Huaraches, espadrilles and flip flops can be fun, casual and cool on summer feet -- but elegant? Probably not. For a sandal that can fill that bill, check out a pair of T-straps.

They can be casual, of course, but this style can also be refined, with a single, ladylike strap across the toes and another running all the way up the foot, the latter helping to create the illusion of a longer leg. The T-strap upper might be satin, leather, beaded, braided or chained, for a start, and you'll find it topping pretty much any shoe silhouette, from stiletto to flat.

Try this look with skinny jeans and a drapey jersey top for something casually elegant that could work for a casual Friday as easily as a day at the mall.

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