5 Alternatives to Flip-flops


Comfortable? Check. Stylish? Check. Able to add inches to your height, slim the look of your legs and work with pretty much any outfit? Check, check, check.

They're flatforms -- a cross between platforms and flats -- and they're not for everyone. A young and trendy sandal, they've got something of a '70s vibe, which may not appeal to those who actually lived through the '70s. Still, they're a noteworthy alternative to the flip flop, not only for the flattering lift but also because they're about the only shoe that remains entirely walkable regardless of heel height. A 4-inch heel paired with a 4-inch platform equals flat. And tall. Which can come in handy if you're tired of spending extra money to shorten your jeans.

Flatform sandals can feature any of the upper styles we've talked about here, making them a versatile shoe that's really easy to work into your current wardrobe. Try it with a denim mini, sequined top and simple leather headband for a look that's part boho, part glam and a real head-turner.

The not-a-flip-flop options are many, and it's worth your while to set aside your favorite thongs (they used to be called that!) and try out something new -- if only for an occasional thrill. There's nothing quite like a flip flop for quick, easy and casual. And while you may not leave your flatforms or T-straps by the door for a mailbox run, they're a great way to change it up. A pair of interesting sandals can be the piece that updates your look.

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