Accessories, Cheap & Chic, ShoesStep into Summer

It wouldn’t be summer without sandals, and this season, I’m on a mission. I want need to replace several different old, worn down sandals in my closet, but I’m on a budget, so under $50 a pair would be an ideal price. First up, I need new flip flops. Flip flops are my go to during the summer, and Havaianas are my favorites. Sure, you could find slightly cheaper flip flops elsewhere – but they won’t be as comfortable as Havaianas. The rubber doesn’t rub and chafe against your feet at all! The Gap actually started carrying them, making them much more accessible and still at a relatively affordable $18. There are a variety of bright colors, and I love the bright royal blue. I can walk for hours in these comfortably and they really do last (my Havaianas from 2 or 3 years ago are just now wearing down).

Espadrilles and wedges can dress up even the most casual summer outfit, and I think every gal needs one pair in her closet. One of the ties on my trusty espadrilles actually came off, but I’ve already found a worthy replacement. These Jersey Ankle-Tie Wedges from Old Navy give me the height I want, has pretty linen wraps, and is in my price range. I think they’re super cute and they’re available in different colors, too. I want them in white so they can contrast with my future tan… hopefully.

I’m not the biggest fan of the flat sandal. Mostly, because if a pair of sandals doesn’t add any height, then what’s the point? I’d rather lounge around in flip flops, but I know that sometimes you need something a bit dressier. Martin + Osa’s take on a refined flip flop, the Breanne Flip-Flop in Metallic Leather, is perfect for me. I love the simplicity of the dark leather sole and metallic Y-strap, with the delicate details of the knots and loops. At $49.50, they just make it in under my budget requirement, too.

What are your sandal picks this summer? Share with us in the comments!


  1. The Daily Obsession  |  26 April 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Oh those espadrilles are so cute! I’m stopping by the mall, so maybe I’ll swing by Old Navy and check these out! (Have you tried them? Are they comfy?)

  2. Sara  |  27 April 2009 at 6:35 AM

    i have a pair of grey/silver lori jack havianas. i love them because they’re comfortable and can be dressed up or down. i get compliments on them all the time! a little pricey but totally worth the money.

  3. Carolyn  |  27 April 2009 at 6:42 AM

    Maybe I’m the only one this happens to but Havianas rip up my feet. Never had a more painful experience. I swear by my Switch Flops

  4. Steph  |  27 April 2009 at 8:03 AM

    If you haven’t tried Haviana Slims, you are missing out. The soles are a bit thinner, and the straps are a bit shimmery. Very pretty. I think they sell for closer to $30 (but I got them in South America for $18, and the regular ones for $12!)

    PS – If have to break them in in stages or else mine get blistery too. You’re not alone!

  5. Mollie  |  4 May 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Martin + Osa also carry Havaiana Slims!

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