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Flip Flops tend to be a warm weather standard, but in some situations you may want a summer shoe that offers a little more style. A leather sandal can be a great option. The look is still casual and summer-like, but the leather construction is a step up in style.
For those guys who like an uncomplicated slip on sandal, which will give you ease of wear as well as greater foot coverage, there is the “Antonio Brown Italian Leather Men’s Sandal”. The thick bands of leather cross over the top of your foot and keep it securely in the sandal and the all leather sole makes it comfortable and durable.
If you like the look of a more open sandal, then the “Dolce & Gabbana Patent Leather Sandal” may be just right for your summer wardrobe. The patent leather is embossed with a snake skin pattern and the toe-loop adds a more secure and comfortable fit. The brass-colored, hammered “DG” is also a nice addition to the overall look.
Another version of a fashionable leather sandal is the “Arturo Italian Men’s Sandal”. The black leather is crafted into a trendy “gladiator” style and comes up higher on the foot to feel more like a shoe. The two adjustable straps around the ankle will allow you a more customized fit.
The last type of sandal is more of an athletic look in leather. The “Hand Made Leather Men’s Sandal by Hand” is a fisherman’s style sandal with leather straps that cross horizontally across the foot, as well as curve up over the top and around the heel. It is the closest to a shoe, while still having the open, airy feeling that you will appreciate in the warm summer months.
I rarely wear shoes on the weekends during the summer, which means I give my sandals a thorough work out. GreenEnvy, a company that produces apparel from recycled materials, recently sent me a pair of sandals. Do they survive long walks in town and slips into puddles?
Well, sort of. The foam comprising the sole is comfy and soft, but doesn’t readily adapt to the shape of my feet. The thong fits through my toes snugly, but is otherwise pretty flimsy. And while they slip on nicely, the flip-flops snag easily. In other words, mixed reactions abound.
They’re also a bit plain, though there are more colorful options available at the online store. So while they’ve certainly survived the beaches of North Carolina and the streets of NYC, some things just don’t work out for this green yet drab piece. Check out GreenEnvy and their flip-flops for yourself at lovegreenenvy.com.
Sandals are OH SO NICE in summer weather. But don’t think you can get away with wearing any pair of flip-flops because, yes, even your uber-casual footwear sends people a message.
Columbia Reel Deal Sandal
INFEASIBLE: Sandals with straps, hinges, etc.
Sandals serve a very specific function: provide minimal foot protection with comfort and ease. You should be able to kick off your flip-flops at a moment’s notice but still traverse the beaches without worrying about burning yourself. That’s why I don’t get this pair of Columbia with its many extraneous additions. Who needs a molded cage and a nylon shank for their sandals? Do people really think to do EXTREME things – rock climbing, break dancing, etc. – in their sandals? I wager not, and I also bet people will think you look damn silly in them.
Nike ‘6.0 Solarsoft’ Sandal
Feasible: Simple yet stylish flip-flops
These Nike’s fulfill their purpose and do so in style. They’re supportive without being overbearing and none too plain, not to mention cheap ($20 as of 5/2/10). I think I might pick up a pair for myself. Summertime, booya.