Do you LOVE cute Flip Flops??
Flip flops have become a really popular shoe beginning in the summer of 2000. "I blew out my flip-flop/ stepped on a pop-top ... " You know the rest of this song, of course Jimmy Buffett's 1977 chestnut "Margaritaville," who has lost his way in life and now lazes seaside in plastic shoes probably purchased at a convenience store. But according to ABQ Journal Flip-flops have long been the official footwear of the disaffected, a sort of sack cloth for the tootsies. Wearing them says you are more concerned with feeling good than looking good, that you aren't even in the mood to be attractive, but has become attractive more and more. Now you see it on the run ways and on almost every celebrity. Which is why news that the fashion world has gotten its manicured hands on the lowly flip-flop is so stunning. Yes, fashion has co-opted the flip-flop. Did you ever think you would see the words "fashion" and "flip-flop" in the same sentence? Me neither. But everyday you see it in store and on fashion Web sites that designers from Louis Vuitton to Prada that they are slapping their logo on the flip-flops, tagging them with the more upscale-sounding name "thong" and selling them at prices that would buy Buffett's beach bum a season's worth of tequila. Burberry has a flip-flop with its trademark plaid encased in a clear plastic footbed. Price: $85. Gucci is making a terry-cloth flip-flop with its trademark psychedelic print. Price: $170. Here's how affected the flop has become: Hollywood fashion princess Gwyneth Paltrow was photographed in a pair of flip-flops instead of stellitos. Chanel is making a $150 shoe that looks a whole lot like the classic wood-soled Dr. Schools sandal ($9 at drugstores in the 1970s) and Michael Kors has a $40 jelly shoe.
Naturally, there are knockoff flip-flops that sell for far less than the designer models. You can always buy you a cheap par of flip-flops from Traget or the drugstore and spice them up with some beads, or sequins.