8 Fancy Flip-Flops You Won't Be Embarrassed to Wear in Public (PHOTOS)

flip-flopsEvery summer I start in the same way. I promise myself THIS year will be different. This is the year I will finally break out of the shoe rut and wear some of the dozens of heeled and bejeweled sandals I have bought over the years. And then, like every other year before it, I wear nothing but flip-flops all summer.

So what's a shoe-loving gal to do? The answer is this: combine fashion and function. A comfortable slip-on that also looks great out at night? Does such a shoe exist! Oh yes. They do.

Here are 8 awesome flip-flips that do double duty. You can wear them from the pool to dinner without skipping a beat. See below:

Do you wear nice flip-flops? What's your favorite look?

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  • Yellow Reefs


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    These may look like everyday, comfy flip-flops, but the little burst of color on these $36 Reefs makes all the difference. The woven fabric at the top gives a little punch that could bring these from the carpool lane to a casual dinner without too much humiliation.

  • Michael Kors Fancy Flops


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    Designer flip-flops? They are not for everyone. But these $59 Michael Kors flip-flops from Zappos.com look polished enough for a night out. The gold buckle gives them some flair. But they could also be worn to the pool with no problem as well. It’s a good look. Polished but casual.

  • Crocs Flower Flips


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    OK, I know. Crocs. But THESE are so cute with the cork bottom and the flower embellishment. At $50 from Zappos, they are somewhat pricey, but they are a real shoe. Still casual, but you could wear these out to dinner without feeling like a surfer.

  • Vineyard Vines Leather


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    Vineyard Vines is a preppy brand if ever there was a preppy brand, and these flip-flops for $49.50 from Zappos would look ideal on a beach in Nantucket. But that doesn’t mean they can’t go out to other places. This is a sturdy shoe that looks like a flip-flop. BIG win all around.

  • Tkees Silver Flip-Flops


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    These $50 Tkees from Zappos are a simple flip-flop. They don't have heels and they look as comfy as the ones you buy at Target. With a twist, though. These are silver and almost look like something you could wear during a night out at the bars. Big win.

  • Sequined Flip-Flops


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    These are inexpensive at just $17 and made by Speedo, so comfort is a major factor. They are also stylish with the sequins. They'd look good with a skirt out to a casual dinner or look great with jean cutoffs and a T-shirt as well.

  • Yellow Box Flip-Flops


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    Yellow Box flip-flops are both super comfy AND super stylish. Pure perfection. These Addisyn Flip-Flops give some height. At $55, they are not cheap drugstore flip-flops, but they last so long, it's totally worth it. Plus, they look like real shoes.

  • 'Belize' Leather Flip-Flops


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    I am loving the orange color on these Miz Mooz from Nordstrom. They are $59.95, but the little knot elevates them above casual beachwear and the wedge offers some height. THESE are the mack daddy of flip-flops. I am buying these right now.


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