Monday, 8 July 2013

A Universal Closet Staple: Flip Flops for the Summer

Closet Content Analysis: Flip Flops

Nice     Need     Necessary

Nice: A summer basic that costs less than $2.00 or Euro1.50 and I think, can be found anywhere in the world. 

A pair for inside, a pair for outside and enough for guests. Photo by JoyD.

There's no mistaking the "slip-slap" of flip flops and they make the same sound on either male or female feet. Those bargain bin rubbery flip flops have been in my life since I was little. They were NECESSARY at the pool and NICE for the beach. In the summer, the NEED for "in and out of the house slippers" - a pair to go outside and a pair for inside - was filled by these cheap - what we once called "thongs". With that in mind, I decided to buy several pairs in several sizes, put them in a basket and have them available for my summer time visitors here in France. 

Another possibility for a rainy day, is to buy some supplies, beads and ribbon and such, and borrow Cathy's idea of making your own beaded flip flops.

Last year, 2012, in May, Cathy wrote a great DIY post on making your own beaded flip flops. I haven't tried it yet but what fun! Her instructions are clear and the photos accompanying the directions are helpful and beautiful as well. Cathy's blog is Trinkets in Bloom and the full tutorial is at your fingertips! Read through the comments as well - one person wrote about using turquoise beads, "horsey" and cowboy hat buttons - too cute!

Photo Credit: Cathy from Trinkets in Bloom
If you make a pair, let both of us know. I'd love to see them and I'm sure Cathy would too!

I really wish I had invented the flip-flop. I love flip-flops. It's the one style of shoe I would be so proud of inventing: the Havaiana.
- Christian Louboutin


  1. AHH, flip flops. I always called them thongs as a kid but haven't heard them called that for many many years. I can't remember how long ago it was I owned a pair. I guess it was before my interest in shoes took a serious turn. What a great idea to buy lots and have a basket on hand for visitors to your home. A few years ago I was sitting out back with my neighbours and Jessica slipped hers off and said, "I just love looking at the tan lines my flip flops leave"

    As for spicing up a pair with beads...what a great idea. Or you can buy designer flip flops from anywhere between $50 and the sky is the limit $$$

    Hope you are enjoying the day and working on your flip flop tan lines.


    1. Friends from Edmonton are visiting presently and were a little apprehensive when I offered my basket of flip flops. Seems now though, they are pleased with the ease and efficiency of having them at the kitchen doors since my patio is made up of sharp little rocks. Funny too how these rubbery "thongs" bring back memories. This was not an expensive convenience . . . I bought my stash at the LeClerc for about Euro1.35 a pair on sale.

  2. Being one of the fortunate guests in JoyD's maison à la campagne, I chose my own thongs from an array of sizes and colours in the basket near the kitchen door. They were comfortable, conveniently slip on and off and easy to identify my own pair. With a douche of bleach upon departure they shall be hygienically inherited by their next guest..

    Today's travel leaves little room in a suitcase for multiple pairs of shoes/slippers so this is a great idea - classier than crocs and a way to spotlight the coloured nails of the season, too! :-)

    1. These rubbery flip flops are NECESSARY when you have to traverse over those prickly little stones to get to the outdoor table for apero, n'est-ce pas? Bien sur on the bleach "douche".


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