My summer wardrobe pet peeve is seeing a cute outfit ruined by addition of rubber flip flops. These five embellished sandals are the opposite of generic flip flops—they can tie a look together, stand alone as your one statement accessory or take the dress-up factor of a casual outfit up a notch.
Like a bib necklace for your ankles, Spiegel’s beaded thongs have little details—like a tie-back closure and a woodgrain sole—that add a touch of the exotic ($24).
The layered patent leather, sequin and snakeskin detail on Cocobelle’s paisley-adorned sandals makes them a subtle and versatile choice for everyday wear ($120).
Not a rhinestone fan? The bubbly cluster of beads and baubles on Antik Batik’s antiqued gold thongs offers a different way to add a little shine to your shoes ($190).
Who needs jewelry when Franco Sarto’s sparkly silver and white sandals are on the scene? These snappy sandals are more substantial than most barely-there thongs, so they make more of a statement ($79).
These Enzo Angiolini X-Cite sandals ($79) polish off every outfit.
See more flat sandals, and then head on over to our guide to cool sneakers, and oxfords, plus maxi dresses and summer dresses.