The story so far: I cannot wear shoes that go between the toes and therefore suffer from extreme flip flop envy. I’m always looking for flip flop-like slides, and here are two I’ve found recently.
Land’s End Wedge Beach Slides
My first though upon trying these on is that they aren’t sexy. But, as you might expect from Land’s End, at least they are comfortable. The soles are true flip flop foam and the slight wedge heel is a comfortable angle. The uppers are suede and after wearing them around the house for a few days have not even hinted at uncomfortable rubbing or the creation of a blister. No arch support. Though I was afraid the non-adjustable straps wouldn’t hold onto my freakishly thin feet they’ve been just fine, but offer enough space that I think they would do well for any foot type. The sandals come in a bunch of colors, including solids and striped grosgrain uppers. I like the solid black and the Coral Strips (brown soles, pink and white striped ribbon) and might buy a few extra pairs just in case they stop carrying them. Available at Lands End. (Thanks again to Rebecca for pointing me towards them.)
Nike Celso Slide
I found these in a sporting goods store in Port Townsend and once we’d driven away immediately wished I’d checked to see if they had another pair in my size. The bottom layer of the soles is lightweight tennis shoe rubber, the footdbed is made of flip flop foam. The uppers are made from a stretchy foam material and are tight enough to hang on while walking at rocky beaches. No arch support. The shoes have a nice feminine/sporty balance and I am planning on buying a back up pair, or two. As far as I can tell it only comes in black and white. Availabe at Nike.com and Sports Authority.