Thursday, March 02, 2006

Thong Sandals for Everyone at

For as long as I can remember, flip-flops have been cast to the bottom of the shoe chain. Fashion magazines deemed them as being ugly and completely un-stylish, things that should be relegated to the beach or poolside only. When the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse team wore flip-flops to the White House, rioters took to the streets, destroying shoe stores that carried flip flops and burning piles of the footwear. Ok, so that last part didn’t happen, but people were pretty darn upset when they saw the picture in the paper of the girls standing next to the President wearing...*gasp*…comfortable footwear!!! Oh, the humanity!! Please, people. I personally can’t disagree more. Flip-flops (formally known as thong sandals) have become a veritable staple in modern day wardrobes and thankfully, footwear companies have embraced this fact with open arms. After all, they’re comfortable, practical and frankly, look great with just about anything. (Plus, they give you an excuse to get a pedicure as often as you like.) What more could you ask for? The sheer number of styles available tells you that there’s something for everyone, from a beach bum to a minivan-driving soccer mom. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this minute sampling of the styles of flip-flops that are out there. Check out the entire thong sandal collection, which comprises of over 200 styles from brands like adidas, Merrell, Skechers, Harley Davidson, Tommy Bahama, Sideout, Cudas, J. Renee, Havana Joe, Touch Ups and more. Indiana Jane - Merrell Belluna III – Stone Merrell does it again. This cross between a thong and a slide resolves into a neat toe tube in front, making it a great thong sandal for the outdoors. Its long list of impressive features include: slip lasted construction, nubuck leather/neoprene upper, smooth pigskin/Lycra® lining, Cita-XY™ Agion™ Antimicrobial microfiber wrapped foot bed, nylon 6.6 injection molded shank, Q-Form™ Triple density compression molded EVA foot frame, Air Cushion® Midsole, and Merell® Oasis™ Sole/Sticky Rubber. Overall, it offers comfort and durability, two big pluses for anyone who needs something for those hot summer trips into the country or mountains. Plus, its neutral color goes with anything and hides dirt and dust well. All Day I Dream About Sports - adidas Tureia 2 This lightweight sports thong is perfect for relaxing after a game or trip to the gym. Your foot is protected by its padded, anatomically molded foot bed, as well as the injected EVA outsole that provides long-term cushioning. The upper is made of a soft suede that is light and comfortable on your tired, overheated feet. The Tureia comes in combinations of black/lilac/metallic silver (shown here), black/pink/white, blue/orange/white, navy/silver/white, white/blue/navy, and white/black. Rip Curl Girl - Sperry Top-Sider Splash Thong Beachwear demands to be bright and airy, and this thong by Sperry Top-Sider hits the nail on the head. The full grain, oil tanned leather uppers are easy to care for and stain resistant. The Neoprene linings add comfort around the foot, while the Spongelight $#153 midsole provides under-foot comfort. The non-marking rubber outsole with razor cut wave piping ensure the ultimate in dry/wet traction. Vegan Delight - No Sweat Niliwati's Tsong Thong The entire Tsong Thong collection is designed by orphans of the 2004 Tsunami disaster in Aceh, Indonesia. They feature vegan, cruelty-free, union-made, sweatshop-free footwear that have been screen printed with original artwork by the orphans, with a percentage of the proceeds goes towards rebuilding Aceh and providing the orphans with funds for their education. The thong shown here was designed by a little girl named Niliwati. Hippy Chic - Birkenstock Tabora Suede Any hippy worth her beans would never deny her feet a good pair of Birkenstocks. This cross-strap toe loop sandal features the Birkenstock signature cork foot bed with double a double Jute layer for better-than-barefoot comfort. It has an adjustable strap over the arch for custom-fit comfort, a must-have for any wanderer. The suede upper is made from select hides for a soft, thick napped leather that is exceptionally comfortable. The raised toe bar, foot bed form, arch support and deep heel cup with foot bed liner combine to align your foot naturally for even weight distribution and proper support. Frankly, going casual has never felt this good. Southern Lovin’ - Double H Rodeo Thong Sandal What happens when you stick a hardcore rodeo girl on a beach? You get something that looks like this thong sandal from ubiquitous cowboy boot makers Double H. From its wild animal print thong upper to its durable opanka construction, this western-style thong sandal proves that just because it’s warm outside, you don’t have to stop being a cowgirl. A walk on the beach, a day in the park, or stroll around the farm…you can do all of them in these hot sandals. Both the cushioned insole and the flexible construction provide the utmost in chic comfort. Your feet will thank you the next time you find yourself line dancing on the beach. Malibu Barbie - J. Renee Rachal Cute doesn’t even begin to describe this luscious heeled, thong sandal from J. Renee. From its light foot bed made of a pleasant pink leather to its vinyl upper decorated with a rhinestone ornament, this beautiful summer sandal brings out the California girl in all of us. The small sculpted heel provides a little boost that’s perfect for showing off those subtlety tanned legs (key word: subtle; looking like a tangerine is never a good thing). Road Warrior - Harley-Davidson Eva Edgy, yet feminine thong sandal from the makers of those premier all-American bikes, Harley-Davidson. The thong is accented with silver studs on the side and features a metallic triangle joining the thong and the strap. Smooth leather upper with a comfortable, leather-wrapped foot bed. Wedge heel with a TPR outsole. Diva - Coloriffics Kiara No diva can step out without a little bling bling, especially on those hot summer nights. These sparkling high heel thong sandals with a split-toe provide just the right amount of glitter, thanks to the crystal ornamentation on the toe strap and arch strap. The soft and lightly cushioned foot bed keeps you on your feet all night (and if you’re lucky, all morning). Blushing Beach Bride - Touch Ups Jinni Beach weddings are a romantic and stress-free alternative to the traditional over-the-top weddings of the past. But what to do about footwear? Barefoot is always an option, but if you’re anywhere close to the equator, you don’t want to pad through that scorching sand without something on your feet. Nix the standard rubber flip flops for these lovely bridal thong sandals. The straps are decorated with sparkling beads, adding a dressy touch to an otherwise laid back or beach wedding. The midsole is soft and lightly cushioned with a smooth foot bed, while the flat outsole features a low wedge heel to give you a little boost. Bahama Mama - Havana Joe Escape ES01 Escape the daily grind by slipping into these light and airy thongs. Its neutral footbed with a contrasting, bold thong upper will bring back memories of a summer spent lounging on the beach in St. Barts (if you’re not there already). The anatomical foot beds cradles and cushion your soles, while the flexible non-slip outsoles protect the feet from the heat. Bohemian Rhapsody - Cudas Mosaic – Brown With blacks and neutrals dominating the fashion scene this season, this beautiful beaded thong by Cudas is a perfect fit. The foot bed is covered with a soft micro-suede, while the thong upper features an extra thin toe piece and a wooden appliqué design. Rubber outsole for added grip when swishing through boutiques in Paris or maneuvering through a marketplace in Morocco. Teen Queen - Skechers Spirals Flush Be a trend setter with this beautiful donut-heeled thong sandal. The wooden construction perfectly offsets the bright striped thong upper. The donut heel is so this season, as your friends won’t hesitate to point out. Soccer Mom - Spring Step Ibiza For any multi-tasking woman, comfort is always the top priority when it comes to footwear. Spring Step, a name synonymous with uncompromising comfort, has developed an exceptional collection of fashionable Euro-Comfort sandals. The Ibiza, a thong sandal with an additional arch strap, features the finest quality leather uppers, and anatomically correct foot bed made of natural cork and latex, and a flexible EVA sole that provides excellent shock absorption. The leather insoles have an air system that promotes circulation and keeps your feet dry and fresh as you zip around town. Finally, it’s possible to be comfortable, cool and trendy at the same time.


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