Read our potted history of flip-flops in August's issue of The Simple Things? Have a little look at our top flip-flop outfits.
The ancients knew all about the comfort and ease of a totally flat sole and a Y-shaped strap. The first recorded flip-flops (made from papyrus) date from 4,000BC and were worn in Egypt. The Masai of Africa created theirs from rawhide, India chose wood and China rice straw.
They gained popularity in the States at the end of the Second World War when GIs brought back the Japanese version, zori, and went on to become the footwear of choice for Californian beach bunnies in the 1960s.
Superbly suited to sunny, laidback climates, it’s little wonder that Brazilian company Havaianas took the flip-flop and ran with it, turning its manufacture into an international business that produces over 2 million pairs per year. (It is said that every Brazilian has at least three pairs.)
In August's The Simple Things we pick three flip-flops perfect for the summer, and here are some outfit picks to match.
Flip-flops style - from left to right:
4. Luna flip-flops, Havianas (£22)
5. Bistro crop trousers, Boden (£59)
6. Maddie leather sandals, Fat Face (£28)
7. Scallop vest top, Oasis (£22)