What’s the Flip-Flop Dress Code?

Flip-flops are well-loved as a spring and summer staple, but do they hold up for special occasions? Footwear News interviewed women on the streets of New York to see if they would consider kicking off their heels and turning casual flip-flops into evening attire. Opinions were mixed, but the general consensus is that these styles are better for the beach.

 

1. Angela Martello, 14
Residence: Stamford, Conn.
Flip-flops for fancy occasions? “Not at all. When you go to a fancy [event], you should look your best.” When are flip-flops appropriate? “With black leggings and a nice shirt.”
Brands owned: Michael Kors, Steve Madden, Tory Burch


2. Kellie Cooke, 17

Residence: Stamford, Conn.
Flip-flops for fancy occasions? No. “When going out, you should wear high heels or something more dressy.”
When are flip-flops appropriate? “I wear them with a nice outfit, maybe a shirt with a lot of detail.”
Brands owned: Havaianas, Old Navy, Reef, Tory Burch

3. Kristi Kutali, 20
Residence: Queens, N.Y.
Flip-flops for fancy occasions?
No. “Heels make more of a statement.”
When are flip-flops appropriate? “In the summer, I wear them with shorts or a skirt and with skinny jeans in the fall.”
Brands owned: Ann Taylor Loft, Armani Exchange, Diesel

4. Ejona Gashi, 23
Residence: Albania
Flip-flops for fancy occasions? “No. If it’s a serious occasion, you have to go by the rules and be as classy as possible.”
When are flip-flops appropriate? “I would wear them with nice jeans or a skirt, but not anything too [dressy]. Classy and flip-flops don’t mix.”
Brands owned: BCBG, Michael Kors

5. Aldridge Tracy, 45
Residence: Venice, Calif.
Flip-flops for fancy occasions? “Yes, because I live in California.”
When are flip-flops appropriate? “I wear them with a skirt or a dress. I also have a pair of flip-flops that have a 2-inch platform to add some height.”
Brands owned: Havaianas, Roxy

6. Laura Alario, 19
Residence: France
Flip-flops for fancy occasions? “Yes, because they’re comfortable and casual.”
When are flip-flops appropriate? “I would wear skinny jeans and a tank top with a flower on it.”
Brands owned: Aldo, French Sole

 


7. Margaret Kubizne, 20

Residence: Newark, Del.
Flip-flops for fancy occasions? “I think so, as long as [the pair] is not too basic.”
When are flip-flops appropriate? “I love sparkles, so [that style] with a nice cocktail dress could work.” Brands owned: Anthropologie, Steve Madden, Tory Burch

8. Lena McCauley, 22
Residence: Mill Valley, Calif.
Flip-flops for fancy occasions?
“Not really.They aren’t formal enough.”
When are flip-flops appropriate? “[A dress] could make them fancier, [but] with a leather flip-flop rather than a rubber one.”
Brands owned: Forever 21, Old Navy

9. Heather Kirkpatrick, 33
Residence: Baton Rouge, La.
Flip-flops for fancy occasions? “No, because they probably wouldn’t go with the outfit.”
When are flip-flops appropriate? “I would wear [them with] a jean skirt and a dressier T-shirt.”
Brands owned: J.Crew, Yellow Box


10. Kevia Wright, 23

Residence: Saugerties, N.Y.
Flip-flops for fancy occasions? No. “[Flip-flops] are more for beachwear or for hanging around the house. For a fancy occasion, you should wear something more structured that’s not made of rubber.”
When are flip-flops appropriate? “Dressier flip-flops have thin straps with accessories like rhinestones. I would wear them with a sundress.”
Brands owned: Havaianas, Old Navy

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