It’s extremely hard to make flip-flops look chic. No matter the context, rubbery thong sandals don’t exactly look fresh off the runway. But when the minimal silhouette is combined with a sleek heel, they are elevated into what’s about to be summer’s next big shoe trend.
Several brands are leaning into the design, from the Kate Middleton-approved label Gianvito Rossi to the Instagram-famous brand Cult Gaia. And Kendall Jenner, always an early adopter of trends like fanny packs and Matrix-inspired sunglasses, was out and about today in a pair of heeled flip-flops.
Some of InStyle’s editors are definitely on the fence about this trend, but I can’t lie. Heeled flip-flops are speaking to my soul. The early 2000s Britney Spears within me can’t wait to wear a pair this summer.