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Summer sandals

These sophisticated flip-flops go far beyond the beach.


The braided-leather detailing and metallic sheen of these versatile thongs make them appropriate for both casual daytime jaunts and relaxed evening affairs. BC Footwear Best Foot Forward sandals, $45, at zappos.com


Jellies get a classy, feminine twist when topped with an unabashedly girly bow. Chinese Laundry Live It Up jelly sandals, $40, at chineselaundry.com

 (Photograph: Lauren Foy)
Photograph: Lauren Foy

We can practically smell the ocean’s salty breeze just by looking at these nautical sandals, whose fabric straps are made from casual-wear brand Splendid’s signature ultrasoft jersey. Splendid Cabana sandals in cobalt, $59, at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave at 59th St (212-705-2000, bloomingdales.com)


You’ll have a Cinderella moment once you slip these blinged-out thong sandals on your feet. The glitzy embellishments and leather soles make them formal enough to wear to a beach wedding, but suede-lined straps mean you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Tommy Bahama beaded silver sandals, $158, at tommybahama.com


Flip-flops have never looked so edgy, thanks to abundant pyramid studs and bondagelike crisscrossing straps. Volcom Here to Stay Creedlers sandals, $26, at amazon.com


Look effortlessly polished while running weekend errands in these punchy suede-and-leather slip-ons. The pleated straps and subtle folded bow add just the right amount of detail without trying too hard. Jessica Simpson Jumba flip-flops in Ultra Violet, $59, at Lord & Taylor, 424 Fifth Ave between 38th and 39th Sts (212-391-3344, lordandtaylor.com)


Minimalists will appreciate these sleek sandals, whose golden metallic sheen and unique toe loop give a clean and simple design just enough interest. Reef Beach Haze flip-flops, $26, at piperlime.com


If you’ve ever lusted over Valentino’s studded-bow flip-flops but couldn’t swallow the edgy style’s triple-digit price tag, these jellies provide a dead-ringer look for a fraction of the cost. Ivanka Trump Nadia sandal, $50, at endless.com