Think flip flops should be confined to locker room showers and beach bumming? Leave it to a French designer to rescue the lowly plastic sandal from the dredges of the fashion faux pas. Philippe Starck has teamed up with Brazilian sandal brand Ipanema to introduce a modern flip flop that retains the casual essence of the original.
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Using 30% recycled materials and fully recyclable, the most interesting of the four designs has the look of the classic flip flop thong. The difference lies in the way the straps connect to the sole by wrapping around the heel, forming a continuous line. The other options are pretty standard fare:
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Fashion flip flops: yay or nay? The four new styles are available in 12 color combinations each and will be carried at high-end retailers like Opening Ceremony and 10 Corso Como.