It's not summer until you can paint those toesies and bust out the flip-flops. That familiar slappity slap (no, not that one) of a flip-flop flouncing along is the joyous sound of hot nights, cool pools and crunchy communal showers. But flip-flops aren't just for sashaying deckside any more -- they're an outfit in and of themselves. So get cute, be hot and flop, baby, flop.
Queen Street favourites last season (and apparently they're ba-a-a-a-ck) are the super-comfortable squishy Floaties by Sugar (1, 11, $39, Get Out Side, 437 Queen West, 416-593-5598).
Men can go flippity-doo, too. These oh-so-manly navy numbers are perfect for a hard night of drinking beer. Man beer (2, $49, Vice, 383 Queen West, 416-596-0558). Go starry-toed (3, $19, Get Out Side) or tikki chic (4, $18.60, Urban Outfitters, 235 Yonge, 416-214-1466).
And if you're thinking, "Really, how much more can she say about flip-flops?" well, you obviously haven't seen these orange and red hot jobbies (5, $19.95, Bikini Village, Eaton Centre, 416-599-9911; buy one pair and get the second for $10). Also:
6. Flower power, $15, Get Out Side. 7. Rainbow brite -- just in time for Pride! -- $12.95, Le Chateau, Eaton Centre, 416-979-3122. 8. Deer in the headlights, $19, Get Out Side. 9. Happy Beavers -- also just in time for Pride! -- $19, Get Out Side. 10. Diesel cool for boys, $55, Urban Outfitters. 12. Sunny orange, $49, Vice. 13. "Strawberry Shortcake, honey, your toes look good enough to dip in chocolate," $20, Urban Outfitters.
With files from Allan Wan