I've developed a "less is more" philosophy when it comes to sandals. The more versatile and minimalist a sandal, the less I have to think while getting dressed during the summer (or while on vacation -- I wore these to dinner every single night in Tulum last week).
I'm talking about more than a flip-flop, though: something that can be dressed up or down, that's comfortable yet chic, modern yet understated.
For 2014, I've settled on these guys, which are, for the record, totally comfortable. They're real leather, made in Italy and kinda pricy, so hopefully they'll last longer than one summer (last year's didn't).
Maya Ankle-Strap Sandals, $188, available at J. Crew.
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