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The magazines are telling us this is the summer of the wedge, the season of the gladiator sandal. Great looks — go out and get a pair or two. But fashion magazines will probably never cop to the real shoe of summer, the flip-flop. Especially in laid-back San Antonio — where the less you can manage to wear during the blistering summer heat, the better — this barely there shoe is a godsend.

Thankfully, flip-flops have evolved from the inch-thick pad of black rubber sole toggled with a rainbow-woven thong version of my childhood (not that there’s anything wrong with that nostalgic style!). Flops come in an endless variety of styles and colors, and can still be had for very cheap. My pick this month is the Havaiana Retro or Slim Season. I don’t really get the hype behind these cult Brazilian sandals, but can vouch the brand is comfortable and true to size.

A favorite flip-flop trend of mine is the printed sole — your foot covers most of it, but that little glimpse of pattern can make the whole look. Go for color, and at $19-$21 a pair, you can stock up. Other classic flip-flop retailers include Old Navy (where you can literally buy flops in bulk) and for the eternally preppy, J. Crew.

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