Flip-flops and I were never friends. For my entire adult life, every pair I bought — no matter how comfortable someone else claimed they were — hurt my feet, gave me blisters, or made me far too conscious of the thong between my toes. Then I discovered Locals, a brand of Hawaiian “slippers.” Four pairs later, I’m never buying any other brand.
I know people go apesh*t for Brazilian Havaianas, but Locals are a similarly classic style, cheaper, and — according to my hard-to-please feet — more comfortable. They also last forever. My first pair, Locals White Slippers with pink and teal accents ($18), lasted four years before I decided they were done. (Two pairs were destroyed my dog, so I cannot say how long their natural lives would have been.) I have worn my Locals on an hour-long hike in Hawaii (albeit an easy hike) and all day during a recent trip to Hangout Music Fest. And you guys! That wasn’t even the arch support version, which I discovered existed while writing this post.
Locals sells flip-flops for men, women, and children. You can get basic color schemes like the Locals Navy Slipper (pictured above) or girlier pairs like the Locals Candy Slipper ($18). Scroll through to see some of the styles available on Amazon.