Sunday, July 3, 2011

Distinction between thongs and flip flops

We have been talking quite a lot about flip flops and thong sandals here on If The Shoe Doesn't Fit and I thought I'd just share some interesting info regarding one of our favorite styles and how it can be worn. See, I wear mine shopping, to the beach, to restaurants and other similar places. However, they say there is a time and a place for everything.

Firstly though, we should consider the distinction between flip flops an thongs as the two terms are often use interchangeably. Both types have Y-shaped straps and both make a flip-flop sound when you walk. However, I feel that thongs are more dressy than flip-flops.

Flip-flops are usually made of a vinyl, foam or rubber material and are usually flat. Thong sandals are dressier, come in a range of different styles and are from a little to a lot more expensive.

Typical cheap flip-flops

Some people will say that flip flops are inappropriate, but we tend to differ. After all, they are perfect for the beach. In fact, they are ideal for any casual activity such as shopping, hanging out at home, or for running errands.

You can wear them with anything from casual shorts to jeans.

Celebs like Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston and Miley Cyrus love flip flops

Flat thongs can be worn with denim skirts, capris, jeans, casual dresses and shorts.

Dressier thongs work well with casual skirts, jeans and dresses.

Stunning Diane von Furstenburgh  flipflops from  ITSDF

However it is not suitable to wear to work or black tie functions, business meetings, church, red carpet events or funerals.

Then there are the dressy thong sandals for evening wear, to be worn with dressy evening suits or gowns.

What is your favorite flip flop or thong style?


  1. I agree - a dressy thong can be evening wear - but a lot really depends on design and materials.

  2. Great description of the variations between thongs & flip flops.
    A nice final touch...a Pedi. :)


  3. Gorgeous post, I never actually knew the difference! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, I'm following you now on Bloglovin and Google Friend Connect, hope you follow back! xoxo, Veena <3

  4. Lizette - I like both! It really depends on my mood but I think I lean more towards flip flops simply because I don't have to worry about keeping them pretty, lol.

  5. Lol!I know what you mean Sierra!


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