Flat broke

What makes a pair of flip-flops worth $350?

Musa turquoise and crystal sandals

First, you dispose of the very term “flip-flop,” which reeks of cheap. Next, you encrust it with turquoise and crystal. Finally, you add variations on the theme so people won’t think it’s a one-shot attempt to garner attention.

That said, this, um, sandal will run you $350 from Net-A-Porter, though ShoeperWoman says it’s not for her:

Sure, they’re pretty, but for me flip-flops are the kind of summer-holiday shoe that always ends up looking slightly the worse for wear by the end of the vacation, with lots of sand, and scrapes and sun oil all over them, so they’re not exactly what I’d term an “investment” shoe.

Still, if I see these on you, I promise to be properly impressed, once I regain my composure.


  1. Lisa Paul »

    26 May 2010 · 2:31 pm

    Minnetonka does a nice turquoise and silver decorated “sandal” for under $20.

  2. CGHill »

    26 May 2010 · 3:43 pm

    This is, I suspect, one of those cases where you’re better off with a $19.95 special, rather than paying the long dollar for the Fancy Name.

  3. Deborah »

    26 May 2010 · 5:03 pm

    Lisa! I’ve worn that Minnetonka sandal. Forgot all about it until you mentioned them. Mine had fringe too (that eventually curled up—most annoying).

    Very pretty. Not for my feets, but I’d buy them for my sister-in-law (if I could afford them); she has pretty, show-off feet.

  4. Lisa Paul »

    26 May 2010 · 6:48 pm

    There is a model without the fringe. I have two pair. Very comfortable. And, with a pedicure, acceptable most places. Except in wine-making season when my feet are stained with Cabernet juice.

  5. Teresa »

    26 May 2010 · 8:35 pm

    I look at how flat they are and realize I could never even walk in them.

    However, at that price, maybe I should hang them on the wall as art…

  6. Deborah »

    27 May 2010 · 12:32 am

    Teresa, you could be on to an idea. I have (in times past) hung my father-in-law’s spurs on the wall. They are adorned with bronze decoration and inlaid with turquoise stones.

  7. sheri »

    27 May 2010 · 10:47 am

    The $350 things do nothing for me. Even if they were free I wouldn’t wear ’em. Blech.

  8. Lynn »

    27 May 2010 · 1:48 pm

    Darn. I want those. I plan to keep on living without them but I do want them.

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