What are the best cheap flip flops for my holiday? Read our full guide here

It’s International Flip Flop Day, apparently, so what better way to celebrate the sun than freeing our feet and pulling on our favourite beachwear…

But, with budgets stretched by the likes of austerity and Brexit doom-mongers, what are the best-value beach shoes to pack for your next holiday?

The APH team get their flip flops out for International Flip Flop Day

The APH team get their flip flops out for International Flip Flop Day

Do you really need to ‘splash’ the cash to ensure your feet look and feel great on the beach this year? Read on to find out the best bargain flips-flops on the market…

We’ll be looking at how they rate on the holiday ‘cat-walk’ this summer and just how these budget ‘sand skimmers’ might perform in slippery conditions at the beach.

Meet the bargain flip flop contenders…

Our bargain flip-flops. Male top, female below

Our bargain flip-flops. Male top, female below

Flip flops revealed… 

We asked our in-house fashion graduate, Izzy Smith and Devoted to Pink fashion blogger, Leah Flavell, to rate the bargain flip flops for style and comfort – we look at practicality later on. Here’s what they thought…


Flip flops for men

So, men, here’s your rundown of bargain beachwear… just remember to trim those nails.

Primark

Comments:Squidgy, soft, cushion-like and easy to walk in. Quite comfy, but the thong bit felt loose and could come out easily plus it’s quite baggy on the foot. Colour and design is okay – would look good if you were wearing blue i.e. jean shorts. Quiet when walking (not that loud annoying flip-flop noise).

Fashion rating: 3/5

Comfort rating: 4/5

Price: £0.90


Tesco

Comments: Look like fake Havanas. Quite hard on the foot-bed and not enough sponge. Okay to walk in, but thong bit quite harsh between toes and not overly comfortable. Feel quite solid and secure, though (not easily broken). Would need to wear with plainer clothes as colour is vibrant. Again quite quiet when walking around in them.

Fashion rating: 2/5

Comfort rating: 3/5

Price: £4


Poundland flip flops for menAsda

Comments: Footbed quite soft and cushion-like. Thong soft on toes, and quite nice and comfy to walk about in. The colour again is quite bright, but would go with most clothing. Not too loud when walking in them.

Fashion rating: 3/5

Comfort rating: 4/5

Price: £0.99


Poundland

Comments: Foot bed is comfortable and soft. Thongs are made out of a softer, thicker material. Fit foot well, but flip flops have absolutely no grip when walking in them. Black design is aesthetically pleasing and would go with any outfit. Make quite a loud noise when walking in them!

Fashion rating: 4/5

Comfort rating: 5/5

Price: £1


Flip-flops for her

If the budget won’t stretch to a pair of Jimmy Choo beach-strollers, then take your pick from these…

Primark

Comments: Soft and squidgy underfoot and easy to walk in…comfortable. Thong bit is quite thin but feels soft, and not too harsh between toes. Colour and design looks nice, and would go with most clothing. They do make quite a loud noise when walking in them though!

Fashion rating: 4/5

Comfort rating: 5/5

Price: £0.90


Tesco

Comments: Flip flops are soft, but they are flat, and not squidgy at all (hard). The thong bit is quite stiff and hurts between toes a bit, therefore making them not overly nice to walk in. Design-wise they are pretty – would look nice with plainer clothes due to floral design though. Don’t make too loud a noise when walking in them.

Fashion rating: 4/5

Comfort rating: 2/5

Price: £4.00


Asda

Comments: Quite soft and cushion-like underfoot – feel comfortable to walk in. Thong is thin and doesn’t hurt between toes, but overall design looks quite cheap (thong could come out quite easily). Black goes with everything therefore would be able to wear with anything! Again, they don’t make too loud a noise when walked in.

Fashion rating: 4/5

Comfort rating: 3/5

Price: £0.99


Poundland

Comments: Foot-bed is nice and feels comfortable when on. Thong is thin and feels quite insecure when walking (could easily come out of flip flop) but overall comfort of them isn’t too bad. The design is brightly coloured and they would look better with a plainer outfit – do look quite cheaply made though. They are pretty quiet to walk in.

Fashion rating: 3/5

Comfort rating: 3/5

Price: £1.00

Flip flop traction test

So traction may not be the first thing you look for when purchasing your summer flip flops, but bad neglecting could leave you with a bruised bum in a slippery beach environment.

To test the traction of our bargain flip flops we conducted a simple test.

Placing one of each flip flop on a table, we slowly raised one end to create a gradually rising, steeper angle. You can check out the videos and results below.

For her…

How did the female flip flops get on in the traction test? Find out here…

For him…

How did the male flip flops get on in the traction test? Find out here…

 

1 comment for “What are the best cheap flip flops for my holiday? Read our full guide here

  1. Elaine
    June 16, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    The best cheap flip flops I have bought this year were £1.00 per pair from Pep & Co, they were comfy and came in a wide variety of colours and patterns.

    The best value I have found were £6.00 from Tu at Sainsbury’s, They had a nice thick sole and the uppers were a very pretty wide strap in gold. They looked and felt more like a slip on sandal than the flip flops that they were.

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