Flip flops might not be very expensive, but they're a key piece of gear.
Flip flops might not be very expensive, but they're a key piece of gear. (Photo: iStockphoto)

The Best Affordable Flip Flops

Flip flops on the beach at sunset

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Flip flops are an essential part of your wardrobe. To help you choose the right pair, we tracked down the most reviewed thongs on the internet and also asked for recommendations from our most highly regarded beach bum friends. Here are our top five picks, all of which come in under $50.

Rainbow Hemp ($40)

(Courtesy Rainbow)

Rainbow is a Southern California brand with deep surfing roots (Gerry Lopez has a signature sandal). This model combines a hemp footbed with a nylon fish-print strap, making it perfect So-Cal surfer dude attire.  

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Hari Mari Dunes ($45) 

(Courtesy Hari Mari)

Hari Mari is best known for their high-end flops, but the Dunes are an affordable option built for comfort. They come with a memory foam toe post, a soft insole cushion that forms to your feet, and a firm arch so you can wear them all day. 

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The North Face Base Camp Plus ($35)

(The North Face)

The foorbet on these flops has a geodesic pattern that looks cool, drains well in the water, and adds comfort.

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Teva Pajaro ($40)  

(Courtesy Teva)

The Pajaros are built for more rugged terrain thanks to wide upper straps and deep footbeds that cups your feet and keep them in place. The outsole was the burliest we tested and we found it stiff and grippy enough for short hikes.

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Bogs Hudson II Leather ($30) 

(Courtesy Bogs)

The leather footbed on the Hudons is super cush, but won't wet out thanks to a waterproof coating. These flops also come with hydrophobic polyester outsoles that give them superior grip on wet surfaces like pools and boat decks. 

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