Mandals can be cringeworthy, there's no doubt. But while most of us know by now that socks and sandals are a perpetual fashion don't, it's a little trickier to determine which sandals are actually cool, and which are simply okay-looking. One rule of thumb: no flip-flops. The margin for error is, we regret to inform you, simply too great. Here are three hip slide sandals to help you ditch the embarrassing man-sandal forever.
1. Nike Benassi Swoosh
For the true baller who doesn't want to break the bank, the Nike Benassi Swoosh is a classic, slide with lightweight-one piece construction, guaranteeing you don't need to worry about these things falling apart like your bargain-basement flip-flops. At mere $25 from the Nike store, why mess with the classics?
2. Valentino Black Camo-Print Slide
Italian designer Valentino Garavani debuted his first collection back in 1962: today, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli honor the house's heritage while adding more modern touches. Do you want to blend into the crowd, or stake your claim? With these waterproof rubber-soled slip on sandals in uber-manly camo-print sandals, you don't have to chose. $345 from Valentino.
3. Birkenstock Arizona Sandal
You honestly thought we'd leave the classic two-strap off the list? Despite Birk's crunchy-granola reputation, the product is hard to beat in terms of ergonomic design: high-quality leather and reinforced cork construction, adjustable width buckles, and molded footbeds have made this a go-to with good reason. If you hate a super-hippie aesthetic, go for the Monterey: all-black soles and uppers are all grown up. Starts at $224.95 from Nordstorm.