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Nothing says summer-casual like a pair of flip-flops. They are the Jimmy Buffet of footwear; the warm, comfy throw blanket of shoes; the sandals that fit like a glove if gloves went on your feet. They are your go-anywhere partner in crime for warm-weather months, but the best flip-flops for women are also good for your feet, meaning they’re supportive and pain-free. Find the right pair, then let the world see those thong, tha-thong thong thongs!

Rainbow of Colors

This brand is the first name in stylish comfort footwear, thanks to an ultra-lightweight design, ortholite footbed, soft textile lining, and high-density, shock-absorbing cushions. Clarcks

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You can buy flip-flops pretty much anywhere these days, from the grocery story to the gas station, but just because you get a pair of thongs for 3 bucks doesn’t mean you should. Nobody should wear flimsy flippies, but that’s doubly true for anyone with foot issues. If you’ve got flat feet or any other painful podiatric problems, investing in a pair with support is crucial. A soft footbed is important too, for comfort, but like a soft mattress, there has to be a strong foundation underneath to make it healthy for your bod.

Minimalist Design

This simple, affordable synthetic thong sandal is perfect for anyone who wants their flip-flops to recede into the background—but those with flat feet should beware. Essentials

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An old-school pair of super-flat thongs with no support may look super chic, but unless you’ve got a real arch in your foot, stay away. Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the fascia connecting the heels to the toes, is incredibly common—and painful. The worst thing for those who are afflicted is a totally flat footbed: They’re hard to wear and walk in for long periods of time, and they will not be comfortable. A supportive, arched footbed with plenty of cushioning is just what the doctor ordered for anyone with foot issues.

Loads of Traction

This lightweight medium-support pair with a rubber sole has a multilayered soft foam lining with anatomical contours to cradle your feet like a baby. Under Armour

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Most synthetic flip-flops are safe to throw in the washing machine (cold water, gentle, tiny bit of detergent, touch of vinegar for odors), but you can also wipe down the non-fabric parts with a damp towel and use a toothbrush with soap on the material segments. For everyday cleanup and maintenance, spray antibacterial on the soles after you’ve been out all day.

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