Flip-flips are a must in Myrtle Beach

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No shirt, no shoes, no problem in Myrtle Beach. In fact, you really don’t even need a pair of shoelaces during your trip to the Grand Strand. After all, every second spent tying your shoes is a second of vacation time lost.

That’s the beauty of the flip-flop, a simple invention born out of necessity for beach-goers. Who needs lace-up shoes when you can step right into a cozy pair of flip-flops and keep on walking. Best of all, you won’t have to carry half of the beach home with you in your shoes. Just hose off your rubber footwear and kick them back on your feet, and rinse and repeat for every trip to the beach. Kick them off by your hotel door and you’re good to go at a moment’s notice.

But the beauty of wearing flip-flops at the beach is that they aren’t just for the beach. Flip-flops are considered everywhere-wear in Myrtle Beach. Some of the finest restaurants in town have accepted the fact that the Grand Strand is a “beach casual” area, so don’t be surprised to see a lot of T-shirts and shorts and many upscale establishments. Flip-flops are also accepted at most businesses and restaurants as long as you leave them on. However, stylistically speaking, all flip-flops are not created equal.

Picking the right pair is important, and sometimes you need two or three depending on your situation.

If you’re looking for a cheap, plastic or rubber pair you can throw in the trash at the end of your trip, there are hundreds of beachwear stores with thousands of flip-flops in stock. Flower designs for the ladies, basic black for the men or superhero and Disney princess for the kids – places like Eagles and Wings have you covered without dropping a lot of cash. They also carry the imitation Crocs that are good for the beach and pool.

For a more visually appealing and longer lasting pair of flip-flops, visit any shoe store on the Grand Strand. Most carry all the major brand names and have a more formal sandal that guests can feel comfortable wearing almost anywhere in town. Major shopping centers like Broadway at the Beach and the Tanger Outlet Stores have major retail outlets like Birkenstock that sell high-quality sandals that serve a similar role as flip-flops but look nicer for a night out on the town. Another major brand called “Fit-Flops” give more active types a shoe to cushion the blow of extended walking.

So what kind of footwear do you prefer at the beach?

(posted 3/24/14)