* Ankle-wrap sandal. A sandal whose straps crisscross up the leg. The term is sometimes used for an ankle-strap sandal.
* Fisherman sandal. A rugged, practical, flat sandal with lots of skin-covering straps. Not very fashion-forward.
* Flip-flop. A thong sandal commonly made of vinyl or rubber and often for shower or beach use. Very casual.
* Jellies. Sandals made from a translucent plastic that looks like, well, jelly.
* Kitten heel. A tiny, low heel with a feminine shape (often pinched in at the "waist"). Very popular on sandals this season.
* Mule. An exception to the open-toe rule. A closed-toe slide.
Tips for wearing sandals
-- Get a professional pedicure once a month, or give yourself one.
-- Reapply top coat every other day to prevent chipping, and reapply polish once a week.
-- Use cream and cuticle oil after showering.
-- Use exfoliators and pumice stones daily to keep calluses down and skin soft.
-- Try a color you might not use on your fingernails, but nothing too wild and crazy. If summer's pale pinks don't cover ugly nails, use a clear red or brown.
-- Put away the pantyhose. Bare legs are fine, even at the office, unless it's very conservative.
* Nappa. A soft leather that's one of this season's hot sandal materials.
* Sandal. A very open shoe usually made of a sole and a thong or straps. Heels optional.
* Slide. An open-toed shoe with only a band across the front to hold it on the foot.
* Sling-back sandal. An open-toed shoe with a strap around the heel.
* Strappy. The It word to describe this season's feminine sandals.
* T-strap sandal. An open-toed shoe with a strap down the middle of the top of the foot. It bisects the strap that attaches to the sole.
* Thong. A sandal that stays on the foot because of straps that go between the first and second toes. A more citified version of the flip-flop.
* Wedge. The most casual heel of all. Very retro. It's more an extension of the sole that's been built up than a true heel.
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