Don't want to stumble through the sand on laser-cut platforms at a Malibu beach party? Rubber flip-flops too casual? Tkees, a collection of dressy leather sandals, are a beachy choice with an interesting slogan: Cosmetics for your feet.
Tkees were introduced in 2009 as foundation-matching flip-flops for a barefoot effect. The basic "nude" colors range from the lightest Seashell to the darkest Mocha.
Tkees are all handmade in Brazil, a country famous for flip-flops.
Carly and Jesse Burnett, Tkees' New York-based founders and designers, based their sandal concept on slender flip-flops that Carly bought in St. Barts, French West Indies, that could easily transition from dressy to day-to-day.
"Tkees are very refreshing compared to what's out there," says Carly Burnett, 30, who recently married Jesse. "The sandals come in over 40 different shades, so they can go with everything. People have worn them to wedding parties, even the brides themselves. My sister is wearing hers to her wedding, and the wedding party is as well."
Angelina Jolie, who effortlessly mixes high-end and casual fashion, is a big fan of the flip-flops.
New sandal colors this season include Sorbet, a fuchsia lipstick hue; Ivy, a green eyeliner color; and eye shadow shades Bluebird, a creamy blue, and Angel Dust, a metallic gold.
And to keep up with makeup trends, Tkees is introducing a nail polish-inspired collection in spring 2011 that will include neon hues.
Tkees sell for $44 to $48 and are available at singer22.com.
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