Key West’s Funkiest Flip-Flops

I drove down to Key West last month for a long weekend of rest and relaxation. But, of course, there was some retail involved, too. My favorite find: a pair of leather sandals from Kino’s.


Established by Cuban immigrants, Kino has been making leather kicks for 47 years. Their collection includes men’s, women’s and kids’ styles.




But the most popular is the Lilly, a unisex thong named after one of the owners’ daughters.




It takes the 12 “sandaleros” who work behind the counter in the Greene Street store about an hour to make each rubber-soled pair. And on days when cruise ships are in port throngs of passengers descend to try and buy. (To avoid the crush, I recommend you go when the store opens at 9am.)


I loved how the sandals are stored in beer boxes:


Back when Kino’s first opened a pair of Lilys was just $3. And even now they’re still a bargain: only $14 for these handmade flip-flops I bought, complete with a comfy padded footbed and on-trend color-block styling. Score!


In fact all Kino’s styles sell for less than $20. So if you’re in the Conch Republic, feel free to do as cruisers do and pick up multiple pairs. Can’t make it to the Keys? Snap up the sandals online at their website.

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  1. Ruth Ann Schultz says:

    I visited Key West back in 1977 and bought a pair of cute sandals for my sister because you did not have them in my size. They were a sandal that had a strap that came up between each toe and came up toward the ankle. I’m wondering if you still happen to make that sandal cause I would love to have a pair in a women’s size 10.

    P.S. My sister loved them too!

  2. looking at this sandals makes me miss summer and my dad ., summer..because leather sandals is among my favorite summer staple ., and my dad ..because he just loves to have these in his wardrobe ., he’s not a fan of closed shoes that’s why ..,

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