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Key West's Funkiest Flip-Flops

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.

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

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

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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.)

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I loved how the sandals are stored in beer boxes:

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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!

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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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