I may not live near the beach any more, but I live in sandals for at least 75% of the year. In the house, I wear froufrou flip-flops like these Reef Sandals, while outside the house I’m more a Born or Teva woman, depending on the day and the outfit. (I can’t quite manage to wear flip-flops outside the house, except on spa days.)
The problem with living in sandals so much of the year, is that even in Texas where winter is brief and relatively mild, there are rarely a wide selection of them in the stores before April or after August. This is why I love online stores like http://www.active-sandals.com. They’re open all year, and they carry Reef, Teva, and Keen, the last of which is really designed for truly active people, but I wear anyway because I’ve got a tendency to stub my toes.
Unlike brick and mortar shops, Active-Sandals.com is open 24/7, 365 days a year, and you can special order odd sizes of most things. They offer free shipping on orders over $75, and don’t charge tax, both of which are pretty cool. If you’re not happy with what you ordered, they also let you return it, as long as you haven’t worn the sandals, which is pretty reasonable for an online shoe store.
Alas, they don’t sell Borns, but that’s okay because frankly, I’m eyeing the pink Reef flip-flops right now.