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Anything-But-Basic Flat Sandals by LA Based Brands

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Who says you need to be sporting sky-high heels to look chic and stylish? Certainly not LA's coolest shoe designers, who have made sure to offer plenty of options for us gals who prefer to stay a little closer to the ground.

Whether it means being decked with indigo-dye details or fantastically colored fringe, the latest crop of flat sandals and slides are making is super-cool to skip the stilts — and your soles will also appreciate the break. Scroll through to find our picks from the best local footwear brands, including a few cruelty-free options (sandals made of recycled ketchup bottles? yep, that's a thing), some customizable handmade slides, and a sporty style that will keep your feet happy on a long summer stroll.