Best of LA: How We Picked the Best Mandals

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Yes, a mandal, as you might expect from your knowledge of other man-related portmanteaus like manny and manscaping, is indeed a man’s sandal. Finding a shop with an impressive selection was a thousand-step challenge

THE CONTENDERS
Light Blue, Venice
Rainbow Sandals, West Hollywood
Clarks Shoes, Sherman Oaks
Salvatore Ferragamo, Beverly Hills 

ROUND 1
Rainbow Sandals has hundreds of colors, strap designs,and foam thicknesses for the beachcomber, but none suitable for inland rambles. Light Blue stocks more than 5,000 flip-flops but few leather styles for the guy who trades his board shorts for slacks once the sun goes down. 

THE FINALS 
Clarks Shoes 
Forty varieties of thongs, slides, and sport footwear, many crafted from leather and nubuck, are priced from $50 to $150. Yet there’s nary a whiff of hip within miles of your well-ventilated toes. 

Salvatore Ferragamo
The brand’s offerings run the gamut from espadrilles ($280) to its signature stamped-leather slides ($300). They can glide from seaside barbecues to white-linen-suit affairs.

THE WINNER
Salvatore Ferragamo
The Italian shoe company is strides ahead with the most styles, many of them now available at end-of-season sales. We think that’s mantastic. » 357 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills.