There’s nothing like getting ready for a long-awaited trip, preparing outfits, packing, and of course feeling the Jameson the glue holding this 2020 shitshow together tee shirt excitement that comes with shopping for a little newness to bring along. About this time last summer, I was headed to Mallorca, Spain, for a week vacation alongside my two girlfriends, with two fresh pairs of Nomadic State of Mind rope sandals packed in my carry-on. I first spotted the easy-on, easy-off rope sandals last summer on my colleague, accessories extraordinaire Madeline Swanson, and I was instantly hooked. They exuded the perfect summer ease I was after: not too chunky, too strappy, or too trendy and not too expensive. Before then, I never indulged in typical vacation-ready gladiator sandals or lace-up espadrilles, but when packing for a week in the Mediterranean, I knew I wanted a shoe that leaned into the resort-ready look yet still suited my laid-back, nondressy summer aesthetic. I needed a comfortable sandal I could rely on to look just as cool worn with salty hair and a cover-up on the beach as it did during days spent exploring small coastal villages in a bucket hat, linen pants, and my trusty oversized button-up. Of course, I also wanted ones that didn’t cost more than a night’s stay.