Summertime is synonymous with shorts, tank tops, swimsuits and of course – flip flops! They come in every color and price range. I remember when Old Navy would advertise their $1 flip flop sale – I would get a pair in practically every color they had in my size…and then some.
Unfortunately, and I hate to be the bearer of somewhat bad news, flip flops are not the optimal shoes to wear. Here’s why:
- No arch support: can cause over-pronation, which is when your ankles roll inward
- Bacteria-infested: especially the rubber ones (gross)
- Increased clumsiness…I can vouch for that!
- Heel pain: Think about when you walk in them. You hear the “smack, smack” against your heel. There is a lack of impact resistance AND you also can get cracked skin on your heels from being beat up so much!
- Bunions: Yes, the terrible “B” word that I thought only came from pointed heels also can be attributed to flip flop wear! Noooooooooo….
Can’t totally shake NOT wearing flip flops in the summertime? Here are some things you can look for in a more-acceptable flip flop:
- Soft leather: You need a material that is sturdy. Leather flip flops also have a tendency to mold to your feet, making for a more comfortable, sturdier fit.
- Do the bend test: The flip flop should not bend in the middle (or if it does, it should be very little).
- Find a pair with arch support. That little bump beneath your arch may make all the difference.
- Look for a flip flop with straps in the front and around the ankle. This will help to stabilize your foot a bit better.
- Replace your flip flops more often to reduce possible infection.
- Try not to drive in them
Have you found any flip flops that fit the bill? Please share the brands in the comment section!