Summer is such a great time of year. No heavy coats, hats or gloves. No chunky boots that track snow and dirt into your home. Instead you can just slip on a pair of flip flops and head out, saving you time and possibly money, as flip flops can cost as little as just a few dollars.
But buyers beware: flip flops could be the cause of trouble.
1. Exposure is bad
Flip flops cover a tiny, little sliver of your foot, exposing your feet to a great deal of dangers. You can easily stub your toes, get a bad sunburn on the tops of your feet (making it difficult to wear socks and real shoes for a few days), drop items on top of unprotected toes, and have both strangers and friends unsuspectingly step on your feet with no protection. Oh, and depending on where you live, there are glass hazards, insects, potential snake bites and loads of other worries. Sound like fun? These reasons alone should be enough to keep those flip flops off your feet!
2. Infection detection
That little thong part that goes between the toes can cause irritation or even a rash. A reaction to sweat or other moisture, having an irritation between the toes makes it pretty difficult to walk any distance at all. Or, even worse, consider this article that details the yucky possibility of bacterial infection.
3. No support
One of the biggest causes of foot, leg, and lower back pain is the lack of support in shoes, or going for extended periods without footwear. If you wear flip flops all day, every day, and continue to do so for years, the cumulative effect is likely to result in some sort of aches and pains. Not to mention the fact you have to scrunch up your toes to keep the shoes on your feet, causing overuse of the toe muscles. Flip flops are great for a trip to the beach, so by all means, pack them in your suitcase for spring break. But if your day is filled with sightseeing (as in, lots of walking), leave them in the hotel. Your feet and arches certainly won’t mind.
On the other hand…
If you really love the look of flip flops and enjoy getting some fresh air for your feet, a great alternative to flip flops is the FitFlop. Many styles carry the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Approval, and FootSmart carries several of those styles. Flip flops with arch support and a thick, antibacterial insole are certainly better than the drugstore variety. FootSmart offers a wide variety of casual sandals that give you the look of a flip flop without sacrificing comfort and support.