Flip-flops are amazing, especially in summer when the fewer things we wear the better. Unless, well, you’re paranoid that you’re going to lose your tiny toe without even realizing, so you spend most of the time you’re in flip-flops counting to make sure you have five toes on each foot. But, um, that’s not something I think about…anyway, flip-flops are the best!
Dr. Christina S. Long, a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center spoke about why flip-flops are bad for us. She said: “Wearing flip-flops is better than going barefoot because they do provide some protection for the bottoms of your feet, but that's about it.” However, “Flip-flops don't offer any arch or heel support, and you have to grip them with your toes to keep them on. Wearing them for too long or for the wrong activity can cause a lot of different problems.”
Moreover, podiatrists have been bitching about these shoes for a while now. Yeh, they blame flip-flops for everything. They list blisters, viral infections, bad posture, bacteria, shooting pains, bunion exacerbation and more.
Moreover, researchers have studied flip-flops and they found that on occasions, these shoes can “change the way we walk, sometimes permanently.” The change could prove damaging to our body. So, yes, they’re pretty bad.
There’s no need to throw away all your flip-flops. (As if you would, please, we can’t give up anything that we like even when it’s bad for us). You can still wear them just do so in moderation. Also, make sure you follow these tips so you don’t get hurt.
First off, experts recommend you don’t drive with flip-flops. This should be a no-brainer and something you should already be doing. It’s so easy for one of the shoes to slip under one of your pedals and then what, are you going to blame a shoe for running into a car or doing something much worse?
Long also recommends that you keep the usage of flip-flops to a minimum. In other words, don’t spend a whole day in them. “They're good to wear at the beach, around swimming pools, in showers and locker rooms at the gym, on short trips to the store,” Long explained.
OK, so you don’t have to buy designer flip-flops but don’t go for the cheapest pair either. Flip-flops are not so expensive, so spend a little more to get one that has a stronger base. Your feet will thank you.
Also, flip-flops are not converse shoes that you enjoy seeing get dirtier with time. These shoes, much like running shoes, need to be replaced “every few months.” Wearing old ones can be terrible for your feet....
…and dangerous too. That piece of plastic between your toes could be waiting to give in and have you fall flat on your face. Also, the plastic at the base of your foot could have too much wear and tear and you could end up with a piece of glass drawn right into the sole of your foot.
If you love your flip-flops, it’s important to keep your feet clean too. Make sure they are moisturized often and apply sunscreen so you don’t have a weird V on your foot when you remove the shoes. Also, a pedicure wouldn’t kill you. Nobody deserves to see ugly toes in summer.
And one last thing, flip-flops “aren’t supposed to fold in half.” Forget what you heard, people! They should bend just a little at the ball of the foot but that’s it. Please don’t think you can fold these shoes and place them in your bag.