Flip Flops are Fun and Cool Too
Why have a flip flops page on a site about going barefoot? I know some of
the most avid barefooters may frown on this but hey, let's face it; as much as
we like to, we all can't go sans footwear all the time because of
school/work, the weather (too hot or too cold), or some establishments that
refuse to let us in with nothing
on our feet. In these situations flip flops are the next best thing.
When you wear flip flops most of your feet are
exposed except your soles don't touch the ground. Your feet
are free to breathe as they're not enclosed like when you wear shoes. It's also
very easy to slip them off whenever you want to. So you are essentially one step
away from being totally bare footed.
I also like them because they look cool and stylish and you don't really have to
spend a lot of money unless you want to wear the designer flip flops sandals. I wear
them especially in Winter and in any of the situations I mentioned above. When
flip flops were starting to get popular a few years back, they were mostly worn by
girls. But I didn't care, I wore them too and you know what? Since the last year
or two there have been more and more guys wearing flip flops. Yes, even older men. I must have started the trend. He he!
Another thing I like about wearing flip flops is that they make fun noises when
slapping against the soles of your feet, hence the name. Flip flops are also
called various names in different parts of the world. It's jandals in New Zealand,
in Hawaii, havaianas in other places like Brazil (which is interesting because I
believe it refers to "Hawaiian"), and the Japanese wooden kind are also called
When the weather gets warm flip flops rule! You see them everywhere. At the
malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and many other places where people hang out.
If you go to Abercrombie & Fitch you will see most of the employees wear
Even in places where more formal dress is required women get away with wearing flip
flops, granted they're the fancier kinds. There are even wedding flip flops
made for that special occasion in your life, mostly bridal, although I recently
read somewhere on the internet about a man who wore his favorite footwear (you
guessed it!) at his daughter's wedding. I think that's really cool :) Flip flops
have simply become the most popular footwear of the 21st century.
The following is related by a girl who loves flip flops...
Flip flops are the greatest invention ever. At least, in my world they are.
There is absolutely nothing more
comfortable to put on my feet than flip flops. I'm not too picky with mine. I
have every color imaginable and
every material ever made. I also have a couple pairs of platform flip flops. The canvas ones are my absolute favorite and I save
the leather dressier ones for parties and other
Why do I love flip flops so much? Well, that won't be too hard to answer. Not
only are they easy to slip on
and off, but they also let you show off whatever new color nail polish you put
on your toes. You can get
them wet and there's no harm done. Every brand name, generic or well-known,
makes them. Walk through
any department store or shoe store and you'll see tons of flip flops in every color
I have a pair of Skechers flip flops that I absolutely love. However, I have
also bought some of the most
adorable pairs at Payless. I could probably purchase 3 pairs of cheap flip flops for the price of one
pair of Sketchers. It just depends on what you're looking for and how much of an
emphasis you place on
where your footwear comes from. To me, flip flops are wonderful no matter what
brand they are.
When I was a kid, the only kind of flip flops were the rubber kind that
irritated your toes when you wore
them. After you had permanent calluses on your toes, then they were comfortable.
Finally, some people
stepped outside the box and invented flip flops that made your feet happy.
Whoever those cool people were
that finally took that creative step, I owe them a huge thank you.
My workplace has a fairly strict dress code. I've tried to test it a few times
by wearing outfits or items that aren't acceptable. Technically, we are not
supposed to wear flip flops for any reason. However, I sprained my ankle one
time shortly after I started working for the company and it was incredibly
uncomfortable to wear any type of shoes. My boss was kind enough to let me wear
flip flops to work until the pain was more
bearable. Needless to say, I was a bit sad when I had to switch back to regular
shoes after my ankle and
feet got better.
At the moment, I have several pairs of flip flops in my living room. My
boyfriend trips over them constantly
and that drives him nuts :) They vary in price range and are a girl's best
friend. Well, at least they're my best
friend. Next to chocolate, that is :)
At most places that don't allow bare feet, flip flops will get you in which
doesn't make sense to me since your feet are still bare for the most part but I
guess that's better than being required to wear "real" shoes. So if you don't
even own a pair of flip flops yet you should consider trading some of your shoes
for them :) But please...
don't ever wear socks with them! That's an abomination.
Here's an interesting article about
flip flops on
Wikipedia. One thing though, they mention about some health risks. I may be
biased but sometimes people like to attribute "risks" to things they don't
approve of like going barefoot or even wearing flip flops. So, take their
warning with a grain of salt and remember there's always risks in life no matter what
Flip flops are here to stay, for the many reasons cited
above, at least for a while if not permanently like in Hawaii where they have
been the footwear of choice for generations. The only thing to replace flip
flops that would make me happy would be total bare feet.
Who knows, that will be the next fashionable thing! :)
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