Flip Flops Good for Your Feet
Are Any Flip Flops Good for Your Feet?
The answer is maybe. The closest answer to being correct is some flip flops are better than others for your feet.
Flip flops are not really shoes but sandals, and skimpy sandals at that. They basically consist of a flat piece that your foot rests on with a thong that runs between your big toe and second toe. Your toes have to grip and your legs react differently when wearing flip flops than when wearing shoes.
A recent study found that flip flops, unless you're just wearing them a short distance, like to the pool, are better not worn. But if you insist on wearing flip flops, certain name brands offer better support than others.
News reports say that cheap flip flops should be avoided completely. If they are that squishy "plastic-y" material that just sinks down and provide no support, pass them by. Do not, I repeat, do not wear plastic shoes!
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Why Flip Flops Can Cause Damage
Shoes are meant to be worn to support and protect our feet, but many flip flops can damage our feet. The sole of the shoe is important to cushion our feet and the bones in our feet from the pressure of walking.
Many cheap sandals and flip flops are thin and offer little to no cushioning. Over time, wearing flip flops can cause serious damage to legs and feet.
These are a few ways that flip flops can cause injury:
- The sole gets caught on an object and is pulled off.
- Stubbed toes happen.
- People walk differently in flip flops changing their gait to accommodate the structureless shoe.
- Flip flop wearers experience heal pain.
- Nine out of ten flip flop wearers have dirty feet. (I just made that up. It's probably more like ten out of ten.)
The straps on flip flops are important, so look for well made flip flops that have a wide strap or thong that is leather, not cotton or plastic.
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Reef Sandals - I have 2 pair of Reef sandals
I started wearing Reef sandals several years ago. Yes, they are flip flop style, which admittedly are not the best choice. But, my Reef sandals offer good cushioning and have held up well. The soles are thick and very supportive.
Reef flip flops are actually one of the recommended brands of flip flops for those die hards who simply can't give up their flip flops.
Flip Flops You've Known and Loved
Share with us your favorite flip flops THAT DO NOT hurt your feet. Please be honest!
What's your favorite brand of flip flops? Please only share ones that truly feel good and don't cause pain or hurt your feet.
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Ecco Flip Flops - I've never worn Ecco's flip flops but...
I have a pair of Ecco shoes, and they are like butter. My Eccos are so soft but supportive. I really love my Ecco shoes. I'm sure Ecco flip flops or sandals would be a vacation for your feet too!
Crocs - Sure they're ugly (at least the original Crocs are), but that's okay!
I've never worn Crocs flip flops, but I have a pair of well-loved ugly green original Crocs. I really need to retire them.... They are so ugly and worn out.
Teva Sandals ... Flip Flops
Teva is another sandal I've never worn, but I love the look of them! I've heard great things about Tevas.
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