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Are Flip Flops The Fashion Faux Pas Of The Century?

Updated on August 21, 2007

Are there worse things I could do than wear flip flops to a gay poolside party?

As I went for the door to leave my house on Sunday to go to a Power Gay Poolside Party my guy stopped me and said, "You're not wearing those flip flops are you?" Sounding like a high school girl walking out of the house to go to a party wearing a cropped top showing too much of her bountiful abdomen I said, "Come on, everyone is wearing them." To which my guy replied, "How many episodes have we watched of What Not To Wear? And you're still going to wear the shoes to a party that you wear to take out the garbage?" And so with my defiant spirit a blazing I left wearing my red Old Navy flip flops thinking I was just fine and would be as cool as all the other kids at the party. But at the same time I began to question myself...what if I was wrong? Are flip flops the fashion faux pas of the century? - Don't Get Me Started!

As I arrived at the party I realized in an instant it must be Saint Nick (no, not really, just seemed like the logical next line). One by one the gays came in, two by two and as I looked from foot to foot I saw one Kenneth Cole sandal after the other. I don't care if they were the big leather band slip-on kind that sort of gave the appearance of your Dad's old slippers or if they were what I call the "I am Spartacus" sandal that are way too chunky and strappy for their own good but the cheese stood alone (in this case me) with my cheapo flip flops on. My guy was right and I felt kind of bad and out of step as it were...that is until I saw the guy with the bright green crocs on that matched nothing else he had on. (Read my blog about Crocs here... ) At least my flip flops were adding a dash of color to my outfit, right?

The thing is that I am not a short or sandal wearer on the whole so truth be told, I really didn't have the appropriate attire for this event to from the get go. And it just didn't seem to make sense to me to go out and sportswear myself up like a 1970's J.C. Penney catalog for one party. I usually only wear my flip flops to take out the garbage so why did I think that I was going to suddenly turn twenty and into an Abercrombie model with my flip flops, khaki shorts and shirt? For the most part I think that flip flops are not the most comfortable and certainly not the most fashionable choice one can make but I didn't have sandals so it was either the flops or tennis shoes with socks pushed down reminiscent of the 1980's and leg warmers so I had gone ahead and made the flip flop choice.

I remember this guy I used to work with and his flip flops or what he called his "shower shoes." He was a very large man who the minute he opened his mouth you knew you were off to the gay races. Well, one time he was across the country and had checked into a hotel where I was going to be checking in a couple of days and he called me to give me a status update about the rooms and hotel itself. Almost before I could get a "hello" out he squealed, "Girl, we gots to move hotels. I'm telling you honey, this carpet is so greasy I wouldn't even take my shower shoes off to walk around this room. Mama can't stay here and trust me when I say you'll thank me for not letting you check in here either!"

Now for you savvy Some Like It Scott readers it's about this time in reading the blog that you're wondering where all my observations are about the party, the party goers and the food. More on that tomorrow but today it's about me and my bad choice with the flip flops and whether or not you think like Stockard Channing in Grease, "there are worse things I could do". Are flip flops the fashion faux pas of the century? - Don't Get Me Started!

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      Cory Zacharia 9 years ago

      A few years ago, an earth goddess relative of mine was getting married in her home to her long time mate. She told us the dress code was shorts and I took her at her word. Silly me. The only two people in shorts were moi and my Cindy Crawford look-alike niece Carly. Plus, the groom was from Colombia, and all of his relatives arrived stunningly turned out in cocktail attire. I wanted to dieeeeeeeeeeeeee. But Scott, I'm sure you sported a perfect pedicure and maybe a few uncomfortable Sparticans wished they had your casual elan.

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      somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      God love you for that confidence and yes, as a matter of fact the toes had just been cleaned, cut and created into perfect feet. And what is it with the people who leave their feet out even when they are crusty, dusty and need to be covered? In my opinion, they need to put their potatoes in a sack!

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      Cory Zacharia 9 years ago

      I adore espadrilles and have a beautiful black, closed toe pair that somehow remind me of ballet slippers, especially when crisscrossing and tying the ribbons, the perfect foil for untidy toes.

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      somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      But of course, and perfect...of course!!

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      I am not a flip-flop fan; I only used them in the dorms for showers, basically. Flats all the way :)

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      Bodybuilding 7 years ago

      I love flip-flops, when there are beautiful feet inside ;)

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