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The 10 No-No's in Wearing Sandals

Updated on November 13, 2009

Most people love to wear sandals because of its casual appeal. The comfort, functionality, and style offered by sandals are also distinct, that many individuals prefer to wear this type of footwear in many occasions. Sandals are quite versatile, and are available in a wide variety of styles and designs to match one’s preferences and fashion sense.

But do you know that there are several no-no’s in wearing sandals? Like any other form of footwear, sandals must be worn with proper observance of certain conventions that enhance the functionality and versatility of this footwear.

If you wish to wear sandals, be careful to observe the following no-nos associated with the use of this type of footwear in order to maximize its appeal and functionality.

My old favorite pair of strapless sandals...a G&G.
My old favorite pair of strapless sandals...a G&G.

Ten Things to Avoid in Wearing Sandals

1) No-no #1: Wearing sandals that are too small

Sandals that are too small for your feet not only make you feel uncomfortable, they also tend to devour your feet, stuffing your feet in like sardines.

2) No-no #2: Wearing loose-fitting sandals

Avoid sandals that are too long, too big, or too loose-fitting for your feet too. Aside from making your feet look like misfits as indeed they are, loose-fitting sandals will not do anything good for your poise, and will impact the way you walk. They can even improve your chances of tripping or slipping, so you’d fare better if you avoid wearing those fancy sandals you found in your sister’s closet (regardless how extremely appealing they may be), if they are not your size.

3) No-no #3: Wearing open-toe sandals with dirty nails

When you have not cleaned or trimmed your nails, do not wear open-sandals. You don’t have to undergo pedicure treatment just to do that, although that could enhance the overall look of your feet. But by simply trimming and brushing your nails you could easily make them look clean, shiny and presentable.

4) No-no #4: Leaving cracked polish on

If you wish to wear open-toe sandals, be sure to remove all traces of cracked polish first, as it does not look good (maybe if they could pass up for unique nail art, then you have a chance). But that is generally not the case, so do get another pedicure; or if you have no time or budget for such treatment, simply rub the cracked polish off with a piece of acetone-soaked cotton ball, and brush your nails with soap and water.

5) No-no #5: Wearing tight-fitting toe rings

Toe rings are beautiful, but if they hug your toes very tightly, squeezing your flesh, then that’s another story. That would not only impair circulation to your ringed toe or toes, but would also make them look like tiny sausages.

Women's Sandals

6) No-no #6: Wearing loose--fitting toe rings

Wearing loose-fitting toe rings likewise, should be avoided, as they can be thrown off when you walk. If you wear loose-fitting rings you tend to walk awkwardly just to avoid them from falling off your toes. So what’s the point of wearing toe rings if they can hamper your agility and harm your poise?

7) No-no #7: Choosing the wrong type of sandals

In choosing a pair of sandals, you need to consider several factors, including the type of materials used, the place you’re going to or the occasion you’re attending (if ever).

Material-wise, if your feet tend to perspire a lot, you should avoid sandals made up of sweat-inducing materials such as plastic, rubber or faux leather. Try to go for those with cotton or absorbent linings instead. You may also use absorbent insoles like Summer Soles ( Or you could use antiperspirant foot products to minimize sweating.

The place or occasion you’re planning to go should also be considered. Rubber sandals should not be worn in semi-formal or formal places like the office, church, or school – though there can be some exceptions to this. Open-toe sandals must also be confined to places which require less formality.

Should you wish to wear sandals on meetings and social gatherings, go for the ones that

8) No-no #8: Not considering the appropriate heel height

When buying or wearing sandals, it is always wise to give a careful thought to the height of the footwear’s heels. If you plan to wear the sandals often times during the week, you may want them to have heels that are low to moderately high, especially if you do a lot of walking. Whether you buy low-, moderately high- or high-heeled sandals, be sure to use the right pair to the right occasion and at the right time.

9) No-no #9: Wearing torn or damaged sandals

Oh, this one is a big no-no. If you have a pair of damaged sandals, be sure to have it fixed first before wearing them. If it cannot be fixed anymore, then you can do nothing but to buy a new pair. Wearing slightly damaged sandals can be a cause for embarrassment if they break down while you are walking…ouch. So always inspect your footwear prior to putting them on.

10) No-no #10: Using Scotch tape or band aid to fix

In relation to No-no #9, you should never do this to fix your damaged sandals. Perhaps in an emergency situation wherein your sandals literally gave way and you need to fix it quickly or you walk barefoot, then maybe it would be acceptable. Otherwise, this is a great taboo. If you can’t have your sandals fixed, buy another pair or use another foot wear.

Image source: Wikipedia
Image source: Wikipedia

Final Thoughts

Sandals are very versatile, casual, and comfortable. Yet, like any type of footwear, there are certain things you need to consider and avoid when buying or wearing sandals. Since money is a great issue during these times, be sure that you only buy sandals that are really comfortable, appropriate and practical. Choose the right material carefully. Even if they cost more, finely crafted sandals using durable materials are often more cost-efficient to buy than cheap ones that are likely to retire after a few uses.

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    • kiran8 profile image

      kiran8 7 years ago from Mangalore, India

      I love wearing sandals..the last one , with all those lovely blue and pink color is really pretty

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Also men wearing socks with them and women with cracked skin on their heels

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      franciaonline 7 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Melody,

      I'm wearing sandals all the time and your hub is a very good reminder about the no-no's on this type of footwear!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      They are especially important in climates where it is hot. Let the feet breathe, I say! LOL

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      Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, everyone, for dropping by and for your comments.

      Ethel, thanks for that. I did think of that but somehow it was missed.

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      My favorite kind of footwear--cool, casual and so easy to slip on and off. No air, just pure humbleness and functionality--the person who invented it was a genius.

      Love the rainbow sandals--my daughter loves her pair.

      And yes, LOL on your last no-no--desperate situation calls for desperate measures--I've been there.

      Thanks for the lovely hub.

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      milynch43 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for the good advice. I live in these things.

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      cs 7 years ago

      I'm a 36 year old male. I love to wear sandals. They feel so much more comfortable then closed up shoes. I live in Florida where its warm most the time. It's hard to find nice looking sandals. Most are clunky and ugly. I don't think all men can pull off wearing sandals, I'm lucky in that I have very nice feet and go out of my way to keep them up. Just thought I'd share from a males perspective.

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      tion 6 years ago

      not nice

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      lilly_dens 6 years ago

      simple yet very useful tips! nice hub! I remember a classmate who wore high heeled shoes instead of sandals and when she got down from the taxi, her one heel got detached and was left at the center of the road! to keep it cool, she still walked as if nothing happened and good thing another classmate of ours was nearby and got her heels and fixed it for the meantime. That was a lesson, never wear a footwear that's not in a good condition

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      Trusted Marketing 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      So it's yes, yes to sandals.

      Nice article.

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      mysisters 6 years ago

      Great Hub. Another no no I can think of is wearing socks with sandals.

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      Shady 5 years ago

      There's only one rule for wearing sandals: don't.

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      Jason William Dore 5 years ago

      I'm 31 and I LOVE sandals and flip-flops.

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      Robert 3 years ago


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