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I Hate Flip Flops

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I hate flip flops. I despise everything about them. That stupid thing that goes between your toes. The weird way they make you walk. And what about stacked or platform flip flops? Ick. I’m not going to pretend like I was never like most folks, stocking up on the $2 rubber shoes in every single color whenever I had the chance, because I did. Oh, I was bad. I used to wear flip flops with nice dresses, jeans, to work, to church… Heck, at one time, in my mind, flip flops were the epitome of versatility.

After almost a decade of living in Philadelphia, and 5 years of traveling to and from work on public transportation, flip flops lost their luster to me. Maybe it was the raggedy heels that I’d see on a daily basis that turned me off of flip flops. Look, when you’re walking in the concrete jungle in flip flops, your feet are going to take a beating. No matter what you do, if you wear flip flops regularly in the city, your feet are going to get dry, cracked, and dirty. From my own experience, it took months and months of intensive treatment after wearing flip flops every day one summer to get back to the days of soft, supple feet. Oh goodness, and I don’t even want to talk about that obnoxious flip floppy sound they make when you walk…

I understand the appeal, though. Flip flops are easy. They’re inexpensive. They (appear to, but don’t) go with everything. If you’re going to the beach, hanging out around the house, or are running a quick errand, by all means, wear your clip clop flip flops. If you’re headed out to dinner with your man, or out shopping with your girlfriends, hang the flip flops up and give these alternatives a try:

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Thong sandals: Although they still have that dreaded toe thing, thong sandals are typically more sturdy than flip flops. They have a strap around the ankle that provides support, and are just as versatile as flip flops.

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Gladiator sandals: Trendy, yet still casual, gladiator sandals can add an extra oomph to a simple outfit in the way that flip flops never could. Dress them up, or dress them down, they might take a few seconds more to put on than sliding on your trusty flip flops, but it’ll be worth it!

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Wedges: If you absolutely must slide into a shoe, give wedges a try. They are a lot more sturdy than flip flops, and even a tiny wedge gives your booty and legs a little pop.

How do YOU feel about flip flops? Are they your go to shoes? Are you willing to give one of these alternatives a try? 

Greta

Sunday 21st of June 2015

OMGosh...I HATE flip flops, too! I have never stocked up on them in every color, though, because I've despised them since I was like 7.

brandijeter

Monday 22nd of June 2015

I KNEW there was a reason that I love you, Greta! #greatminds

samsam

Tuesday 6th of May 2014

Unlike you, I have always hated and never worn flip flops. So I don't need to give the other shoes "a try". I wear them.

veronica

Saturday 27th of July 2013

I have coworkers who wear sandals similar to the Pengo wedges. They sound worse than flip flops in the office, as if they are sticking to the bottom of their feet. Schlerp-schlerp-schlerp past my desk all day long. It's called foot powder, people. Use some! Quit being disruptive with your footwear.

Arelis Cintron

Wednesday 15th of May 2013

oooh I love the wedges ... I was addicted to flip flops at one point and I to had them in every color. I think it changed for me when Old Navy had the $1 sale and people were going bananas over them. I hate crowds and people were out of control. Like they were buying lottery tickets or something. I've not bought them since. I have a few pairs from when I stocked up that I wear to the beach or around the house, but I don't wear them out and about. My feet were always nasty looking anyways. Who wants that?

BrandiJeter

Monday 6th of May 2013

I think flip flops are great for kids. Well, not really, but it sure helps things go faster when we're trying to get out of the house!