June 08, 2010

The Flip Flop Controversy


One of my dear friends and I were recently having a discussion about cheap Old Navy flip flops. One of our former coworkers wore them with jeans and a tee to a work event. While we think Old Navy flip flops are ok for the yard or beach, we do not think they're appropriate for social events. While searching for celebrity news, I ran across the following article.

USA Today reports that Justin Shroyer, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, studied over one hundred flip flop wearers to uncover patterns in their feet and leg movements. He discovered that by trying to grip and hold flip flops in place, people work the muscles in their shins much harder than when they’re barefoot. He said that shortened strides while wearing flip flops can also strain the lower legs. Some short-term issues related to flip flop use would be heel and arch pain, tendinitis, shin splints, sprains, splinters, cuts, and toe injuries. Long-term problems might be stress fractures, bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas. Structured flip flops with deepened heel cups and defined arches can remove some of the stress from your feet and legs, but a sneaker is still preferred when doing extensive walking or activity.

When it comes to brands, some are better than others. Those ultra-affordable Old Navy flip flops may be appealing and available in every color, but your feet will pay the price if you’re doing much more activity than sitting around at a barbeque. Dr. Sutera lists Crocs, Clarks, Born, Teva, and Birkenstock as acceptable brands for light to moderate use. For a higher end option, Dr. Positano is impressed with the offerings from Tory Burch, Chanel, Prada, and Bally.

Even with a comfortable flip flop, you should limit your use to no more than a few hours of wear. "If you’re hanging around the pool or going to the beach, it’s fine," says Dr. Positano. When in doubt, Dr. Positano offers up some simple but important advice. "The bottom line is wearing flip flops is no different than wearing three-inch high heels. Be sensible. Know how to wear something and when to wear it."



Takeaways
· Medical experts think Old Navy flip flops should stay on the beach.
· Medical experts strongly approve of designer flip flops like Chanel and Prada.
· Although medical experts aren't flip flop fans, they recognize the rules of fashion.

"Know how to wear something and when to wear it."

29 comments:

Michelle Hoad said...

I wear them 24/7. Well, unless my husband takes me out to dinner, then I throw on some hooker heels and a skirt to make him happy. He's been taking me to dinner alot, lately. I wonder if there's a connection.

meredith said...

honestly, i've never worn (nor do i own) any pair of old navy plastic flip flops. i don't like any kind of plastic thong rubbing against the top of my foot. it gives me blisters. i'm definitely a flip flop girl when i just need something to slip on, but i prefer something other than plastic. haha

Salt said...

I never understood how anyone could wear those Old Navy flippers for more than 5 minutes. The plastic in between my toes HURTS!

I do have a few nicer pairs of flip flops that I wear, but they are definitely not Prada. But now that I have doctors to back it up, maybe I can explain how necessary they are to my husband.

Mighty M said...

I would never wear flip flops to a work function (or any function) that didn't involve the words "beach" and "party".

I love your summary of the advice of medical experts! :)

Jessica said...

I'm no medical expert, but I would certainly agree with you for reasons, of course, that aren't so scientific!

McGriddle Pants said...

My rule for all my shoes, is the same: If the ORIGINAL price is lower than say... $40, I won't wear them. I usually stick to my JCrew, Teva, or rafters... All cloth and rubber soles!
Ewwww hard plastic HURTS my toes! And they smell bad after like 3 days.

Jamee said...

I have never ever been a fan of the ON flip flops! But I adore my Tevas. Even more recently I bought a pair of Keens. OMG. Keens = Heaven!

Katie said...

I used to live in Old Navy flipflops. They changed how they're made about two years ago, and now there's a knob right under the arch of the foot that will give you a blister after about 2 hrs of walking around. No fun.

If I'm just hanging around and not doing anything to strenuous, I still like Old Navys. It helps that they come in every friggin color under the sun.

For walking around, I highly recommend Reefs. They're like walking around in slippers. I wore them for an entire day of walking Disneyworld and my feets weren't even close to sore at the end of the day.

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Old Navy flipflops.. YACK! I wear them while walking my dogs, but only because that usually leads to steeping in poo.. HA!

I have a pair of Teva's.. LOVE!
I want a pair of Tory Burch.. LOVE!

What do you think about those Fit Flops? I can't figure out if I like or if they're more on the side of those Sketcher tone shoes that we HATES!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Reef's are awesome too.. I have a pair of those.
Also, Yellow Box. They seem comfortable enought to wear for a few hours.

Dezzy Lou Where Are You said...

I would wear my rainbows every single day if it were socially acceptable.

Christina said...

I love this! I wore flip flops to the beach this weekend and then to a movie with a friend downtown Seattle. I didn't realize we were going to be walking over a mile to get something to eat. That night I had horrible pain on the bottom of one foot. I think I bruised the bottom of my foot, clinging to the flip flops and walking up and down all the hills. I typically wouldn't have worn them for something like that. Now I'll make sure I've got some shoes handy just in case.

The Gosfam said...

I will not be showing my husband this post :) We have wood floors in our house so during Spring/summer I am wearing flip-flops all day because I don't like the feel of the floor. Anyways my husband has told me I am going to wreck my feet by wearing them all the time--so I guess it is time to invest in some house slippers, and some sensible, cute, outdoor shoes.

A Real Housewife said...

i'm still cracking up at michelle hoad's comment! totally w/ dez, though--i would wear my rainbows 24/7 if socially acceptable. i heart them. big time.

guess i will return the hot pink old navy flip flops i got you for the summer swap. ;)

valentine said...

i hate flip flops and i look stupid trying to walk in them.

gringationcancun said...

I hate the Old Navy ones!!!

I do love my Rainbows, though. Don't ruin them for me!! I live in Cancun, so it's all I got!

Kristy said...

I love flip flops, and you know every summer the first time I wear them, my legs are sore! Now I know why!

Lisa - Fine Sweet Life said...

They are not even cut right. I wear Havianias (?spell) to the beach, and they are not even comfortable. I love the Tory Burch ones if I could stomach paying that much for flip flops.

MiMi said...

Well, I for one, WANT to work my leg muscles, so there. :)
Also, those freakin' things are adorable.
And C, all I know is that somebody your bestie saw this week at the pool were wearing nasty dirty ones that needed bleach. That's all I know.

Dana Johnston said...

Our flip flops have been getting rave reviews about comfort. Nicole-Leigh Designs uses 100% rubber flip flops for comfort and then customizes each pair. Customers can select a style from our website or customize to fit their personal style. We offer flat and wedge styles (which tend to be more comfortable since your foot is elevated). Visit www.nicoleleighdesigns.com.

Jenn @ WestSacHoney said...

Very interesting I read something about flip flops too the other day. I love those.. Maybe Rainbows would be okay? I'm a new follower!

SurferWife said...

I live in flip flops. Duh. Pretty much everyone here does.

I love my Reef ones the best.

Shell said...

Guess I'm in for some pain. I practically live year-round in flip flops.

Marcie said...

This is incredibly interesting. I never knew that flip flops were like wearing 3 inch heels. I wear them 24/7.

Great post!
M

Sherrie said...

Those ON flip-flops are soooo uncomfortable. I have two pair, and I hardly wear them. We just broke down and ordered some Olukai flip-flops. They supposedly conform to your foot like the Birks, do. However, to me, they are much cuter than Birks. We'll see how they do...LOL!

Shelley said...

I was just telling my husband that I wanted to invest in some better flip flops since my feet always hurt from having to wear heels all day at work. I've only ever heard of Rainbows and Reefs. I don't like spending a lot of money on shoes though...I'm not sure what I should buy!

Hutch said...

I can't do the Old Navy flips, the rubber causes blisters all over and fast! I will say though, I am a flip flop junkie and I have a shoe racks on the back of both of my closet doors. One side is entirely flips. As a California girl, I think this is allowed, however they probably wouldn't came out for my average work event.

Clemson Girl said...

Can I site this blog as a reference when I try to convince hubs that I *need* TB flip flops?

Anonymous said...

wow you women are picky....