I am going to admit something here that will probably raise the ire of many many people. I am sure I will get many many "WTF?!" comments. I will have to brave it because I just gotta say it......
I LOATHE FLIP-FLOPS!!!!!!
[photo courtesy of Google Images]
There. I said it. It is out there in the blogosphere and there is no taking it back. I can't stand those strappy slappy pieces of foamy rubber that everyone insists on wearing from May through practically October (around here at least).
Seriously, people. Does the world really need to see your feet?! Feet are U*G*L*Y! I don't care how often you get pedicures, or how pretty your polish is, or how precious that ridiculous toe ring is, or how smooth your heels are...feet are UGLY!!! And that is just women. Men and flip-flops? Oh so wrong on so many levels.
When I went to Google Images for a few pictures for this post I settled on just the one I posted above. I initially googled flips flops + feet......GAAAAAGGGG!!! I had to open a new search. Why?
Because FEET ARE UGLY!!!!!!!
OK, my own hang-ups about having to see people's ugly feet aside, flip-flops are THE worst footwear for every day wear. They are so bad for your feet. How much support do you really think your feet are getting when all that is between them and the pavement is about a 1/2 inch of foamy rubber? And how are you not grossed out that all there is between your feet and the pavement is about a 1/2 inch of foamy rubber?!? Yuck yuck yuck!
If you won't take my word for it, and why should you really, how about checking out what podiatrists have to say about flip-flops. This article and this article are two good places to start. Here are a just a few of the issues that podiatrists attribute to flip-flops:
•Sore arches and heels, which can progress to chronic conditions, including inflamed Achilles tendons and plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the connective tissue between the heel bone and the toes.
•Heel calluses (from the pounding).
•Hammer toes (from the gripping).
•Irritation between the toes (from the toe thongs), which can lead to nasty fungal infections.
Eeek! They had me at nasty fungal infection. Gross!
Why would people continue to wear these day in and day out, all day long? I agree that if you are going to beach then they are fine for a few hours. It is better than barefoot. I remember when the beach was pretty much the only place you would see people wearing them. But why oh why did these become so popular over the last several years for every day all day wear, as if they are actually fashionable or something?
So, again I ask, must we really all see your feet? Or in some people's cases, smell (gaggg!) your feet? Really?!