Then don’t wear them. But there is nothing wrong with them. Just because a certain item of clothing or footwear has been accepted as being for a certain purpose means nothing. At one time the idea of wearing an undershirt ( or a tank top as we call them today) on its own was unthinkable. Things change, conventions are meaningless. Flip flops are comfortable for warm weather and serve the purpose of keeping your feet off the road as well as any other sandal. There is logically no reason at all to consider them “lesser shoes”. There is no actual reason to wear them only on the beach or in a shower except in peoples heads because of their tradition. If anyone can come up with a reason they are somehow less useable then a regular open sandal I would be all ears.
Flip-flops are not recommended for the street as they heat up your feet in hot weather. They also make the skin on your heels get dry and rough, not to mention the fact that they don’t hold your feet when you walk, which can lead to motor problems. By the way, I’m not a doctor, just a sensible consumer-
Sorry to intervene here, but a healthy foot does not need any hold or support! On the contrary, if you want healthy feet, stable knees, ductile hip joints and a strong, upright spine you should walk barefoot (or in the lightest, most flexible flats if barefoot scares you) as much as possible. Clutching the flip-flops with your toes can actually strengthen the arch!
Sorry but this is not true. Your feet for need support and clutching the thin strap with your toes can cause Hammertoes and bunions. Your heels are particularly sensitive and can be damaged with the impact and cause achilles tendon problems. Also your uncovered feet are susceptible to fungal infections
Have s little read of this and educate yourself before intervening. http://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/news/a39188/flip-flops-are-bad-for-you/
I find flip-flops completely unusable because they cause the two toes of each of my feet between which those hideous bars are jammed to swell up painfully! :)
Okay all ears, I’ll bite – they are a casual shoe and nothing else – should never be worn for any other occasion. They offer absolutely no support for your feet and can actually damage them so they are not an all day, every day shoe.
I actually like them, but like everything, there is a time and a place – and if you don’t subscribe to that them you probably dn’t subscribe to the notion of dressing appropriately at all, so let’s not have that discussion
While I agree with you, that explanation doesn’t work. The fashion world is constantly telling me to “dress down” my suits with sneakers. I personally would never do that, but it has become accepted practice.
On city streets, feet in flip-flops just look more naked, spread out and vulnerable, more in contact with the dirty sidewalk than other sandals, which hold feet more securely, and/or have some heel or platform. This, combined with plastic or rubber, which suggests sweaty feet, just makes them ickier.
Like with most apparel, it’s about how it’s worn. Unless there is arch support, I find flip-flips hard on my feet; also, the way your foot has to “cling” to the thong part as you walk is, apparently, bad for the feet.
Re: being all ears – I think a more structured flip-flop with stronger materials (leather, etc.) are fine with a breezy loose pant or long casual dress in the city during summer.
Otherwise, I find the flimsy rubber flip-flops with shorts too casual-looking in the city. I do have one token pair of flimsy rubber flip-flops that I wear only at the beach or on my way home after a pedicure. Otherwise, it’s Birks – I simply need the comfort for real walking.
No one said there were a “lesser” shoe at the time of your reply to Flamme; Flamme simply hates them, that’s all. I agree with what you say about the evolution of style.
Try running for a bus in flip flops. Also I can not tell you the amount of broken flip flops I see on the street every summer because they are often so cheaply made. I don’t want to be caught shoeless on hot cement.
Actually, as someone who practiced podiatry for 13 years before switching focuses, flip flops are terrible for you. More harmful than pointy-toed stilettos. Your foot is unsupported, and to walk in them requires you to clinch your toes. I treated many people who had problems due to them.
I totally agree Martine! Let’s be honest… we can not wear high heels all the time!
It’s all about the way you wear them. There is no such thing anymore as a real fashion code. people make their own rules and set their own limits. Sometime we like it, sometimes we don’t. I guess that is what i like about fashion and streetstyle… just people like you and me doing their thing and expressing themselves. Thanks to THE SARTORIALIST they are captured on a nice image! http://www.momsandmojitos.com
Unfortunately there IS plenty wrong with them. Regardless of acceptance or style value, every girl wearing flip-flops in any college campus in the U.S. today has a terrible posture, and a very dirty set of toes and heels, all because of this supposed “comfort”. I think that if you feel like you can walk out the door with a deformed, sloppy pair of flip-flops that keep falling off, and making that terrible clatch-clatch sound with every step, you are showing very little self respect, and even less care about your image.
I agree with you about the open sandals exposing your feet just as much to the grime of the streets, but at least a good pair may hold together better than most flip flops, and makes you look at like you care.
Flip flops are made for taking off quickly, before you get in the water. Their function is perfect for that. Walking around town in them is asking for trouble.
I am a huge proponent of being comfortable, but flip-flops aren’t about comfort, just the convenience of not having to think about it. But they are hard to walk in and your feet get fillllllthy. Plus, you sound ridiculous flapping along. I did the 24/7 flip-flops thing in high school, graduated to flats and never looked back.
The problem with the flops is that so many people wear them in taboo situations. There are some truly nice flops to be copped, but who notices when most of them are in garbage situations? http://lordashbury.com
Only on holiday! And even then… I’d rather slip on some cute loafers or flats for a slightly more sophisticated look.
Might also be because I have feet too slim for flipflops, so I could never find a right pair, and that just made me dislike them all together.
Interesting idea: I would have thought the opposite. Funny how my Dad used to bag me and everyone else for wearing them–he lives in cowboy land australia–but now that he’s retired he is so much more chill–he wears his havianas to show that he’s hip cool groovy–it’s a baby-boomer thang. Of course he wears them with all his designer stuff.
I live in Louisiana…we are obligated as well to love flip-flops. The rule here though is that you must see about your pedicure. When it is 105 outside, they are the ONLY footwear option for men and women.
I second this completely. While I try to opt for more stylish sandals, sometimes flops are my go-tos. If I was as mortified by them as some of these folks are, I would be miserable because they’re everywhere! Also, I have flat feet, so they are the most comfy thing for me.
Can’t stand them! I wore them all the time as a teen but then I attended a University that didn’t allow them on campus. So I tossed the old ones as they wore out and just never replaced them. Sometimes I think they’d be nice to slip on – but I’ve got so many other great options that I just don’t need them! Besides, Garance sold me on Birkies!
As a fellow Aussie, flip flops are almost regarded as our national costume by some! I think they can be quite tacky and can give an outfit a ‘lazy’ look about it, as if the wearer has no pride. Don’t mind nice leather ones, but otherwise, leave them for the beach. While living in USA, found myself in trouble calling flip flops ‘things’!
Where I’m from, Angola, where summer is 9 months long flip flops are loved. We share history with Brazil (both were former Portuguese colonies) and Brazilian fashion still has huge influence down here, so world famous Brazlian made flip flops Havaianas are very much adopted as “official Angolan footwear” :)
She’s the only one of the four who used them appropriately and made them look part of her fabulous outfit rather than a footwear fail. Not to mention proving all the flower decoration haters wrong. I absolutely love this woman’s style, she completely owns poolside casual!
I love Havanas on holiday. Otherwise, not a fan. My least favorite look during summer in the city is the guy in the oversize cargo short and flip flop combo, smack smack smacking his way down the street.
Then you’re probably looking at a bunch of students that more than likely have a budget – hmmm…books or beautiful shoes? You’re young so let your feet breathe and enjoy the sun before age and low blood circulation takes it all away.
I like them when they’re not the $5 Old Navy variety. And one man’s definition of “tacky” is another’s “stylish”. So a “tacky” flower on top might be subtle and girly to the girl in the yellow shorts. Personally I’m not a fan of how dirty my feet get when I wear flip flops of any incarnation. You might have a nice manicure and cut shoes but if the soles of your feet are dusty and grimy… not so hot.
LOL!! I live in Miami and only wear them at home or when I go to the pool or beach. I really don’t wear them out and about, although most people have this image of Miami=flip flops! I think that most people in Miami wearing them in non-beach related situations are tourists! That’s my humble take! With that said, I find them comfortable but too casual for anything other than what I described. I cracked up with your “divisive footwear” comment! SPOT ON!
I only have a problem with them if they’re the rubber/foam flip-flops like Havaianas or the ones sold at Old Navy. Those should stay at the beach, communal showers in dorms, post-pedicure, or indoors as slippers during the warmer months, etc.
Why not invest in a pair of leather sandals/flip flops? They not only look much more presentable, but they’ll last a lot longer too.
Time and place for them. Like going to the beach or getting nails done or living on an island or something like that. Crocks, however- no matter how good looking the person is, the crocks are hideous and ruin everything!
Hate them. But my family is Lao and flip flops/flip flop-ish sandals are a way of life. I don’t wear them because my toes are spread far apart and the thong(?) hurts my toe cracks. They just don’t understand.
You saw a “gringo” with a busted toe? Saying “Gringo”is just about as polite as saying any other racial slur, brackets or no, but I forgive you that. Maybe you just didn’t know. Plenty of non “Gringo” San Paulo natives wear flip flops. And a regular ballet flat can come off your foot just as easily, which is why I seldom wear either. So what is your point?
The photos all look great, except for the flip flops. Especially for around the city. One can wear espadrilles, which are a great spring/summer warm weather shoe that is inexpensive, easy to put on but looks much better.
It seems most flip-flop hate stems from folks who don’t live in warm environments. I’m from San Diego where flip-flops are as normal as breathing. Sure, you shouldn’t be rocking them with jeans, or anything dressy, or at any kind of formal event.
But in a grocery store? At a beach? While getting tacos? While enjoying a beer outside or in a bar? Perhaps IN a bar is a hazard for broken glass.
Point is, as long as you keep your feet decently in order, feel free but know the time and place just like any other form of dress. I’m in Portland, Oregon now and I can’t recall the last time I had them on. That makes me somewhat jealous of the folks back in my warm hometown. I suspect a lot of flip-flop hate is just that – jealousy.
Actually its kind of obvious that everyone has some strong thoughts on them looking at the comments. people either love them or hate them. Except me. I simply don’t understand why anyone would object to them. They are meant for the shower? Why so? Do they not keep a foot off the road as well as any other shoe? Are they somehow not as useful? Do two straps of leather straps somehow change everything? People are just so strange.
Don’t hate them, but everyone’s feet are not meant for flip flops. Just like open toe shoes, your nails should be properly manicured (self or professional), clean, and your feet should have a nice sculpted shape. I do not fall in the latter category so I do not wear them. Espadrilles that you can fold the back down and walk on are a nice alternative to cover unattractive toes.
LOVE them! I prefer the slim and monochrome ones…so easy to wear, they go with everything and they remind me of summer:)
which i’m missing terribly now that I’m living in a cold place most year round (aah!) dreaming of the beach…and flip flops!
I have a love/hate relationship with flip flops. I do get tired when people wear them with dressier outfits which happens a lot here in Seattle. They are quite handy when you need a versatile casual shoe. Then the other problem is that not all flip flops are created equally fit wise.
That’s an easy question. Anyone, who lives at any place where summer lasts for way more than 4 months, will love flip flops and aknowledge how great they are. But if you live at some place where you gotta spend most of your time in boots, it’s pretty hard to see them as something cool.
I live in Brazil, in a city that only rains for 3 months, you’ve got to wear flip flops in a lot more places than just the beach.
Not meaning as an excuse to wear them at innapropriate places, but I don’t really know wich places seam to be innapropriate to the people that actually don’t live in such heat.
Like, are the supermarkets innapropriate to wear them? Is it innapropriate to wear them when you’re going to grocery store? Would it be innapropriate to wear flip flops to go to your neighboor’s house?…
Agreed! I grew up in Jakarta where the sun is scorching the whole year. Flip flops are just like a part of our feet. Very practical and gives room for sweat to go away. I can wear it with silk dress and still rockin the look. However, there are times when flip flops is inappropriate, like in offices, formal events, fine dining etc.
I can run, carry groceries, walk my rottweiler with it with no pain or callouses. No complaints at all with comfort.
Now that I live in Europe, I sure missed that liberated feeling on my feet when wearing flip flops.
Flip Flops have a time and a place. If you are located near a beach or resort, go for it! Running to the store for some poolside snacks, go for it! But flip flops in a major metropolitan area, no thanks. Just imagine what is caked on a Manhattan street mid-July and you only want a thin piece of rubber, leather, whatever in-between your precious feet and the sludge? What happens if there is an emergency? How are you going to run in flip flops?
I’ve never thought of the plain flip-flops shown in three of the pics as attractive. I once had a pair of Tevas that I thought were comfortable, until my ankles started barking because of the lack of the support, so I generally stay away from them. I do love the yellow ones with flowers on them. When you first took the pic they looked cheery and bright in the midst of the grey Chicago winter.
I live in NYC where I’m subjected to horrible, run down, chewed up, dirty Flip-Flops that are worn on horrible run down chewed up, dirty, ashy, filthy disgusting feet.
They are for the beach or the gym shower. And anyone who pays more than $5 for a pair is a fool. Seriously, you’re gonna pay around $50 bucks for Havaianas ? You are nuts. THEY ARE FLIP-FLOPS, not a pair of sneakers!
The only thing worse in this city are the dingbats who walk around barefoot. Horrible.
I live in Honolulu, so yes, even in the urban (non-beach) area. Since moving here my feet have actually gotten stronger and spread out now that they’re not cooped up all the time. I have some leather sandals I love, too, but they don’t last long here.
HATE!! They are not appropriate city shoes unless you are coming from getting your toenails painted. Even still, I think flip flops are only truly appropriate if you are on the beach…Like literally on the sand or very close to it.
I have a friend who wears thongs (as we call them here in Australia) and looks beautiful. He wears havaianas, usually brown or black, with denim and linen. My friend is quite fine boned and when he wears those coarser fabrics such as starched linen, rubber and denim he takes on the appearance of a Cuban lord. He rolls his jeans and shirt sleeves rather than folding them. Usually he will have a pair of round or aviator ray-bans in his breast pocket. His hair is pushed back off his face revealing tanned skin. On my friend thongs/flip flops look wonderful, stylish and the perfect mix between heavy and light.
However on me thongs look dirty and lazy (but birks are fine)
Thongs, like any garment, depends on the person and how they wear it.
I live in California and love, love, love flip flops. I’m sorry for you if you don’t live in climate in which you are able to wear flip flops daily. Move to warm climate and try not wearing them, impossible!
Love ‘em. They’re cool (literally), simple, and unfussy, which fits my general summer vibe perfectly. I do find girls who think it’s cute to wear them everywhere and with everything a little tiresome, but hell, they’re young.
I am a little puzzled by the comments about “ugly feet” and feet that aren’t “pretty enough” for flip flops. Seriously? Has our dominant-cultural wierdness about bodies & body images really gotten to the point where we’re worrying about whether our bloody FEET meet a certain standard?
It’s all about how you wear them! But isn’t that the case with everything? There is almost no such thing as wrong or wright in fashion but just some people get away with it and other don’t. IT’S ALL ABOUT FINDING YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE… AND GO FOR IT!
BE HAPPY and don’t mind about what other think!
I have very sensitive feet. Even the most comfortable covered shoes (trust me I’ve tried a ton) will end up giving me blisters, cuts and chafed skin even after more than 3 wears. Breaking into them don’t quite work and I do not fancy wearing bandaids all the time when putting on covered shoes.
Flip flops are definitely not for all occasions, but they are absolutely lifesavers for when your feet needs to breathe.
I loathe them almost as much as ballet slippers, the way people walk in them is ugly. In the workplace; never. Metropolitan centres are not the place for flip flops. The feet get filthy, I don’t care how callow you are, you’re in the city not a trailer-park, smarten up, show a little sophistication.. Bumpkins and beach-bunnies can do what they want.
this is an all american habit to wear flip flop all over the city. You do the same when you come to Italy and we find it really sloppy. We would never never wear it in a city. We love them but alway and only on the beach or in a swimmingpool. Sorry but this is the true. :)
What a brilliant invention! I am only jealous that it wasn’t me who thought up the idea. Always have them in my suitcase when traveling and if you live in London – you need them as it rains all summer!
Its the actual sound i cannot stand. …the actual”flip-flop” drives me bonkers.
I have the same reaction when folks dont quite LIFT their feet when they walk (whatever the shoe). Or when someone drags suitcase wheels on gravel (weird i know)…
but seriously shoes/sandals should be seen/felt, not heard
I do not own flip flops even though some days I really wish I did. I feel that women can wear them and look more put together than men who wear them. That being said, I think these 4 images you chose here are incredibly sexy.
This conversation reminds me of when I first moved to the UK and people always commented on others who were wearing sunglasses – yes sunglasses! Simply because it’s not often sunny enough to wear them in the UK so people who wore them were considered pretentious!
As an Aussie I love flip flops (thongs) as it’s often too bloody hot to wear anything else.
I lived in far north Australia for 6 years and wore them everywhere. It was too hot to wear even sandals up there.
Since moving back down south where the climate is a little more temperate, I rarely wear them. Although when I have sore legs and feet slipping on a pair of Havianas are like a spa for my feet.
Love them on men. I think guys can look really sexy in them since men rarely expose their feet in public…at least in a northern town. Feet should be clean and well-maintained in order to really carry them off. Get a pedicure! I have seen pictures of Robert Wilson wearing cheap ones with a linen suit which I think is a pretty cool way of wearing. They are unique in that they are the only shoe that makes noise when you walk. Hard to make a quiet entrance.
oh i DESPISE them…nothing is worse than that SOUND..if you’re at the beach, fine. If you’re at the pool – fine! But if you’re at WORK…ugh. so vile. I last had a pair when I was around 11. I wore them to the pool and that’s pretty much it. I’m not a summer person to begin with, but oh how I dread the first warmish day when I hear that sloppy sound traipsing up and down the halls at work…
As I live in a little college town called The East Village, I’m overwhelmed with collegiate, uh, “looks,” so sadly, flip-flops = lazy college kid vs. style-bunny. When I see flip-flops in the city, all I can think of is how dirty the feet are, or, often, how ugly feet are in general. Outside the city, who cares, really? But in the city, why not try a nice pair of Supergas? Cool, crisp and with a pair of http://www.moccsocks.myshopify.com (I’m a fan, not employee), which don’t show, even in these low-cut shoes.
I’m split…I like the flip flop before I go to bed and in the morning, but otherwise I need major support in a good sandal or a flat. I’ve no idea how people can wear these all day. No idea, although they do look darling with a floaty, high-low hem dress.
Okay, I am loathe to admit this publicly, but I love them. I have chronic pain in the balls of my feet, wearing heels, flats or anything with a hard bottom is misery. The only shoes I can wear without pain (besides running shoes and UGGs) are flip flops. I bring the appropriate shoes in my bag and change when I get to my destination, but I wear my flip flops to get there. I do think them hideously tacky, but even my foot doctors have recommended that I wear them. I have tried every brand of comfort/style shoes and none of them work for me. What’s a gal to do?
I could live in flip flops & I work in fashion. It’s all about how you put together a look. Also must be “on your toes” and keep your feet looking good if you are going to sport flips. NO gross toes please;-)
If I lived in the city, I wouldn’t wear them as formal wear, but in my little midwestern city, we women (and girls) of all ages wear them all summer long – with jeans, shorts and dresses. I personally have a summer uniform of cute dresses and flip flops or ballet flats or a tee, cute skirt and flip flops. We have such a short summer season that we like to feel summery when the weather accommodates. So even at my church you’ll see lots of cute outfits with flip flops. If I could wear them to work, I would. But I can’t, so I find cute flats to wear instead.
I absolutely hate flip flops along with sneakers. As women we have a variety of shoes to pick from and I don’t understand why anyone would want to wear either. I think both look lazy and sloppy. Flats or sandals are a much better alternative.
This is why I’m finding this discussion really interesting–I, on the other hand, can’t understand why anyone would wear ballet flats or Toms, which I find absolutely hideous (and which make many women walk like flat-footed toddlers). Good thing there are many different styles in the world for us to pick from! :)
Ooh, I’m a hater. At the beach or the pool I don’t mind them, but I really dislike them as every day foot wear. Especially at school. Probably because in middle school, they were a trendy item– the more colors of flip flops girls had, the cooler they were. I always thought they looked sloppy. The colorful rubber gets dirty, which looks disgusting, and the feet aren’t much cleaner. Also, there’s no protection! I don’t think it’s wise to wear next to nothing on your feet in a hallway filled with rampaging students.
Love their simplicity. I’m especially partial to Havianas and Locals, because of the cushion and, most importantly for someone as clumsy as me, the grip. I can go hiking in my locals, not even kidding.
Gosh! I never realised that people could get so passionate about flip flops! They are ugly but they are also perfect for a place like Auckland. It can get hot here so it is always a good idea to have a pair in your bag so you cab change out of those heels you wear round the office. We can also get heavy rain showers in summer and who wants to be wear shoes (which can get ruined) when you can put flip flops on? Also we have heaps here, right in the city, and flip flops work if you want to stop by the beach on the way home! :-)
Yes! I am thinking about flip flops! a lot actually as we are in the middle of May…it is indeed the most diversive footwear…but you definitely need it on the beach and this is where I’d love to be right now…and this style in the first pic is soooooo coooool…
I LOVE flip-flops. I grew up in Phoenix and can do anything in flip-flops. My feet don’t get dry (you just have to take care of them), nor do they get hot from the pavement. I do not find them restrictive at all, not even on my bike. Of course, they are not suitable for every occasion. Flip flops are a big part of my warm weather enjoyment. I hate to wear socks and shoes but do so all winter here in PDX. Wearing flip flops in summer is liberating.
For those who won’t be “caught dead” in flip flops, here is what I have to say, respectfully: To me fashion is about expressing individuality within one’s own means, especially street style as we see here. If I can make a $5 pair of Old Navy flip flops look “fashionable”, then more power to me, right? For example, I always purchase the black metallic Old Navy flip flops and wear with a fresh black ensemble, playing with texture. And I am pretty proud of myself for creating a stylish outfit worth no more than $40. To call me cheap or tacky is just plain disrespectful. I am a college student paying for my own education and I still work hard to express myself within my means. As many have said before style is never and should never be about the price of a garment. So please, you may choose not to wear flip flops but don’t scorn others for doing so. Unless of course I choose to wear flip flops on a rigorous hike…but that’s another story. Look at that stunning woman in yellow, she looks great doesn’t she? Those flip flops make the outfit in my opinion! So maybe what I am trying to say here is, maybe you could see us flip flop lovers as comfortable, easy going people….not struggling, tacky college kids!
I don’t like the sound they make when walking, especially when trying to run. There is a funny British comedian (lee Evans) who comments on the holiday foot ware of flip flops and big Clangy earrings at airports, with some very funny sounds. I don’t know how people can walk/run/cycle in them!
I didn’t realize flip flops were subject to debate much less such a heated one! In SoCal they aren’t a fashion statement but simply a part of our everyday life – they cross all gender, socio, and age boundaries. Everyone has a pair if not several. The only consideration might be which brand you like the most. Rainbows and Reefs are the enduring classics – we wear them until the soles literally fall off. Around here, Havainas are worn only by tourists, recent transplants, and trendy hipsters.
I wear them all summer long. BUT they are not the Old Navy rubber versions. They have to have a little extra something: fabric straps, a bit of beading detail, leather bottoms, etc. then they’re great with a casual outfit.
I do own a few pairs of rubber ones, but they’re only worn around the house.
Aesthetically, flip-flops are the most vulgar choice in footwear you can go for. There are so many better choices (and even walking barefoot is more graceful)! — And practically, I cannot see why flip-flops are deemed to be comfortable — again, so many more comfortable options.
No. I think that flip-flops are for the beach and even then you are better off barefoot.
I’m loving all the people here who excuse wearing flip-flops because “oh it’s so warm in Arizona/Florida/California.” I live in North Carolina, it regularly hits in the 90′s all summer; the humidity plus the heat index means that it usually feels like 103- flip-flops are still not the answer!
Poor college student here and I’ve found plenty of on budget flats/sandals without resorting to Old Navy; fashion does not necessarily equal expensive. Those who are upset at people for not liking flip-flops should really just move on- you have, I’m sure, scorned people for wearing something you don’t like. Example: I don’t like or wear floral prints, you do. My dislike of floral prints is not a personal attack and neither is my bias towards flip-flops. It’s amazing how many of you seem to be taking this whole discussion personally. In the end I suppose it’s all about how you wish to present yourself (i.e. more casual vs more formal.)
I think its all about context. Sure they are best for the beach but I’m from a little county called New Zealand and to be honest here i still see people still wearing them in the middle of winter and strangely it doesn’t bother most people here. Its almost patriotic to were the here.
There’s a time and a place for everything — flip-flops included — and what those times and places are is an individual choice.
There’s a weird “I’m so much better than you because I don’t wear flip-flops” in these comments…like you express the quality of your character through the shoes you wear rather than the way you go about life in general.
I don’t like to wear them other than in the garden or at the beach or pool, but in no way do I think that my “time and place” decision makes me a better — or even more stylish — human being :)
The heat of this flip flop debate is hilarious. It’s just a shoe! The world is full of many more important topics that deserve such passion. Sheesh. The fact that an argument about flip flops is getting so serious is the ONLY thing that is a no-no.
A yoga teacher actually told me they are good for your feet (2nd best thing to walking barefoot so she said) as they allow your toes to spread out.
I think they’re great for holidays, hot summer days, but definitely not for the office or anywhere smart.
LOVE me some flip flops. I personally go for the earth toned, (brown, grey, navy, black) from Havaiana. Super comfortable, don’t hurt between the toes. Grabbing dinner on a hot summer’s eve, in a flowing black, Italian-Mama’esque-Dolce & Gabbana dress, sun-kissed feet wearing grey or brown flip flops? Sounds pretty good to me! A true example of mixing & matching :)
You people are tripping. If Yves Saint Laurent approved of flip-flops, what more needs to be said? Really.
I will say they don’t belong in a really formal setting or a nice nice dinner. I will also say it is possible to walk in them without making that darn sound. That’s just the lazy people who won’t pick their feet up. They’ve chosen the flip-flop because of said condition as well. And chances are their feet look bad too. They’re giving the rest of us wearers a bad name. One only has to look at the girls above to see flip-flops got it going on.
Flip flops make a quality, style and grooming statement just as any other item of clothing. Would you think differently of a cheap plastic purse than a leather one? IMO flip flops look cheap, sloppy and yes I’ll say it – trashy. They are verboten in our house ( my husband the European agrees :-))
I don’t hate flip flops but I won’t wear them anymore. Back in the day I wore them whenever the temperature went above 70 degrees. I wore them virtually all day I wasn’t working or going out. Shopping, breakfast out, lunch out, all day long. Lately I have been having problems with my feet. I know-tmi. but it happens. My doc has asked me about the shoes I wear and wore and has suggested not to wear flip flops due to no support. I will have to ask him about going barefoot but anyway. IMO don’t, won’t wear them.
Seriously 293 comments? Didn’t know it was that serious.
My thoughts? I don’t love or hate flip flops – I just think they should be relegated to certain places – around the house, in the shower, at the pool, at the beach, doing yard work, using them right after a pedicure, etc. Other places – sandals and regular shoes. But hey, to each one’s own.
I live in Vietnam and flip flops are an essential part of life here. Temperatures hovering around 100 every day and a pair of anything less airy is terrible. Oh and it rains six months out of the year. It’s flip flops and crocs heaven over here.
I have some (with thick foam, arch support, and fabric thongs), but I really try not to wear them often and I wish others would do the same. I don’t have a good reason for that opinion; I know I’m a snob about it, but whatever. Uggs and Crocs are really what bug me. Flip-flops are kind of on the boundary between appropriate and inappropriate.
The only time it really bothers me is when people ask for employment in flipflops (unless they want a job as a lifeguard, haha). If you’re looking for work, even in just a general sense, show that you’re serious about it by being appropriately dressed at all times. You never know when an opportunity will spring up!
One more thing–you know how they’re usually worn on the beach? Has anyone else noticed that they’re horrible in sand? They slide on the sand and your foot slides off the shoe; or, if you manage to pick up a good pace in them somehow, they flip sand at your @$$. LOL
honestly though, it's only summer if i can wear my flip flops day in and day out- look to surf brands for the most comfortable makes.
i know they're meant to be terrible for your feet, but summer's not exactly long enough in england to cause damage, and my feet seem to love them.
i love them.
and i won't hear a word against them ;)
Flip flops, crocs, and uggs are all a disgrace. And all largely worn in inappropriate situations. I’m sick of seeing everyone’s disgusting yellow toe nails on the subway with their dirty flip flops. I would never wear a shoe with that kind of potential to touch the NYC streets. So wrong.
I would love to wear them they look so groovy. They don’t work for me, besides I value my feet too much, I am sure they helped spread my mother’s feet and made her bunions look so much worse. Most probably a podiatrist will tell me that is nonsense, but looking at my
mother’s feet makes me not want to wear them EVER. As a regular lap swimmer I would not even wear them in the shower, I would rather wear my jelly beans!!
I love flip flops, I just hate the ones that are made of that styro-foamy material and which actually make the “flip flop” noise. I have a pair of plain black rubbery ones I wear all the time in the summer. I live in the country though, I imagine they may see less sensible on all day pavement in the city. when I was in college last year I only wore them on days I knew I’d have little walking, i stubbed my toes a lot. I love the look of them and everything, just as I said not the styrofoam or the really stiff straight cheapy ones. but anyways..can wear them anywhere on a lazy day, the lake, whatever, and just wash them off if they get dirty or sandy
they look hot on guys especially when their feet are tanned. In summer I try to wear them when I wear shorts because I want my whole leg and foot to get tanned but its true if I wear them too often then my heels dry out and get cracked.
I’ve lived in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore up till now which basically means I’ve been living in flip flops all my life. Personally, I find them extremely comfortable and easy to wear. Best in Singapore as it is an extremely clean city (in reference to Dee’s comment about Manhattan being dirty) and extremely hot all year round, therefore other forms of footwear just seem impractical to me. Having to wear socks with shoes gets way too hot and unless I’m going for a nice Sunday brunch or a special occasion, I don’t see the need to wear sandals/flats otherwise. Black Havaianas come a long way, plus they’re super convenient to slip on and off especially when I go shopping for clothes and have to try things on like jeans and saves plenty of time when I visit other peoples homes and have to take my shoes off and put them on when I’m leaving – not the case with flip flops!
That said, I do find them relatively unattractive on guys but that’s not to say not all guys can’t pull them off! Some do, very well! I love the look of the lady on the bottom right :)
A quote from a commenter: “But they are hard to walk in and your feet get fillllllthy.” – They aren’t hard to walk in. Once you are accustomed to them being on you don’t have to “cling” to the thong of the flip-flop with your toes. If you have the right size and the right pair, they’re comfortable.
Your feet can be filthy in any shoe, depending on how you define “filthy”. When you wear closed toe shoes with or without socks your feet can sweat. Ever worn a pair of shoes and socks while running around on a hot day, then smell your feet when you finally take them off? When I wear flip flops my feet may become dirt-dirty, but that’s easy to wash off, they definitely don’t smell as bad as when I’m wearing closed shoes.
I had a pair of flip flops for about 2 years, plain black and rubbery material. I hate the foam material most are made of. I wear through them far too quickly and they’re not as easy to clean. Anything but black in that material and you can guarantee they will have a permanent dirty appearance.
That said, my beloved flip flops were stolen from outside my front door a few nights ago and I’m more pissed off than I should be about it. :( I can’t seem to find that exact pair anywhere online and I’m looking desperately! I’m very picky about my flops.
To hell with the protocols although it looks like I’m preaching to the converted judging by some of the other posts. I’m unashamedly a hard-core flip-flopper and wear them well into the depths of winter, I’ll only concede defeat if the temperatures drop to zero and below. That said I used to live in New Zealand and barefoot is the norm there, in fact we even got married shoeless. My wife worked as a teacher there as she does here in England and always went into work barefoot all year round. Granted living in Auckland spared us from the extreme cold winters our friends in the South Island are accustomed to. Which brings me onto the old chestnut of flip flops at work. While barefooting might be a step too far here, my wife who like me is an all-year-round flip-flopper has never had any issues wearing them at her school. As for me I work from home so there’s no need for footwear period and when I have to meet clients my line of work means what I wear on my feet has never been an issue for me either.
I can’t understand why somebody would want to mimic the look of an auto-rickshaw driver from Etiopia. Third World should copy First World fashions, not the other way round, otherwise it would be (is) completely sick. If those people in Brazilian shanty Towns had the means to get a pair of real shoes, you can be sure that they wouldn’t sport those ludicrous things, and they would help themselves instead to a good pair of real shoes.
Talk about being an arrogant, condescending asshole. You don’t like flip flops, great – DON’T WEAR THEM! It’s that simple. But enough with that elitist, prejudiced attitude towards those just because they don’t have the money to dress in Louboutin heels and Prada shirts. It makes you look superficial.
Flip flops offer no arch support. They pose a risk of getting stuck on escalators and accelerator pedals in cars. They contribute to the condition of plantar fasciatis. If you aren’t at the beach or in the shower, these “shoes” say “I am lazy” “I don’t care about myself or you”. Flip flops are the worst “shoes” you could wear. But we are leaving in an age of “no show socks” which are just as silly a style statement… socks for ankle fetishists.
I have declared a (non official, non Muslim) jihad on flip flops long ago. Didn’t really understand my hatred of them as a kid, I just know that I hated them. I got in trouble as a kid for popping the thong strap with a knife. These were family members’ flip flops, called them “chanclas”. And then in trouble again when popping my own thong strap when bought a pair to wear. Many pro flip flop people insist they’re comfortable, yet I hear so many of them complain about the thong chapping them. I think feet are gross by default, so flip flops are an automatic visual offense. Some people argue “letting it slide” if they’re hot. To me, that’s like hearing that it’s okay to let a hot guy spray fart on my lunch because he’s hot. If everything looks gorgeous and as my eyes wander down and I see those abominations *record scratch* . I’ve walked out on blind dates who approached me in them…I’ve walked out on dates that WENT WELL, and as soon as I noticed, I hit the ejector seat switch. I’m pretty much a “jack the ripper” of flip flop straps. I enjoy popping them, it’s as gratifying to me as bubble wrap is to you. How can I count the ways? They’re disgusting, to look at, to wear. They’re proven to be germ/filth catchers/spreaders, they’re as lazy and class-less as walking around in public in an open robe that drags along the sidewalk, they ooze laziness, slobbery and lack of character. If you see someone look at yours in (appropriate and well due) disgust and their hand delicately hover over their knife, you’d best make yourself scarce.
Personally, I’m not a fan of flip flops as I think there are other shoes that serve the same purpose but in a more sophisticated way. That being said, there are times when flip flops are my shoe of choice (like going to the beach or pool) because any kind of closed toed shoe would get dirty, or just simply be frustrating to deal with. Additionally, I think that when done the right way, dressier leather flip flops can add to a casual daytime beach look.
I just have to laugh at 90% of these comments. Come on people. Enjoy life…if that means wearing flip flops or going barefoot then do it. For those that don’t like to, fine don’t like it…We think the same of thing of you walking around in your tight “fashionable” shoes. Some of us wear flippies as a fashion statement, others just like the noise they make, others just like the laid back look. Being lucky enough to be able to wear sandals to work (and flip flops once in a while) I find I am at my best and most productive when I am comfortable. You can’t tell me having your feet squished into tight dress shoes all day enhances performance in any way.
To be fair us sandal wearers have an obligation to keep our feet clean and in good shape if we are going to show them off….So with great power to wear sandals comes great responsibility, to borrow a phrase…And for those of us who like to walk barefoot, a day of padding around the mall, going to the cinema with its sticky floors or hotfooting it on sizzling pavement means a lot of time spent scrubbing the resultant black gunk off our soles before our feet are presentable again…and also to be fair, there are lots of places where flip flops/bare feet/sandals just aren’t appropriate or safe…common sense should dictate those.
So for those of you wobbling around on hard, tight, unsafe heels or cramped into hot, tight dress shoes…don’t worry, we see your envious glance as we slap around in our flip flops or enjoy the feeling of the ground under bare feet….It’s never too late…join us…you’ll never go back.