Flip flops, most divisive footwear on the planet.
People either love them or hate them.
Which side are you on?


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  1. Flamme

    May 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hate, hate, hate. I have not been caught wearing flip-flops since the age of 10, i.e. 41 years ago.

    • Martine

      May 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      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.

      • nicole

        May 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        Hi Martine,

        I could not agree more with your logic. Although, like almost anything, it definitely depends on the way it’s worn.

        Too bad you didn’t link to a blog. It would be fun to see more of what you have to say about fashion.

      • Salud

        May 10, 2013 at 2:57 am

        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-

        • Noemi

          May 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm

          I agree with you, really. I use them at home and to go to the beach, but for everyday life are not the best choice, and I really can’t stand when people wear them without a good pedi!


        • Brizz

          May 13, 2013 at 3:25 am

          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!

          • Ashley Mead

            September 12, 2016 at 10:41 pm

            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.

      • Abi

        May 10, 2013 at 4:04 am

        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! :)

      • Santa

        May 10, 2013 at 5:18 am

        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

        • KerryG

          May 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

          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.

      • serena

        May 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

        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.

      • LIZPR

        May 10, 2013 at 10:30 am

        Hey Martine,

        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.


      • Jamie

        May 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

        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.

      • Noemi

        May 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

        Things change, I agree, but there should be a limit. I mean, what if somebody decided that going out wearing only underwear is ok?

      • K. Kai

        May 10, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        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.

      • Jennifer Lorraine

        May 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

        Flip flops are tacky. How’s that for a reason why they are less usable than a regular open sandal?

      • ilse

        May 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

        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!

      • Alex I.D.

        May 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

        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.

    • Lady Lane

      May 10, 2013 at 1:15 am

      I agree with Flamme…….Loathsome! Flip flops are not shoes……I have never worn them and never will.

    • Deborah Anne

      May 10, 2013 at 1:19 am

      Hate, hate hate people that hate.

      • Stacey

        May 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

        Those people are hating things…where as you, sadly, are hating people.

        • Linda

          May 11, 2013 at 1:40 am

          I think you missed the irony……….

    • EA

      May 10, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Ditto, Flamme.

      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.

    • whatever

      May 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      don’t look at it then

    • andreea

      June 11, 2013 at 6:48 am

      flip flops rule and so does the first picture :)


  2. Niia

    May 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    These colorful breezy images make me long for summer. Will it ever come to New York?

  3. Simbarashe

    May 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    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?

  4. Chahrazad

    May 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Nice! Though I prefer birkenstocks. They are like my addiction in the summer.


  5. Josh Baker

    May 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    For the beach.

    • lydia

      May 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Agree completely.
      For the beach only.
      There are plenty of leather sandal options otherwise.

      • john b pritchett

        May 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

        Totally agree with Josh, Lydia and with Simbarashe.

        • Vic

          May 10, 2013 at 1:39 am

          Agree with these fellows, flip flops are to be used only for the beach otherwise it looks like you put all your effort (and money) on your upper body and forgot the rest….

          • Sheila

            May 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

            I’ve thought the exact same thing, too!

          • Addison

            May 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

            So if I don’t have the money for an fancy pair of shoes im not stylish? …Here’s to the true beauty of dirty summer feet and feeling the grass between the toes!

        • Vea

          May 10, 2013 at 4:32 am

          I live in Nice (France) and I could not agree more… For the beach only…

  6. Suzan

    May 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    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.

    • Sophie

      May 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Have you tried TKees? I love them! They are narrow and there are some pretty cool colors!!

  7. indie

    May 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I’m neutral on flip flops.

  8. Gloria

    May 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Love them…of course!!! in every shape and colour =)

  9. Dan J.

    May 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Like many other things, women can get away with them without issue. Men should wear them solely with swim trunks at the beach or pool side.

    • ladyofletters

      May 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      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.

  10. AlsoTracy

    May 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Fine for the beach. Not for work, church or anywhere else. :P

  11. Marilin

    May 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm


  12. Zee

    May 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I live on an island. I love them.

    • Holly

      May 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      I live on an island too, but it’s Britain, and flip flops are rarely neccessary!

  13. Reptilia

    May 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    LOOOOOVE this first look!!



  14. lee

    May 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    only at the beach
    and no way should they have plastic flowers stuck on the top!!!

    • westcoasttiger

      May 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Uh…the girl in the yellow shorts could wear plastic doughnuts on her flip flops as far as I’m concerned!

      • trina

        May 10, 2013 at 12:25 am

        yeah, that girl with the yellow flip flops makes flip flops with flowers look good.

    • Drew

      May 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      The girl in yellow shorts is poolside at a hotel. (The Avalon in Beverly Hills….I think)

  15. Ant

    May 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Only havaianas and havaianas slim. They look simple an great on anyone with nice looking feet. The problem with flipflops is when you have ugly feet, like me! I love them but cannot wear them.

  16. Jo

    May 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    When they are as pretty as our Holsters, how can you not like them!?
    We LOVE them xx

  17. justRay

    May 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Nice ‘n casual. *Good.* Clean. *Good.* Let me guess: 35mm prime; ISO 100; not sure ’bout the shutter speed.

  18. Paloma

    May 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I’m Floridian, so I’m legally obligated to love them.

    • Annie

      May 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

      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.

    • Floridian #2

      May 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      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.

  19. Chad

    May 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Hate! HATE HATE HATE!!! ESPECIALLY the yellow ones with those tacky flowers on them.

    • westcoasttiger

      May 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      You seem to not see the forest for the trees, or in this case the lovely vision in matching yellow!

      • Chad

        May 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

        Well, the lady is certainly gorgeous, despite her unfortunate choice of footwear.


    May 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Loafers are preferred for men during summer days. Unless you are feeling a little beach-y then stay away from flip flops.

  21. Erin

    May 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    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!

    • ladyofletters

      May 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      wow, your university had dress rules? first time i’ve heard of this

  22. Rebecca

    May 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Due to growing up in Australia, I am very pro flip flops (or thongs to us Aussies).
    They are ridiculously comfortable, and can look great with virtually everything.

    • Sarah

      May 10, 2013 at 12:59 am

      I’m glad to know the acceptance of thongs is an Australian thing. I was starting to get very paranoid about my havaianas.

    • rosie

      May 10, 2013 at 4:15 am

      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’!

    • Lauren

      May 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Yeah, I live in Florida. It’s 90 degrees here on a regular basis. People can deal with my choice of footwear.

  23. Tinderbox

    May 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Beach or swimming pool only.

    • Deborah Ann

      May 10, 2013 at 1:17 am

      You seem very snobby in my opinion.


    May 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I love it, they are so perfect for a summer time!


  25. Kurt

    May 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Flip flops are one of our worst creations.

    • Verónica

      May 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Crocs are!

  26. Tracey

    May 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Hate them ! (ditto their fat cousins Crocs) Why why flip flops when there are so many lovely sandals ?

  27. Helena

    May 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I’m in-between the toes! ;-)

  28. JLost

    May 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    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” :)

  29. Graes

    May 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I grew up wearing them so I, of course, love them. So easy to wear… Downside? Your feet gets dirty fast as well.. Especially when walking on a dirt road.


    ps.. Love your “if you’re thinking about…” series.

  30. Susana

    May 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Vacation= Havaianas!
    Love it!

  31. katie

    May 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm


  32. FripperyVintage

    May 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I live in Houston so sometimes it’s too hot to wear anything else!

  33. Laura

    May 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I am wearing flip flops at home, but never outside! Great photos anyway!


  34. Silvia

    May 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    HATE them! unless they have an incredibly pretty, graceful edge and majestic finishing.

  35. jasmine

    May 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Do not like. They add a final sloppy note on any outfit. It is always the case that an outfit w/ flip-flops would’ve looked better w/ some other type of footwear.

  36. Ida

    May 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I love them. I have been wearing Havaianas for the past century, I have them in different colors, and they are the most comfortable flipflops (to me at least)!

  37. Kay

    May 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Fresh pretty style! The girl on the end is just gorgeous!

    • Rebecca

      May 9, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      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!

  38. koticzka

    May 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Only in the public shower or swimming pool. Kind of a bare necessity.

  39. Tobias

    May 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Yes, they’re very comfortable but please be honest with yourself about what your feet look like! Especially after a day of walking around the city in them

  40. carol

    May 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    love them and hate them…


  41. David

    May 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    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.

  42. Sevan

    May 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Neither side. My feet refuse to wear them.
    As for the photos, the last one is spectacular. What a beauty !

  43. Michael R

    May 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    They are great for coming off the beach after a nice walk or when washing the car…

  44. Diane

    May 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    There are so many styles to pick from today that flip flops don’t have to be tacky. Sometimes they just fit the day( having a good pedicure certainly helps )

  45. jp

    May 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    LOVE in the right setting.

  46. Archana

    May 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Only for the beach/pool or picking up mail from the yard. When did the world get so casual ?

    • westcoasttiger

      May 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      When more of the world was afforded the luxury of leisure. You should try it sometime ;)

      • Archana

        May 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        Yes, i live on campus. Flip flops is all i see. Anything else stands out ! I miss looking at beautiful shoes.

        • westcoasttiger

          May 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

          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.

      • Archana

        May 10, 2013 at 1:57 am

        Oh i live on campus. Flip flops are all i see everywhere ! Makes me miss looking at beautifully made shoes …..

  47. Jessie

    May 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    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.

  48. Lou

    May 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I LOVE them!!! A cute summer dress or a linen outfit with a simple pair of flip-flops…. perfect summer outfit!

  49. Monsieur Marcel

    May 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I don’t approve of flip flops as de facto footwear.

  50. kathykyrie

    May 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    No to flipflops, Yes to sandals

  51. Susana

    May 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    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!


  52. Beth

    May 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    love ‘em – they’re the only thing I ever wear in spring/summer/fall

  53. Gee

    May 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    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.

  54. Elli

    May 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Big no no, digracefull on most feet, they hurt in between the toes, you can’t really walk or run with them and -bla — hate the “flip flop” nise !

  55. Antz

    May 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    just wear them on the beach
    that’s what they are for.
    who wants to wear them in an urban or rural area.
    step on something !!!!!! ouch

  56. Heather

    May 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I don’t hate them. Hate’s a strong word. But I am from Texas and here in Texas we take our flip flops pretty seriously… kind of how we take our boots.

    Cowboy boots and flip flops year round. Not usually the most fashionable thing, but by golly some people can pull it off. Especially when it’s natural and fluid. Organic if you will.

  57. Kathy Patterson

    May 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Leather only, a la St. Tropez / K. Jacques. Plastic flip flops = no way!

  58. Trina

    May 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    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!

  59. Alex

    May 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    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.

  60. Leticia

    May 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    There are better options.

    For instance, flip flops are a safety hazard for driving and bike riding.

    Once I actually saw a “gringo” with a bust toe for wearing flip flops in downtown São Paulo. I was sure that would happen eventualy.

    • Martine

      May 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      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?

  61. jason

    May 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    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.

  62. lisa Mcqueen

    May 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Its funny it sounds so american not too like them , In london we wear them day in day out morning noon n night in every colour of the rainbow ! with jeans , dresses shorts n suits !!!

  63. Sherion

    May 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Well only the ones made in Brazil but not much call for them over here in the UK :(

  64. jessie

    May 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    A shout out from the West Coast- I am a born and bred surfer girl/ fashion-ista and flip flops are a must!!! from sandy beach to sandy bike ride home to sandy outdoor shower then right out to dinner!

    • westcoasttiger

      May 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      +1! There’s not much sexier to me than a nice pair of brown feet on a woman. They tell me she tends to enjoy being outside enjoying the sun and usually the water too!

  65. Aya

    May 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm


  66. Lelli Family

    May 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    We absolutely love them also for our Little child Leo.

    Lelli, italian fashion family

  67. Andrew

    May 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    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.

  68. Sara g

    May 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I love them but get tired of seeing them all the time.

  69. Chris

    May 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Tattoos on my feet so flip flops for me gives me some headturns. Can’t say I don’t enjoy it occasionally:P Never to work though.

  70. Madisson

    May 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I’m not a big fan of how they look, but the thing that gets me is the way the flop around and slap against your heels! I just can’t handle the sound and the fact that they tend to fall off.

  71. Anna

    May 9, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Oh how I wish it was flip flop weather where I live!


  72. Nora

    May 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I second Rebecca’s comment. In Queensland, Australia we wear flip flops (thongs) all year round, with every kind of outfit. I think they look great! Couldn’t live without my Havianas….

  73. Vincent

    May 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I love them.

  74. Andrew

    May 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Flip-flops are a scourge upon the world. Please make them go away.

  75. Jennifer

    May 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I’m not sure anyone is actually thinking about flip flops lol

    xo Jennifer


    • Martine

      May 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      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.

  76. Katie Johnson

    May 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I live in Austin…they’re a must…although, some situations they really should be left at home:-)


  77. Pixglam

    May 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Love the pictures, i love their sense of style.

  78. KRH

    May 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    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.

  79. maria t

    May 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    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!

  80. Soren Lorensen

    May 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Just as long as we are calling them flip flops and not thongs…

  81. Leslie

    May 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    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.

  82. Mckinsey

    May 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm


  83. Anastasia

    May 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I love them! As long as they stay near the beach/pool area.)


  84. Marisa

    May 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    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?…

    • Lorelai

      May 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      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.

  85. carole

    May 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Love, love, love! I go from the ones at Old Navy to the ones at Chanel!!

  86. J Noir

    May 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    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?

  87. milex

    May 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Ahh summer. Why do I have to leave in England? :(

  88. Sophie

    May 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I love Tkees flip flops!!

  89. Trilby

    May 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I have lovely feet, so flip flops look great on me. But ladies with ugly feet would better be wearing flats even on a beach.

  90. Uyara

    May 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    AMO minhas Havaianas!

  91. Andie

    May 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I just can’t. Rainbows are pretty accepted here in Southern California, but I always feel frumpy in them.

  92. jane

    May 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Love them.

  93. Pat

    May 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    If you’re thinking about flip flops, stop it and put on big girl shoes.

  94. Gabriel

    May 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I only wear my Havaianas at home or at the beach.
    The problem about flip-flops here in Rio (actually, in most places in Brazil), is that people wear them to go everywhere, as if they were shoes!

  95. Cecilia

    May 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I love them since ever!!!! Now that I’m on hollidays in Brasil… It’s imposible to wear anithing else. Havaianas: You are the Best!!!

  96. crowsfeet

    May 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    love them flat & simple.

  97. upper4

    May 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    i’m not thinking about flippers, got me thinking about the 2 botom pictures :p

  98. Cindy Karnitz

    May 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    LOVE THEM. I have a pair of Brazilian flip-flops that I purchased in Singapore and now wear everyday here in America.

  99. Rebekah

    May 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Love! Nearly everyone in Atlanta owns several pairs.

  100. kelsey

    May 9, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    this is gorgeous. love all of their brightly colored outfits too!
    kw ladies in navy

  101. Shun

    May 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    They are really beautiful. I like the women wearing flip flops, awesome.

  102. Rachelle

    May 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I live in South Florida I need flip flops.


  103. Mez

    May 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I live on the surfcoast in Australia and they are a basic necessity. You can get them in some lovely styles and there is no comparison for beach footwear. And I am a frequent beachgoer.

  104. heather

    May 9, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    love it ! living in a tropical country means flip flop everyday !! but I think Havaianas is over-rated.

  105. Lindsey

    May 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Love the yellow shorts! Great pictures

  106. Erica

    May 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Love flip flops but we grew up calling them thongs. I’m always in my Havaianas :)

    Really like every one of these shots!


  107. Stephanie

    May 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Love them in bright colors, and wear them year-round. Disclaimer: I live in Hawaii.

  108. Lauren

    May 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    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.

  109. Bunny

    May 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Love them, love them, love them.

    Wear them all year long … unless it is snowing.

  110. Sheila

    May 9, 2013 at 11:35 pm

  111. lisa

    May 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm


  112. DJ Crystal Clear

    May 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    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.

  113. holly

    May 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Hate ‘em! Don’t own a pair. Likewise track pants and sports shoes of any description.

  114. Ladybird

    May 10, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I might wear them at the swimming pool or to water the garden but no where else.

    If you wear them in the city you just end up with dirty feet – yuck!

  115. Alexandra

    May 10, 2013 at 12:18 am

    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.

  116. Sabrina

    May 10, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Flip flops are the perfect summer staple and can be worn in so many ways. Great with that cute pair of yellow shorts!

  117. Danielle

    May 10, 2013 at 12:39 am

    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.

  118. lizbarnes

    May 10, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Absolutely hate them. They have taken over decent footwear in Australia.

  119. Eva

    May 10, 2013 at 12:53 am

    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.

  120. Deborah Ann

    May 10, 2013 at 1:14 am

    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!

  121. une chatte grise

    May 10, 2013 at 1:21 am

    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?

    • andrea

      May 11, 2013 at 5:28 am

      I was thinking the same thing. Feet are nowhere near as freaky as ears.

  122. ilse

    May 10, 2013 at 1:30 am

    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!

  123. Vivian

    May 10, 2013 at 1:36 am


    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.

  124. Maia

    May 10, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Only acceptable to wear neer near a large body of water.

  125. viva1721

    May 10, 2013 at 3:11 am

    They are horrible. Totally unacepptable on men, on women only at the beach and if you have beautiful feet.

  126. kingesquivel

    May 10, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Too late for me this year. I’ve already got tan lines from wearing socks and shorts while biking.

  127. LesFleurs

    May 10, 2013 at 3:19 am

    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.

  128. Arabella Bianco

    May 10, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Love! Wearing my black Ipanema flip-flops right now. Fabulous paired with a really glamorous summer dress.

  129. Patricia Castro

    May 10, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Luuuuv them.
    I live in a warm city, wich is alway sunny and next to the beach. And we have Havaianas aqui…..

  130. lavinia

    May 10, 2013 at 3:41 am

    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. :)

    • Cianna

      May 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      I’m American, but I totally agree with you. Although, my grandparents are Italian… they teach me their wisdom :D

  131. Denisa

    May 10, 2013 at 3:45 am

    I loooove flip flops. Are so comfy and perfect for summer and beach. xa


  132. juanita

    May 10, 2013 at 3:54 am

    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!

  133. monica

    May 10, 2013 at 4:39 am

    pure love!

  134. Namrata

    May 10, 2013 at 4:41 am

    It is perfect weather for flip flops! Hello summer & sunshine!


  135. A

    May 10, 2013 at 4:44 am

    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

  136. Andy

    May 10, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Flip Flops are worn to avoid foot infections in communal showers. In any other scenario, they look gross and out of place. You might as well walk around town wearing a pair of dishwashing gloves.

    • A

      May 10, 2013 at 8:41 am


  137. Stylelovely

    May 10, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Of course, we are thinking in summer!

  138. Giulia*

    May 10, 2013 at 6:11 am

    please, wear flip flop:
    - @beach
    - @swimming pool
    - @gym
    - @home

    please, DO NOT wear them in town.

    a live in large touristic city and really, they are so unelegant, dirty worn by tourists.
    please, wear sneakers, even birkenstock but NO flip flops



  139. Bach

    May 10, 2013 at 6:45 am

    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.

  140. Marta

    May 10, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Love them! they’re just perfect :)

  141. david

    May 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Just hate them!
    they look so…i can´t not even think about them…

  142. Soo

    May 10, 2013 at 7:22 am

    In Bondi it’s the Haviana. Usually several pairs on the go.
    We love them…

  143. Marielle

    May 10, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Two (helpful?) words. Plantar Fasciiitis.


  144. bp294

    May 10, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I never, ever, wear socks in the summer months. (I mean, probably to a funeral, but that’s about it.) And I live in flip flops at home (Havianas — yeah, still rocking them) and very thick-soled sandals or loafers. There’s nothing like sitting at a curbside café, and being able to kick off your shoes. So, I understand the inclination. But flip flops worn in the city (well, I’m talking about NYC, special case admittedly) is IMHO nasty and just plain “lowlife.” In an office setting, just downright ridiculous. No, folks, you’re not on the beach in Carmel, you’re cruising the sidewalk in Hell’s Kitchen! Now that I’m older, I’ve also learned that the slim soles of flip flops are terrible for your arches.

  145. Angela

    May 10, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I love them! And wear them as much as I can whenever and wherever I can!

  146. Holly

    May 10, 2013 at 7:49 am

    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.

  147. Veronique

    May 10, 2013 at 8:01 am

    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.

  148. Michael Scott

    May 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

    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.

  149. rose and william

    May 10, 2013 at 8:08 am

    love them too. Havainas and Ipanema, great for the beach mx

  150. B

    May 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

    This is so ironic…today as I was dropping my children off at school one of the teachers walked by wearing flip-flops and I thought to myself, “how inappropriate”…

    • Henri

      May 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      That is not “ironic”, it is coincidental.

  151. S k k i ©

    May 10, 2013 at 8:39 am


  152. Judith

    May 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Beautiful photos!
    I very like your site.

    I have also a pair of flip-flops Havaina, but, it’s not very fashion… Just good for the beach and sometimes during the holidays!


  153. Mariana

    May 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I like them.
    Our feet need to breathe sometimes!
    And people need to find the pleasure of simplicity…

  154. Stella

    May 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Only good if you have presentable feet, therefore they look awful on 99% of men.

  155. Megan

    May 10, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Acceptable for the beach and bathroom only – end of story!

  156. Gian Luca M

    May 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

    mmm…funny…relaxing but not elegant on mans and not sexy on womans…

    Gian Luca M



    May 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

    They are definitely one of the best options for summer! I’m wearing them now (well I live in the Caribbean!)

  158. CMI

    May 10, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I like them, but please have nice, well cared for, feet.

  159. jackie

    May 10, 2013 at 9:31 am

    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…

  160. Andy

    May 10, 2013 at 9:39 am

    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.

    • Andrew D.

      May 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

      It’s sad that the East Village is considered a college town now.

  161. Rita

    May 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Love. They are classic. Yes, they have a time and a place. And I agree with one of the above posters – ick, no to plastic ones. But a high-quality, well-fitting one? Yes – lovely.

  162. Robyn

    May 10, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Detest them… They are only acceptable when getting a pedicure or making your way from lounger to swimming pool.

  163. [email protected]

    May 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

    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.

  164. underemployed

    May 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

    My heart says, “Nay!”
    My feet say, “Yay!”

  165. Andrew D.

    May 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Hate is a strong word but I think they’re for the beach/pool and that’s it. Certainly not for walking around the dirty streets of NYC or riding the subway!

  166. john

    May 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I think the reason I exlusivly wear flip flops from May to October is how cute you flip flop haters are when you’re angry. I just want to pinch your livid, spittle-flecked cheeks!

    • Norma

      May 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      You are hilarious!

  167. Isabelle

    May 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    One simple rule: flip-flops are acceptable where it would be appropriate to go bare foot, but you need to walk on a sole to avoid injury.

    That’s it.

    As I often say, style is not universal. I speak from a Canadian perspective, which probably does not apply to southern areas.

    What I hate when people wear flip-flops as if they were elegant and stylish. They aren’t. No, they don’t work with a business suit (Toronto, are you listening !?).

    They make you drag your feet, which, – after scratching your bum – is one of the most inelegant thing to do in a workplace or “urban setting”.

  168. anonymous

    May 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I don’t wear flip-flops in the summer, but I live in Toms.

    • carole

      May 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Well Tom’s is a whole other story…the cause is great, but the shoes look pretty terrible.

  169. Marisa Alma McGinnis

    May 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Hate them unless you just had a pedicure and your toes are drying. They look sloppy.

  170. Madge

    May 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    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?

  171. Ivy Lee

    May 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    For me, they really work only as a beachwear. And not on hard-approachable ones, where you have to work your way through bushes. :D But, hey, each they’re own.

  172. Sunni

    May 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    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;-)

  173. daisy

    May 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    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.

  174. Erick

    May 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I abhor flip flops.

  175. Just James

    May 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Wow, what a hot topic! I relegate my wearing of flip flops to:
    A) the beach
    B) pool side
    C) the cottage
    D) all the above

    My answer is D! I do not make a habit of wearing them in town.

  176. Cris

    May 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Adoro minhas havaianas em casa! …fora nessa situação somente na piscina ou na praia. Afinal ter escolha de outros calçados em outras situações diferentes é perfeito!

  177. Martha

    May 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    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.

    • une chatte grise

      May 11, 2013 at 2:26 am

      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! :)


    May 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    LOVE. But they are not very comfi :(

  179. Archana

    May 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    No no to flip flops in general ! But the girl in the top left picture pulled it off. And the girl in the yellow shorts could probably pull off almost anything !

  180. Cianna

    May 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    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.

  181. milex

    May 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm

  182. Caroline

    May 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Hate them!

  183. Peggy

    May 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I wear my Rainbows (I’m from socal originally) everyday of the year that isn’t snowing…or well, snowing. I live in them, I’ll die in them.

    To all the haters…maybe you should transfer some of that hate to Crocs…

  184. Jacqueline Fonte

    May 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    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.

  185. Gusto

    May 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I can tolerate flip flops on women…kind of, but on men, absolutely not. Beach? MAYBE I grant a pass to that but for any other occasion, absolutely not.

    Actually no, I can’t stand them on women either. I find that they look lazy and just not attractive at all.

  186. Lesley

    May 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    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! :-)

  187. Costume De Rigueur

    May 10, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    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…


  188. Nel (Puerto Rico)

    May 11, 2013 at 12:15 am

    …in the middle.

    ps. I live in a island.

  189. Heather

    May 11, 2013 at 1:33 am

    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.

  190. Nico

    May 11, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Love them but also in a sea city!


  191. IS THIS IT? models review

    May 11, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Nooooooo way…

  192. Dinara

    May 11, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Love them! I even have Japanese socks to wear with flip flops in colder weather

  193. Addison

    May 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    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!

  194. lola

    May 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I love flip flops

  195. Kate

    May 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    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!

  196. Willemijn Sofie

    May 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    The girl with the yellow slippers rocks them the best :)

    X Willemijn Sofie

  197. sherie'

    May 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    love…sometimes…in the right situation, they are useful…

  198. Tinsley

    May 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    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.

  199. Jill

    May 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    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.

  200. JA

    May 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    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.


    • Ana Paula

      May 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      You say that because you don’t know the BEST flip-flops of the world: HAVAIANAS! And they are from Brazil.

  201. Cooke

    May 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    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.)

  202. Helen

    May 12, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Like them or loathe them who cares. I wear them when it’s hot and love them. Haviana’s all the way……………..

  203. sarah

    May 12, 2013 at 7:28 am

    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.

  204. Filuzi

    May 12, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Love them- the next best thing to walking barefoot. I prefer leather flipflops like TKees in any color and cannot wait until summer.
    Ok I don’t wear them to the office- but to all other places;)

  205. Nerea

    May 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I love flip-flops. If you know how to match them with your cloths they create a perfect casual summer look.

  206. Bernadette

    May 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I live at the beach and I surf – so flip flops are essential! Of course if feet are kept in good condition and flip flops are clean not too much of a problem really. B

  207. Rhonda

    May 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Love the boho feeling with long skirts, laid back and comfortable! Maybe not perfect for NYC and dirty sidewalks, but not everyone lives there!

  208. Rhonda

    May 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Love the boho look and feel with long skirts! Maybe not best idea for dirty sidewalks in NYC but people live elsewhere

  209. Stephanie

    May 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    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 :)

    • une chatte grise

      May 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      This is a thoughtful and graceful response to that weird edge in many of the comments. :)

  210. Leila

    May 12, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    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.

  211. Ann

    May 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I only hate them because I can’t wear them. Blisters. Bleeding. But, they are so gosh durn cute on everyone else!

  212. Nerline

    May 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Flip flops are great. I love’m; and I love your blog.

  213. Mazy

    May 13, 2013 at 2:24 am

    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.

  214. Soo

    May 13, 2013 at 6:22 am


  215. Teodor

    May 13, 2013 at 7:45 am

    You could just rock on some espadrilles. They look better than filp-flops

  216. Antz

    May 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

    only for the beach

    gross anywhere else

  217. Fantasy Jogger

    May 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I find no superlativ to describe my hate about flip flops…

    …in the deepest darkness of the “small-mindedness-fashion”

  218. Berkshire Mems

    May 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    They are BAD for your feet. Even though it’s hard for you to believe now, we all get old(er) someday — and being in pain and/or unable to walk is horrible.

  219. Paige

    May 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    LOL. Scott was right, flip flops may very well be the most divisive footwear on the planet.

  220. Colette

    May 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I hate them !
    And I would never date a man wearing flip flops.

  221. ricardo

    May 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    i’m on the side of the girl on the red bike.

  222. Silvana

    May 13, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    flip flops should be worn at the beach only. don’t wear flip flops in the city, i still quote this article to anyone who asks why:


  223. Tess

    May 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I do wear flip-flops, but have lately fallen in love with ABARCAS http://giblack.com/ and think we all, girls and boys, should be wearing those instead.

  224. Alex Baillie

    May 14, 2013 at 4:35 am

    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 :)

  225. Flaneuse in DC

    May 14, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Loathe them. Shower shoes! That slovenly THWAP THWAP THWAP…what are people thinking?!

  226. RB

    May 14, 2013 at 10:34 am

    How hard is it to put on real shoes? Wear real shoes.

  227. Timothy

    May 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    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.

    My musings on life, art, style, Dionne Warwick, etc.:

  228. ren

    May 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

    LOVE! but only Havaianas. i love wearing flip flops to dress down a dress. nothing feels more summer than that.

  229. mamarox9

    May 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    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 :-))

  230. Lisa

    May 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    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.

  231. MS

    May 15, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    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.

  232. suzy

    May 16, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I’m an Aussie so staple from birth & still love them today. I have even trekked India in mine! x

  233. Mund

    May 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Its called Fashion, Friends…

  234. LINDSAY

    May 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    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.

  235. Miriam Zapata

    May 17, 2013 at 1:24 am

    girl’s bicycle is too perfect

  236. Tammy

    May 17, 2013 at 2:29 am

    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!

  237. Tammy

    May 17, 2013 at 2:36 am

    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

  238. Florencey

    May 17, 2013 at 4:24 am

    unpopular opinion- love. true and pure 4ever <3

    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 ;)

  239. Izzy

    May 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

    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.

  240. Rhaja

    May 19, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Love love love them to pieces! My most preferred footwear in the world! Put them on as soon as I get home from work – have a couple of Havaiianas in cool colours ;)

  241. Yeah

    May 20, 2013 at 2:51 am

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM!!!! Favorite type of footwear in the planet!!

  242. jamie

    May 20, 2013 at 6:03 am

    You’ll find them very handy / essential if you’re living in asia (hot, humid, then rainy weather, anyone?). I don’t know who came up with the term “flip-flops”, I prefer to call them “slippers.”

  243. Dee

    May 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Love the comfort of flip-flops, but hate to wear them in Manhattan; feel like I need to wash my feet with Clorox when I get home.

  244. Aym'e

    May 21, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Hate! Way to instantly downgrade an outfit!!

  245. cristina

    May 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I loooove it as a true brazilian I am. Can’t live without my several coloured pairs of Havaianas!

  246. John

    May 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    In girls, lovely. I love to see girls in flip flops. In man, horrible… nothing worst than a man with flip flops.

  247. Jennifer

    May 24, 2013 at 2:11 am

    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!!

  248. Ane

    May 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Havaianas Рṇo deformam, ṇo soltam as tiras e ṇo tem cheiro!!

  249. Kathleen

    May 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Ugly. Unfashionable. Bad for feet (the commenter who said that healthy feet do not need support is wrong…). Wear minimilist sandals and be summery and chic.

  250. cccc

    May 30, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    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

  251. mark

    May 31, 2013 at 8:27 am

    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.

  252. Lisa

    June 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    LOVE them

    But I live in London, so I never get to wear them.

  253. Alysha

    June 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    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 :)

  254. Jason

    June 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I am going to be wearing them for the first time in my life in a few days

  255. Al

    June 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Flip flops are the worst. I feel like the person wearing them just gave up on looking nice.

  256. Amber

    August 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    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.

  257. Illyas

    September 7, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Filp-Flops look great on me but terrible on everyone else, QED

  258. Kiwi fruit

    September 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

    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.

  259. HateFlipFlops

    December 19, 2013 at 7:56 am

    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.

    • Ana Marie

      February 1, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      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.

  260. Krefcenz

    January 22, 2014 at 2:28 am

    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.

  261. Vicky G

    January 30, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Not a fan. They belong at the beach. To me they say no effort at all.

  262. CactusHeart

    June 25, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    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.

  263. Josh Hidman

    July 19, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I’m Brazilian, therefore I love flip flops. We love flip flops in Brazil and we don’t care about the rest of the world has to say.

  264. Olivia05

    September 16, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    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.

  265. Mike

    November 14, 2016 at 11:58 am

    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.

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