What defines a flip flop?
All flip flops are sandals however, not all sandals are flip flops. Though both are open toed footwear generally associated with an outdoorsy, summery vibe. Check out how our experts, Flip and Flop, answered this important question, complete with a handy infographic.
How to alleviate toe post discomfort?
The toe post is that bit between the big toe and second toe that drives some people crazy. If you’re a lifetime flip flop fanatic, you’ve got two options to prevent painful friction between your toes: look for flip flops with memory foam toe post or opt for slide-on flip flops.
Are there flip flops that aren’t slippery when wet?
Traction is an important consideration when choosing flip flops which is why it is one of the 6 key critical criteria we consider when reviewing flip flops. Since flip flops come in varied designs and materials it’s important to consider where and in what conditions you’ll be wearing your flip flops. Some are amazing on all surfaces while others should be come with a helmet in case of wet surfaces. Traction matters.
Can I immerse my flip flops in water?
Like with most things in life, it depends. Most flip flops take well to water however those made entirely of rubber, or rubber with canvas straps do best. Leather-based flip flops can take a splash but can be damaged if soaked, especially in salt water so it’s best to keep them on the beach or pool-side and out of the surf.
How can I be sure that the flip flops I’m buying are true to size?
This can be tricky which is why we provide a Fit Rating for all flip flops we review. Since flip flop sizing can vary widely from brand to brand be sure to check out the fit rating. If the fit’s not quite right, you can usually exchange them for the correct size.
Why do some flip flops just squash and go thin?
One word: Plastics. Many flip flops made of synthetic plastics do well out of the box but tend to have a definite shelf-life. They’ll be fine until they’re not and you experience catastrophic flip flop failure. You never really know until you know however light foam-rubber flip flops tend to fail faster than higher quality rubber & plastic flops.
Are flip flops bad for my feet?
The short answer is no, they’re not. However, as with any footwear ill-fitting, poorly constructed and generally shoddy flip flops don’t help things. If you have underlying foot issues, check with your friendly foot doctor to help find the best pair for you. Issues to watch out for are arch support, strap gap (too much can cause toe-curl and foot pain), and blisters. If you’re new to flip flops start out wearing them in small doses and increase as they mold to your feet and break in.
Can I wear socks with flip flops?
Well, you can, however that doesn’t mean you should. Flip flops seem most at home sans-socks but it’s your call.
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