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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Flip-flop flop.

Are flip-flops really that comfortable? So comfy that people have no problem flip-flopping their way to school in 50 degree morning weather? Does the comfort factor outweight the frozen feet factor?

No matter what the temperature, I can't stand them personally. It's not that I don't like the way they look (which I don't; there's something about that thong-between-the-toes thing that has schkeeved me since I was a child), it's that I can't walk in them comfortably. I watch other people's feet as they walk, and no one I've seen seems to have to scrunch up their toes like I do to keep the quasi-shoe from falling off between each step. I wear them on the most infrequent of occasions - like to the beach, or the pool where I know I'm going to need to remove my footwear as soon as I arrive. I can't imagine wearing them to school, where I probably log about 3 miles of walking with a 50lb pack on my back.

Clogs, I like. We have a love/hate relationship though. If they're too loose, we get the toe-scrunchy flip-flop thing going on. If they're too tight, that's not good either. My favorite clogs are those made for winter wear. They're cozy and comfy and made for use with nice, thick socks. Mmm... on a dry winter day when I don't need to worry about stomping through slush, give me a good clog and I'm happy. For slush, my footwear of choice is either my hiking boots, or for really slushy days, my LL Bean boots.

Even on the coldest, slushiest days up here, I still see crazy lazy people on campus flip-flopping to class. You can lead a person to proper footwear, but you can't make them put their shoes and socks on.
posted by hilary at 8:50 AM |


Blogger Pete said...

I never wore flip-flops until this year. I had the same problem.

The answer is two-fold. The first is that most of the toe-scrunching that you feel like you have to do, you just don't. It's just something you get used to.

The second part is that eventually you find out how you need to walk (and how much toe scrunching you actually need to do) to keep them on your feet.

9/21/2006 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm one of those flip-floppers. I like my Crocs clogs too. I do not wear flip flops when it's cold out though. I HATE cold feet almost as much as I hate funky looking feet in flip-flops! I get to wear summery shoes for longer during the year than you do because I'm in warm South Carolina.


9/22/2006 7:56 AM  
Blogger ::Ali:: said...

brr too cold now for flip flops!
My sandals have been put away for a few months :(

9/23/2006 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Mom said...

I actually went out to buy some flip-flops before my cruise on the Healy. It was regulations: you had to wear them in the shower...recalling that scene in Bull Durham where Crash holds up the rookie's shower shoes and chides him for the mold.
And then there are those nifty flippies you put on after a pedicure.
Kinda too hygiene-related for outdoor attire IMHO.

9/23/2006 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flip-flops are for when I need to go outside to get something real quick and don't want to take the time to put shoes on. Like getting something from my car and coming right back in.

I also use to wear them when going from the car to the beach and at pools to walk to and from the car. But that seems so long ago now.

9/25/2006 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That last was me, Donavon

9/25/2006 10:30 AM  

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