I love Maxwell Bear (he looks like a teddy bear) staring at his mummy in the background. Probably wondering “WTF are you doing, mama?”
I’m going to tell you something I know will get a lot of protest (and hopefully, maybe a lot of agreement, too!): I HATE flipflops.
I know the defense of them is their ease of wear and their comfort. I know how simple it is to slip into and out of them when in a hurry, and I know that there are some that meld to your feet so perfectly it’s as if you’re not wearing shoes at all.
I hate the look of them. Literally no outfit could be elevated by the appearance of flip flop shod feet. Whereas other outfits could be magnified from a simple, slung-together t-shirt and shorts to a chic casual going out outfit with a change of shoes to strappy sandals and a swipe of lip gloss and mascara. There is nothing more plebeian than a pair of worn-out, dirty, tatty pair on someone’s feet, no matter how cute that person is. Flip flops, when worn all day, encourage black dirt marks on the soles of feet. They encourage blisters with that strap in between the toes… It’s just gross. And most people often neglect their pedicures or nail maintenance when they slip on those suckers… it seems to be the case, at least. Not that I think people need pedicures all the time… well, yes I do, actually. You don’t need to be polished, but a little nail filing and nail trim and a couple minutes of cuticle moisturizing never hurt anyone. Especially me–my eyes more specifically.
Because you know what? Feet are nasty. They just are. And flip flops make feet nastier. There, I said it: Flip flops are gross. I don’t hate on you who love them, because I totally understand, but honestly? there are better, more stylish alternatives that can be just as comfortable.
When I found THESE babies at Forever 21, I immediately jumped and bought them. Being that it’s F21, there’s a huge gamble that the shoes will be cheaply made, incredibly uncomfortable, fit totally wrong, and make my feet smell like the San Diego Zoo Elephant enclosure on a hot summer day… However, when they arrived, I slipped them on (ALMOST as quickly as I could my flip flops), and what do you know? They are pretty damn comfy. I wore them all day Saturday to the farmers market (where I got all these strange looks for being “dressed up” at the farmers market), and to the recycling center, and grocery shopping and walking the dog. They held up. No sore heels, toes, and no blisters.
If you’re looking for a stylish, comfortable alternative to flip flops this summer, try these. Pretty stable, with a rubber sole. Sold for $19.80USD plus shipping and taxes.
You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. There are always ways to have both, you just have to search a little harder.