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(Slate)   Finally, someone takes on the greatest scourge of our age: People who wear flip-flops instead of real shoes   (slate.com) divider line 217
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2013-07-04 12:13:54 AM
David Poole did it in '09 with S.T.O.M.P. manfeet, but this discussion is relevant too.
 
2013-07-04 12:19:49 AM
Article clearly written by someone who has never lived anywhere hot.  At a certain point, fashion matters less than comfort.

That point for me is right around 90 degrees.  Uncovering some small amount of skin makes a world of difference.
 
2013-07-04 12:30:39 AM
When you are getting paid to write an article that starts with "I'm a live-and-let-live sort" and then goes on for 9 paragraphs about how much you're bothered by footwear choices made by strangers, it might just be time to sit down and think about the choices you've made in life.
 
2013-07-04 01:04:32 AM
Was this written by Mullah Omar? There are appropriate places and times where feet should get some well-earned air.
 
2013-07-04 01:18:21 AM
flip-flops connote a sort of half-dressed slatternliness

Stop slattern shaming me!
 
2013-07-04 02:49:17 AM
Flip-flops came to my attention when I was a kid in the early 60's. Before that, sandals were popular. Sandals in the hot, Florida climate gave good ventilation, were light weight, somewhat disguised the gnarly, diseased-looking toes many folks have and could be worn with thin socks -- or not.

They churned the 'skuffs' by the thousands out of brightly colored foam rubber and plastic and targeted the kids first. I never could wear them, finding that damnable between the toe strap painfully annoying which did nothing more than rub the skin off.

Plus, as a kid, I ran a lot and those things would let the foot slide around and slip off, especially if wet.

I wore sandals, made of leather strips, until assorted comments came out about the less than manly look they had. They would not become popular again until the Yuppies appeared -- and they died with them.

By the 80's I was seeing fat women wearing cheap flip-flops whose soles had deformed due to the weight of the fat feet on them. I noticed the obvious slant to the side as they wore out.

Little girls and little boys looked cute in them, but beyond that, no.

I like the Japanese clog worn with white socks, especially by the women but that idea never caught on here. Besides, the idea of a 200 lb American girl squeezing her fat feet into a set of those dainty looking clogs is enough to make my imagination short circuit.

Women, however, do tend to look better in the flip-flops then men. I used to spot a lot of surfers in baggies or wet-suits shuffling around the beach in flip flops. It would not be for another 20 years that booties were added to the wetsuits. In the interim, there were the canvass slip on boat shoes that were kinda nice -- until they became a status symbol for the sailing crowd. Along with the Preppy look. Another version was known as tennis shoes, with laces.

Then again, I also used to like the old Penny Loafers, now long out of style. I wore high topped KEDS for ages, with the round rubber ankle protectors and over the toes rubber guard. Later, I switched between biker boots and Dingos. I preferred square toed to the popular pointy toed.

I kept low cut old sneakers for casual wear.

Now, it's just assorted 'athletic' soft sided shoes. I refuse to buy any glorified sneaker that is priced more than $30. Over $30, I switch to a leather shoe.

Yet, still, in department stores, especially in the summer time, I get to be treated to the 'slap-flap' of the flip-flops. Some folks have developed a slow, sliding walk, more like a shuffle with them, that is equally as annoying.

I miss Hush Puppies also. Good shoes and boots and they would not rub corns into your feet like full leather ones would. The soft soles were comfortable and quiet. However, they apparently went out of style also.

I wore Hush Puppy boots when I worked at a hospital. They were not only quiet and good for long hours on my feet, but the boot top kept obnoxious bodily fluids from occasionally dripping down into my socks -- like with low topped shoes.

I've seen, but never wore, crocks. They, IMO, look good on young women. Guys wearing them remind me of guys I used to see wearing shorts, rainbow suspenders, sporting a scraggly moustache, over priced 'antique' glasses, smoking a pipe and wearing sandals years ago, with white socks.

One style I've hated since I first saw them used to be real popular. Now, you'll see them mainly worn by high end sales men or executives. Red Wing was a popular name, but they're leather shoes, well made, usually appear kind of narrow and have layers of sculpted leather strips on the tops, festooned with punched holes.

For some reason, any guy wearing them appeared to have big, narrow feet. I used to see bank presidents decked out with highly polished pairs and the managers of new car dealerships. Doctors and lawyers wore them.

I hated them on sight.
 
2013-07-04 03:06:18 AM
*Peter Griffin oh my god who the hell cares.jpeg*
 
2013-07-04 03:07:36 AM
Better flip-flops than....[shudder] Crocs.
 
2013-07-04 03:08:43 AM
Hey man, if I want to wear flip-flops and walk around my backyard pool sipping a gin and tonic its my own business. Greatest scourge of our age? Cracka pleeze.
 
2013-07-04 03:09:47 AM
biatch, you don't have the right to judge me based on my footwear. Unless you want me judging you based on your bodyfat, skin tone, income level, level of education . . .
 
2013-07-04 03:10:20 AM
I've never seen this one friend of mine, nay more of an acquaintance, wear shoes. He won't wear them. Only flip-flops. It doesn't get very cold here, and his workplace (a major major tech company everyone knows) doesn't care, but still, it's just weird.
 
2013-07-04 03:10:47 AM
Next on the list: those stupid shorts that look like boxers underwear,
 
2013-07-04 03:11:18 AM
Oh, and the hell if I'm going to read that entire whine.
 
2013-07-04 03:15:06 AM

Kingly Weevil: Article clearly written by someone who has never lived anywhere hot.  At a certain point, fashion matters less than comfort.

That point for me is right around 90 degrees.  Uncovering some small amount of skin makes a world of difference.


How about the comfort of those around you having to smell your disgusting, athlete's foot infested toe cheese while trying to, say, eat in a restaurant... or hell, McDonalds?

Besides which, if Australians like 'em, how 'cool' can they really be?
 
2013-07-04 03:16:53 AM
This boy needs to masterbate more. Get a hobby, they are things people enjoy wearing on their feet
 
2013-07-04 03:17:37 AM
tldr

I wear flip-flops, if you don't like it, you can kiss my hairy arse
 
2013-07-04 03:18:26 AM
And some of us Americans wonder why people call us ugly.
 
2013-07-04 03:18:56 AM
I don't have a problem with sport/hiking sandal, and in fact some of them are quite comfortable.

Flip-flop thongs are an abortion upon mankind.
 
2013-07-04 03:19:21 AM
I've never had anything against sandals, but I have never been able to wear them myself.  Just felt... Wrong some how.  And while I grew up in Michigan (mid-90s in to the low 100s in the summer), I have spent most of my adult life south of the Mason Dixon, and I still cannot stand to wear them.  

Flip flops are right out.  Can't stand the thing between my toe, and they never stay on anyway.  But even sandals just feel flimsy and out of place on me.
 
2013-07-04 03:19:21 AM
Yeah, "someone" who has never been to Asia.
 
2013-07-04 03:19:45 AM
I wore those all through my 40s and I am here to tell you, don't do that. Your feet get flat and ugly and grow a size or two if you do. They get painful. Don't.
 
2013-07-04 03:19:53 AM

Hermit Tard: tldr

I wear flip-flops, if you don't like it, you can kiss my hairy arse


Don't worry, looking at your stank-ass, ugly feet and toenail fungus is worse.
 
2013-07-04 03:21:48 AM

puffy999: Don't worry, looking at your stank-ass, ugly feet and toenail fungus is worse.


You are paying way too close attention to people's feet, my friend.
 
2013-07-04 03:23:33 AM
Or zorries as we called them on on Guam. Comfort rules!
 
2013-07-04 03:23:43 AM
Wow.  Someone has a serious case of butt hurt.  And so does the author of the article.
 
2013-07-04 03:26:00 AM
www.slate.com

You know, girlfriend, I could pick apart that haircut and blouse but I won't because my Mom raised me better than that. If you're happy with the way you look and dress it's none of my goddamn business.

/   Grew up in Southern California
//  Wore flip flops year round
/// Fail to see what the big deal is
 
2013-07-04 03:26:04 AM

borg: Asia

ns

so much this. he probably wears his shoes indoors.
 
2013-07-04 03:26:23 AM

Shadowknight: puffy999: Don't worry, looking at your stank-ass, ugly feet and toenail fungus is worse.

You are paying way too close attention to people's feet, my friend.


1) I pay attention to the ground upon which I walk.

2) People who wear thongs are more likely to spray-tan and otherwise be vacuous, toffee-nosed, malodorous perverts; also, I watch too many bad infomercials.

3) I'm not your friend, buddy.
 
2013-07-04 03:27:25 AM
Bro. You are not welcome in the land of my people bro.
 
2013-07-04 03:28:21 AM

Gyrfalcon: Better flip-flops than....[shudder] Crocs.


I refuse to give up my gardening shoes, damn it.

/seriously
//they're great
 
2013-07-04 03:30:01 AM
fark you, i hate wearing shoes and socks, socks especially, i have farking hobbit level callouses and would prefer to go barefoot everywhere if i could. Ill never be a foot model, but i dont have nasty diseased toenails or anything like that. $2 at old navy (only place that carries them over a size 12) and they last me a whole summer.
 
2013-07-04 03:31:36 AM
flip flops never bothered me.  I live in the ghetto and flip flops are not anywhere near as bad as the number of younger than 30 year old neighbors and the sons of older neighbors, who insist on wearing their pants below their ass.
 
2013-07-04 03:36:54 AM
Anyone who ever wears flip-flops can never complain about ankle, knee, or back problems. Just as smokers cannot complain about issues from smoking, drinkers from drinkers, etc...
 
2013-07-04 03:42:08 AM
I didn't like wearing flip flops until I tried on a pair of Reefs. Now, the only times I purposely don't wear them are when I have to be in the data center for long periods, when social convention dictates other attire, or when it's raining.
 
2013-07-04 03:46:51 AM

borg: Yeah, "someone" who has never been to Asia.


Came here to say this.

I own one pair of (leather) shoes, saved for occasional visits to government offices and suchlike. Otherwise, my day-to-day footwear is what we call "slippers" here (Philippines.) Around the house it's bare feet. TFA's author needs to get a life.
 
2013-07-04 03:50:31 AM

Kingly Weevil: Article clearly written by someone who has never lived anywhere hot.  At a certain point, fashion matters less than comfort.

That point for me is right around 90 degrees.  Uncovering some small amount of skin makes a world of difference.


Where I live, it was 112º last weekend. I farking hate flip-flops with a passion, don't own any, and will never wear them. There are plenty of decent, non-tacky sandals out there.
 
2013-07-04 03:53:28 AM
i560.photobucket.com

/gonna go for a walk in my crocs
 
2013-07-04 03:54:43 AM
Flip flops aren't really a good idea if you're wearing them around town (like the picture in the article) and walking in them for long periods of time. The thick straps holding them to the top of your foot aren't all that good for circulation when you're putting pressure against them. Around 4 years ago I was in the habit of wearing them downtown in the summer and walking a bit too hard on them. Some time after I stopped doing it, I noticed a lump on my right foot just behind where the strap would have been. Probably should've seen a doctor about it, but it eventually disappeared on its own.
 
2013-07-04 03:54:57 AM
For RIK01, those shoes with the punched holes, et al, were called wingtips and I wore a pair when I worked for Sears when I was in college in the late 60's.  They were part of the "uniform of the day" for an upcoming executive-in-training as well as regular management types.
 
2013-07-04 03:55:39 AM
On Friday I start a month long vacation on a gorgeous little island. Flip flops are the only footwear I'll be bringing, but that's only because the sand between my house and the tent is really, really farking hot.

Otherwise, I kinda hate flip flops.

/crocs are worse
 
2013-07-04 03:58:06 AM

puffy999: thongs are an abortion upon mankind.


If your thong is causing abortions, you're wearing it a size too small.
 
2013-07-04 03:58:15 AM
I will accede that a dude wearing flip=-flops to an interview or an otherwise serious moment is only trying to dissolve hostiility  with overt csualness,  It;s a delicate game that can be seldom won.
/Dabney Colelecanth
 
2013-07-04 04:01:47 AM
I work at "the largest shoe store in the Midwest". I absolutely love these threads. We still do "full service". I've never seen anything close. But when I read this stuff I cringe. It amazes me how so few people know what the hell they're talking about with their footwear.

/I understand there are exceptions, I really do.
 
2013-07-04 04:04:29 AM

Shadowknight: I've never had anything against sandals, but I have never been able to wear them myself.  Just felt... Wrong some how.  And while I grew up in Michigan (mid-90s in to the low 100s in the summer), I have spent most of my adult life south of the Mason Dixon, and I still cannot stand to wear them.  

Flip flops are right out.  Can't stand the thing between my toe, and they never stay on anyway.  But even sandals just feel flimsy and out of place on me.


As someone who grew up in the state south of you, you are full of shiat as far as temps are concerned.
 
2013-07-04 04:05:42 AM

phojo1946: For RIK01, those shoes with the punched holes, et al, were called wingtips and I wore a pair when I worked for Sears when I was in college in the late 60's.  They were part of the "uniform of the day" for an upcoming executive-in-training as well as regular management types.


Yeah, wingtips no longer are the popular shoe they once were, but they're still classy. I'd imagine they're the next hipster craze.
 
2013-07-04 04:05:44 AM
Plastic shoes belong on plastic feet, otherwise things just get kind of ridiculous. Seeing as I have honest leather feet I'll stick to my non-ridiculous leather shoes thank you. I tried plastic flop shoes when I lived in Thailand and they were quite odd. After a while I could disregard the patch of tough skin that developed between toe number one and toe number two, I could forgive the way all the toes developed a desperate clawing in an effort to hold the flop shoe on while running or skipping, but I couldn't ignore the simple fact that some of the plastic neutrons merged with my leather soul neutrons and developed a hybrid layer that to this day emanates a cosmic glow visible in the dark. Maybe I had a bad pair but basically plastic flop shoes gave me feet cancer and I intend to sue the small Thai woman that sold me them into the dust.
The best shoes I ever had were made in Spain, bought in San Francisco, lasted six years and matched any and all outfits I own, from cut-off jeans and a psychedelic home-made sauna bag to the less formal natural 'hair morph-suit' that I wear when cycling or rock climbing. I miss those shoes and would be wearing them now, proudly, if I hadn't eaten one of them during a particularly savage DMT experience.
Plastic is not our friend, banish it back to the ocean where it came from. Humans require organic foot experiences, it keeps us at peace with the flow of ground energies.
 
2013-07-04 04:11:18 AM
I love my leather flip flops, although I call them sandals. Flip flops are the crappy plastic/foam things that you use around pools.

I used to hate them though, until I actually started wearing them. They are ridiculously comfortable, provided you aren't using them to walk around a lot: Going to the grocery store, working in a lab, going to a friend's place, etc.
 
2013-07-04 04:15:04 AM
Haha.  That's too bad.  I wear flip-flops year long, even in the little bit of snow we get here.  Don't malign me because other people lack basic hygiene or your job requires you to wear dress shoes.  I've moved heavy furniture while walking backwards in a flip-flop.  Most of these complaints are over people not wearing the correct size or just wearing them incorrectly.

/the toe-thong versions are abominations however
 
2013-07-04 04:16:26 AM
Kingly Weevil : Article clearly written by someone who has never lived anywhere hot. At a certain point, fashion matters less than comfort.

I've seen people walking around in flip flops in 50 degree weather, for my tropical genes, that's basically a 'does not compute'.

IE, my brain becomes confused by the disparity of what I see. Flipflops in what's (to me) freezing weather? This can not be.

//Like gazing at Cthulhu.
 
2013-07-04 04:20:25 AM

Kingly Weevil: Article clearly written by someone who has never lived anywhere hot.  At a certain point, fashion matters less than comfort.

That point for me is right around 90 degrees.  Uncovering some small amount of skin makes a world of difference.


This.  A million people in Hawaii are either blissfully unaware of this woman, or think she's an idiot.  (And why, pray tell, is a "movie critic" writing about footwear?  Slow week?)   But oh well, she's served to remind me that I'm wearing socks and steel-toes in a 73-degree room in Hawaii, and I've got a pair of AE thong sandals right here (so "nice" flip-flops, although they're pretty worn down) to change into... thanks! :)
 
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