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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 216
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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 03:17:37 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! :)
 
2013-07-04 04:22:39 AM  
Next week on Slate: step by step instructions for removing sand from the vaginas of the average flip flop hater
 
2013-07-04 04:28:35 AM  

lordargent: 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.


I haven't done it in a few years, but I used to break out my Birks in March/April when the temperature got a bit over freezing finally. Keep in mind though, this is a climate where 40 degrees is shorts/t-shirt weather after a long winter of temps below twenty. At least I didn't go that far, just a bit of freedom for the feets.
 
2013-07-04 04:30:16 AM  
Whenever I wear my Crocs I sing:

"Don't be fooled by the Crocs that I got!
I'm still, I'm still Jenny from the block!
First I had a little, now I got a lot!
I'm still, I'm still Jenny from the block!"

Oh, how I would love to sit next to that woman on the Subway and sing to her about my Crocs.
 
2013-07-04 04:30:29 AM  
I hope he never visits Hawaii. Also, there are slippahs that are well constructed with arch support - I am partial to Reef myself. Just bought a new pair today.

I'm just not that into shoes. I wear them for work, or for hiking, but when I'm not working, I'm not going to dress up.
 
2013-07-04 04:32:40 AM  
I live in Colorado, and I see people in flip-flops all summer. They brag about it. They're so afraid of the whiff of convention or formality, that they will risk frostbite. This is why we have Comic Sans.
 
2013-07-04 04:33:17 AM  

astro716: I live in Colorado, and I see people in flip-flops all summer. They brag about it. They're so afraid of the whiff of convention or formality, that they will risk frostbite. This is why we have Comic Sans.


all *winter.

/I'm going to sleep now
 
2013-07-04 04:37:55 AM  
Since just about everyone here's posting CSB subjective gibberish, including TFA, I wear flip flops just about all year round here in Berkeley.  I run a real estate brokerage where we do nearly everything by phone or email, and no one on the other end can see my feet, nor do they care.  Been doing it for years and it suits me just fine.

No commute, no dress-up, flip flops, and quite a bit of income.

Used to work in the suit, tie and wingtips financial industry and do not miss it one bit.
 
2013-07-04 04:42:06 AM  
ladyfortuna: I haven't done it in a few years, but I used to break out my Birks in March/April when the temperature got a bit over freezing finally. Keep in mind though, this is a climate where 40 degrees is shorts/t-shirt weather after a long winter of temps

I'm from a climate where it's 85 degrees year round during the day and about 75 during the night.

I'm fairly certain that all of the people and animals and foliage would summarily die if it ever got down to 40.

// I was in Delhi in 45 degree weather wearing kurta pajamas, I avoided sure death by about 5 degrees.

// on the flip side, I was doing hikes in the Lake Havasu area about a month and a half ago. 95-105 during the day. I loved it.

// has to hit 90 for me to even switch from jeans/pants to shorts.

// I wear flip flops at beaches (real beaches), and to take out my trash, that's it.
 
2013-07-04 04:42:35 AM  
Flip-flops are the stupidest things ever. The cause increased muscle strain, have crappy grip, and look like shiat, too. So no wonder so many Americans love them - they can express their idiocy manifestly.
 
2013-07-04 04:44:06 AM  
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2013-07-04 04:44:15 AM  
I wear them almost every day, except in winter. No, I don't care what you think. Yeah, I wear shoes if I'm going to walk a lot, but most of my job involves sitting on my ass and I want to be comfortable while I'm in that hellhole.
 
2013-07-04 04:46:57 AM  
Rik01: "..
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."

wing tip shoes are a classic staple of men's footwear in the business and professional world. they are the daily choice for millions who wear suits, as are white double stitched button down collar long sleeve shirts and conservative ties. wing tips are to flip flops what caviar is to MacDonald's. a gentleman can own a pair of wing tips for many years, having heels and soles replaced as need be. there is a time and a place for flip flops just as there is for wing tips. the people that wear flip flops in cold miserable weather suffer for their inability to acclimate to their adopted locale, as they are fools.
shellcordovan.com
 
2013-07-04 04:50:05 AM  

redmid17: 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.


As someone else who grew up in Michigan, I can say that those numbers are BS as well. Primarily 70 - 80's. occasionally it will hit in 90+.

That being said I have lived in hotter places as well and I despise open footwear. It may just be that I have a thing against feet in general. I seem to get irked/disgusted by seeing vehicles with passengers that lean back and stick their feet out the window. I have the same problem with people that prop their feet up on the air vents in cars.
 
2013-07-04 04:50:54 AM  
Flip-flops?
A bastardisation of the English language destined to take the place of the mudflap in your mythology.
They was originaly developed by my cousin Gladys Greengroin.
She was the queen of the trailercourt back in aught eighty, when there wasn't no indoor bathrooms with showers n such. They just had commmunal facilities. She was fed up with walkin' in everyone else's filth, so she cut up some rubber tractor tires, fastened some leather ties, and called 'em "shower-shoes". Now, after a while this caught on, and she began to market them to the locals, and became "filthy" rich. Ironic isn't it? You know you could tell the gentry from the common folk just by the tire tracks left in the sand. If'n ya had John Deer you was the cat's pajamas. Plain ole' Firestone or Goodyear was just slummin', but hey, it's all about the marketing.
 Flip-flop? Oh yea, that was the sound of her totesacks bouncin' as she went to the bank with your ancestors' money.
 
2013-07-04 04:51:48 AM  
rubber slippers, mahalos.
i1048.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-04 04:52:34 AM  

puffy999: 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.


I'm not your buddy, guy.

/rainbows
 
2013-07-04 04:53:50 AM  

CoysOdie: Flip-flops?
A bastardisation of the English language destined to take the place of the mudflap in your mythology.
They was originaly developed by my cousin Gladys Greengroin.
She was the queen of the trailercourt back in aught eighty, when there wasn't no indoor bathrooms with showers n such. They just had commmunal facilities. She was fed up with walkin' in everyone else's filth, so she cut up some rubber tractor tires, fastened some leather ties, and called 'em "shower-shoes". Now, after a while this caught on, and she began to market them to the locals, and became "filthy" rich. Ironic isn't it? You know you could tell the gentry from the common folk just by the tire tracks left in the sand. If'n ya had John Deer you was the cat's pajamas. Plain ole' Firestone or Goodyear was just slummin', but hey, it's all about the marketing.
 Flip-flop? Oh yea, that was the sound of her totesacks bouncin' as she went to the bank with your ancestors' money.


mudshark
 
2013-07-04 04:57:04 AM  

redmid17: 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.


Hoosier high-five!
 
2013-07-04 04:58:27 AM  

El Pachuco: I run a real estate brokerage where we do nearly everything by phone or email, and no one on the other end can see my feet, nor do they care.


I can't imagine doing high-value business with someone completely sight unseen. I'm sure you're not the next Bernie Madoff or anything, but still.
 
2013-07-04 05:03:58 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.

Dead article writer,

I live in Texas. It is farking hot for 4-5 months a year. The kind of hot that makes your shoes into minature ovens about 30 seconds after you step outside. So, for 3-4 months a year, I buy and wear a nice pair of leather "flip-flops." This accomplishes two things: I get to have cool feet (making me more comfortable), and it's normal to not wear socks with them (ridding me of the need to peel my sweat-soaked socks off every chance I get to change them.)

If this is somehow your concern, I kindly invite you to blow me. You can make poor choices about garments when it comes to practicality vs fashion, but the rest of us will actually enjoy our days, instead of being miserable, hot and very sweaty. (Which is far more of a turn-off than wearing "flip-flops")
 
2013-07-04 05:07:00 AM  
Fark the idiot who wrote the article.  It's nobody's business what shoes I wear.
 
2013-07-04 05:22:28 AM  

Kingly Weevil: At a certain point, fashion matters less than comfort.


And that point would be always.

Function > fashion.

Substance > style.
 
2013-07-04 05:25:25 AM  
noplaceforsheep.files.wordpress.com

Why is she not clutching her pearls? Seriously people were wearing those on their feet while they built the pyramids, invented gun powder and made the best steel in the world. The same time your people were still wearing furs and practicing cannibalism in northern Europe and Ireland. As far as ugly feet go I'll take the look of feet unconfined in thongs over the misshapen hooves in Jimmy Choos or Louboutins any day. And thongs aren't underwear, they're swim wear. Come to SoCal and bring your pearls to clutch and we'll show you.
 
2013-07-04 05:26:27 AM  

PaLarkin: Fark the idiot who wrote the article.  It's nobody's business what shoes I wear.


How DARE someone judge you!

/it's some dumb biatch on the internet, no need for the outrage
 
2013-07-04 05:39:09 AM  
gulfofmexicooilspillblog.files.wordpress.com

The swimsuit was named after the footwear and both are still called thongs in places where both are worn.
 
2013-07-04 05:40:40 AM  
I agree that flip-flops are slovenly. I wear them in the house, or at the beach or pool. Anywhere else in hot weather? Leather sandals. They're just as easy and light as flip-flops, and don't make a shuffling sound when I walk.
 
2013-07-04 05:42:56 AM  

Todd300: 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?


Case in point: Uggs
 
2013-07-04 05:43:11 AM  

Coolfusis: 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.

Dead article writer,

I live in Texas. It is farking hot for 4-5 months a year. The kind of hot that makes your shoes into minature ovens about 30 seconds after you step outside. So, for 3-4 months a year, I buy and wear a nice pair of leather "flip-flops." This accomplishes two things: I get to have cool feet (making me more comfortable), and it's normal to not wear socks with them (ridding me of the need to peel my sweat-soaked socks off every chance I get to change them.)

If this is somehow your concern, I kindly invite you to blow me. You can make poor choices about garments when it comes to practicality vs fashion, but the rest of us will actually enjoy our days, instead of being miserable, hot and very sweaty. (Which is far more of a turn-off than wearing "flip-flops")


I'm currently stationed at Fort Bliss, and after wearing combat boots all day in this heat, the first thing I do when I get home is peel off my socks and put on a pair of flip-flops.

In TFA the author says that we are basically walking around barefoot, and that is gross. How so? I wash my feet frequently, so any dirt picked up from the sidewalk is no issue, and I have no disease or fungus problems, so I am no harming the general populace. The author should take a moment to think about everything our hands touch while in public, and how filthy they are and put this in perspective.

I don't think my off duty attire would be fitting for work, but I can't see all of the hate over flip-flops. I wear a pair of cargo shorts, a t shirt , and a pair of leather or canvas flip-flops all 8 moths of summer. Most of the people I see around town here wear the same thing when they are out shopping or running errands.

/There are few things simultaneously more disgusting yet oh-so refreshing than peeling off 100 degree wet socks.
 
2013-07-04 05:50:35 AM  
Catch you on the flip flop
s14.postimg.org
This here's Rubber Duck on the side
We're goin' bye-bye.
 
2013-07-04 05:50:47 AM  
my shoe can open a beer
 
2013-07-04 05:54:20 AM  
Put me down as hating them, I don't want to see your nasty arse feet. I seen one guy who's toenails look like they were clawing into the damn things. You can at the very least get a farking pedicure before wearing them
 
2013-07-04 06:00:35 AM  

macsully: puffy999: Shadowknight: puffy999:

I'm not your buddy, guy.


mendonews.files.wordpress.com
 damn straight....

/love flip flops and Buddy Guy..
 
2013-07-04 06:01:58 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Put me down as hating them, I don't want to see your nasty arse feet. I seen one guy who's toenails look like they were clawing into the damn things. You can at the very least get a farking pedicure before wearing them


cdn.hark.com
 
2013-07-04 06:03:57 AM  

Todd300: 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?


Why do you think athlete's foot occurs at the feet and crotch only? Because those areas are kept humid and hot without ventilation. If you wear flip flops consistently you cannot get athlete's foot.

Why do you think feet smell? Because you keep them sweating in a place without ventilation, causing bacterial growth that causes the smell.

Only shoe wearers are subject to these ailments, flip flops have their downsides, but smelliness and fungal infections aren't amongst those.
 
2013-07-04 06:05:03 AM  
flip-flops are foot robes

No, they're not. My slippers are foot robes. Flip-flops violate my in-between toe area. Robes are supposed to be luxurious.
 
2013-07-04 06:05:15 AM  
flips flops as everyday wear bad along with wearing sweats, wearing your hat backwards and the always egregious pants hanging down around your ass.

chrisandsusanbeesley.com

fc06.deviantart.net

i.dlisted.com
 
2013-07-04 06:14:31 AM  
I feel that some of us are forgetting that there are plenty of foot fetishists amongst us, and so parading naked feet in public is exactly the same as walking about with your junk or vag out.
I assume the foot fetishists know all the best spots to observe their favorite meat, I'm sure they take great delight in memorizing every inch of your feet so as to masturbate furiously later.
Think about that next time you're in Kroger slip-sliding around the aisles with just a thong covering your huge bear-feet, you might be a solid family man, Mr Respectable with wife, kids and church buddies, but to the perverts you're a common slut parading your sex in an orgasmic explosion of flesh comparable to any sideboob/underboob/nip-slip/upskirt scenario.
 
2013-07-04 06:17:46 AM  
Wearing flip flops as everyday footwear leaves you unprepared as a man. It is like not having a pocketknife or multi-tool on you or a set of jumper cables in your car. For example:

Last year I was stopped at an intersection. a car trying to cross was stalled and a couple of guys got out to try and push it off to the side. They were about college age and both wearing flips flops. They had trouble keeping the stupid things on their feet and get enough traction to push the car. Not to mention it was August in Texas and the asphalt was probably burning their feet. As men they were found wanting for their lack of proper footwear.

Flip flops are Ok for around the pool. beach or gym shower but not for when you go about your regular day as a man unless you are lucky enough to be a lifeguard.
 
2013-07-04 06:20:39 AM  

SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: 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.


What are you trying to say here? Because it doesn't make any sense.
 
2013-07-04 06:23:23 AM  

HotWingAgenda: puffy999: thongs are an abortion upon mankind.

If your thong is causing abortions, you're wearing it a size too small.


Wouldn't that be sterility?
 
2013-07-04 06:24:42 AM  

YoOjo: I feel that some of us are forgetting that there are plenty of foot fetishists amongst us, and so parading naked feet in public is exactly the same as walking about with your junk or vag out.


There are junk or vag fetishists?

And wouldn't have them all flopping about in public kill any fetishization?

Personally, I find the most erotic part of a woman is the boobies.
 
2013-07-04 06:25:40 AM  
Never really understood why people find feet disgusting or erotic. Actually I don't understand people who have any strong opinions at all when it comes to feet.

/socks are evil.
 
2013-07-04 06:35:54 AM  
no matter who you are

someone somewhere wants to tell you how to live

perhaps we will see a new law from this
what times of year and what age group are to be  allowed to wear flip-flops
 
2013-07-04 06:36:14 AM  
I wear steel toed boots all day for work. As soon as I get home in off come the boots, on go the flip flops. Unless I am going out of going hiking it's flip flops. The future Mrs. titwrench is from upstate New York and moved to San Diego about 7 years ago. I think in the 5 years we've been together I've seen her in shoes other than flip flops maybe 100 times. Flip flops also say "I don't want to fight".
 
2013-07-04 07:00:11 AM  
WhatTeva.
 
2013-07-04 07:09:02 AM  
Feet are ugly. That is all there is to it.
 
2013-07-04 07:17:22 AM  
Wow, we have way too much time on our hands. The shiat we get angry about. Let it slide, people.
 
2013-07-04 07:17:50 AM  
I hate flip flops, but only because I hate dealing with the thing between my toes. I do love to wear a pair of Adidas soccer sandals around on a hot day though. If my feet are hot, my entire body is uncomfortable. Sorry, I'm not suffering heat stroke just because someone thinks feet are "icky".
 
2013-07-04 07:18:49 AM  
So many people with control issues.
 
2013-07-04 07:18:59 AM  
Wear shoes like a normal person, you disgusting slobs.
 
2013-07-04 07:19:52 AM  
See? ^^ there's one.
 
2013-07-04 07:28:17 AM  

bearcats1983: Sorry, I'm not suffering heat stroke just because someone thinks feet are "icky".


Well. I can't say I give a crap about this issue at all, but there's probably something to be said for people with your attitude swinging around this kind of hyperbole having the decency to keep their feet presentable.
 
2013-07-04 07:32:06 AM  
I'm not a big fan of flip-flops myself, since I can't stand to have anything stuck between my toes, but flip-flops/slides/sandals/whatever are fine in the summer months. I'm all about foot comfort.

But one thing I don't understand is the number of women I see here who are dressed for work in designer clothes and flip-flops. Rhinestones on the straps don't make flip-flops classy, ladies, especially once the soles have started to wear thin on one side. Buy some damn dress sandals, or don't spend so much on your clothes that you only have $2 left to spend on footwear.

I will grant, though, that I seldom see these women with unkempt feet - that seems to be the purview of the college-age guys. Really, fellas, I don't want to see your snaggly, dirty toenails. Buy a nail clipper, or get your gf/bf (if you have one) to give you a pedicure.
 
2013-07-04 07:35:13 AM  
I wear flip flops from march till october when Im not at work, I love it.
 
2013-07-04 07:42:03 AM  
I need to work slatternliness into my everyday conversations a bit more.  Flip flops and pajama bottoms... I can only assume they get their style inspiration from People of Walmart.
 
2013-07-04 07:45:23 AM  
I can honestly say I have never noticed if my feet get hot. Huh.

Personally, not a fan of flip flops. Many reasons, but they're just so boring looking. As a woman, I naturally gravitate towards a (some would say) obsessive amount of shoes. I love unique designers and looks-- Fluevog in particular. Comfortable, fun shoes, though a tad expensive. As far as flip flops, you can't really do much with a slab of plastic attached to another, thinner slab of plastic. Putting some flower crap or bling on it doesn't work.

I don't really care for feet, but I do love shoes.

/Oh god, now I'm thinking of all the nasty Frito toenails I see, and it's ruining my morning coffee.
 
2013-07-04 07:50:17 AM  

BubbleAndSqueak: I can honestly say I have never noticed if my feet get hot. Huh.

Personally, not a fan of flip flops. Many reasons, but they're just so boring looking. As a woman, I naturally gravitate towards a (some would say) obsessive amount of shoes. I love unique designers and looks-- Fluevog in particular. Comfortable, fun shoes, though a tad expensive. As far as flip flops, you can't really do much with a slab of plastic attached to another, thinner slab of plastic. Putting some flower crap or bling on it doesn't work.

I don't really care for feet, but I do love shoes.

/Oh god, now I'm thinking of all the nasty Frito toenails I see, and it's ruining my morning coffee.


Maybe you should think about all the completely normal toenails you see which outnumber the nasty ones 10 to 1.
 
2013-07-04 07:52:54 AM  
The people who wear flip-flops in my part of New York are also the people who wear flip-flops while hiking in the mountains. You know...morons. We're talking people in flip-flops in conditions where even experienced hikers won't go if the conditions are wrong - cliffside trails with slopes, wet leaves, pine needles and so forth.

Darwin will take one of the flip-flop hikers from time to time, and media coverage will general paper over the stupidity that led to the death lest the dead moron's friends and family start in about "blaming the victim".

More in general, if you are wearing flip-flops and making the slappity-slappity sound all over the place, you had better have some legs worth looking at - unfortunately, my experience tells me that the noisiest flip-flops are attached to feet at the ends of legs of women built like C.C. Sabathia.
 
2013-07-04 07:58:05 AM  
So much mental illness.
 
2013-07-04 07:58:53 AM  
True story. I pulled my plantar fascitis in both feet dancing on concrete and started wearing heavy, clunky trail shoes with SuperFeet insoles on recommendation from a podiatrist. I spent a good year and a half hobbling around till they calmed down and was in less pain. It would flare up from time to time. I moved to MS and it was just too hot for shoes. Broke out the flip flops I never seriously wore till then and the pain went away. That was 4 years ago. I now live in FL and work in a field where going to a conference (and presenting) wearing Reefs is acceptable. If I feel the toes need to be covered, I have a pair of Sanuks which are made of flip flop base and a canvas upper. Super comfy. I was having a nerve misfire in my ankle and visited a podiatrist once more and he said "hey, whatever works".

There are situations where I dont wear flip flops namely working out (anything farther than 3 miles) and cities. With the amount of broken glass and trash I see on the ground in cities, a real shoe is best. I also wear shoes in airports because I dont want to pad around the security areas in bare feet.

Strangely enough, Im the only one in my family with the separation between the big toe and the rest of them so a flip flop is comfortable.
 
2013-07-04 08:00:26 AM  
I saw a neighbor using a power mower the other day wearing flip flops ... on a hillside.  I wanted to stop and say, "That's patently unsafe" but unlike the Slate writer, I kept my opinion to myself.  Well, at least until now.
 
2013-07-04 08:00:27 AM  
Flip flops in the work place should be banned world wide. I swear to God, it sounds like a farking horse park in our office building during the Summer.
 
2013-07-04 08:08:04 AM  

OscarTamerz: [gulfofmexicooilspillblog.files.wordpress.com image 300x199]

The swimsuit was named after the footwear and both are still called thongs in places where both are worn.




Actually, a thong is just a strip of leather about the width of what you see used in that swimsuit. Both the suit and the footwear derive from that.

/remember it being used in that context in an old novel when I was a kid
//also called flip-flops "thongs" when I was a kid.
 
2013-07-04 08:09:01 AM  
Don't you hate pants?
 
2013-07-04 08:11:09 AM  
I'm willing to bet the same miscreants denigrating flip-flops also don't like the taste of cilantro. It's time once and for all to ship you f*ckers off to labor camps. There is no place for you in civilized society.

You'll have to take my leather flip-flops from my cold, dead feet.
 
2013-07-04 08:14:09 AM  

YoOjo: I feel that some of us are forgetting that there are plenty of foot fetishists amongst us, and so parading naked feet in public is exactly the same as walking about with your junk or vag out.
I assume the foot fetishists know all the best spots to observe their favorite meat, I'm sure they take great delight in memorizing every inch of your feet so as to masturbate furiously later.
Think about that next time you're in Kroger slip-sliding around the aisles with just a thong covering your huge bear-feet, you might be a solid family man, Mr Respectable with wife, kids and church buddies, but to the perverts you're a common slut parading your sex in an orgasmic explosion of flesh comparable to any sideboob/underboob/nip-slip/upskirt scenario.


static.giantbomb.com
 
2013-07-04 08:21:16 AM  

Hastor: 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


What is the difference between flip-flops and toe-thongs in your definition? They are one and the same for me. I just call them slippahs.
 
2013-07-04 08:22:03 AM  

Shadi: borg: Asians

so much this. he probably wears his shoes indoors.


Lol. This.
 
2013-07-04 08:23:17 AM  
Someone else's choice of footwear is none of your business. Nothing else to say.
 
2013-07-04 08:29:45 AM  
I get my new flip-flops circumcised and declawed.
 
2013-07-04 08:32:37 AM  

OscarTamerz: The swimsuit was named after the footwear and both are still called thongs in places where both are worn.


yes but the swimsuit should only be worn with heels.

/fap
 
2013-07-04 08:36:40 AM  

OregonVet: YoOjo: I feel that some of us are forgetting that there are plenty of foot fetishists amongst us, and so parading naked feet in public is exactly the same as walking about with your junk or vag out.
I assume the foot fetishists know all the best spots to observe their favorite meat, I'm sure they take great delight in memorizing every inch of your feet so as to masturbate furiously later.
Think about that next time you're in Kroger slip-sliding around the aisles with just a thong covering your huge bear-feet, you might be a solid family man, Mr Respectable with wife, kids and church buddies, but to the perverts you're a common slut parading your sex in an orgasmic explosion of flesh comparable to any sideboob/underboob/nip-slip/upskirt scenario.

[static.giantbomb.com image 456x297]


I get that response a lot, I assume people vicariously use Jack Nicholson to express their gratitude for how valuable my enlightenment transferal was to them.
He looks great in that picture by the way, was that before or after he starred in Fight Club?
 
2013-07-04 08:39:37 AM  
Jesus wore flip flops. Good enough for me.
 
2013-07-04 08:40:56 AM  
Flip flops are accepted footwear at my office.  It's farking hot here, and they're comfortable.   And my Reefs have more arch support than my Sambas.  Plus a nifty bottle opener built in.

Luckily way down here no one cares.  The guyabera is an accepted shirt so what he hell.
 
2013-07-04 08:44:33 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-04 08:46:16 AM  

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


Hey, I recently discovered Croc flip-flops. Best my feet have ever felt in sandals.
 
2013-07-04 08:48:13 AM  
fark this guy. Ill be wearing my flip flops all farking 4th, and he can take his hoity toity flip flop hate-on and shove it!

You go ahead, wrap your feet in multiple layers of hot leather when it's 90f out. Hint: it's your ass that's going to have stank feet and athletes foot.
 
2013-07-04 08:50:30 AM  

puffy999: 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.


Open shoes discourage fungal growth. Enclosed shoes do the reverse.
 
2013-07-04 08:50:54 AM  

OregonVet: YoOjo: I feel that some of us are forgetting that there are plenty of foot fetishists amongst us, and so parading naked feet in public is exactly the same as walking about with your junk or vag out.
I assume the foot fetishists know all the best spots to observe their favorite meat, I'm sure they take great delight in memorizing every inch of your feet so as to masturbate furiously later.
Think about that next time you're in Kroger slip-sliding around the aisles with just a thong covering your huge bear-feet, you might be a solid family man, Mr Respectable with wife, kids and church buddies, but to the perverts you're a common slut parading your sex in an orgasmic explosion of flesh comparable to any sideboob/underboob/nip-slip/upskirt scenario.

[static.giantbomb.com image 456x297]


Try this one:
www.silveremulsion.com
 
2013-07-04 08:51:29 AM  
Hero? Please. Everybody's a hero now.

I guess it's inevitable when everyone is a star in grade school, half the high school are co-valedictorians, and people demand respect but make no effort to earn any.
 
2013-07-04 08:53:27 AM  
"You're so brave to expose all those popsicle toes".
 
2013-07-04 08:55:00 AM  

perigee: OregonVet: YoOjo: I feel that some of us are forgetting that there are plenty of foot fetishists amongst us, and so parading naked feet in public is exactly the same as walking about with your junk or vag out.
I assume the foot fetishists know all the best spots to observe their favorite meat, I'm sure they take great delight in memorizing every inch of your feet so as to masturbate furiously later.
Think about that next time you're in Kroger slip-sliding around the aisles with just a thong covering your huge bear-feet, you might be a solid family man, Mr Respectable with wife, kids and church buddies, but to the perverts you're a common slut parading your sex in an orgasmic explosion of flesh comparable to any sideboob/underboob/nip-slip/upskirt scenario.

[static.giantbomb.com image 456x297]

Try this one:
[www.silveremulsion.com image 850x482]


I'm confused by that one, is it Albert Einstein or Sandra Day O'Connor?
 
2013-07-04 09:08:57 AM  
He's right, there is a direct relationship between the point where flip flops became the standard footwear above 38 degrees and how shiatty america has become.  And it went exponential with tattoos.
 
2013-07-04 09:09:50 AM  
it always amazes me how people can wear such noisy shoes. And it gets even louder as flip-flops -some women walking by my window in heels are as loud as an average car.
"I'm loud, so I'm important"?
I don't get it.
Aren't you bothered by the noise, nor ashamed of anoying others?
 
2013-07-04 09:15:11 AM  
My absolute foolproof marker for a complete idiot is a guy who wears flip-flops to a stadium or arena. Nothing like being oblivious to stranger piss splattering all over your feet during pee breaks.

Why not cut out the middle-man and just invite guys over to pee into your bed? It would be less gay.
 
2013-07-04 09:15:41 AM  

redmid17: As someone who grew up in the state south of you, you are full of shiat as far as temps are concerned.


Like we would trust anyone from Ohio.  Seriously, though, in the Saginaw Valley we usually get a week or two during the summer where it gets that hot.  Not the entire summer, granted, but occasionally we get that day that makes you want to curl up and die.
 
2013-07-04 09:19:23 AM  
I don't care if you wear sandals or thongs, just wash those cheese dogs you call feet once in awhile and your foot wear as well.
/yes, we can smell you
 
2013-07-04 09:20:07 AM  

Todd300: 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?


You should make a list of things you don't like so we know the things to make illegal.
 
2013-07-04 09:20:18 AM  
video.foxnews.com
 
2013-07-04 09:21:20 AM  
Wearing flipflops in the city is just stupid.  You can't drive properly in them, or run for the bus, the sidewalks are filthy, there's broken glass and dog shiat to worry about - and I live in Ottawa, the cleanest and most boring city west of Zurich.
 
2013-07-04 09:23:25 AM  
For every pair of flip flops you don't wear I'm going to wear two
 
2013-07-04 09:26:55 AM  

Coolfusis: 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.

Dead article writer,

I live in Texas. It is farking hot for 4-5 months a year. The kind of hot that makes your shoes into minature ovens about 30 seconds after you step outside. So, for 3-4 months a year, I buy and wear a nice pair of leather "flip-flops." This accomplishes two things: I get to have cool feet (making me more comfortable), and it's normal to not wear socks with them (ridding me of the need to peel my sweat-soaked socks off every chance I get to change them.)

If this is somehow your concern, I kindly invite you to blow me. You can make poor choices about garments when it comes to practicality vs fashion, but the rest of us will actually enjoy our days, instead of being miserable, hot and very sweaty. (Which is far more of a turn-off than wearing "flip-flops")


I kindly invite you to blow me.

I lold, and yeah, agreed.
 
2013-07-04 09:27:54 AM  

YoOjo: perigee: OregonVet: YoOjo: I feel that some of us are forgetting that there are plenty of foot fetishists amongst us, and so parading naked feet in public is exactly the same as walking about with your junk or vag out.
I assume the foot fetishists know all the best spots to observe their favorite meat, I'm sure they take great delight in memorizing every inch of your feet so as to masturbate furiously later.
Think about that next time you're in Kroger slip-sliding around the aisles with just a thong covering your huge bear-feet, you might be a solid family man, Mr Respectable with wife, kids and church buddies, but to the perverts you're a common slut parading your sex in an orgasmic explosion of flesh comparable to any sideboob/underboob/nip-slip/upskirt scenario.

[static.giantbomb.com image 456x297]

Try this one:
[www.silveremulsion.com image 850x482]

I'm confused by that one, is it Albert Einstein or Sandra Day O'Connor?


I'll help - but it wont exactly be helpful...
 
2013-07-04 09:28:02 AM  

cyberspacedout: 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.


*blinks*

I had lumps the size of quarters on my ankles and shins from wearing combat boots for 18 hours stretches and occasionally passing out in them at various parties and rehearsal spaces.

They're called callouses.  You don't need to see a Doctor.  You just need to man-up a little bit.
 
2013-07-04 09:34:49 AM  
I'm a die hard flip-flop wearer, but I agree that wearing them for walking around the city is insane. I never wear expensive shoes when walking around NYC because its inevitable that I'm going to step in something, get splashed, etc. I'll go as far as to change shoes when I get to the office, switch when I go out to lunch, switch back after lunch, etc. The city streets just eat shoes.
 
2013-07-04 09:34:54 AM  

the_freelance: My absolute foolproof marker for a complete idiot is a guy who wears flip-flops to a stadium or arena. Nothing like being oblivious to stranger piss splattering all over your feet during pee breaks.

Why not cut out the middle-man and just invite guys over to pee into your bed? It would be less gay.


So you'd prefer people pissing on your shoes, which absorb the piss that you then track around with you everywhere, as opposed to their feet which they can easily wash off?

Seems kinda stupid.
 
2013-07-04 09:35:19 AM  
Thank god someone has spoken up against flip flops. Backyards or the beach they are fine. Don't however wear them in public. It's a nasty sight and a slip/fall hazard. And if you think sandals with socks are ok you are dead wrong. Also I'm tired of seeing sweatpants, pj's, and sleep pants in public.
 
2013-07-04 09:36:03 AM  

YoOjo: OregonVet: YoOjo: I feel that some of us are forgetting that there are plenty of foot fetishists amongst us, and so parading naked feet in public is exactly the same as walking about with your junk or vag out.
I assume the foot fetishists know all the best spots to observe their favorite meat, I'm sure they take great delight in memorizing every inch of your feet so as to masturbate furiously later.
Think about that next time you're in Kroger slip-sliding around the aisles with just a thong covering your huge bear-feet, you might be a solid family man, Mr Respectable with wife, kids and church buddies, but to the perverts you're a common slut parading your sex in an orgasmic explosion of flesh comparable to any sideboob/underboob/nip-slip/upskirt scenario.

[static.giantbomb.com image 456x297]

I get that response a lot, I assume people vicariously use Jack Nicholson to express their gratitude for how valuable my enlightenment transferal was to them.
He looks great in that picture by the way, was that before or after he starred in Fight Club?


Stop trying to be Pocket Ninja.  It's not going to happen.
 
2013-07-04 09:38:47 AM  

Uncle Tractor: [i560.photobucket.com image 680x473]

/gonna go for a walk in my crocs dorks.


FIFY
 
2013-07-04 09:43:59 AM  
I've seen people on hiking trails with flip-flops. Hey genius, you see all the rocks? See the cactus? If your foot slips out of your totally inadequate footwear you're going to roll a long way down those rocks & cactus.

/I have a pair
//strictly in the house or on the deck
///rocks & cactus in my yard
 
2013-07-04 09:45:57 AM  

for good or for awesome: YoOjo: OregonVet: YoOjo: I feel that some of us are forgetting that there are plenty of foot fetishists amongst us, and so parading naked feet in public is exactly the same as walking about with your junk or vag out.
I assume the foot fetishists know all the best spots to observe their favorite meat, I'm sure they take great delight in memorizing every inch of your feet so as to masturbate furiously later.
Think about that next time you're in Kroger slip-sliding around the aisles with just a thong covering your huge bear-feet, you might be a solid family man, Mr Respectable with wife, kids and church buddies, but to the perverts you're a common slut parading your sex in an orgasmic explosion of flesh comparable to any sideboob/underboob/nip-slip/upskirt scenario.

[static.giantbomb.com image 456x297]

I get that response a lot, I assume people vicariously use Jack Nicholson to express their gratitude for how valuable my enlightenment transferal was to them.
He looks great in that picture by the way, was that before or after he starred in Fight Club?

Stop trying to be Pocket Ninja.  It's not going to happen.


No idea if you think that's an insult or a compliment, but I assure you (and myself) that I'm not trying to be anyone else, this is me and my way of doing things. You don't have to like it but it's all I have.
If you'd prefer I left Fark as I'm somehow offending your sensibilities then just say, otherwise I'd recommend you try and develop some coping strategies for interacting nicely with others socially online, other than that I can't help you, sorry.
 
2013-07-04 09:55:13 AM  

people_are_chumps: For every pair of flip flops you don't wear I'm going to wear two




You are making us look bad as a species. Right now UFO type aliens are looking down on us and noticing our footwear. They see all those flip flop wearing guys and think "we can take them."
 
2013-07-04 09:55:44 AM  
Someone really needs to get over their fear of feet. Guess what? I've got body parts at the ends of my arms too. They're called hands and I don't keep them covered when I'm in public either. As for the hygiene argument, get over that too. A little dirt never hurt anyone until they got so paranoid about it that everything they touch needs to be scrubbed down with an antibacterial wipe first. If I could get away with never wearing shoes, I'd do it, and I'd stick my dirty feet right up in the face of anyone who looked at them with disgust.
 
2013-07-04 09:59:37 AM  
ferrelljenkins.files.wordpress.com

What people without real shoes might have looked like in history.
 
2013-07-04 10:05:42 AM  
www.seshamo.com
love my Doc flops.
 
2013-07-04 10:07:24 AM  
When the great Shoepocolypse occurs and there are no more shoes for anyone, all you formerly shoe-wearing tender-foots will be tiptoeing around trying not to step on any little pebbles and wearing stuff like this
3.bp.blogspot.com
but I'll continue walking like along with my tanned and toughened bare feet like nothing ever happened.
 
2013-07-04 10:12:05 AM  
I'm guilty of wearing flip flops anytime I'm not in class or in a lab. I don't care what this article writer things, it's farking hot where I live, they're comfortable, and I like 'em.

I used to be a hater, I really was. Never, ever wore any kind of sandal, until I moved to an island. It was then that I discovered Reefs, and Nike Celso flip flops, and from then on I've learned to embrace the thong, and live and let live...if people want to wear 'em, more power to them I say, as long as it is safe to do so. I do cringe if I see somebody wearing them while mowing or moving heavy objects though...that's just unsafe. Oh, and on an airplane. Flip flops and sandals are worthless if you find yourself needing to evacuate the aircraft in an emergency. Wear real shoes when flying.

I am still a hater though. I've moved on to hating those stupid running shoes people wear everywhere, you know, the ones with individual toes on the ends. They just look retarded, and I'll admit I instantly judge somebody I see wearing them as a moron who just wants to wear the latest trend in athletic wear, even though they probably haven't run more than 10 steps in years.

/Rant off
//Might have a little of last night's beer left in me
///Happy 4th!!
 
2013-07-04 10:22:57 AM  

Gulper Eel: The people who wear flip-flops in my part of New York are also the people who wear flip-flops while hiking in the mountains. You know...morons. We're talking people in flip-flops in conditions where even experienced hikers won't go if the conditions are wrong - cliffside trails with slopes, wet leaves, pine needles and so forth.

Darwin will take one of the flip-flop hikers from time to time, and media coverage will general paper over the stupidity that led to the death lest the dead moron's friends and family start in about "blaming the victim".

More in general, if you are wearing flip-flops and making the slappity-slappity sound all over the place, you had better have some legs worth looking at - unfortunately, my experience tells me that the noisiest flip-flops are attached to feet at the ends of legs of women built like C.C. Sabathia.


I am one of those idiots that wear flip flops (or 5 toes) when hiking. I hate wearing shoes or hiking boots because I can't feel what's under my feet.
Also, I wear flip flops (or flats in the winter) because I can't stand the feel of socks.
 
2013-07-04 10:27:23 AM  
Fark you, buddy. Starting around April or May I switch to sandals/flip flops. And I don't put shoes back on until September or October.
 
2013-07-04 10:36:25 AM  
I promise that I will never wear flipflops again...
....as soon as you make everything walkable in bare feet.
 
2013-07-04 10:38:00 AM  
Am I crazy that I remember Slate doing relevant articles? Was this ever a thing, or have they just completely gone over the edge lately?
 
2013-07-04 10:42:06 AM  

Sandelaphon: [ferrelljenkins.files.wordpress.com image 500x318]

What people without real shoes might have looked like in history.


It's farking sad I had to get this far into the thread before someone brought up the fact that history says "real shoes" are sandals. The article and a surprising number of Farkers are idiots.
 
2013-07-04 10:46:25 AM  
Yeah, fark this guy. With a bunch of aglets melded together.
 
2013-07-04 10:46:36 AM  
Foam flip flops are gross and when I think of people who wear them I think of white trash.
 
2013-07-04 10:46:38 AM  
I knew Obama would bring Sharia to the US eventually
 
2013-07-04 10:56:03 AM  
Flip-flips I can tolerate, but it's those fat hillbilly retards wearing Crocs that make me wish "The Purge" was a real holiday.
 
2013-07-04 10:58:12 AM  
If you live in a hot climate or worse a hot and humid climate, hygienically speaking sweaty closed toed shoes are more likely to cause foot funk and fungi. I know flip flops and sandals are popular here, but who the fark cares? I dont like feet so I dont stare at people's feet. Author needs to look after her own feet and STFU.

/plastic thong things between your toes are unnatural, but to suggest that going barefoot will ruin your feet? Is this chick shilling podiatrists much?
//goes barefoot 80% of the day and runs in minimalist footware and my feet and ankles havent fallen apart yet because they're strong
 
2013-07-04 10:58:38 AM  

fillg: When the great Shoepocolypse occurs and there are no more shoes for anyone, all you formerly shoe-wearing tender-foots will be tiptoeing around trying not to step on any little pebbles and wearing stuff like this
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]
but I'll continue walking like along with my tanned and toughened bare feet like nothing ever happened.


As long as we have cows and such we will have real shoes:

www.nativeartstrading.co.uk
 
2013-07-04 11:02:43 AM  

Carousel Beast: Sandelaphon: [ferrelljenkins.files.wordpress.com image 500x318]

What people without real shoes might have looked like in history.

It's farking sad I had to get this far into the thread before someone brought up the fact that history says "real shoes" are sandals. The article and a surprising number of Farkers are idiots.


I was thinking the same thing. Also, most of the foot grossness TFA complains of is brought about wearing shoes. The more time you spend unshod, the healthier your feet tend to be:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barefoot#Health_implications
 
2013-07-04 11:08:28 AM  

Hermit Tard: tldr

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


This exactly. Fark this moron. It was farking 104 down here last week. If he doesn't like flipflops, I can gladly remove them while I throw my size 14 up his ass.

//pry my flip flops from my cold dead hands.........
 
2013-07-04 11:14:52 AM  
There's something odd about people's reaction to dirty feet, as if they were oozing pus instead of merely coated with grime that washes right off.  Many a boner has been killed by a glimpse of a porn star's soiled soles.
 
2013-07-04 11:15:22 AM  

Sandelaphon: [ferrelljenkins.files.wordpress.com image 500x318]

What people without real shoes might have looked like in history.


Well welcome to the 21st century

mrandmrsellis.com
 
2013-07-04 11:20:51 AM  

titwrench: I wear steel toed boots all day for work. As soon as I get home in off come the boots, on go the flip flops. Unless I am going out of going hiking it's flip flops. The future Mrs. titwrench is from upstate New York and moved to San Diego about 7 years ago. I think in the 5 years we've been together I've seen her in shoes other than flip flops maybe 100 times. Flip flops also say "I don't want to fight".


As well as, "No, I don't want to help you move."
 
2013-07-04 11:25:30 AM  
People get paid to write that much about this. I got through the first paragraph and realized IDGAF what this guy thinks, but I cared enough to share my opinion on part of his opinion.
 
2013-07-04 11:35:29 AM  

ThighsofGlory: titwrench: I wear steel toed boots all day for work. As soon as I get home in off come the boots, on go the flip flops. Unless I am going out of going hiking it's flip flops. The future Mrs. titwrench is from upstate New York and moved to San Diego about 7 years ago. I think in the 5 years we've been together I've seen her in shoes other than flip flops maybe 100 times. Flip flops also say "I don't want to fight".

As well as, "No, I don't want to help you move."


When I traded my truck in for an SUV is when I said " I don't want to help you move anymore." If you buy a truck don't tell anyone. But yeah flip flops say the same thing.
 
2013-07-04 11:35:53 AM  
I got me a pair of these awhile ago and i havent really looked back. People always ogle at my feet and think they look dumb/weird/silly/gross. I dont farking care. They are the most comfortable shoes i have ever owned and my ankle is stronger and they make me happy. They make me want to move.

Also -- why the fark do you care what other people are wearing? If your that twisted up about fashion then go stand in the parking lot of a walmart -- there are worse things in the world than footwear that you think looks silly.
 
2013-07-04 11:36:00 AM  
I wished I had worn them in the showers after gym class...athlete's foot sucks.  Or maybe that affliction I developed was just getting me ready to take on gonorrhea a little later?  I digress.  I now only use them in the health club  showers after a workout.  Honestly, no one cares to see my feet.  And if they do, they shouldn't.
 
2013-07-04 11:37:23 AM  
birthdayshoes.com
These i mean.

Best shoes ever.
 
2013-07-04 12:25:38 PM  
All I could read from this was blah, blah, blah.
So I'll assume that someone got upset over flip flops at a business meeting, and I get that.
 
2013-07-04 12:35:47 PM  
Seems like the problems people bring up with flip flops are actually problems with the cheap plastic versions that don't let the bottom of your foot breathe, are slippery when wet, hurt your toe, etc. You guys do know you can purchase decent ones, like Reefs, and not have the bottoms collapse, have leather under your sole. And for all the comments about smelly feet, and fungal infections, you do know that those only happen because you've locked your sweaty feet away in a shoe they can't breathe in, increasing the moisture to where fungal infections can grow? As for the arches comments, come on, we've already discovered that for most people "arch-support" was nonsense designed to sell expensive shoes to people who didn't have the problem the shoes were supposed to fix? Shockingly, we did not evolve in nikes. And as for hygiene, what city do you live in where you have to step over/through pools of human effluvia? Jesus people, maybe you need to fund city cleaning crews if you have problems that bad and not decide that it's gross to have bare skin that isn't even touching the street. What's next, gloves for everyone?
 
2013-07-04 12:36:44 PM  
"Those people-you, if you're among them-need to face the reality that you are, in essence, going barefoot, and it's grossing the rest of us out. "

Yes, I am essentially going barefoot. I'm doing it on purpose.  If seeing exposed body parts grosses you out, move to Alaska or Saudi Arabia.
 
2013-07-04 12:54:59 PM  
People who live around this tend to wear practical footwear if any at all.  Croc's need not apply.pics4.city-data.com
 
2013-07-04 01:16:14 PM  
You people who complain about closed toed shoes and hot weather sound like whiney little babies to me. I've worn closed toed shoes in every place I've lived and I grew up in Texas. If you feet are so bothered by them you need better shoes. If it's hot you'll sweat regardless of whether your shoes are closed or not.

Flip flops are lazy. Sometimes they look very gross because of the person wearing them. Buy sandals if you want open shoes. If you wear socks and sandals go shoot yourself behind the barn.
 
2013-07-04 01:18:04 PM  
Wow, this person would never make it in Hawaii.

I've got $20 Scotts flip flops that have better arch support than the stupid $70 shoes I bought.
 
2013-07-04 01:18:59 PM  
As a species we were walking barefoot across all types of terrain long before the first of us wrapped their own feet in some sort of covering.

Yes, I know we weren't walking on asphalt, concrete or cement back then but hard, dried ground can be just as unforgiving and we weren't always walking across soft, spongy ground that perfectly cupped and protected our feet.
 
2013-07-04 01:25:30 PM  
Flip-flops have a place. Its called the farking beach.
 
2013-07-04 01:43:23 PM  
I would prefer to be barefoot in summer, but if people insist I wear foot coverings (for whatever bizarre, unexplained, and surely asinine reason), you're going to have to be satisfied with flip flops, sandals, or Tevas.  If you don't like the way it looks, you are quite welcome to stop staring at my feet like a weirdo.
 
2013-07-04 01:44:58 PM  
FTFA: We would all look askance at a person who removed his socks and sneakers on the train before ostentatiously propping his naked dogs in plain sight.

Yeah right.

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2013-07-04 01:45:30 PM  

Maggie_Luna: You people who complain about closed toed shoes and hot weather sound like whiney little babies to me.


What do people who complain about other people's choice of footwear sound like?
 
2013-07-04 01:48:46 PM  
It's mighty hot down here in Austin and flip flops are big, which is fine - but I really don't like it when people wear them to work. Casual dress is one thing but it's just not professional. Sandals are OK but only if you're a foreigner. :-P
 
2013-07-04 01:59:36 PM  

Maggie_Luna: You people who complain about closed toed shoes and hot weather sound like whiney little babies to me. I've worn closed toed shoes in every place I've lived and I grew up in Texas. If you feet are so bothered by them you need better shoes. If it's hot you'll sweat regardless of whether your shoes are closed or not.

Flip flops are lazy. Sometimes they look very gross because of the person wearing them. Buy sandals if you want open shoes. If you wear socks and sandals go shoot yourself behind the barn.

You sound angry about your itchy, sweaty feet and like you want to take it out on people who are more comfortable than you.

/wears sandals and never gets sweaty feet
//when I lived in a big bad weather city, I wore close toed, sweat marinating shoes and torturous heels, but life is just too short for that crap
 
2013-07-04 02:13:59 PM  

elysive: Maggie_Luna: You people who complain about closed toed shoes and hot weather sound like whiney little babies to me. I've worn closed toed shoes in every place I've lived and I grew up in Texas. If you feet are so bothered by them you need better shoes. If it's hot you'll sweat regardless of whether your shoes are closed or not.

Flip flops are lazy. Sometimes they look very gross because of the person wearing them. Buy sandals if you want open shoes. If you wear socks and sandals go shoot yourself behind the barn.You sound angry about your itchy, sweaty feet and like you want to take it out on people who are more comfortable than you.

/wears sandals and never gets sweaty feet
//when I lived in a big bad weather city, I wore close toed, sweat marinating shoes and torturous heels, but life is just too short for that crap


Nah, my feet don't itch. I have good hygiene. They'll sweat, it'll happen. Yours probably sweat you, the sweat just dries.  Seriously though, it's not that big a deal.

Those heels? Bad shoes. You might have needed transitional shoes between commute to office.  Extra bulk but depending on your style of dress (casual or for work) might be necessary.  I hate open toes shoes, I still have some because 'fashion' dictates I can't just wear one pair with everything as it doesn't match. I could change my style of dress to be pretty uniform but I like variety.
 
2013-07-04 02:22:39 PM  
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2013-07-04 02:28:45 PM  

hasty ambush: As long as we have cows and such we will have real shoes:


Ugh.

You had to remind me about the city/Jersey/LawnGuyland asshats who wear flip-flops to my county fair.

Into the livestock barns.

More than once have I heard a local farmer remark that his cows have better class and grooming than the humans flip-flop-ohmiGAWDing their way through the barns as if they'd never seen where millk came from before.
 
2013-07-04 02:29:33 PM  
I know more than you : Why do you think athlete's foot occurs at the feet and crotch only? Because those areas are kept humid and hot without ventilation. If you wear flip flops consistently you cannot get athlete's foot.

I've never had athlete's foot, so I dunno.

My feet do smell though ... after a long hike.

I did, however, wear shoes that were a little too tight on a 13 mile hike through the rough areas of Aruba and that made the toenails on my longest toes fall off (but they grew back).

I suppose I should have done that hike in flipflops instead so that my feet could get sliced to ribbons by all of the bits of coral and rock on the north side of the island :P

fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net

// wash your feet and you don't have to worry about athlete's foot. And your feet shouldn't be stinking up a storm from regular daily use.

// Now if you wear corrective shoes and you got big bunyons, toenails smell and look like onions, don't doowutchyalike, go see a foot doctor tonight!
 
2013-07-04 02:45:00 PM  

Maggie_Luna: Nah, my feet don't itch. I have good hygiene. They'll sweat, it'll happen. Yours probably sweat you, the sweat just dries.; Seriously though, it's not that big a deal.

Those heels? Bad shoes. You might have needed transitional shoes between commute to office.  Extra bulk but depending on your style of dress (casual or for work) might be necessary.  I hate open toes shoes, I still have some because 'fashion' dictates I can't just wear one pair with everything as it doesn't match. I could change my style of dress to be pretty uniform but I like variety.


My use of the word "sweaty" pretty much covered that distinction. Without proper ventilation, ones socks and feet become a warm wet environment that encourages bacterial growth. It has nothing to do with hygiene.

And thanks for the retro advice, but I'm happy in comfy open toed shoes. Before I quit my personal training job here, I had to wear sneakers to work a few hr every day and it was a pain. Fortunately they make moisture wicking socks and well ventilated running shoes. The same cant be said for most "fashionable" shoes and things made with leather.

Btw, if someone considers themself fashion forward, why would they want to wear fugly ass, bulky shoes while out in public? I never wore cute shoes to impress people at work. Trying to meet cute guys on the bus downtown was like the whole point.
 
2013-07-04 02:57:00 PM  

elysive: Maggie_Luna: Nah, my feet don't itch. I have good hygiene. They'll sweat, it'll happen. Yours probably sweat you, the sweat just dries.; Seriously though, it's not that big a deal.

Those heels? Bad shoes. You might have needed transitional shoes between commute to office.  Extra bulk but depending on your style of dress (casual or for work) might be necessary.  I hate open toes shoes, I still have some because 'fashion' dictates I can't just wear one pair with everything as it doesn't match. I could change my style of dress to be pretty uniform but I like variety.

My use of the word "sweaty" pretty much covered that distinction. Without proper ventilation, ones socks and feet become a warm wet environment that encourages bacterial growth. It has nothing to do with hygiene.

And thanks for the retro advice, but I'm happy in comfy open toed shoes. Before I quit my personal training job here, I had to wear sneakers to work a few hr every day and it was a pain. Fortunately they make moisture wicking socks and well ventilated running shoes. The same cant be said for most "fashionable" shoes and things made with leather.

Btw, if someone considers themself fashion forward, why would they want to wear fugly ass, bulky shoes while out in public? I never wore cute shoes to impress people at work. Trying to meet cute guys on the bus downtown was like the whole point.


Your transitional shoes needn't be ugly just functional. Like flats of some sort or just plain comfortable shoes. But I'll suffer in heels than walk barefoot, that's just disgusting. Of course I'm not fashion forward I'm quite plain but that's the reality of the city life. You might not be able to wear your office shoes while commuting etc.
 
2013-07-04 03:06:37 PM  

mikefinch: [birthdayshoes.com image 368x285]
These i mean.

Best shoes ever.


Was going to say "I can only imagine the epic Category 5 Shiatstorm he would launch over a nice pair of Vibram Fivefingers", but I see this has been taken care of.

And yes...highly, highly recommended--especially if you can find them on sale at Woot or 6pm.com (the only two places I'd really trust to have cheap non-counterfeit ones) :D  (I'd say my Bikilas are probably the comfiest shoes I've bought--and this is considering from someone who likes to occasionally make sandals or mocs out of a bit of cow or elk or bison :D)

/and yes, you do get used to the feeling between your toes--I'd recommend starting out with some toe socks first just to get used to stuff
 
2013-07-04 03:19:46 PM  

lordargent: // wash your feet and you don't have to worry about athlete's foot. And your feet shouldn't be stinking up a storm from regular daily use.

// Now if you wear corrective shoes and you got big bunyons, toenails smell and look like onions, don't doowutchyalike, go see a foot doctor tonight!


Soap and water will not kill athlete's foot and many websites wont even recommend washing as a prevention. The best way one can prevent athlete's foot is to keep your feet dry and dont walk barefoot in places where the fungi thrive (locker rooms, public showers, martial arts gyms where ppl run around barefoot and sweaty *shudder*). Water and soap will fix foot stink because that is bacterial.
 
2013-07-04 03:20:23 PM  

hasty ambush: Wearing flip flops as everyday footwear leaves you unprepared as a man. It is like not having a pocketknife or multi-tool on you or a set of jumper cables in your car. For example:

Last year I was stopped at an intersection. a car trying to cross was stalled and a couple of guys got out to try and push it off to the side. They were about college age and both wearing flips flops. They had trouble keeping the stupid things on their feet and get enough traction to push the car. Not to mention it was August in Texas and the asphalt was probably burning their feet. As men they were found wanting for their lack of proper footwear.

Flip flops are Ok for around the pool. beach or gym shower but not for when you go about your regular day as a man unless you are lucky enough to be a lifeguard.


+1 !
 
2013-07-04 03:42:14 PM  
elysive: and dont walk barefoot in places where the fungi thrive (locker rooms, public showers, martial arts gyms where ppl run around barefoot and sweaty *shudder*).

Ahh, I wear sandals in locker rooms :P - and don't exactly spend a lot of time there (just long enough to change before hopping into a pool).

The rest of the time, I'm either in the ocean (with flippers on), or on high desert trails (with hiking boots).

// I figure some people are more susceptible to this sort of thing than others.

// I think I was thinking of something other than Athlete's foot. What's that thing that soldiers get for wearing the same boots/socks all the time? Not trench foot.
 
2013-07-04 04:18:32 PM  

Maggie_Luna: Flip flops are lazy. Sometimes they look very gross because of the person wearing them. Buy sandals if you want open shoes. If you wear socks and sandals go shoot yourself behind the barn.


Wow. You've got issues.
 
2013-07-04 04:25:55 PM  

Uncle Tractor: Maggie_Luna: Flip flops are lazy. Sometimes they look very gross because of the person wearing them. Buy sandals if you want open shoes. If you wear socks and sandals go shoot yourself behind the barn.

Wow. You've got issues.


If you take that as a literal you have the problem. The last is just a WTF to me. Why wear sandals and socks? I've been given an answer but I just didn't find it very satisfying. It's like wearing polka dots and plaid. It stands out.
 
2013-07-04 04:32:21 PM  

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.


Flip flops are not comfortable. The thong digs in between your toes, they won't stay evenly under your feet, and that smacking sound is really, really annoying. Also, the first grain of sand, and you've got to take them off and dust your feet.

If you're a cute girl with small feet and a pedicure, they're esthetically OK. Everyone else should keep their gnarly bearpaws out of sight.

/I have poor circulation in my extremities, so I am not familiar with the concept of hot feet. My year-round, casual shoe is a steel-toed ankle boot.
 
2013-07-04 04:34:52 PM  

Maggie_Luna: Uncle Tractor: Maggie_Luna: Flip flops are lazy. Sometimes they look very gross because of the person wearing them. Buy sandals if you want open shoes. If you wear socks and sandals go shoot yourself behind the barn.

Wow. You've got issues.

If you take that as a literal you have the problem. The last is just a WTF to me. Why wear sandals and socks? I've been given an answer but I just didn't find it very satisfying. It's like wearing polka dots and plaid. It stands out.


You replied to me that you'd rather suffer in heels than wear sandals because "that's disgusting". Apparently you do have issues and think your own feet are gross.

BTW this is what wearing heels will do to your feet. :D
 
2013-07-04 04:41:15 PM  
Oh good, it's officially summer now; some blogging nutsack has written the obligatory 2000 word waste of time regarding their psychological issues with feet.

/In the immortal words of Mike Nelson, "I enjoy watching people's mental illness".
 
2013-07-04 04:43:22 PM  

lordargent: elysive: and dont walk barefoot in places where the fungi thrive (locker rooms, public showers, martial arts gyms where ppl run around barefoot and sweaty *shudder*).

Ahh, I wear sandals in locker rooms :P - and don't exactly spend a lot of time there (just long enough to change before hopping into a pool).

The rest of the time, I'm either in the ocean (with flippers on), or on high desert trails (with hiking boots).

// I figure some people are more susceptible to this sort of thing than others.

// I think I was thinking of something other than Athlete's foot. What's that thing that soldiers get for wearing the same boots/socks all the time? Not trench foot.


No idea what you were toing for...foot rot is a military term for athletes foot and I didnt think people got trench foot since WWI. Trench foot prevention sounds pretty similarto for AF prevention.

/happy hiking and swimming!
 
2013-07-04 04:48:36 PM  

elysive: Maggie_Luna: Uncle Tractor: Maggie_Luna: Flip flops are lazy. Sometimes they look very gross because of the person wearing them. Buy sandals if you want open shoes. If you wear socks and sandals go shoot yourself behind the barn.

Wow. You've got issues.

If you take that as a literal you have the problem. The last is just a WTF to me. Why wear sandals and socks? I've been given an answer but I just didn't find it very satisfying. It's like wearing polka dots and plaid. It stands out.

You replied to me that you'd rather suffer in heels than wear sandals because "that's disgusting". Apparently you do have issues and think your own feet are gross.

BTW this is what wearing heels will do to your feet. :D


No I said I'd rather go in heels than go barefoot (not sandals) because seriously I don't know how women can walk around barefoot outside on the asphalt and ground willy nilly. If your shoes hurt that much dear god. My shoes are uncomfortable if heels but not so much that they'll cause me so much discomfort. I don't own any sandals other than flip flops, I use them for inside the house or around the house. I try not to wear heels too because yeah, they're not good for you. Neither are flip flops. I tend to stick with flats with some support if not able to wear something else.

Between heels and flip flops to barefoot, flip flops win hands down.

Wear what you want, I'm allowed to judge and visa versa.
 
2013-07-04 05:35:09 PM  

Maggie_Luna: Uncle Tractor: Maggie_Luna: Flip flops are lazy. Sometimes they look very gross because of the person wearing them. Buy sandals if you want open shoes. If you wear socks and sandals go shoot yourself behind the barn.

Wow. You've got issues.

If you take that as a literal you have the problem. The last is just a WTF to me. Why wear sandals and socks? I've been given an answer but I just didn't find it very satisfying. It's like wearing polka dots and plaid. It stands out.



People wear socks to absorb the sweat, oil and shed skin cells from the foot. The socks are more easily and thoroughly washed than the shoe is. Therefore, the shoe stays cleaner and lasts longer when socks are worn. No doubt, this can also be true of some sandals, particularly nice, expensive leather or suede sandals.

If you think you need to be able to judge, or kill people, because they wear socks, kindly get yourself a life. Or, go shoot yourself behind the barn. And if you object to anything I have said, YOU have the problem.

Do your words sound different when they are directed back at you?
 
2013-07-04 05:44:34 PM  

Shadowknight: redmid17: As someone who grew up in the state south of you, you are full of shiat as far as temps are concerned.

Like we would trust anyone from Ohio.  Seriously, though, in the Saginaw Valley we usually get a week or two during the summer where it gets that hot.  Not the entire summer, granted, but occasionally we get that day that makes you want to curl up and die.


I'm from Indiana. 90s and 100s are, like you said, for 2-3 per summer, maybe 4 if it was a hot summer. I remember in 2002 when we had two weeks or so of 100+ degree weather, and the lows were 95+. Our AC died in the first week, but that was by far the hottest summer I can remember.
 
2013-07-04 07:48:21 PM  

WeenerGord: Maggie_Luna: Uncle Tractor: Maggie_Luna: Flip flops are lazy. Sometimes they look very gross because of the person wearing them. Buy sandals if you want open shoes. If you wear socks and sandals go shoot yourself behind the barn.

Wow. You've got issues.

If you take that as a literal you have the problem. The last is just a WTF to me. Why wear sandals and socks? I've been given an answer but I just didn't find it very satisfying. It's like wearing polka dots and plaid. It stands out.


People wear socks to absorb the sweat, oil and shed skin cells from the foot. The socks are more easily and thoroughly washed than the shoe is. Therefore, the shoe stays cleaner and lasts longer when socks are worn. No doubt, this can also be true of some sandals, particularly nice, expensive leather or suede sandals.

If you think you need to be able to judge, or kill people, because they wear socks, kindly get yourself a life. Or, go shoot yourself behind the barn. And if you object to anything I have said, YOU have the problem.

Do your words sound different when they are directed back at you?


No, because I am capable of understanding hyperbole. Which apparently you have problems with. The phrase I used did have more vitriol than say the phrase DIAF or I am going to kill myself. It's hyperbolic and not literal. And I never said I'd kill people but yes I judge; we all do. Or do you hold no opinions of Kim Kardashian, Honey Boo Boo , or someone who wears something that is aesthetically unappealing to you?

I do object solely because you twisted my words. Other than that what do I care? It's all perspective. From my POV you fail to grasp over exaggeration and seem a bit over sensitive.


Though really I fail to understand the objection sentence. I have a problem? Why? Because I disagree with you?

/geez Louise
 
2013-07-04 08:47:17 PM  

Maggie_Luna: No I said I'd rather go in heels than go barefoot (not sandals) because seriously I don't know how women can walk around barefoot outside on the asphalt and ground willy nilly. If your shoes hurt that much dear god. My shoes are uncomfortable if heels but not so much that they'll cause me so much discomfort. I don't own any sandals other than flip flops, I use them for inside the house or around the house. I try not to wear heels too because yeah, they're not good for you. Neither are flip flops. I tend to stick with flats with some support if not able to wear something else.

Between heels and flip flops to barefoot, flip flops win hands down.

Wear what you want, I'm allowed to judge and visa versa.

Who is walking around barefoot on asphalt? The only talk of barefoot has been people saying flip flops are essentially being barefoot. Also I mentioned upthread that I dont wear shoes much (because I work at home and shoes are actually forbidden on carpeted areas). why? Because I was challenging the assertion that people need "supportive" footwear or else they will sustain great injury.

You definitely have the right to judge people but when you post your whacky ideas on here, Farkers have the right to judge you right back. In this case I'm calling you a busybody with foot issues.

/i get nauseated when people prop their feet up close to me and in my direct line of sight, carryover from when my dad always put his big socked feet up between me and the TV...but people's feet are not intrusive when they are walking around, unless of course you have an unnatural fixation with feet
 
2013-07-04 11:36:10 PM  
Subby is unfamiliar with the SoCal "uniform".
 
2013-07-05 05:22:46 AM  
lordargent:

// wash your feet and you don't have to worry about athlete's foot.

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
 
2013-07-05 06:08:13 AM  
I work from home and the only time I'm not wearing flip-plops outside is on semi formal date night with the wife and the occasional church visit.
 
2013-07-05 01:12:35 PM  
Lots of these articles lately (the one about the drinks I'm not supposed to order comes to mind). All stupid. I wear flip flops all summer because they're comfortable.

Don't give a sht what uptight turds think of this. I'm going to go home now, sit around outside in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops, listen to the Grateful Dead, and drink a Negra Modelo with a lime wedge out of frosty mug, and probably do some other things that dpsht wannabe arbiters of style loathe...
 
2013-07-05 01:58:38 PM  
All I know is, show me a person who wears flip flops exclusively and I'll show you a person who is a lazy do-nothing.

/Won't leave hous in flip flops except to get mail
 
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