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(Slate)   Finally, someone takes on the greatest scourge of our age: People who wear flip-flops instead of real shoes   (slate.com) divider line 217
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2013-07-04 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
 
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