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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.
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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.
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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  
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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  
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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
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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


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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.

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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.
 
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