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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 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

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// 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.
 
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