Today is National Flip Flop Day: what better opportunity to celebrate the popular summer footwear? Started back in 2007 by Tropical Smoothie Café for its 10th anniversary, this unofficial holiday is celebrated every year on the third Friday of June. On this special occasion we want to share with you why it IS cool to wear flip fops.
- It is good for your knees.
- It keeps your feet cool in the summer.
- It helps you keep good hygiene.
- It helps you prevent accidents.
- It helps you express your creativity.
Yes, you read it right. Studies conducted at Rush University in Chicago showed that wearing flip flops can be beneficial for your knees. They analyzed 31 people with osteoarthritis and they noticed that walking with flip flops places 15 percent less load on the knees compared to other shoes. This is probably due to the fact that the natural flex of the foot reduces the impact on the joint. The sandals have therefore all what it takes to make the perfect summer footwear.
During the hot season wearing closed shoes can be uncomfortable, making your feet sweat and, consequently, causing problems such as itchy feet or toenail fungi. You can prevent this by wearing flip flops. These shoes not only keep your feet cool, avoiding sweat and bad odour, but they are comfortable, too.
We all know that. Flip flops are almost a necessity in certain situations. Whether we are staying at a hotel or youth hostel while travelling, we need to use the public services at the beach or at a music festival, or we want to take a shower after the gym, wearing slippers helps us staying away from athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.
If we like swimming, we should not confine our rubber sandals to the changing room: walking barefoot near the pool can be dangerous, as it is easy to slip on the wet floor and get hurt. Wearing flip flops in this case helps you prevent injury. “The important thing is to buy the perfect size, shoes that you feel comfortable with” says Artmut Stinus, a specialist in orthopedics in Northeim, Germany. “Often, I see that my patients don’t really pay attention to shoe size and they end up buying items that are too small for their feet.” So how do we choose the perfect flips flops? In order to walk comfortably and avoid blisters, the sole has to fit the foot perfectly and the stripes need to be neither too loose nor too tight.
Let’s be honest: when it comes to flip flops there are so many possibilities that you don’t know what to buy first. Rubber, leather, embroidered, with bling, custom, wedges: the variety is endless. Sometimes though, despite the vast choice at your disposal, you might be still not entirely satisfied or might be looking for something special. What can you do in this case? Make your own flip flops, of course! The internet is full of tutorials that teach you how to make your own slippers exactly the way you want them, using all kinds of materials, from macramé to recyled yoga mats. If you are not too fond of crafting but still want to have personalized items, you can still design your slippers and then order them online. There are a few internet based companies that offer custom flip flops, giving you the possibility to be as creative as you like without the need of going through the manufacturing process. This allows you to have your unique pieces and look great this summer. So, what are you waiting for? Wear your fancy flip flops and celebrate this day with us!