So I have just had the third patient of the day asking about Flip Flops and whether it's ok to wear them or not. Clearly the beautiful forecast for our May long weekend in Ontario has everyone thinking of summer.
As always in answering similar questions, a large dose of common sense is required. Flip flops were designed for two reasons. The first was financially driven for those with limited money and resources to make shoes. The second is for those living in very warm climates and especially if residing in sandy beach like environments. Subsequently they became popularized with associated surf and beach culture and a generalized lay back appearance.
That's all very well but still doesnt answer the question. Simply put, for those of us who have been diagnosed with any type of structural or functional foot problem it would be best if we limit the amount of time spent in Flip flops. By that I don't mean Never wear them, but choose your moments when they are best suited. For example going to the beach, hanging out pool side or when limited amounts of walking are planned. Even for those with "normal feet" the softer, flatter, very worn, cheaper varieties of filp flops are all believed to have harmful effects on the feet.
The good folks at the APMA have been very kind to provide a fact sheet and indeed recomend some models of flip flops over others as being more supportive than others.
This video also deos a terrific job of outlining the idea "feetures" to look for in a good Fip Flop. Have a beautiful and safe weekend where ever you are.