Choose the Right Flip-Flop

Most flip-flops lack any kind of structure or support for the foot, which can cause foot fatigue and arch aches. When shopping for summer shoes, keep in mind these tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association:

  • Shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
  • Gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.
  • Ensure that your foot doesn’t hang off the edge of the flip-flop.
  • Wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete’s foot.