Basic flip flops, particularly bargain-basement brands, do not provide the support, motion control and cushioning your foot requires during walking. However, some footwear companies design flip flops with the health of your feet in mind.
Here are some tips to help you select a good pair of flip flops:
- Don’t be tempted to buy a pair that doesn’t fit just because it looks great. If your feet are too wide or your heel or toes hang over the edge, they are not right for you.
- Look for flips flops that have a thicker sole, a slightly thicker heel, an arch contour and a deep heel cup as these features will provide the support and shock absorption your feet need.
- Flip flops are usually made out of material that softens or stretches over time, so be sure to only buy ones with thick enough, or adjustable, straps that will keep your feet anchored in the correct spot even as the flip flops age.
- If last year’s flip flops are misshapen or no longer hold your foot securely, throw them out.
The best advice is to limit wearing flip flops as much as possible. Choose a more supportive sandal with a contoured footbed that supports your arch and cups your heel. Your feet will appreciate it.