Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ahhhh...warm weather has arrived. There's nothing more peacful than the sounds of spring. The birds are chirping, the trees are gently blowing in the breeze, the children are playing, and that's when you hear it-- The sound of flip-flops flapping with every step!

Modern flip-flops were originally created in New Zealand, and appear to be based on traditional Japanese woven or wooden soled sandals. In New Zealand they are called jandals. Here in the US, flip-flops in their dressier form are refered to as thong sandals.

While widely considered comfortable, flip-flops can cause many foot-related problems due to the fact that they do not provide ankle support. Many flip-flops are made with a spongy sole which allows the foot to roll inward more than usual. This inward rolling is known as pronation, causing the arch to open and become unable to absorb shock. This can result in pain in the arch, the heel, and the toes.

I must admit that they do have their uses. I was thankful to have them while on vacation when I didn't want to stand barefoot in the shower, and they work well for killing spiders! But as for fashion...I prefer to wear "real shoes!"

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