Six Times You Shouldn't Wear Flip-Flops

May 15, 2015

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Some people are okay with wearing flip-flops all the time . . . IF you buy new ones every few months, or at least wash them.  When every enclosed space you’re in smells like feet, it’s time.  But here are six times you should NEVER wear flip-flops . . .


1.  When you’re walking your dog.  A study in 2009 found 18,000 different types of bacteria on one pair of flip-flops, including fecal matter.  Your shoes get covered with bacteria too, but just on the outside.



2.  Any time you’re walking a long way, or might have to run.  A 2008 study found that flip-flops make you take shorter strides, so you’re more likely to fall.  And it can also lead to problems with your knees, hips, ankles, and spine.



3.  When you’re mowing the lawn . . . for obvious reasons.  Actually, you should wear shoes for pretty much any type of yard work.



4.  When you’re cooking.  You have to worry about things like boiling water, grease splatters, and knives you might drop.



5.  Anywhere that’s crowded.  Eventually some guy in steel-toed boots will step on your foot, and you’ll understand why.  And again . . . you have to worry about the foot smell.



6.  When you’re driving.  It’s not actually illegal, that’s a myth.  But a lot of people think it SHOULD be, because they can fall off and get wedged under the pedals.