Are you getting as weary as I am of this (rather endless) Presidential race, full of drama, blaming, shaming and its usual share of flip-flops?
But the good news is that we can distract ourselves with beautiful, warm weather (finally)!
Rather than spending yesterday morning tuning into CNN or any of the other dozens of networks spewing political slurs, I attacked my closet; joyous to be packing away my winter clothing, shoes and boots and even more excited to be breaking out my summer footwear. (It feels so good to let my feet b-r-e-a-t-h-e. Although, come to think of it, I could use a good pedicure…)
You’re probably doing the very same thing. But a word of caution to those of you who wear flip flops (and doesn’t just about everyone?) They can be pretty bad for your feet.
Dr. Jackie Sutera, a Vionic Innovation Lab expert and American Podiatric Medical Association spokesperson, doesn’t say not to wear them; but instead suggests that you wear flip flops in moderation. These flat shoes are best suited for a day at beach or pool, not when you’re going to be out walking or doing errands, she says.
“Flat shoes cause the feet to spread and collapse, stretching out the tissues (a common cause of the painful condition, plantar fasciitis),” she explains.
But there’s more:
- Why are traditional flip flops so bad?
“You have to over-grip when you’re wearing them because there’s no backstrap. There are a myriad of issues that can arise from this in addition to plantar fasciitis, including stress fractures, bunions and hammer toes.”
- What can you do to mitigate the risks?
“Stay away from those really thin flip flops – the kind many of us have in every color because they’re inexpensive and cute. Instead, look for styles with a thicker, contoured sole, heavier straps and a bit of arch support, which help keep your lower legs in their natural position, and thus reduce pain.”
And I’m so happy that Vionic shoes agreed to let one of my readers see for themselves…
Yay, it’s a giveaway!
You can win a pair of their Tide II Toe Post Sandals (valued at $64.95).
All you need to do is leave a comment. Tell us why you need these Vionic flip-flops. Pick any reason, no matter how silly it may sound, and we’ll pick one winner at random.
The rules are much more simple than figuring out who to vote for come November: Comments must be received by 9 AM ET, Friday, June 3. If your name is chosen, you’ll get an email requesting your address; if you don’t reply within 24 hours, another lucky winner will be chosen. Your loss; their gain.
Thanks for reading – and good luck!