The Rules of Flip Flops


When the heat hits, flip flops are about the cheapest and the coolest thing you can do for your feet, but that doesn’t mean they’re a free for all. Before you go get you 2 for $5 on at Old Navy we just want to lay down a few ground rules for rocking flip flops this summer. You know you’ve seen some of these violations on other people and you might have even pulled a few of this flip flop faux paus yourself. Consider this your pre-summer warning. We don’t want to see it.

 Officewear they are not

Beachwear? Yes. Office? No. There are a lot of things that are tough about working in the summer, including having to store your flip flops from 9-5 from June to September. It doesn’t matter how casual your office attire is, flip flops are just a no—even on dress down Fridays. Once I went in for an interview with a company and I knew it wasn’t the place for me when the woman I’d be speaking with greeted me in a pair of busted brown flip flops. We know it’s hot but that’s what peep-toe shoes are for. There are also plenty of dressier, semi-casual sandals to choose from that you might be able to get away with in front of the boss, but don’t go there with flop flops.

Not for long distances

Cool, yes. Comfy, no. We just want to spare your feet because if you try to walk around all day in a pair of flip flops, you’ll regret it. We’re talking long distances like while on a trip to a vineyard or a casual stroll through the city. Eventually the lack of support will creep up on you and you will find yourself wishing for a pair of heels as relief. You’ve got maybe two to four hours to max out flip flops’ comfort potential, then the pain kicks in.