Meet My New Flip Flops
As a health editor, I feel conflicted about wearing flip flops. I know they’re bad for me—I’ve heard podiatrists say that they can be as harmful as 4″ heels—but when the warm weather arrives, I can’t resist. Surely you can relate.
But now maybe I don’t have to resist. I’m wearing a new-to-me brand, called Okabashi, and they are so comfortable. First of all, even in the midst of our little heatwave here in NYC, they haven’t caused any new-shoe or heat-induced blisters. Second, they offer good arch support, unlike the other kinds I wear. Third, they grip my feet so that I don’t almost walk out of them with every step, and they grip the ground so that I don’t fall on my butt like I did in the lobby of my office building one night a few weeks ago.
Hoping they weren’t too good to be true, I checked with Hal Goolman, D.P.M., a podiatrist at Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster, New Hampshire. He liked what he saw, particularly the fact that the shoe has a deep heel cup and good arch support. He points out that you generally want to avoid flip flops if you’ve certain foot conditions, like plantar fasciitis, which leads to heel pain. But if you’re determined to wear them, try a model with a bit of a raised heel because that takes some of the tension off the plantar fascia.
Other reasons I’m flipping over these flops: They’re easy to clean (you can even throw ‘em in the dishwasher), they’re made in the U.S., and they’re inexpensive. The pair I’m sporting are $15.
Okabashi boasts having sold more than 30 million pairs. Anyone else out there a convert?