As flip flop season ramps up, it’s important to keep in mind that not all of them are created equally, according to Vionic Innovation Lab expert and NYC podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera. We asked Dr. Jackie Sutera a few questions about what to look out for when searching for a pair of healthy flip flops that are supportive for your feet because your shoes shouldn’t stop you from going on your next adventure.
Why are traditional flip flops so bad? “You have to over-grip when you’re wearing these shoes, because there’s no backstrap,” says Dr. Jackie. There is a myriad of issues that can arise from this, including stress fractures, heel pain, bunions and hammer toes. That’s why it’s important to find the right pair of flip flops that will keep your feet supported.
What can you do to mitigate the risks? “Stay away from the really thin ones that we all have in every color because they’re so inexpensive,” instead favoring the styles “with a thicker sole, heavier straps and a little bit of arch support.”
Above all, Dr. Jackie urges us to remember that traditional flip flops should be worn in moderation. “They’re really made for at the beach and poolside,” she says, not a long day of exploring or errand-running. Pay attention to how your flip flops fit your feet, if they provide enough cushioned support for your feet, and how your feet feel at the end of the day. At Vionic, our flip flops range from comfortable beach flip flops with arch support to orthotic sandals so that your feet won’t hold you back from the adventure.
We know that wearing flip flops is a sign that warm weather is here! If you’re looking for a great pair of women’s flip flops with arch support to keep you moving in comfort and style, check out Vionic’s range of comfortable walking sandals. Whether you suffer from plantar fasciitis and are looking for a comfortable pair of sandals or you’re looking for a pair of more supportive flip flops with heel support, we have your flip flop needs covered.
*Based on a peer-reviewed clinical study partially funded by Vionic on people experiencing moderate, non-traumatic heel pain. Vionic contoured sandals were shown to be comparable in effectiveness to Vionic orthotic inserts.