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Why do so many women wear flip-flops?

Posted on 05/28/2010 8:43:15 PM PDT by SamAdams76

OK, so I'm at the Dunkin Donuts this morning, it's a rather cool spring morning, about 50 degrees. I can see my breath in the air! Yet, every woman in the Dunkin Donuts were in flip-flops!

Now everywhere I go these days, it seems that the women are wearing flip-flops instead of regular shoes. Why is that?

I just don't get the appeal of wearing flip flops. I can understand wearing them at the beach. And when I was in Marine boot camp (Parris Island), we were issued a pair to wear to the shower. But anywhere other then the beach or the shower, I'm just not getting it. Why would you want to wear flip-flops instead of regular shoes?

Now get this, I go walking with the dog every morning for about 4 miles. Think I could do that in flip-flops? Think again. Nothing but hard-soled footwear for me. I wear hiking boots maybe 9 months out of the year. During the summer, I might switch to sneakers (New Balance) or maybe some Docksider boat shoes. But no flip-flops for me.

I'd like to see some woman follow me into the woods in flip-flops when I go hiking. Good luck with that. Try hiking Mt. Washington in a pair of flip-flops. You won't think flip-flops are so swell when you try that.

I'm not quite sure when women in flip-flops became the "in" thing. Back when I was younger, you just didn't see flip flops except maybe at the beach or in the shower like I mentioned before. Suddenly, all these women decide that this is what they want to wear. You even see woman in dresses with flip-flops. What is up with that? It's like if I wore a suit with sandals. It would be ridiculous. But for women, they seem to get away with wearing flip-flops with their business attire.

Also, isn't it uncomfortable to go walking around in flip-flops? Don't you feel vulnerable walking around in public with flip-flops? What if a nuclear bomb went off and you had to run for the hills? Wouldn't get very far in a pair of flip-flops. What if somebody with heavy boots was to stomp on your toes? If you were wearing regular shoes, not such a big deal. In flip flops, it's going to leave a mark.

Somebody, hopefully, will explain this flip-flop thing to me. I would like to understand. Thank you and good night.


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1 posted on 05/28/2010 8:43:15 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

I don’t get it either. Here in Los Angeles, women wear flip flops to work (I’m a teacher.) I have no idea why anyone would do such a thing. It’s like the girls who walk around in mini skirts and halter tops with those big, furry Ugg boots, and a gauzy scarf around their necks. No logic and not very appealing, but oh so very L.A.


2 posted on 05/28/2010 8:45:52 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (If one racist Tea-Partier proves all conservatives hate, what do 500 Muslim suicide bombers prove?)
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To: SamAdams76

I’ll add to your semi-rant by saying the new “in” thing is to show up to tech jobs dressed like you’re on a beach in Hawaii, having not shaved for a week and needing about 6 inches off the top.


3 posted on 05/28/2010 8:46:16 PM PDT by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: SamAdams76

Pop culture. Hate it. I’ve seen some GREAT sun dresses in our congregation.....unfortunately to be topped off by ‘flip-flops’. Ick.


4 posted on 05/28/2010 8:47:01 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Well, here in Kansas it is the prickly pear cactus and the cow patties that dictate my footwear. I don’t even own flip flops.

What the city folk wear, I couldn’t say.


5 posted on 05/28/2010 8:47:59 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: SamAdams76

Of course, the crowning achievement of wearing flip flops is when a gal is blowing and popping bubble gum bubbles while she walks, asynchronously with the rhythm of her flip flops.

Nobody in *my* trailer park has that one down yet.


6 posted on 05/28/2010 8:49:00 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Voters who thought their ship came in with 0bama are on their own Titanic.)
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To: SamAdams76
Now everywhere I go these days, it seems that the women are wearing flip-flops instead of regular shoes. Why is that?

Silly you... they match their pajama bottoms when they go shopping at Wal-Mart.

7 posted on 05/28/2010 8:49:17 PM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: SamAdams76

My pet peeve is guys who wear sandals with white socks. What’s with that?


8 posted on 05/28/2010 8:49:25 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: SamAdams76
1)They are comfortable. More comfortably than heels.

2)If there is a nuclear attack the women in 4 inch heels will have to ditch their shoes too, so every other woman in NYC will be shoeless when the end comes.

3)Most importantly: they show off your pedicure.

9 posted on 05/28/2010 8:50:11 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: SamAdams76

at least it’s not crocs or crocks or whatever they are called.

uh-guh-lee


10 posted on 05/28/2010 8:50:21 PM PDT by Hexenhammer (sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SamAdams76

As a day-to-day thought, yes I wonder about such. The world is about to go to hell in a hand basket, Islam seems to be winning, NK is about to start WWIII, and yet I worry about women wearing flip-flops. Go figure.


11 posted on 05/28/2010 8:50:29 PM PDT by doc1019 (Rush, Beck and others are giving us the dots; it is up to us to connect them.)
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To: SamAdams76
"It's like if I wore a suit with sandals. It would be ridiculous."

It would look stupid in most places here in the USA. But in Europe, particularly the former Com-Bloc, it wouldn't be particularly strange.

12 posted on 05/28/2010 8:51:54 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: SamAdams76

I am a guy and I wear flip flops during the weekend. My job demands formal business attire (yes, ties even in 110 degree weather)

On weekends, my uniform of choice is such:

1. Bermudas
2. cotton t-shirt
3. “dressy” flip flops

God help me but I love my weekend uniform. and to make matters worse, I live in an upscale suburb of Dallas, and this is now the uniform of choice

for us guys!!!

So.. start your ridiculing now.. I am ready


13 posted on 05/28/2010 8:51:57 PM PDT by SoftwareEngineer
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To: SamAdams76

Blame John Kerry for the flip flop..


14 posted on 05/28/2010 8:51:59 PM PDT by max americana
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To: doc1019

They are very easy to put on.

Leave flip flops, or step-in sandals (my favorite), by the door. Step into them on the way out and you are shod.


15 posted on 05/28/2010 8:52:35 PM PDT by Persevero (If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?)
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To: SamAdams76

They’re comfortable. End of story.


16 posted on 05/28/2010 8:53:55 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: SamAdams76

To show off their “tats”.


17 posted on 05/28/2010 8:55:16 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: SamAdams76

They are all frustrated John Kerry fans and just can’t get enough flip flop in their lives.


18 posted on 05/28/2010 8:55:26 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: SamAdams76
Yeah flip flops are gross...


19 posted on 05/28/2010 8:56:12 PM PDT by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: SamAdams76

The’re lazy. It’s not just the flip flops, it’s sweat pants and no make up.


20 posted on 05/28/2010 8:57:43 PM PDT by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
My pet peeve is guys who wear sandals with white socks. What’s with that?

LOL! Guitly as charged! Every spring I do this to break my feet in so I don't get blisters right away. By mid-May the socks are gone.

21 posted on 05/28/2010 8:58:06 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: CaptainK

In that case, why not wear sandals or open-toe “flats”?


22 posted on 05/28/2010 8:58:29 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: SamAdams76

why do men wear shorts in the middle of winter in the north?....


23 posted on 05/28/2010 8:58:48 PM PDT by cherry
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To: SamAdams76

I’m not a woman, but I would think flip flops would be very easy to put on (and take off if you’re in a culture where folks leave their shoes at the door) and they are also cheap.

And do these women have fancy manicured and polished toe nails? Unless they wear something like a flip flop, nobody’s going to see all the brightly colored nails. In that case, it’s the same reason a body builder wears a tank top—to show off all that hard work.


24 posted on 05/28/2010 8:59:50 PM PDT by Burkean (.)
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To: SamAdams76

If you are a straight male, you know that the key to understanding women is in understanding their fashion choices, most particularly their shoes, and — you don’t care. Why would any sensible person wear spiked heels? A mystery, wrapped in an enigma. The feminine mystique.


25 posted on 05/28/2010 9:02:10 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Ya got some Shabazz on the bottom of your shoes there, chum.)
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To: SamAdams76

The big question is why do so many people wear deck shoes or tennis shoes?

And T-shirts....What’s up with those?


26 posted on 05/28/2010 9:02:55 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: SamAdams76

IIRC, Jimmy Buffet had a song about flip-flops, and pop-tops, and maybe alcohol was a factor. Oh, and a woman was to blame.

Now, where did I put that shaker of salt.....


27 posted on 05/28/2010 9:03:58 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: cherry

So their butts don’t freeze ?


28 posted on 05/28/2010 9:05:00 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: SamAdams76
You know what's worse? Men wearing 'flip-flops'! Ewwwww. 90% of which have extremely ugly feet ...you know the 2nd toe is so long it almost hangs over the edge of the 'flip-flop'. I repeat....ewwwwwwww LOL!
29 posted on 05/28/2010 9:06:43 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Control the American people? Herding cats would be easier.)
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To: SamAdams76
I guess you'd like to see women with burkas on...

Does this get your nut off?


30 posted on 05/28/2010 9:07:00 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Burkean
Very few women have the feet to pull of wearing flip flops all the time. I see a lot of women with hooven looking feet and 100 dollar pedicures. Huh? what a waste.

Like that picture above, those toes are fat as sausages, why would a woman want to let anyone see those?

31 posted on 05/28/2010 9:08:01 PM PDT by atc23
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To: SamAdams76

Speaking as a non-woman, I don’t care for the thing between the toes on flip-flops. But sandals or bare feet? Whenever possible. When temperature allows, and their are no spinning blades or other hazards eminent, let those feet (and legs) free.


32 posted on 05/28/2010 9:08:42 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: IrishCatholic
Well, here in Kansas it is the prickly pear cactus and the cow patties that dictate my footwear. I don’t even own flip flops.

Do they smell while indoors and do they stain the carpet?

33 posted on 05/28/2010 9:10:07 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: SamAdams76

So they won’t be pregnant and barefooted.


34 posted on 05/28/2010 9:11:21 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Sometimes I like nuts. That's why I am here.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
like this guy???


35 posted on 05/28/2010 9:11:43 PM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: SamAdams76

We wear them because our feet hurt. We have to wear dress-up, pointy-toed shoes and pantyhose during the workweek, and when we aren’t on duty it’s nice to not be in pain. Flip-flops are the closest we can get to being barefoot. You try walking around on your toes for 40 or 50 hours a week and you’ll want to go barefoot, too.

I love to dress with some formality, but I’m sitting here typing this wearing a Ralph Lauren dress and the fantastically comfortable J. Crew thick-soled flip-flops my daughter bought me for my last birthday. My feet feel good for a change.

There may be some other shoes that are comfortable too—my Topsiders and Bass loafers, my Ariat paddock boots and Vogel field boots are fine, too. But none of them all the freedom of having my feet squish out in all directions as the flip-flops do. Bliss!


36 posted on 05/28/2010 9:11:51 PM PDT by ottbmare (I could agree wth you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: SamAdams76

I am with you on this. I do not even own flip flops or sandals and do not understand their appeal.


37 posted on 05/28/2010 9:12:02 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: SamAdams76
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President Bush poses with the Northwestern University women's lacrosse team in 2005.

38 posted on 05/28/2010 9:12:09 PM PDT by deks (So will Obama sign a bill that requires native Hawaiians to show a birth certificate?)
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To: SamAdams76

They kind of get a rhythm off of them that acts almost sort of like a pacifier to club dancing.

As you know, alcohol, dancing, and loud mind numbing music form the basis of modern foreplay.

Using flip flops, this is a pacifier for dancing
strap on an ipod for loud music
smoke some bud in the morning
you are on your way

so that is where the flip flops came from along with their amazing simplicity. You can be completely drunk, stoned, worn out from sex and dancing, and you somehow can still get them on your feet.


39 posted on 05/28/2010 9:12:13 PM PDT by dila813
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To: tina07

Is that real?


40 posted on 05/28/2010 9:13:10 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote
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To: Army Air Corps

“why not wear sandals or open-toe “flats”?”

That’s what I do, to avoid looking slummy.

Never sweatpants OR a tshirt, either. We have our standards.


41 posted on 05/28/2010 9:13:34 PM PDT by Persevero (If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

It was his own damn fault.


42 posted on 05/28/2010 9:14:45 PM PDT by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: tina07

LOL! I just KNEW there was a reason why I didn’t like him!


43 posted on 05/28/2010 9:14:49 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Hexenhammer

Crocs makes flip-flops!

http://www.crocs.com/crocs-crocband-flip/11033,default,pd.html?cid=410&cgid=women-footwear

Just thought you’d like to know ;)


44 posted on 05/28/2010 9:14:49 PM PDT by twinzmommy
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To: dragnet2

Well, here in Kansas it is the prickly pear cactus and the cow patties that dictate my footwear. I don’t even own flip flops.

“Do they smell while indoors and do they stain the carpet?”

Well....I don’t know about your personal lifestyle, but it never occurred to me to bring either into the house. :-0


45 posted on 05/28/2010 9:14:56 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: Persevero
Step in sandals (called "Slides") are my favorite footwear. They can have an arch, be dressy, and show my pedicure.

Slides can be fancy and even have a heel, or they can be casual or whatever. I live in the things. (I live in FL, everyone tends to wear them)

Flip flops, no matter how careful you are, you can bend them and take a nasty fall.

Casual slides:


46 posted on 05/28/2010 9:16:20 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

yup! Returning from golfing (of course!)

http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2010/04/obamas_springtime_foursome_for.html


47 posted on 05/28/2010 9:18:08 PM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

LOL!!


48 posted on 05/28/2010 9:18:41 PM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: smalltownslick
I agree. They ARE very comfortable. There are also different categories of flip-flops. The ones I wear to work (NOT with a dress) have a thicker sole and some sort of decoration (such as sequins) making them more suitable than if they were the flat, "shower shoe" variety. They do show off my pedicure as well. I always have closed-toed shoes available to wear because I teach some labs and closed-toed shoes are required in those situations, but I change my shoes as soon as lab is over!

I think the big thing with wearing flip-flops started when Rainbows became popular. They are leather and cost about $40 a pair. When you pay that much for a pair of casual shoes, you want to wear them other places than just around the house. That is when I began to see students wearing flip-flops in the dead of winter. Since it does not get all that cold in NC, they do not get frostbite, but I,for one, put my flip-flops away in the winter until warmer weather.
49 posted on 05/28/2010 9:19:58 PM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30:19: "..I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore chose life..")
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To: A_perfect_lady

Hear at a Gulf Cost resort where I work, during Spring Break I saw the couples all going out. The scene- it is night and temperatures are upper 40s. Without exception she is wearin gminimum sandals and an abbreviated something that used to be called a cocktail dress. He is wearing a coat over a sweater, long pants and shoes with socks. She is shivering and complaining about how cold it is. Even at that age I was not drawn to stupid girls. From what I see at spring break if I were young again I would have a very small field to draw from if any.


50 posted on 05/28/2010 9:26:11 PM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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