These are 2 for $5 at Old Navy. But are they really worth the price of your health?
As the weather gets warm and ankle boots are put away let's remember the number one cardinal rule for dancers. Do not wear flip flops. Flip flops are known to cause long term feet, ankle, knee, back, and hip problems. Damage is caused not only because people scrunch their toes in an effort to keep their shoe on but also because of the general lack of support that flip flops offer.
My good friend Ashley is a professional ballerina in the bay area and the most talented dancer I have ever met. She also is an avid Minnie Mouse fan. She knew that while walking around Disneyland she needed shoes that gave support to her beautiful high arches. Flip flops were out and Minnie Mouse crocs were definitely in.
Me and my fellow dancing friends used to wear flip flops until our feet hurt and then we would switch to a shoe with more support. Bad. Very bad. Just avoid them all together. Doctors say that wearing flip flops for short lengths of time is okay, but who wears a pair of shoes for a short length of time? Just avoid them all together.
A few years ago ABC News reported on the hazards of flip flops so if I have not convinced you already, maybe a major news corporation will.
Are you a flip flop wearer? Have you ever experienced pain from them? Reader Elizabeth, from E Tells Tales, commented in the last post that her grandmother yells at her for wearing them, claiming they'll ruin her toes. That reminds me: Spring is here and sandals are out. Don't forget your pedicure.