Hello Everyone!

          I am interrupting my 20 Steps again, because there is something I want to bring to your attention while it is still summer. Yes, it has to do with feet again. You must think I have a foot fetish. Maybe a little bit, or at least,  a shoe fetish. So what I am talking about today is the health of your feet, and the look of your feet.

                                          WHO INVENTED THE FLIP FLOPS?


                        Whoever it was should get a medal for inventing such a comfortable style of shoe and should be condemned for making women give into wearing just a sole and two straps in the name of comfort for any occasion.

                        When walking into my building this week I was following a lady who was about 60 years old. She wore a black and white skirt with a pretty black top. ’That looks nice I thought.’ When we reached the elevator we had to wait for it, and that’s when I looked down at her feet. What do you think I saw? Yes, a pair of white flip-flops made of cheap white rubber. Her pale feet, looked even whiter and very naked, like she was not wearing any shoes at all.

          According to the files she was carrying under her arm, she was either going or coming from work – maybe a real estate agent? I was ready to ask her what she was thinking when she put on those shoes. Probably she wasn’t thinking – or just wanted to be comfortable, but I curved my impulse and minded my own business.

            When the elevator came she walked in with great determination, and asked: “What is your floor?” “12” I said. She was going to 34.

            Hoping that her client was not as sensitive to flip-flops as I, I left the elevator, and wished her ‘A Good Day.’ But if her client did not think that flip-flops are a business attire, she was in trouble. A piety, because from her well cut grey hair down to her ankles, everything was perfect.

            The excuse ‘ I want to be comfortable’ or I have to walk a lot today, is not valid, because this year the choices of comfortable, nice shoes are endless – open, closed, with a little heel, with no heel, anyway you want it – it is out there. So let’s enjoy the choices we have and leave those flip-flops for where they belong, the beach or in a garden,

          But if you insist on wearing them do what I saw a young lady do the other day. She stepped out of an elevator in one of the big office buildings and put down her attaché case, She took her high-heeled shoes off and exchanged them for a pair of flip-flops, which came out of another bag she was carrying. After putting her high heels away, she was walking quickly and in great comfort out of the building. By doing this she had not compromised her image, and not sacrificed her comfort.

            But we have not found out yet who has invented flip-flops?


This is hard to say. Many people have claimed they did, and some even had their models patented. In many developing countries flip-flops are the cheapest footwear available, often less than a $1 and are made of recycled tires.

In New Zealand the woven soled Japanese Zori was worn in 1930. And their popularity increased when the Australian swimming team wore them during the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956. So they have been around a long time and certainly come a long way – all the way to the white house. When the Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse team was honored by President Bush on July 19, 2005, four of the women were wearing flip-flops – but there the protocol of the White House drew the line, and these women were criticized for not knowing better.  But the popularity of flip-flops has not suffered. On the contrary. They have never been as popular as now – we see them in restaurants, in theaters in the offices, just anywhere.

          But if you don’t agree with my views on the elegance and appropriateness of flip-flops, may I leave you with some facts on what they do to your feet? Wearing them for a long period of time and walking in them for a long time, will result in sore feet, ankles and legs. These are the findings of a study conducted by  the Auburn University in 2008. And the lack of support for your ankles can also create other foot problems.

            So now there are two reasons for wearing flip-flops with discretion – one, not to hurt your feet, and the other is not to let them spoil your image where it counts.

            So until next week





Scource of pictures WIKIPEDIA



Author: Brigitte Nioche

Author of Getting Over Growing Older Other titles - Dress to Impress, The Sensual Dresser, What Turns Men On.


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