Flip flops are evil.
It has taken me a long time to reach this conclusion, but I think that
finally the truth is clear.
They used to be called "thongs" or "thong sandals," but now they are
known as "flip-flops" or "flip-flop sandals." But whatever your
name for them, they are the kind of shoes that are basically nothing
but a flat sole and a small strap that goes from between the big and
second toes to both sides of the sandal. They exist for both men
and women, but are considerably more popular among women.
I used to think these kinds of shoes were great. Since most
women are not true
barefoot girls, the popularity of
flip-flops has made
it possible to see a lot of women's feet that might otherwise be hidden.
Indeed, there is very little difference in the visibility of a
woman's feet when they are bare as opposed to when she is wearing
But there is a difference. And this distinction
is what has finally made it clear to me that flip flops are not a good
thing, but are, in fact, a scourge upon our species.
I used to think that flip-flops were great for two main reasons:
- They show off a lot of a woman's feet.
For a person like me, a woman's feet are the sexiest part of her body. In
a world where everyone wears shoes, flip-flops were the answer to how I was
going to see all that lovely skin without having to wait for the 1-in-10,000
chance encounter with a
true barefoot girl.
- They are the easiest shoes to remove.
It stands to reason that a shoe that is extremely easy to remove is more likely
to come off than a shoe that tends to hold itself tightly in place.
Unfortunately, these things led me to become complacent. I thought,
Cool, all these women are now wearing flip-flops. I can see their
feet already, and they might slip their shoes off while they're sitting down
or something. And so I let the evil spread.
And I wasn't the only one to fall victim to this nefariousness. Even
today there are websites devoted to women in flip flops that erroneously
claim to show women who are barefoot.
Now, obviously, if a woman has shoes on, she's not barefoot, no matter how
much of her foot skin you can see. But, if flip-flops did not exist,
this confusion would not exist either.
The Future At Stake
Just as there were two reasons why I mistakenly believed that flip flops
were an okay thing, there are two reasons that have now become obvious to
indicate that they are, in fact, an awful thing.
Firstly, despite their ability to provide an appearance similar to that
of being barefoot, flip flops are still shoes, and as such they carry with
them the same unhealthy effects that all shoes do. Check out the
Barefoot Health page for more information
about why shoes are bad and why nobody should be wearing them.
Second, and actually the single most important reason why
flip-flops are bad, is this:
Flip-flops give people an excuse to wear shoes when
Let's take a recent example that finally drove this important point
The swim team of a local high school was doing a car wash fundraiser, and I
decided to support the cause. The car wash was held on a sunny Saturday
morning. It was cool because it was in late Winter, but most of the
kids were still wearing shorts and T-shirts.
And flip flops.
This disturbed me to the point of being actually angry. Here they were,
dozens of young men and women, whose chosen sport requires them to be
barefoot, standing around in puddles of water, and every single one of them
had shoes on. Every single one. Not one child was barefoot.
I really wanted to say something to the parents who were there. "How can
you be allowing your children to wear those awful shoes when they should be
enjoying themselves, splashing around in the puddles and experiencing the
sensations of the wet grass, the damp cement and the cool pavement?"
"Why don't you set an example and take your own shoes off?" I wanted to say.
But I don't think it would have made sense to them.
And yet, how could it not make sense? With puddles deeper than the sole
of any flip-flop, the kids were basically all standing in the water
anyway. And because the ground was all covered with water, there was no chance
of it being uncomfortably hot to stand on. There was absolutely no
reason for any of those kids to be wearing shoes. And yet, every one of
I was heartbroken.
If our youth are being taught that they should wear shoes, even when they
have absolutely no reason or excuse to, what hope do we have?
While this information does seem discouraging, to me it only serves as
motivation to strengthen the fight. In America, we have The Right to
Bare Feet! Our children deserve to enjoy that freedom! We need
to raise a generation that knows that shoes are optional. At worst, a
necessary evil to be used only in certain circumstances and, at best,
something to be avoided whenever possible, which is almost always.
If you agree with me that the world needs to change, and people need to
just stop wearing shoes, then visit the
Join the Cause page and learn how you can
help me to change people's attitudes in the ways that actually work.
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about Going Barefoot in Restaurants.
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