BLOG: Rant & Rave: Flip-flops are hazardous to one's health

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

In this week’s blog, I want to rant about flip-flops — you know, those cheap plastic shoes with the strap that goes between your toes?

When you walk they make that annoying flip-flop sound.

Many women love wearing flip-flops in the summer, likely because they are easy to slip on and off.

I wore them when I was 12, but haven’t really been a fan since. I don’t really like something stuck between my toes and I don’t think they are that easy to walk in.

Over the years, I have grown to almost loathe flip-flops; however, their popularity has not waned since the ’70s. In fact, it’s grown and expanded. They now have high-end flip-flops with changeable straps.

Flip-flops have even been accepted in some places as a corporate casual shoe.

I question whether a flip-flop is really even a shoe.

Webster’s defines flip-flop as “the sound or motion of something flapping loosely” and “a rubber sandal loosely fastened to the foot by a thong.”

Note the word “loosely” used twice.

Flip-flops are not stable.

If anything, they are devices you wear for a day at the beach so your feet don’t get too hot from the sand.

The only other good use for them that I can think of is when you get a pedicure and you need something for your foot so the nail polish on your toes does not get smudged.

I often say at work that flip-flops are hazardous to people’s health because they are dangerous, and I have stories to back up my claim.

In the early ’90s, I took keyboard lessons at a Peoria music store. I later heard a story that a very nice man who worked there was killed in a car wreck because his flip-flop got stuck under the accelerator in his vehicle.

Just over the weekend, a friend fell down her steps and tore ligaments in her ankle. Her husband took her to the hospital because it looked like her bone was broken because it was at an odd angle under her skin. She has to go to a specialist and take physical therapy and is currently bedridden.

Oh, did I mention that she was wearing flip-flops?

Her husband threw them in the garbage when he got home from the hospital, but she said she would retrieve them because they were one of her favorite pairs of shoes.

Her husband said he would cut them into pieces.

At this point, I am not sure what has happened to that particular pair of flip-flops.

Perhaps when future flip-flops are manufactured, they should contain a sticker on them that says “Warning: flip-flops can be hazardous to your health. Wear them at your own risk.”

Jeanette Kendall is executive editor at TimesNewspapers.