MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Buy Good Flip-Flops

Flip-flops have a bad reputation for messing up your feet. But, it turns out, there are plenty of flip-flops that are actually supportive and comfortable – and look good. “Flip-flops have come a long way,” states Dan Michaels, DPM. “There are some really good ones out there now that don’t look orthopedic, but still give you good arch support.”
If you’re looking for a new pair of flip-flops, Dr. Michaels recommends steering clear of flat ones that don’t have a strong bottom. Meaning, if you can easily bend the base of your flip-flop, that’s an issue. “That will be almost like you’re walking barefoot,” he says. Instead, look for flip-flops with at least a quarter to a half-inch of arch support on the bottom. “They should not be completely flat,” Dr. Michaels says. Ideally, you also want something with a thick, sturdy thong, too, to help your toes get a comfortable grip.