Footwear 101 | There’s A Time And Place To ROC Flip Flops

Now that summer is here, there are a few things that need to be discussed. As soon as the warm weather hits, people start wearing less without any regard. While there aren’t any real rules set in stone, there is a time and a place to wear everything. Flip Flops are a common occurrence in the summertime. They are a very casual footwear style that gets integrated into almost any fit. While they are perfect for some fits, they are absolutely inappropriate for others. Someone should create a Flip Flop etiquette manual because some people are really pushing it.

Flip Flops don’t really get a lot of love, regardless of the season. Depending on the brand, they can be pretty comfortable and stylish. They come in a variety of colors and just about match with anything. Wearing them on a casual day off and running errands around the neighborhood is okay. Wearing them post-pedicure is okay too. Beaching it up in flip flops is an absolute must because who wants to wear sneakers or other closed in shoes to the boardwalk? These are the types of situations where flip flops are okay.

Now…let’s talk about what’s not okay.

Wearing them to work under any circumstances is not okay…unless you work at the beach. Wearing them to any kind of formal situation is never okay either. There are some sandals that are considered “Thong” sandals and some of these could be deemed okay but, they’re still flip flops. Wearing them on a first date or any date (unless they’re Gucci) is an absolute no and flip flopping to church or a funeral is a negative too. Imagine stepping into church with the slapping sound of sole to sole. Not appropriate. New York City is not the cleanest place and after parading around for the day in flip flops, you’ll see. The dirt on the bottom of your feet will tell a story, and it’s not a pretty one. Ever get caught in the rain in flip flops and step in a puddle?

Slides have found themselves integrated into fashion fits as well. What used to be worn in between athletic games and to the gym have become a staple in certain fits. They are often seen worn with socks and shorts. The slides and socks situation is the wave right now and everyone is doing it. Brands like Puma are dropping Furry ones for the ladies. Word on the street is adidas is dropping a Yeezy slide. That’s how you know it’s poppin’.

At the end of the day, folks can wear what they want. If flip flops are your footwear style of choice then that probably means you are very laid back 99.9% of the time. Just keep in mind that while there are no rules written in stone about flip flops, there are several unspoken ones. Remember that when selecting slides or flip flops to complete your summer fit.

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