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Friday, May 29, 2009

I Own One Pair, For Going to the Pool


I know that the tide has really sailed on flip-flops. I know that I am on the other side of a deluge. I’m sure that I could spend the next hour coming up with more water metaphors to use, know why? Because flip-flops are for going to the beach.

Yes, you love flip-flops. You love the thwak-thwak- thwak sound as they pad down the road. You love the cheap price, how easy flip-flops are to put on, and their disposable nature. You love to pretend, against all evidence to the contrary, that you live in Hawaii.

It’s just that I feel like we’re losing the best formal elements to our society. Not the part where we all wear pantyhose in July, but the part where once upon a time the idea of going into public with pajamas and flip-flops would have elicited gasps of horror and the deepest shame. I don't despise flip-flop wearers, or wish they would experience a lightening strike, or am incredibly offended to the point of nausea. I simply muse, are we selling ourselves short?

Look, flip-flops aren’t beautiful, they don’t make you look beautiful, they’re not supportive, or protective, they make your legs look stumpy, and your feet are always filthy afterwards. I guess I don’t see the attraction. I know that you’re going to come back with that they’re comfortable. Really? A Snuggie is probably comfortable, too, but sane people don’t wear them in public. I guess I wonder about sacrificing the chance to look lovely and put together for perceived comfort.

Perhaps it’s part of a general over-casualization that I’m uncomfortable with experiencing. I kind of miss the days when you’d call someone Mister or Misses So-and-so until they graciously leaned over and said, “Please, call me Wanda Sue.” Or the part where people didn’t swear in public, women didn’t vote, and we had to hide pregnancies by confining ourselves into dark rooms for months. OK, so I don’t miss everything. I also suck at writing thank you notes, so I can’t be THAT broken up over the over-casualization of society.

But we all have our lines that we will not cross. So let’s just add wanton flip-flop use to my ever elongating list of silly principled stands that I’ve made. For what it’s worth.

($3.99)

47 comments:

rookie cookie said...

Bravo, agreed and yes, I share your frustration. The thing that I REALLY don't understand- wearing flip flops to church. To try and stop this laxed trend, Elder Holland even gave a talk trying to encourage people to dress more respectfully for church and not like "they are going to the beach". Yet, you still see chipped toe nail polish, cracked, dry heels and flip flops amid the sacrament and the YW theme.

Azúcar said...

I DID NOT GO THERE BECAUSE IT INFURIATES ME.


But I'm glad you brought it up.

rich said...

One day I stopped wearing flip flops.

Don't get me wrong. I love being barefoot.

I hated the flop-flop sound. Also, you couldn't run really fast in the event of a cougar attack. Or play a random pick up game of soccer on the street.

Sue said...

Flip flops aggravate my toes, so in the summer I usually just go (pauses for Azucar's gasp of horror) barefoot. Not in the STORE or anything, but around the neighborhood I'm totally old school barefoot white trash.

Anonymous said...

I agree 100%. I was so disappointed seeing girls in these beautiful prom dresses with flip flops this year.

Melanie J said...

I live four blocks from the beach and I never wear flip flops to church. So basically I'm sticking my fingers in my ears and ignoring you today because I think in my case, proximity = I can wear flip flops as much as I want. And I don't wear pjs in public.

Justine said...

I wear them while gardening. I love feeling the dirt and water in my toes.

They are, as expected, too filthy to wear anywhere else.

hannah said...

guilty.

Although...I wouldn't be caught dead in the plastic atrocities that you posted.

I do love my chacos. a lot.

sarah k. said...

I don't have the flip-flop aversion that you do. I love them. Ever since I spent a year and a half in the Philippines, and the bishops wore them to sacrament meeting, I haven't really cared.

But... in my house, they're called "slow-slops." Thanks to my 2 1/2 year old daughter, who calls any sandal a slow-slop.

emily said...

Oooh, controversy. I own like 30 pairs of flip flops and wear them every day (EXCEPT TO CHURCH, I PROMISE YOU IT HAS AND NEVER WILL HAPPEN). I even have "nice" flip flops for when I'm dressing up more. HI-larious. I even posted about my love
last week. Sorry about my de-dressification of society.

undefined said...

I wear flip-flops for post office runs, sometimes to the grocery store, definitely to/from/at the beach ... but NEVER to church. I mean, seriously? Church? Prom? Please.

I desperately miss the Mister and Misses thing. We got called that when we lived in the South as recently as last year, but of course no such thing will ever grace the lips of a SoCal resident. Sigh. My favorite? When the children of good friends of the Southern variety call us Miss FirstName and Mr. FirstName.

janaya said...

one time... (am i really admitting this?)... i wore flip flops to the temple. i know... please gasp. because all highschool, college, and pre-marriage stupidity combined, that was still the STUPIDEST thing i've ever done. i swear, my flip-flops had microphones and were proudly flopping for ALL to hear. like everyone. not to mention i could feel the lightning that so badly wanted to strike me down.

that aside... i am wearing flip flops as a type. at work. in an ad agency. ya, i know.

Marilyn said...

I totally understand your frustration...having teenage daughters who ONLY want to wear flip flops and basketball shorts, I struggle to help them understand the importance of looking feminine and pretty. I miss the old days where girls looked forward to dressing up in their best and trying their darndest to look their best.

Flip flops at church is completely ridiculous and I wish more mother's would put their foot down and require more appropriate footwear.

As for me and my house, we are working on wearing more "cute" footwear and less casual flip floppy styles.

Marianne & Clayton said...

Wearing flip-flops is missing an opportunity to wear some really good shoes. Like some really high red heels. I think anything that can be worn with flip-flops can probably be better served with keds or ballet flats. (Casually walks to her closet to consider if her hideously ugly, Hawaiian, plastic sandals truly serve a purpose, or if she is just kidding herself.)

La Yen said...

I am torn. On one hand, I love my crocs flip flops. Which I know is a double dagger to your cold, dark heart. I love to wear them with shorts and capris. I love them with those, because I only wear REALLY casual shorts and capris. Because I am pretty casual.
On the other hand, I would like to be dressier.
But then that other hand gets smacked with the heat and the grime of EP and shuts its piehole.

That being said, I never wear flip flops to church. And I only wear open-toe when I have a good pedi. So there is that.

Carol-Lyn said...

I love flip-flops. On the way to/from golf ... in my backyard ... occasionally to work on a Friday when I'm feeling annoyed that we have a dress code at our teeny, tiny office ... to the grocery store ... when i want to show off a new pedi. But the worst offense I can think of is flip flops with a wedding dress. Major oops.

Children of the Nineties said...

We had pretty much a two hour debate on whether it was appropriate to wear flip flops to work. I'd never realized it was so controversial! They decreed that "fancy" flip flops were okay, whatever that means.

Cafe Johnsonia said...

I wear flip-flops (we don't call them thongs anymore) every single day. I'm proud to admit it. I'm proud to wear my Havaianas until they wear out and then I buy three new pairs. They are the best around. I'm married to a Brasileiro and that's how we do it.

But I won't wear them to church unless I'm pregnant. And that only happened once or twice.

So shoot me. Can we still be friends?

Mary said...

I agree with the casualization of society. I do call people Mr. or Mrs. and prefer writing notes to email. Guess that makes me old school :) Flip flops should not be worn to church!!

I will wear a nice, dressy sandal out but flip flops are for the house!

Sarah said...

I totally agree that our society has become much to casual.
Also - what is with people wearing flip flops on their wedding day? Isn't that the day you should be feeling like a princess and get dolled up from head to toe?

amelia said...

Do you see my avatar? I LOVE flip-flops. Although I prefer to call them sandals. Not the crappy plastic ones you posted, but real sandals. I am a slave to the Rainbows brand and have a leather and hemp pair. I wear them everywhere.

Get ready to cringe: I wore sandals to my wedding, in the temple, to prom, at church and at high school and college graduation. For the record, now in my mid-to-late-twenties, I have never worn them to church or the temple, but they get worn almost everywhere else. I'm told it could be a California thing.

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Came back to say that Havaianas are not "crappy plastic flip-flops". If you are referring to crappy flip-flops, look no further than Old Navy. Havaianas are very well made. I'm just saying...I gotta stick up for my favorite brand.

Azúcar said...

Why do the Brazilians look so chic wearing flip-flops and the Americans look so tacky? Is it the giant foam soles?

That's Ms. Amy to You... said...

First of all, just because you call them "sandals" & they are made of nylon or hemp or whatever the fiber-of-the-month is, doesn't make them any less of a flip-flop than those Havianas are. And second, while I agree with you on the over-casualization of society, I do love my Coach flip flops. I think it IS possible to be well put together and include flip-flops. You just have to know what you're doing.

To me,the key message is that there is a time and a place for all things, and church/ the temple/ your wedding is neither the time nor the place for flip-flops.

Next, will you please discuss the wearing of slippers in public? For that, that I truly do not understand.

rookie cookie said...

Oh crap. I just read through the comments and realized I am so guilty of flip flop flops. When pregnant and large, I get elephantitis and my feet and ankles are embarrassingly swollen. So not only do I don flip flops when big and pregnant, but it's all my fat feet can seem to wear. So I feel completely invalidated in my previous comment. Ms. President, I would like to move to strike that from the record (yes, I am fluent in Parliamentary Procedure).

Azúcar said...

Here is a picture of a pregnant me in flip-flops.Because preggos can wear whatever they want.

I stole those red flip-flops from my sister to whom they were promptly returned.

ktb said...

Can we still be friends?

kiki said...

I love flip flops, but I don't wear them to church. I HAVE worn them to church, but that was when I went to San Diego after my mission, stayed with a Hawaiian family who gifted me a fancy lava lava, and we went to church at the Polynesian ward. Flip flops were required.

If I'm wearing capris, I'm usually wearing flip flops.

And I never have chipped polish during the flip flop wearing months. Nice polish is a requirement for me to wear sandals/flip flops. Otherwise, it's shoes.

Likely said...

crud. my comment didn't post. Here we go again.

It IS the huge rubber sole, nutso colors and weird patterns that make the flip flop tacky. The svelte Brazilian you linked is wearing a very practical leather sandal. Which is why I live in my Rainbows in the summer. I wore them through two summer swollen feet pregnancies and they are still in great shape. Highly recommend. They do not disappoint. If you have wide feet like me, get the men's leather sandal. I agree with the above comment though, you have to know how to wear them...

The grossest thing? When someone wearing $2 pink strapped flops takes them off for some reason and they are black with foot grime underneath and you can see all five black grimy toes on the hawaiian print foam underneath. dis.gus.ting. C'mon -- I will give you $2.... please.

Oh! and read the article in this month's ensign about Creating a Heavenly Home -- there is a section about appearance that reminded me of this jet set soapbox... You will love it. A reference to Audrey Hepburn and everything.

153351 said...

I honestly and sincerely have always found girls HOT in flip-flops. The very sound of them would send me into paroxysms of joy. For real.

amelia said...

I'm sorry, I thought the sandals posted were the Old Navy variety...my apologies Carina, hope I didn't offend. I get a little passionate about this topic.

compulsive writer said...

OK well you can rest assured that you'll never catch me wearing a pair.

(But I do love my one pair of waterproof Birkenstocks...)

Kalli Ko said...

flip flops and church are what I call a travishamockery.

but at home and to the grocery store, me and my slippies are good friends, please don't break up with me.

lj said...

i am proud to say that i don't own a single pair of flip flops. hooray for me.

last week at my kickboxing class the woman next to me was sporting a pair. weird, right?

i just don't get the allure (unless you are pregnant and then you can get away with murder).

Amy said...

My husband keeps urging me to wear my super professional yet very hip navy blue power suit (of the pant variety) to church. He totally doesn't get why the pants part is unacceptable but a denim skirt and a T-shirt is. I haven't got my guts up yet, because an informal poll shows that while no one would say anything, I'd be taken for a feminist or an investigator.

Which leads me to the point that men have a clear secular dress code to match the church's expectations: it's called business formal. Woman have no such standard. In the outside world, business formal for women is a clear standard, but it is not transferrable to church. Also, I'm proud for noticing this problem because I mostly hate fashion because I have no sense of it.

This is me said...

I'm glad you made an allowance for preggos and flip-flops. At 8 months pregnant, I was reduced to wearing them to church because no other pair of shoes I owned fit me. I was embarrassed and had to explain myself to everyone I saw.

Other than to church, I wear them everywhere. I love them. I do have cute, well-made ones from J. Crew so I hope that helps you feel better about me.

Shawn said...

I don't DO flip-flops unless I am going canoeing! I agree----totally!

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Rynell said...

I don't like flip flops either and I am appalled when I see them at church. I don't even think they are comfortable, so when people use that excuse, I am perplexed.

Vanessa said...

Guess what I wear them to church...and its just cause I am being plain LAZY. i don't really like how they look and they really aren't all that comfy either.

I need to repent

Anne-Marie said...

Such a pot stirrer Azucar!

Love my flip-flops. Especially havanas. Agree on the nasty feet though. In any sort of sandal.

And NO to flip flops at church...unless you are prego & swollen. But I have a plethora of other shoe issues to tackle here in these parts....

Beeswax said...

I see what you are trying to say here, but for those of us who wear size 10 triple AAA, finding nice sandals is impossible. My feet don't slide right out the front when I've got something stuck between my toes. And kids in summer? slips are so easy. can't give them up.

At least I'm not in a tube top.

Lisa said...

First time commenter-not that I want to draw attention to my flip flop wearing self-but I just posted about my daughter who wears flip flops today. I live in So Cal, and that is what we wear. They make leather flip flops and some with charms, too! I am against church flip flops, though.

That said, they really are bad for your feet and what my post was about. But sometimes I even wear them on my elliptical!

Tiffany UnTwisted said...

i'm late to this comment fest so i'm fairly certain i won't be noticed BUT ...

i don't mind flip flops, i mind tevos and birkenstocks. ugh! ugh! ughliness ugh!

and isn't it ironic that my word ver is deskind while discussing bare feet?

meg said...

another latecomer to the comment's column: I wear "flip flops" (we call them Jandals! but the aussies call them "thongs" which is just wrong on so many levels), and I'm proud to be a flip flop wearer...why? Well I continued to wear my flip flops while everyone else here switched to those revolting Crocs. Now there's a stupid looking unflattering shoe. I swear if I wore them I would have the exact physique of a duck. Proud to have never switched to the croc.

I am just stunned that anyone would wear any sort of rubber footware to church (yes OK the pregnant get a pass), the one time of the week people here (Fiji) have an excuse to wear great shoes...

Brooke said...

zooks,

we have to agree to disagree. i love my flip flops. i swear by roxy. and i firmly avow to never give them up.

but i wholeheartedly agree with you on crocs. ick.

xoxoxo

signed,
your sister without a blister
(seriously... they're just so comfy.)

Nanette said...

I couldn't agree with you more.

Geo said...

No to flip flops, but I do spend way too much time in my Chaco mandals.