Podiatrist Confirms Flip Flops Are Gross And Gives BIG Reason To Avoid Them

Summer is here, which means it’s time to strip down to the bare minimum amount of clothing and finally show off our fresh pedicures with some flip flops, right? Eh, maybe not. Many people know they’re a no-no if you live in a city (though I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen on the streets of NYC wearing them, which is super gross). However, according to a TikTok podiatrist, Paul Macaulay, you shouldn’t be wearing flip flops pretty much EVER for some very important reasons — here’s why you should avoid them.

So, what’s the problem with flip flops, you ask? Paul, a British-born, Singapore-based foot doctor, says they don’t offer any support or safety to the foot which can lead to some pretty nasty consequences.

“We have a big issue here in Asia that everyone wears flip flops all the time. Unfortunately, some people aren’t strong and fit enough to do so,” he told The Post via email. “Biochemical imbalances lead to overloading injuries such as plantar fasciitis and posterior tibial tendonitis.”

Ouch, sounds painful!


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In a clip posted to his TikTok page, he says that flip flops offer little to no arch support, nor do they offer support for the ankle and foot to stay in place. This can cause the foot to try and “grip” onto the sole of the flip flop, eventually leading to clawing and stiffness issues with the toes that can be hard to reverse.

Flip flops can be a disaster for diabetics as well, as the heels can dry out severely and cause painful cracking. That could then lead to an infection that could end up needing amputation in the worst-case scenario. Yikes!

However, if you refuse to give up your flip flops this summer, there are a few things you should look for in a pair. First, flip flops that offer arch support are always welcome. You should also look for extra straps to stabilize the foot.

“This will give more stability to the ankle and hold the foot in place,” Paul the Podiatrist explained. “Or, you could even choose the style which has a strap coming over the front, which holds the foot down.”


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He went on to tell The Post that it’s not a huge deal if you’re only wearing flip flops short term. However, they’re not meant for everyday, all-day use.

“Flip flops are OK if worn for the right activity, if it’s just from the car to the beach or to walk across the beach it’s OK. Just wearing them to walk 5-10K steps would not be recommended as they have no support,” he explained. “I personally thing a slide style is better, with built-in arch support. A great American brand is OOFOS, they are great for preventing heel and forefoot pain.”

Jennifer has been the managing editor of Bolde since its launch in 2014. Before that, she was the founding editor of HelloGiggles and also worked as an entertainment writer for Bustle and Digital Spy. Her work has been published in Bon Appetit, Decider, Vanity Fair, The New York TImes, and many more.