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Old 08-29-2008, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Mexifornia (for now)
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I remember back in the 90's and in centuries prior that people in the United States wore SHOES or at least something that covers the entire foot such as boots.

When 2000, and the years after, arrived I noticed that people started to wear flip flops not just to the beaches or to other swimming locations but anywhere considered informal. Daily, I have to endure simultaneously seeing the disgusting feet of some people in addition to hearing the sickening smacking sound that is made when the soles of the flip flops hit the ground and when people's foot soles smack their flip flop soles.

Do Americans actually wear flip flops informally abroad when visiting other countries? I'd hate to think what is going through the minds of the people in host countries, especially in developed countries, when they see an American(s) walking down a street while creating those annoying flip flop smacking sounds that I mentioned in the paragraph above. Yeck.

Is there someone else in this forum that agrees with me?
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Old 08-29-2008, 03:17 PM
 
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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The only pair of flip flops I own are a shower shoe. That's it; from the shower to the bedroom and back. I am too much of a real shoe lover!
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Foreigners wear flip flops when they come here so I guess its not so bad (I'm in Florida so I notice these things). Also, flip flops have gotten 'trendier' over the years. Some of the high-end labels make them now. I, personally, wear flip flops to the grocery store, the mall and other casual places. It just fits with my environment. However, if I lived up in the mountains somewhere, or had to deal with a different climate or whatever, I probably wouldn't wear them as much.
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I love my flip flops! I wear them mostly when going out on the water, but I find them on my feet going out, too...guess their comfy..didn't realise ppl get annoyed by them...sorry! I promise when I go to Mexifornia I will bring my real shoes!
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:24 PM
 
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Are you bothered by any form of shoe that does not completely cover the foot? There are a lot of sandals,etc that show the foot and don't "flip flop".

I don't wear plasticy (is that a word?) beach ones around, but I do wear nicer ones quite a bit of the time. I've never noticed that they make a noise - I don't think they do.

Guess I've just never noticed it to the point of it being a big deal around here.
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:40 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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hell no, unless I'm at work or wearing pants I'm in flip flops year round!
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Old 08-29-2008, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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Daily, I have to endure simultaneously seeing the disgusting feet of some people
What about all the disgusting, ugly people you have to encounter on a daily basis. The people who are big and fat or too skinny? People with ugly unshapely legs? Ugly butts? Big noses? Ugly teeth? Bad Breath?
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Old 08-29-2008, 05:45 PM
 
Location: NJ/SC
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I never wore flip flops until I was in my 30's. I always thought they were uncomfortable and ugly but now I'm hooked. I have them in several colors and wear them often. They don't bother me at all on people, except when they walk and drag their feet. That's just lazy and annoying.
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Old 08-29-2008, 05:49 PM
 
Location: In a delirium
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I'm just impressed that you can remember back to centuries prior. May I ask how old you are?
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Old 08-29-2008, 05:51 PM
 
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I'm a bare-foot person at heart. It's a proven fact, that the first day over 75* I'll be in sandals. I wear the thong type sandals, but I am careful how I walk and how much I walk around the office. Most of my sandals are more woven shoes than flip flops.

No rubber/plastic flops at the office for me, unlike our RECEPTIONIST. but she is the most unprofessional dresser imaginable. PLASTIC FLIP FLOPS in the executive part of the office. We all hoped the new HP Director would put a stop to them. I personally don't believe they belong in the office.....

Now on the weekend, heck yeah...unless you're at Church, flop away!

And until the first frost, its sandals for me!!!!


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