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Old 10-07-2018, 12:44 PM
 
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I wore flip flops a lot when I was younger. If I wear them now, even for a short trip to the store my feet hurt. Shoes with good arch support are a necessity for me.
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:44 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I don't wear flip flops and don't think I ever did.

My daughter swears by Fit Flops as they have good arches in them and are helping her foot arch issues.

A friend also says she does best with Clark flip flops.

I have good arches but arthritis has set in my feet so I wear orthotics and a lift in right shoe which is my problem side of body, right side.
I like FitFlops too (not the kind where the straps go between the toes, though) and find they do a good job of providing arch support, and I can wear them all day in comfort. They're a bit pricey, though, unless you get a good sale, which is how I've gotten the couple pairs of FitFlops I have. I learned of those when they were recommended by a podiatrist I know.

For long walks outside I have a couple pairs of Skechers' sneakers I also got on sale.
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:46 PM
 
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I don't know about the arch thing being a myth, many people are born with flat feet.. And plenty have issues in their lives with flat feet...isn't this one reason for being rejected from serving in military. I'm no expert but have heard a lot over my years.
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:50 PM
 
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Flip flops with socks???? In winter????
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I like FitFlops too (not the kind where the straps go between the toes, though) and find they do a good job of providing arch support, and I can wear them all day in comfort. They're a bit pricey, though, unless you get a good sale, which is how I've gotten the couple pairs of FitFlops I have. I learned of those when they were recommended by a podiatrist I know.

For long walks outside I have a couple pairs of Skechers' sneakers I also got on sale.

I have some too, recommended by podiatrist. Sometimes on sale at zappos.com
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:06 PM
 
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Flip flops with socks???? In winter????
Yes, thermal socks. But, as I said, you can't do this in cold rain or sleet, or if there is a lot of melting ice or snow on the ground. I had a bad experience with that -- walking to the train to go to work, too late to turn back, my feet got soaked and frozen. Never again!!

But in reasonably cold dry weather, flip flops with warm socks are fine.
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:08 PM
 
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I got cheap imitation Skechers at KMart, for $20. They are really like socks with soles, and memory foam. Very comfortable, but I would rather without the memory foam. You can't get any sneakers anymore without memory foam.
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:11 PM
 
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What is not generally known is that the feet like a firm, almost hard, surface. That is what strengthens them.

Fallen arches probably result from an out of alignment spine, causing the legs to rotate inward. There could be other causes, I don't know. But strong spine and legs can keep the arches strong, in general. Some kind of yoga-like stretches are essential.

Sitting all the time gets the spine out of balance, causing knee problems, and foot problems. That is why so many Americans get these problems when they get older. Years and decades of sitting all day.
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:17 PM
 
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Wearing flip flops to walk a lot would quickly kill my feet! I've also slid sideways off of them and fallen a number of times ending up with sprained ankles and hurt ligaments if the shoe or foot was even slightly sweaty. No thank you!
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:28 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Flip flops with socks???? In winter????

You got it. Florida retirees winter footwear.
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