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Old 10-11-2018, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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The Reef ones I buy are around $25-$30 dollars, sometimes less at DSW (closer to $20). I wear them all the tie, every day, and they last a very long time. I'd rather have a couple of slightly more expensive, good quality ones, that 100 cheapies. Reef changes syles but this one is one of their flagship styles so it hasn't changed in a very long time, which is a good thing.

These are the ones I get: https://www.reef.com/shop/stargazer-rf001949#hero=0
I swear by Reef flip flops. I am happy to pay the price for them, they are quality and they last. Zappos has a good selection. One day fee shipping and easy returns. I also swear by Fit Flops - they cost more, but they are wonderful. And they come in very casual to really cute and dressy.
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Old 10-11-2018, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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I bought only New Balance or Adidas. On those cheap ones the piece between the toes is very hard plastic, hurts, and will separate from the sole after a short time of wear.

Still, know that if you wear flip flops a lot you will develop a callous between your toes, and maybe even on your heels.
My feet are fine. My heels are not calloused, and if they are calloused between my toes no biggie. But I only wear Reefs and Fit Flops.
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:26 AM
 
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I swear by Reef flip flops. I am happy to pay the price for them, they are quality and they last. Zappos has a good selection. One day fee shipping and easy returns. I also swear by Fit Flops - they cost more, but they are wonderful. And they come in very casual to really cute and dressy.
I had to Google FitFlops, I don't care for the look of them, but the reviews were all good!

I honestly would never buy Old Navy ones myself, those are disposible shower sandals to me! But whatever works.

I like DSW because I can earn points for dollars off purchases. I get free shipping and can return to the store if they don't work. Honestly, though, I almost NEVER shop online for shoes. I need to try them on, even flip flops. If they don't feel right between the toes at first they never will. I only order shoes like my Reefs that I already have and I know they will fit.

As far as calouses...nope. None between the toes or anywhere else. Not all flip flops are created equal, though. I often think that people who say "I can't wear flip flops, it hurts between the toes" have not found the right pair yet. Not all of them fit the same.
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Old 10-14-2018, 03:40 PM
 
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Flip flops/shoes with no arch support are fine until they aren't. The day one wakes up with plantar facisitis, and it hurts like heck to even walk a few steps, one will regret all those years of poorly made shoes. Ask me how I know? If I could only go back, I'd never put on a pair of shoes that didn't have arch support.
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Old 10-14-2018, 04:21 PM
 
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My feet are fine. My heels are not calloused, and if they are calloused between my toes no biggie. But I only wear Reefs and Fit Flops.
I actually did get heel callouses last winter, and one got infected. But I used moisturizer for a while and they're gone, and did not come back in spite of flip flopping all summer.

I think I got those callouses from my feet getting wet and cold, wearing sandals and my socks got drenched. A terrible experience.
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Old 10-14-2018, 04:22 PM
 
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I had to Google FitFlops, I don't care for the look of them, but the reviews were all good!

I honestly would never buy Old Navy ones myself, those are disposible shower sandals to me! But whatever works.

I like DSW because I can earn points for dollars off purchases. I get free shipping and can return to the store if they don't work. Honestly, though, I almost NEVER shop online for shoes. I need to try them on, even flip flops. If they don't feel right between the toes at first they never will. I only order shoes like my Reefs that I already have and I know they will fit.

As far as calouses...nope. None between the toes or anywhere else. Not all flip flops are created equal, though. I often think that people who say "I can't wear flip flops, it hurts between the toes" have not found the right pair yet. Not all of them fit the same.
That is true. There are some where the thing between the toes is soft fabric.
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Old 10-14-2018, 04:35 PM
 
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Flip flops/shoes with no arch support are fine until they aren't. The day one wakes up with plantar facisitis, and it hurts like heck to even walk a few steps, one will regret all those years of poorly made shoes. Ask me how I know? If I could only go back, I'd never put on a pair of shoes that didn't have arch support.
You can't assume you got plantar fasciitis from no arch support. I got it a long time ago from jogging, so I know what it feels like. I have not had arch supports for decades and did not get it again.

The feet have muscles, and those muscles can get weak from lack of use. So that may be a cause. Strong feet do not need arch supports. And arch supports might contribute to foot weakness.

How Shoes Cause Plantar Fasciitis - Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide
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Old 10-14-2018, 04:52 PM
 
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https://www.npr.org/templates/story/...oryId=89830802

More info about how shoes cause foot problems.
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Old 10-14-2018, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I can understand why they would not work for everyone. It took me a lot of trial and error, over the years, to figure out they work for me. I also tried a lot of flip flops that caused blisters. And you can't tell by trying on in the store, because you have to walk about 2 miles before you know.

I definitely recommend Old Navy flip flops -- they have different colors, about $4 a pair and less if on sale. So if you try them and they don't work for you, it's only a $4 dollar loss.

The only problem is they are cheap and won't last forever.

And, of course, you must have a big space between the big toe and the others, which I have. That is just something you are born with or not. That's why I can even squeeze into flip flops with normal socks.

But the arch support thing is a myth, I think, started by shoe companies. Strengthen your feet by walking, don't rely on artificial supports.
100% would never use my Old Navy flip flops for more tha a quick walk. They feel horrible. I do not mind reefs for walking though. When Imwas younger I could walk upwards of 8 miles in them no issues. I find them to be fairly supportive. But not my favorite for walking.
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