This morning, The Today Show brought us a segment on an unhappy phenomenon earlier reported by New York Daily News: wearing flip-flops in an urban environment is a really, really dirty habit. No matter how cute, airy, and cheap the sandals may be. After a test, NYDN discovered that one typical flip-flop had 18,100 different bacteria on it (all waiting to get into an accidental cut or scrape your foot might receive.)
If you’re ready to change your shoes, we’ve got picks that are as convenient as flip-flops and might even help take your wardrobe into fall.
These perforated peeptoes from Urban Outfitters ($19 from $38) will keep your feet just as cool as a pair of flip-flops, but won’t let nearly as much dirt onto the shoe’s footbed.
If flat sandals that are as open as possible are a summer staple you can’t give up, wear a pair with a strap around the heel like this option from Nine West ($59) – your foot will hold them closer, and they won’t pick up as much bacteria.
Flip-flops are casual and comfortable, and if that’s the focus of your shoe, try a pair of super-simple Bensimon flat sneakers ($55). They offer more support and protection, without making you forgo laid-back style.
If you must wear flip-flops no matter the grunge, we’d recommend taking all the dirt off at the the end of the day with a made-for-feet scrub.
Upper Canada’s Peppermint Exfoliating Foot Scrub will take off the bacteria, smells great, and isn’t too harsh, so it won’t dry out your feet ($23 for 20 oz.)