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Summer is the ultimate time to show off a fresh new pedicure. But rather than doing so with a pair of flimsy flip flops, we suggest seriously considering your toe thong options. While these cute and convenient summer sandals are perfectly designed to match every hot weather outfit, their traditional flat design can do a number on your feet and lower back, as well as the tendon that holds up the arch of your foot, known as the plantar fascia. Excessive strain on the plantar fascia can lead to plantar fasciitis, foot pain that results from tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes becoming inflamed.
“After age 50, especially women, begin to lose the fat pad in the ball of the foot, diminishing the cushioning,” Dr. Nelya Lobkova told Yahoo Lifestyle. This can cause a severe impact on the knees, hips and lower back.
But rather than ditching this go-to style all together, the ideal solution without having to compromise style for comfort is to find a pair of flip flops that marries these two must-have qualities. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Polina Zaydenberg advised Yahoo Lifestyle readers “to choose slippers or shoes that have prefabricated arch support.”
A cult-favourite on its own, these sandals are inspired by the classic flip flop silhouette but features an EVA midsole and a soft EVA footbed that caters to easy-to-wear style and incredible support. It also is made with a decorative and functional strap that ensures a secure and adjustable fit. The Breeze Sea Sandal is available in a wide range of 12 flexible colourways and offers a medium width for all-day comfort. Not only is this bestselling style backed by more than 6,200 reviews, but they recently spiked on Amazon’s Mover and Shaker list, making them the online marketplace’s no.1 selling flip flops.
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“These are the most comfortable sandal I have ever owned. You can be on your feet all day at work, and when you come home and put these on, you feel like you are walking on a cloud,” raves one five-star reviewer. “I have walked miles in them, and my feet weren't tired or achy which they would be in any other shoe or sandal. Stylish enough to wear shopping, or out to the local pub for dinner. I own a dozen pairs in all different colours- can't say enough positive things about them.”
“I have several pairs of these sandals in different colours. I usually wear a size 5-1/2 shoe but the Clarks size 5 fits me correctly with the right length at my heel. I like the velcro adjustment across the instep as I have a high arch. I wouldn't wear them walking all day long but for quick errands, on the beach or just around the house, they are very comfortable,” added another. “Good price for this pair.”