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Summer is just around the corner — which means there’s no better time to shop for a new pair of flip flops. But while these cute and convenient toes toe thongs are perfectly designed to match every hot weather outfit, their traditional flat, flimsy 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 idea 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.”
Luckily, we’ve found a sworn-by pair on Amazon that ring in at just $43.
Enter Clarks Women’s Breeze SEA Flip Flops. Backed up by a solid 4.7-star rating on more than 6,000 reviews, reviewers call these best-selling flip flops the“most comfortable sandal ever.”
Inspired by the classic flip flop design, the Breeze SEA is made with an EVA midsole and a soft EVA footbed that allows this easy-to-wear style to be incredibly lightweight and comfortably supportive. Featuring subtle closure on its strap makes for a secure, it is made adjustable to fit almost foot width while providing a practical and decorative touch. And because of its minimal silhouette and colourways, it’s perfect for every errand and summer outing.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $43
“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,” reads one five-star review. “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.”
”The best flip flop for me, I have six pairs in various colours! Comfy, light, cute and fits my narrow foot. Because of the adjustable width friends with normal width love them too,” raves another reviewer.
While one says, “These are the best sandals I've ever owned. I now have them in 3 colours. There is no break-in time, very comfortable from the first wear. I suffer from some foot pain on the soles of the feet, so I wear these all the time. They have great cushioning and support. Despite wearing them a lot, they still look brand new. Great purchase.”
The Clarks Women’s Breeze SEA Flip Flops are available in sizes 5 to 12 and come in 11 versatile colours.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.