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Summer is the ultimate time to show off a fresh and 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.”
One style in particular that Yahoo Lifestyle Canada readers are loving is the Clarks Women’s Breeze SEA Flip Flops.
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. And right now they’re on sale for 20 per cent off — ringing in at just $52 (originally $65) — during the Clarks Summer Favourites sale.
SHOP IT: Clarks, $52 (originally $65)
Looking for more seasonal footwear options? To shop the rest and the best of the sale, ahead, we’ve gathered a few of our favourite styles to get your haul started.
SHOP IT: Clarks, $112 (originally $140)
SHOP IT: Clarks, $45 (originally $110)
SHOP IT: Clarks, TK (originally $90)
SHOP IT: Clarks, TK (originally $100)
SHOP IT: Clarks, $80 (originally $100)
SHOP IT: Clarks, $51 (originally $115)