Monday, September 29, 2008
Somewhere on the internet (ahem, facebook) there are 3640 people who belong to a group called I don't care how comfortable your Crocs are, you look like a dumbass. I am not one of those people.
I need comfort shoes. I have a foot injury which developed arthritis, this is why I wear only Crocs flip flops most of the year. Now that it's warming up in Sydney (it's a month into Spring here) I've been keeping my eyes open for any potential contenders to pass the torch on to.
So I'm in the mall the other day with my buddy SuperMindy (aka Maine Girl In Sydney), who I met online at Yanks Down Under, a forum for American expats in Australia. At some point we were sucked into the David Jones shoe department by one of those bright red sale signs, marketing at its finest. After sorting through bins of sale shoes I came across a rack of Crocs-esque flipflops, each pair hanging from its toe dividers on a small plastic hanger.
These flip flops had a chunkier, platform style sole and the footbed was a firm, but giving, plastic material. I tried them on and took a couple of steps... foot heaven. They did not let the ball of my foot bend, which is what aggravates my foot situation; they were stylish, and they felt amazing.
There were no prices on the shoes, but it pretty much didn't matter--they were flip flops, how much could they be? I needed them.
They were $99AUD, which as of today equals about $82US. Even though I consider myself accustomed Sydney prices, I still get surprised by things like this or $10.95 for a large can of green chiles.
Anyway, the entire next day I enjoyed the bouncey firm comfort of my new shoes. The weird thing is that half way through the day, my calf muscles felt like I had just jogged about two miles (well I'm only pretending I would know what that feels like). My ass and thighs were feelin' the burn too, it was totally bizarre... in a good way.
The black on black logo on the shoes was difficult to decipher, it looked like Fifflops to me. Couldn't find anything with that name on the internet but I was curious if this shoe had been reviewed by others who felt like they just had a workout after wearing them. I finally searched "shoes exercise calf muscles" and came up with FitFlops, "the flip-flop with the gym built in".
There were tons of reviews saying how amazing these shoes are and I was feelin' pretty proud to have stumbled upon them completely by accident. Damn, I love when I find new stuff that rocks my world. One day I'm going to have the foot surgery but until then, I'll be wearing these.
My new shoes. Sweet, huh?