When it comes to restaurant attire, two in five Americans think flip-flops are a no-go.
In a survey of 2,000 American consumers conducted by Nordstrom’s Trunk Club, 38% of respondents said they would never wear flip-flops to a restaurant. Sandals were also thought to be a no-no by many, with 34% saying they wouldn’t wear the style out to eat.
While flip-flops are often viewed as “ugly,” they’ve been trending in recent months. The footwear appeared on the runways of high-fashion brands aplenty for spring ’19, among them Tibi, Sonia Rykiel and Etro.
The high-heeled flip-flop also made a return this spring, spurred on by celebrity fans like Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski. After going away in the early aughts, the style reemerged in 2019 in new fashion — with slimmer straps and a thinner heel.
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In addition to being derided as unattractive, flip-flops are impractical for the city dweller. Many pairs lack arch support and cushioning, which can result in painful blisters and slipping and sliding in inclement weather.
Further, the open-toed silhouette can be a host for bacteria aplenty, particularly in a hot and humid climate. An FN editor found that hundreds of thousands of bacteria colonies had formed on the toes of her flip-flops after a daylong experiment wearing the style outside on a summer’s day in New York.
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