Jun 03 2006

You can have my flip-flops when you pry them from my cold dead feet

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Here we go again, more anti-flip-flop propaganda from those elitist east coast bastards at the Washington Post (specifically, Robin Givhan):

The summer months bring steamy afternoons, lazy weekends and the urge to go thwackety-thwack, thwackety-thwack into the salt mines.

The flip-flops already are out in force. Their cheap rubber soles melt against the hot concrete and get all squishy, dirty and distorted. Last summer, members of Northwestern University’s women’s lacrosse team wore flip-flops to the White House and much ado was made about whether that was appropriate or a sign of a generational divide.

But the age of the feet doesn’t matter. And there’s no debating this. Flip-flops should be paired with surf shorts and swimsuits; they should be found on beaches and in public showers. Exceptions can be made for walking the dog, watering the lawn, taking out the trash and ensuring that a fresh pedicure makes it from salon to home without getting smudged.

Flip-flops are sloppy, cheap and generally unattractive. And that is part of their charm. (Ah, the pleasures of a slovenly weekend at the shore: $10 flip-flops, charred steak on the grill, icy Rolling Rock.) They represent the blissful informality of summer, the most grudging, reluctant response to the admonishment, “No shoes, no service.”

Do not make flip-flops into something they are not.

Awww a New Yorker doesn’t like my choice of footwear. I’m hurt…really hurt.

Personally, I fail to see much difference between flip-flops and those ultra-high priced strappy sandals (well, except for price and comfort, both of which favor flip-flops) that I’m sure fashonista-New Yorker Robin Givhan fawns over, but that’s just me. I’m sorry, Robin, that you had to grow up in a city like Detroit. Maybe if you were born in the Great State of California, you would have worn flip-flops to school everday (and yes, even in the winter!) and thus would have a different appreciation for this wonderful footwear, that, I’m convinced, was created by God himself (wait, didn’t Jesus wear flip-flops?!). Perhaps the next time you are traveling abroad, you’ll see fit to lecture the citizens of developing countries for their poor choice in footwear? I’m sure they’d love to hear that their shoes are only suitable “ensuring that a fresh pedicure makes it from salon to home without getting smudged.” I’ve worn my flip-flops to the Kremlin, Buckingham Palace, Vatican, the pyramids, and yes, even my college graduation, and will continue to wear them on the streets of Washington, D.C. during these fine summer months.

Keep on writing your anti-flip flops screeds, Robin…you’ll never convince this Californian to give up her flip-flops.

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6 Responses to You can have my flip-flops when you pry them from my cold dead feet

  1. From Katie O:

    where does this broad get off dissin on flip flops? east coast people are super retarded! lol hope everything is goin good with u since i havent heard anything recently. talk to u later

    Posted on June 4, 2006 at 11:54 pm #
  2. From kristin ( katie o's friend):

    that lady is totally retarded..i love flip flops ! i wear them year round too even though it snows in illinois! I agree with u totally and i think that lady or whatever should keep her opinions to herself, because quite frankly no one cares at all !
    have a good summer,
    Kristin

    Posted on June 5, 2006 at 12:06 am #
  3. From ejtakeslife:

    Tell ya what… I’ll stop wearing flipflops on my commute when Robin Ghivan starts subsidizing my heel-repair bills. Concrete is not a friend to the shoes.

    Posted on June 5, 2006 at 11:14 am #
  4. From Ryan:

    OMG
    I couldn’t stand the DC people who put down flip-flops last summer! Oddly enough, the people in the office that I worked at last summer were totally cool with everybody wearing flip-flops (or no shoes at all, if one so desired). I’m really hoping that they hire me once I get to DC…
    On a side note, I retired my Reef sandals yesterday after eight glorious years of service (since April of Sophomore year at PDHS). I picked up a new pair of Tevas, and they are phenomenal. The mushy Durapontex material that they use really makes them awesome. I plan to review them on my blog… once I start writing again, which will be next week after the LSAT. I have like 15+ stories just waiting to be written.

    Posted on June 7, 2006 at 12:07 pm #
  5. From Todd:

    I live in SoCal (10min from the beach too), so therefore I am required to wear flip-flops. Shoes do not look good around here, period.

    Posted on June 12, 2006 at 8:20 pm #
  6. From Katerina:

    do you understand that the flip flop arguement also occurs within the great state of ca? it comes down to the age old so cal vs nor cal argument. there were (and still are) literally hundreds of letters to the editors written to my school paper debating the correct usage and sporting of flip flops. nor cal seems to favor east coast beliefs in that they are purely for summer time enjoyment, although they did find them appropriate to wear anywhere. winter time wear and the skillful art of flip flop rain gear were highly discouraged, to the point of in class harrasment by nor cal-ese. oh yes, the weak footed nor calian can not handle cold weather flips and wet weather flops. the slightest chance of rain, gray clouds, or sub-70 weather and out come “real” shoes. the fact that flip flops dry faster than anything other than wellies seems to have alluded them. and the fact that a brief cen cal shower was the perfect time to wash the sand off them and bring back their just like new shine (the same could be said for their feet too). again, great things come not just from california, but from SOUTHERN california.

    Posted on July 2, 2006 at 2:26 am #

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