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Caduceus
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Good flip flops

Post by Caduceus » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:17 am

Are there any good flip flops (any particular brands?) with good cushioning and for folks with flatter arches?

Most flip flops I see in stores are low-quality types with one flat rubber sole, no contours or cushion, and fit loosely. I am trying to buy something that has more of the stability, comfort and fit of an actual shoe. Price isn't so much of an issue. Any recommendations?

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by BarbBrooklyn » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:27 am

I love Fit Flops! Much more structure than your 5 and dime store types.
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Post by bagle » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:32 am

Olukau Ohana Koa´s. Anatomic footbed and very good arch support. Lifesaver for someone like me with metatarsalia and flat feet.

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Post by palaheel » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:35 am

My wife loves Olukai.
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Post by spitty » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:44 am

My favorite at present is Teva Katavi 2; got them from Zappos in April and they're excellent. Very thick, contoured base and have felt great since day one. I've not seen any with high arches but these are very supportive. Also tried their Langdon model and it's not as comfortable...Zappos is great on returns if you order several to try on. Some brands I've tried in stores that aren't all day walkers: Reef, Chaco, Sperry, Crocs.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by livesoft » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:47 am

Maybe you want some sandals. People hike the Appalachian Trail in Luna sandals:
https://lunasandals.com/
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Post by motorcyclesarecool » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:53 am

+1 for OluKai. A well designed product. Best flippies I’ve ever owned.
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Post by tennisplyr » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:42 am

On the inexpensive side, I like Gap and Old Navy.
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Post by runner3081 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:49 am

Teva, I would never wear flip flips without arch support.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by Rupert » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:55 am

I like Chaco Ecotread flip flops. Great arch support, and they last for years and years.

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Post by renue74 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:01 am

Reef flip flops. I bought one pair last summer and my kids took them over. So I ended up buying a 2nd pair this summer.

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Post by Call_Me_Op » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:04 am

In my world, a flip-flop is a digital sequential logic element, so I will be of little help in this thread.
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Re: Good flip flops

Post by bltkmt » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:45 am

Rupert wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:55 am
I like Chaco Ecotread flip flops. Great arch support, and they last for years and years.

+1 on these Chacos - I have two pair that are very comfortable and have lasted for years. Plus they have great treads, so you can use them on various terrains.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by Blueskies123 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:50 am

I love these. Living in Florida where it is either hot or rainy/slippery I wanted a sandle that gripped wet floors. These have it all:


https://www.amazon.com/Teva-Mens-Pajaro ... va+sandals

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Post by Katietsu » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:56 am

If you want a chance to try on some of these more structured flip flops, go to stores like REI and Dicks Sporting Goods.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by lthenderson » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:57 am

Caduceus wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:17 am
Are there any good flip flops (any particular brands?) with good cushioning and for folks with flatter arches?
My feet are as flat as pancakes and I have always used Teva's sandals. The latest ones I bought three or four years ago to replace my 20 year old Teva's before that are Teva Toachi's.

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Post by Big Dog » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:03 am

recently picked up a pair of Puma 'slides' at Costco (on sale, natch!). Much better than flip flops for this guy who pronates. Also, enables me to walk around with no pain as broken toe heals. Great cushioning.

Of course, not really flip flops, but for ~$15, you might check them out.

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Post by rixer » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:08 am

I wear flaps a lot but many of them have a slick leather sole your feet sit on. The problem is my feet slide off to the side of them. I need something that grips my feet better.
I found some Kenneth Cole flip flops at Costco that fit me perfect and they are comfortable to wear all day long. They're around $15. I went back and bought another pair because you never know if Costco will be selling them in the future.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by Boomer01 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:43 am

I've always loved Reefs. They have an air bubble in the heal for added comfort and I've never had them rub my feet raw.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by rterickson » Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:39 pm

Big Dog wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:03 am
recently picked up a pair of Puma 'slides' at Costco (on sale, natch!). Much better than flip flops for this guy who pronates. Also, enables me to walk around with no pain as broken toe heals. Great cushioning.

Of course, not really flip flops, but for ~$15, you might check them out.
+1

Bought these from Costco on-sale at the beginning of summer and have been really happy with them.

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Post by Perkunas » Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:46 pm

Rainbows have an excellent warranty. I've had mine for ~6yrs and they're still going strong. That is my recommendation.

I have 3 pair of Olukai shoes, which I enjoy for their comfort and style, but none of them seem terribly durable.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by jasc15 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:32 pm

FIBoston wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:53 am
Rainbow

https://www.rainbowsandals.com/
Another vote for Rainbow. They are flat when you buy them, but mold very well to your feet after use. I got my first pair from the factory in San Clemente, CA and still have them, and got a second pair 13 years later. Apparently they are made in China now, but after about 4 or 5 years they seem to be the same quality.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by cody69 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:23 pm

Another vote for Chaco sandals. I'm a huge fan of theirs... great support, extremely comfortable and extremely durable.
I've bought my pairs at REI, which is great to deal with and backs up their products.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by rosebrook » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:37 pm

Vionic Tide sandals are very comfortable and good arch support. Check out on amazon for about $70.

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Post by FrugalInvestor » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:42 pm

Olukai makes good looking and very supportive flip flops. I need good arch support, have difficult to fit feet, and have experienced plantar fasciitis. Olukai are the only flip flops I've found that I can wear.
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Re: Good flip flops

Post by delamer » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:20 pm

rosebrook wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:37 pm
Vionic Tide sandals are very comfortable and good arch support. Check out on amazon for about $70.
Another vote for Vionic.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by Madbull » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:06 pm

Surprised no one has recommended Oofos yet. They have various models, to include sandals, slides and flip-flops. After my orthopaedic surgeon recommended them I took a chance. Loved them!

https://www.oofos.com

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by kelvan80 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:49 pm

I love my reefs. My last pair lasted three summers of me wearing them almost exclusively. Then I accidentally left them out in the rain for a couple consecutive nights and they got water logged. So I replaced then with the exact same pair off of ebay, brand new. My kids love reefs too. Also a fan of keens but not sure if they have flip flops.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by Eazyndn » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:09 am

delamer wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:20 pm
rosebrook wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:37 pm
Vionic Tide sandals are very comfortable and good arch support. Check out on amazon for about $70.
Another vote for Vionic.
Another +1 for Vionic Tide. Have had mine for 3 years and still going strong. I pretty much wear them all the time .

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by ChinchillaWhiplash » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:05 am

Combat floperators. The soles are made of the same material as combat boots. Super comfy and work great with my flat feet. Proceeds put an Afghan girl in school for each sale too. Company founded by former Rangers that wanted to do something for people in conflict areas. Think the shoes are made in Columbia. Great company with a great cause. https://www.combatflipflops.com

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by atlantaCPA » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:17 am

Rupert wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:55 am
I like Chaco Ecotread flip flops. Great arch support, and they last for years and years.
I'll second this. My last pair lasted 10 years with frequent wear.

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Post by jbuzolich » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:38 am

Reef Fanning was a huge change for me. Now that's all I buy and I watch the Olukai as well but have not bought any yet. Each pair of Reef Fanning last me a couple years with at least one tropical trip yearly and near daily part time wear at home.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by TravelforFun » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:43 am

We had a post a few weeks back about what's the best men underwear to buy and now flip flops. Can't wait to see what the future brings.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by sunny_socal » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:41 am

Olukai, you get what you pay for

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by stoptothink » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:56 am

jasc15 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:32 pm
FIBoston wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:53 am
Rainbow

https://www.rainbowsandals.com/
Another vote for Rainbow. They are flat when you buy them, but mold very well to your feet after use. I got my first pair from the factory in San Clemente, CA and still have them, and got a second pair 13 years later. Apparently they are made in China now, but after about 4 or 5 years they seem to be the same quality.
My Rainbows, which I still wear several times a week, were purchased when I was 16...21yrs ago.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by GAAP » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:25 am

My Brazilian wife thinks there are two kinds: Havianas and not-worth-buying.

I can't wear any of them, so my input is pretty limited on the subject -- although my daughter agrees with my wife.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by snackdog » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:53 am

Brazilians purchase and wear more flip-flops than the rest of the world combined and they mostly buy Havianas. I wore out a couple pair myself. They are fabulous.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by Yinks » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:11 am

FIBoston wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:53 am
Rainbow

https://www.rainbowsandals.com/
+1

My rainbows are still kicking it after 10 years.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by batpot » Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:14 pm

Teva for flip flops.
Never found a reason/need to spend more than ~$20.

For sandals, bought a pair of bedrocks earlier this year, and they're good, but the footbed is more firm than I'd like.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by JBTX » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:21 pm

Vionic with Orthaheel Technology Mens Tide Sandal Brown Size 11 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T3IXT5I/re ... RBb6HKHR4D

Vionics have good arch support and have been great for my plantars faciatis.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by kenoryan » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:09 pm

Olukai

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by vandering » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:27 pm

Someone already recommended OOFOS. They were developed for Runners apres run. I concur.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by missionman » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:21 am

Reef Fannings are good but Olukai Ohanas are the best.

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Post by rikki » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:08 pm

Oofos. Best ever, can walk long distances without plantar pain.

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by PhrugalPhan » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:49 pm

I am not a sandal expert, but I love my Okabashi sandals. Maybe not high end, but they give good support, feel good (to me), last long, and you can get them relatively cheap. They are my go to sandals for 15 years now. (Check CVS's in the fall for 75% off summer gear sales. Okabashi's go on sale then for give away prices)

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Re: Good flip flops

Post by Caduceus » Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:56 am

OK, thank you everyone! People are more passionate about their flip-flops than I expected. 8-) I will give some of these a try and report back if I can.

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