Raise your hand if you've made the grave error of choosing a pair of flip-flops to do some serious walking in. Also raise your hand if you've had to soak your feet in ice water after a long, painful day in said flip-flops, and to this day, have scarring in between your big toe and second toe. Lesson learned, but that doesn't change the fact that sometimes, especially in the summer, you just want a comfortable, walkable flip-flop that won't leave you torn and tattered. And until now, there have been *very* few options.
If you're reading this and nodding to yourself, then you'll be excited to know that a flip-flop that solves all of the above problems does exist, and I've been testing it all summer long (and wearing it in various heavy walking situations). Allow me to introduce you to the FitFlop iQushion ($32), an affordable pair of ergonomic, waterproof flip-flops with built-in arch support.
Engineered with the brand's proprietary iQushion midsole tech, these rubber flip-flops are easily one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes—let alone sandals—I've ever worn (and I test a new pair of shoes just about every other week for work). Crafted with high-rebound air-foam rubber, these give you bouncy cushioning that keep the heel and ball of your feet ultra supported.
As someone who needs major arch support, I was excited that the iQushion flip flops feature a contoured arch that continuously gives you support and feels like it was custom-made just for you. Plus, the impact pillows in the front and back absorb any kind of shock (and this really prevents any kind of pain you might feel even after walking on pavement, or any other kind of hard and unforgiving surface all day).
Like I said before, they're waterproof (bring them to the pool or beach!), slip-resistant, and so far, really durable. And while they offer all the qualities of an orthopedic sandal, they look like something you'd pick up at the pharmacy on vacation when you're in a pinch for sand-friendly footwear. Choose from over a dozen colors and styles—if you're into it, you can get the straps bedazzled with sparkly charms for $8 extra, or transparent straps that kind of have that '90s jelly sandal look. (Just FYI, I don't have the glittery or transparent version, so I can't speak to their comfort levels).
And if you're still wondering just how comfortable these are, I made a list of all the activities I've done while wearing them. I have...
1. Walked my dogs for three miles
2. Went to the beach and walked along the boardwalk for approximately two miles (I also wore them while hanging out in the sand)
3. Cleaned my house
4. Walked around Target for three hours, because Target
5. Visited the park and played with the dogs in the grass
6. Wore them inside the house in lieu of house slippers (because it is too hot for house slippers)
Close to 2,000 reviewers are with me on the comfort factor. "This is my [seventh] pair of Fit Flops, I don’t wear anything else on my feet," one person writes. Another shopper says, "These are the most comfortable flip flops I have ever owned. I have now had three pairs. Due to Fitflop's great design, these are all-day wearable, I have walked for miles in mine. Great colors, too."
Right now, I just own one pair in "Bay Green," but am en route to buy at least three more.
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