To Flip Flop? Or not to Flip Flop?

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I have columbia sports sandals

and I am a regular pedi addict so at least once a month, I promise they are as pretty as they can be Smile

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I swear by Tevas. They are so comfortable. This year its an aircast and old nike running shoe for me Sad.

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I'm from Florida gal, so we live in our flip flops. Trapsing through Disney in flip flops is another story...Did that once and thought I was going to die. If you get the sneakers with mesh, they let your feet breath so you don't feel like you've cooked yourself.

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Jess wrote:
I am a flip flop lover but my feet get sore if I wear them for to long so I wear tennis shoes at Disney

ditto, always tennis shoes with support at Disney. My feet would kill me w flip flops and all that walking!

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Don't your feet get hot in kicks?

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JustCar wrote:
Don't your feet get hot in kicks?

probably but I don't notice. My feet are always cold (I have the beginning of neuropathy and bad circulation) even in the summer. I just feel more secure with tennis shoes, plus I have really high arches so I need the support, especially on my feet all day.

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I have permafrost toes but I started doing regular pedi's with paraffin and it does help.

and what a great excuse

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Ugg flip flops are like walking on jelly all day! I love 'em in the parks!- Don't worry feet haters- I get a pedicure first and buy the right size laugh

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I bought a pair of Fit Flops for both my daughter and me, and we are lovin them! Before these, my Croc flip flops were my faves, but I climbed Ponce Inlet lighthouse in these the other day, and I've done lots of walking with no problems. They might be comfy enough for a partial day in the parks.

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Hands down the best shoe for theme parks is Crocs. Even though they've got to be the ugliest shoe ever invented, lol. I bought a pair not long ago just to try them out ( the original style) and it shocked me how spongy they are on the bottom. I've found that walking the parks all day....my feet are a lot less tired in the Crocs than they are in sneakers. Plus between the rain, splash areas, etc....it's no big deal for my feet to get wet. My hubby refuses to wear them because they are so ugly (lol) but he has to deal with wet squishy sneakers and socks. Laughing out loud

At the parks, I'm all about comfort over looks.

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Mirrasi wrote:
Hands down the best shoe for theme parks is Crocs. Even though they've got to be the ugliest shoe ever invented, lol. I bought a pair not long ago just to try them out ( the original style) and it shocked me how spongy they are on the bottom. I've found that walking the parks all day....my feet are a lot less tired in the Crocs than they are in sneakers. Plus between the rain, splash areas, etc....it's no big deal for my feet to get wet. My hubby refuses to wear them because they are so ugly (lol) but he has to deal with wet squishy sneakers and socks. Laughing out loud

At the parks, I'm all about comfort over looks.

Ha! - yes, they're not very attractive...especially if you don't have petite feet (as I do not.) But I absolutely love the look and feel of the flip flops. I need another pair, come to think of it...

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Croc flip flops? Do they make those?

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How about birkinstocks? They are my usual comfy weekend shoes but I'm not sure how they would perform in the face of 7 days of daunting 5 mile walks. Think I better pack in several pairs of comfy shoes and test them out!

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By body glide and put it on your feet everyday

makes a world of difference

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Mirrasi wrote:
Croc flip flops? Do they make those?

Not only do they make them, they sell them at Disney Smile

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oreo.cinn wrote:
How about birkinstocks? They are my usual comfy weekend shoes but I'm not sure how they would perform in the face of 7 days of daunting 5 mile walks. Think I better pack in several pairs of comfy shoes and test them out!

My husband wore birkenstocks during our entire 9-day trip in 2008. He didn't have any problems. He said his feet felt supported and they didn't tire. I'd recommend them, so long as they're broken in!

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JustCar wrote:
By body glide and put it on your feet everyday

makes a world of difference

I know many runners who swear by body glide. I'm a lucky runner I chafe 1 time a year and thats it.

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I'm headed to the World in mid-October. At home, I'm an avid flip-flop wearer but I know that won't fly walking for hours each day. I'm thinking of picking up a pair of croc flip-flops; either the crocbands or the ones similar to those (too many different kinds to remember). With my normal Crocs, if my feet sweat (which I am certain they will), the crocs get kind of squishy/slippery; anyone have that sort of problem with the flip flops?

That being said; I'm also a klutz (per example, one time at the World when I was a teen I wasn't paying attention and walked right into one of those cement parking lot thingies in the Polynesian parking lot and totally messed up my big toe. not cute!) and I have had history of foot pain (heel spurs, fallen arches though neither has given me trouble in a good while) so I'm planning on switching the footwear up a bit. I hear a lot about Teva Mush but has anyone tried the Mush ballerina flats? I'm thinking of getting the mesh ones and wearing moisture wicking socks (those little no-show socks; don't worry, I won't be rocking white ankle socks with flats!).

Just wanted to check before I go and spend the money!

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nerak wrote:
I'm headed to the World in mid-October. At home, I'm an avid flip-flop wearer but I know that won't fly walking for hours each day. I'm thinking of picking up a pair of croc flip-flops; either the crocbands or the ones similar to those (too many different kinds to remember). With my normal Crocs, if my feet sweat (which I am certain they will), the crocs get kind of squishy/slippery; anyone have that sort of problem with the flip flops?

I was planning on buying some Croc Flip Flops when I get to Disney. I also have the sweaty feet problem in my crocs and have found that the little socks that just slide over your toes can help a lot with that. My Crocs that have holes in them also work better than the ones without. I think that (hope that) the flip flops will be okay because my feet will still be able to breathe.

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I'm big so the wear on my feet is high, I always wear running shoes. Well that's not true, I wore sandals once and the lack of support nearly grounded me. On the flip (flop) side, we've always gone in February, so it's never that hot.

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I saw this on the Disney Park Blog and immediately thought of this thread.

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/01/just-a-walk-in-the-park-with-cousin-betty-at-epcot/

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I alternate between gym shoes and Crocs in the parks. (I'm debating if I should bring my pink floral crocs in February or if my fashionable BFF would die of shame. Kidding!) If I'm there in the summer, I use Gold Bond powder on my feet before I put my socks on. Makes a big difference. Speaking of socks, I will only wear socks that are moisture-wicking and "no show" style - I absolutely cannot stand the feeling of having my ankles covered up when it's hot and humid. How's that for neurotic? biggrin

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With some foot issues, I have to have a sturdier shoe than a simple flip flop. Even my most supportive sport flip flop I would never wear to WDW. that would be agony waiting to happen. I wear Merrill Cameleon with my orthotics. I even have several pair. Same set up has gotten me through several European expeditions. Flip flops are for lounging in room or at pool. . . For short excursions, I will wear my Brooks Beast (also with orthotics)

Injuries in my younger days are haunting me. . .

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I love my flip flops for going to the pool BUT I need good supportive running shoes for the parks. I made the mistake of wearing flip flops at epcot last October and I am still paying for it with sore feet now. It was one of those oh I won't be walking far and it was rainy and I didn't want to get my running shoes wet. Well we ended up walking from the boardwalk to epcot and then all the way to china(believe me it felt like I walked all the way to China and back!!)Never ever ever again will I wear flip flops at one of the parks.

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The first time I went to WDW I wore my flip flops which were made by Reebok and had a more comfortable sole than cheap flip flops. I was able to walk around for miles pain free. Something I wouldn't have been able to do in sneakers as they tend to pinch the nerve near my toes after a while. HOWEVER, after seeing a woman sitting on a step waiting for a wheelchair at the end of the night at EPCOT because someone had stepped on her foot and ripped her toe nail out, I realized that flip flops might not be a wise choice. Now I wear KEEN sandals. They are really comfortable, waterproof, open enough that my feet can breathe but have a lot of toe protection so I can keep my toe nails!

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The first time I went to WDW I wore my flip flops which were made by Reebok and had a more comfortable sole than cheap flip flops. I was able to walk around for miles pain free. Something I wouldn't have been able to do in sneakers as they tend to pinch the nerve near my toes after a while. HOWEVER, after seeing a woman sitting on a step waiting for a wheelchair at the end of the night at EPCOT because someone had stepped on her foot and ripped her toe nail out, I realized that flip flops might not be a wise choice. Now I wear KEEN sandals. They are really comfortable, waterproof, open enough that my feet can breathe but have a lot of toe protection so I can keep my toe nails!

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I learned a similar lesson watching a woman sprain an ankle on the cobblestones in Italy. She was in a sporty flip flop. Slid right off them with one mis-step. Horrible way to ruin a trip . . . But she looked good and her outfit matched . . .

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I'm not a flip flop guy, but will make an exception when we sport these in April! But probably just to the pool.

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JeffC wrote:
I'm not a flip flop guy, but will make an exception when we sport these in April! But probably just to the pool.

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Trying to find a decent pair of flip flops in January in Northern Illinois... Not proving to be easy. My favorite pair broke last month and I have to replace them before I leave in 23 days! I may have a nervous breakdown wink