Dr. Cunha revealed there are several alternatives, including a simple summer slide. “A good way to promote healthy feet but also stay cool include summer slide shoes because they provide more support and stability than a traditional flip-flop,” he explained. “Summer slide shoes have a thicker and ribbed sole, which provides greater traction and stability of the shoe to help minimize injuries.” We love this pair because it’s affordable and goes with just about anything.
He also mentioned that ankle support is another key element, adding, “Flip-flops aren’t as dangerous to your ankles as a high heel because the shoe is closer to the ground. However, I do advise my patients to select shoes with ankle straps, because no matter how high or low your shoe is, one misstep could cause you to sprain your ankle. Shoes that are secured on your foot with a strap offer support around the ankle and sides that hold the shoe steadily on your foot, reducing the risk of a sprain.” (Like these flats, which provide ample ankle support.)
Guess we’ll be revamping our summer shoe collection sooner rather than later.