Fashion 101
Flip Flops

This is a delicate subject dolls, and I want to be as sensitive as I can possibly be about the matter. I am going to put my Psych degree in full use today. Granted I will see it (I hope) a lot less here in Germany, thanks to this summer´s inconsistent weather and all. It’s that horrible time of year again when people think it’s appropriate to wear flip-flops in public as if they’re shoes.

In case you missed the memo in Kindergarten, flip-flops are not shoes. Anything that makes a slip slap sound when you walk cannot be called a shoe. No, this does not have anything to do with me growing up on an Island and being surrounded by daily slap, slip, slap, actually most Jamaicans don’t wear flip flops that much on an average basis. That was a telltale sign of a tourist when I was growing up. We even dress up to go to the supermarket; you never know who you may run into.

Like everything else in life, with all pieces of fashion, there is a time and place for everything. Do you feel the need to dress for a cocktail party to your 9 -5 job? You will possibly offend your other coworkers or be the laughing butt of jokes, granted I do really love a confident person with their own personal style. But as Tom Ford once said “A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.” Now I may not agree with all of his statement fully, but you do see where he is going with this. I don’t have a problem with sandals at all, I love them, flip flops are not sandals though.

So go ahead ask me, ´Lori do you own any flip flops?´ No, I don’t own any flip flops, but I don’t completely oppose to them either. What I completely oppose to are Crocs. If you were to google the term “flip-flops” you will find these two words most commonly associated with it are simple and casual. These two describing words as my elementary teacher liked to call it are meant for things that involve walking your dog, chilling in the park, hanging at the beach and barbecues in a friend´s backyard or your own. But white socks with Crocs, omg that’s another article altogether!

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  • natalie

    DWL. I was talking with the girls at work the other day and I was telling them how my father would not allow me to leave the house in flip flops. Do you remember when old navy came out with their line of multi colored flip flops, I swear I had every color u could think off. LoL. Admit it u owned a few.

  • Marcia R.

    Please please please do not start on my hate/hate relationship with crocs….ugh, with or without socks, unless you’re a nurse or you are medically or legally required to wear them (a bit of a stretch) you really shouldn’t. Any way like you said, a whole other article.
    Flip flops for me are ok. I actually don’t own one right now and I barely do wear them but like you said they make fabulous beach wear, or a simply walk down the road. But going out in flip flops is a definite no!

    • Jens Quast

      Exactly, they’re a total no go. See a bad example in the street style post with the guy in the yellow pants (“Street Style Fly Guy”):

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