There is a lot of controversy around the flip flop. Is there ever a time when it’s ok to wear them at the office? Are they appropriate for the Metro? Is there such a thing as a fancy flip flop? If you shouldn’t wear flip flops with your business clothes, are they acceptable as casual wear?
A study was even conducted after the rise of flip flop popularity, http://www.newsweek.com/2008/06/09/flip-flop-flaws.html, that explored the consequences of flip flops to people’s feet.
Recently, Felkerino said to me, “Gersemalina, you should do a post about bicycles and flip flops!”
“No way, Felkerino,” I said. “Nobody wears flip flops on their bikes. That’s crazy talk.”
“You might be surprised, Gersemalina.”
When I started observing my fellow cyclists’ footwear, I discovered that Felkerino was right! There is a whole band of flip flop commuting cyclists. They’re all over the place.
I was shocked. I never considered flip flops on bikes. They seem
- Too soft for the pedal stroke;
- Too likely to fall off while riding;
- Too likely to cause pain between the toes while pedaling.
How wrong I was. Some people love their flip flops and will wear them everywhere. Even on their bikes.
A tip of the helmet to all of you, flip flop commuters. I couldn’t do it, but somehow you have found a way to make it work.