I’m addicted to flip-flops. Now don’t get up in arms or report me to the nearest podiatrist. I don’t wear them all the time and I’m aware of the dangers of wearing them too much in the wrong places. Counterpoint: I was wearing a walking sandal when the tip of the sole caught on a cobblestone and tripped me. Only last weekend, I was walking the High Line on the west side of Manhattan in a closed shoe on a very hot, humid day, when I wound up with blisters. (Admittedly, I wasn’t wearing socks).
In an article I recently wrote for the NBC Universal website LifeGoesStrong.com, I nearly declared flip-flops the perfect travel shoe and gave five reasons why they are essential to take on a trip.
So all this leads up to an explanation of why I’m always looking for the next great pair of flip-flops. When I went to my local indie shoe store, Heller’s in Mount Kisco, New York, I saw a huge display of a new type of rubber flip-flops called pluggz (for men and women, starting at $39.95 per pair). Of course, I succumbed.
Pluggz flip-flops look fairly ordinary but on the insole of the shoe (permit me to call it that), there is a round circle about the size of a quarter, made of a composite material of rubber and carbon, which goes completely through to the bottom. The idea is to connect the wearer with the energy of the earth and to enhance the feeling of connectedness, as one feels when walking barefooted on sand, grass, or soil. The saleswoman said they were selling like hotcakes and I read that the manufacturer is planning a similar line of ballet slippers for the fall (I guess those will be for women-only).
Early report: So far, my pluggz flip-flops are comfortable enough to wear but I don’t quite feel “grounded.” They have increased my awareness; I feel like I’m walking with plugs under the arches of my feet. Have you tried them?