Flip-flop fever

With each year, I’m learning more that flip-flops and sandals are becoming more and more fashionable. It’s a fad my ears are picking up on far more than my eyes.

You can hear them flipping and flopping all over our office. It’s not that annoying while I work, but it has been enough for me to notice.

Of course, other people wearing flip-flops can be a good thing. Especially if you hear your boss coming and that gives you time to close out of Facebook before she reaches your desk.

Oops, did I say that?

And, no, I don’t spend countless hours on Facebook during the work day. And hey, sometimes Facebook is good for contacting people for stories. So, much of the time I spend on the site is work related.

I’ve never been a flip-flops or sandals guy. I guess I have no problems with the appearance of my own toes, but I don’t feel the need to show them to other people. Plus, it just seems unnatural to me to have a piece of plastic wedged between my toes or have my heels getting smacked every time I walk.

I know our 4-year-old daughter loves to wear her flip-flops, but they can also present some problems. They have been known to go accidentally flying off during a walk or result in her having rocks or wood chips wedged under her foot.

And people call this type of footwear comfortable?

I wear the same running shoes basically all the time when I’m not working. That way if I go away for the weekend I just have to pack one pair of shoes and I’m done. Well, I guess I don’t even have to pack them as i would be wearing them when I leave the house.

My distaste for sandals has some more background aside from their comfort level. You see, this dates back nearly 20 years ago.

I had a roommate in college who wore these sandals every day and those babies would stink to high heaven. I’m not sure if it was just his feet or the sandals that reeked so bad, but it was definitely not a smell I want to remember. His feet were also pretty hairy if I remember right, so it was bad news all the way around. That will kind of turn you off to that type of footwear for life.

I guess to each their own when it comes to footwear. But don’t expect me to ever join the flip-flops and sandals fad.

I’ll take a comfy pair of socks and sneakers any day.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or apotter@timesrepublican.com