Are some sandals better than others?

Are some sandals better than others?

SandalsThe American Podiatric Medical Association has compiled a list of “approved” sandals that carry the APMA’s Seal of Acceptance – these sandals are designated as those that are shown to allow for the most normal foot function and promote quality health.  The list includes 197 different sandals or flip-flops!  Check out their website for more specific information and links to the companies that sell these products.

Sandals can still be stylish while at the same time provide support.  Depending on your footcare needs, many different models are available and can be found for specific foot problems.  For example, for hyperhydrosis (or feet that sweat too much), avoid leather and instead try a sandal made from nylon, spenco, or rubber.  For arch or heel pain, look for a sandal with a sturdy heel and adequate arch fill, like Birkenstocks or Chacos.  People with diabetes should steer clear of open-toed sandals and instead look for a clog style with mesh upper for a lighter summer shoe. 


  • Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
  • Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.
  • Do ensure that your foot doesn't hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.
  • Do wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete's foot.


  • Don't re-wear flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.
  • Don't ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.
  • Don't wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.
  • Don't do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed-eater.
  • Don't play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.

For that rare person who has absolutely NO foot problems or pain with their feet, those $2 rubber flips flops are all yours…for now!

Thank you for visiting our website!  Please continue to learn more about your foot care needs by reading other informative articles and by visiting our helpful links.  NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is located in Berkley, MI and has been serving people around the Southfield, Berkley, Ferndale, and Royal Oak area for over 30 years.  Request an appointment via our website or call our office at (248) 545-0100.

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