Fitflops. I've always thought they were a £ marketing gimmick am I wrong.

(46 Posts)
pocketandsweet Mon 06-May-13 07:55:05

I pretty much only wear comfortable footwear (former plantar fasciatis ). I have always worn Birkenstocks but based on some of previous threads am wondering if I should reconsider my earlier opinion of Fitflops? Can anyone with similar foot issues please give me their first hand opinion if they have had both shoes? I'm not fond of toe strap things ( they always seem to rub except for my Havaianas ) which is why I originally discounted them. That and the fact that I figured all their initial marketing about "calf toning" as bullocks BUT If they really are THAT comfortable I might need a re-think.

AuntieMaggie Mon 06-May-13 08:10:48

I have foot issues and podiatrist recommended fit flops/mbts etc anything that had a solid (non bendable) rounded sole as you bend your foot less when walking.

Skechers, next and even Avon do their own versions.

So ignoring the toning hype ( i haven't noticed a difference ) i think they're good for bad feet.

teta Mon 06-May-13 08:10:58

I love fitflops.Wear the boots in winter,slippers at home and the flipflops in summer.They are really comfy,much more so than Birkenstocks.They don't tone your legs though-sadly.I can walk for miles in mine and they don't look so bad[have dainty feet that look nice in sparkily sandals]

LifeofPo Mon 06-May-13 08:11:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CMOTDibbler Mon 06-May-13 08:16:15

I have the Sketchers version, and they are brilliant for my painful feet - the thick squishy sole really stops my ball of foot pain.
Mine are sparkly so don't look so fugly. I wouldn't say they tone my legs though

pocketandsweet Mon 06-May-13 08:20:56

It sounds like I should give them a try. I have never had any luck at TK Maxx finding them.... So where else might I find a good deal.

pocketandsweet Mon 06-May-13 08:22:20

Off to google sketchers as well. ( I always thought of Sketchers as doing sparkly over-the-top trainers for girls..... Another bias that might need an adjustment I guess).

AuntieMaggie Mon 06-May-13 08:23:11

Amazon. Old lady shoe shops.

AuntieMaggie Mon 06-May-13 08:25:31

Another thing my podiatrist said was to steer clear of shoes that are really flexible and you can bend in half as they don't support your feet.

I lived in Birkenstocks until I discovered fitflops. At first I wore the genuine ones but I'm currently wearing Next's version having lived all winter in Sketchers tone up boots. I don't wear them for for toning purposes, that bit is nonsense anyway, but they are extremely comfortable to walk in.

Shesparkles Mon 06-May-13 08:29:09

I had surgery for a Morten's neuroma about 6 months ago and Fitflops were recommended by the consultant. As a confirmed Birkie wearer I was reluctant to make the change, but was very glad I did! They were the only footwear I could wear comfortably pre surgery, and I've petty much lived in them ever since.

YoniCollette Mon 06-May-13 08:29:11

They are comfortable++++ but sadly they do not tone.

TheSecondComing Mon 06-May-13 08:30:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pocketandsweet Mon 06-May-13 08:34:20

smile at auntiemaggie. Old lady shoe shops. That would be a brilliant name for a shoe shop.

polyhymnia Mon 06-May-13 10:28:45

I'm a FF fan. Cloggs and Ward Walkers often have reductions on some styles.

francesdrake Mon 06-May-13 11:23:20

Boots website often has them in the sale section for much reduced prices.

pocketandsweet Mon 06-May-13 11:28:53

Thanks everyone. I'm looking around now- all the sale ones seem to have the toe post. Has anyone had trouble with this? I'm worried about blisters. Sandals with back straps would probably be the most useful ( if expensive). Maybe I should try a cheap pair first and then if they are the Holy Grail of Sore Feet I could justify another pair.

Startail Mon 06-May-13 11:31:39

Do they all have toe posts? I just can't stand them.

Dumpylump Mon 06-May-13 11:34:57

They don't all have toeposts, they have dozens of different styles. I'm not biased, my sister doesn't have anything to do with their marketing, oh no, nothing to see here, move along now. grin

Pantone363 Mon 06-May-13 11:38:05

Good for feet problems, crap for toning.

I'm sure some sports university did a test that showed they were no different to normal shoes for exercise/walking

Topazandpearl Mon 06-May-13 11:40:10

I thought I couldn't wear toe posts until I got my first pair of FFs. They are fine. They are so comfortable that I hate it when it gets too cold to wear them! Try They have quite a few reduced in the sale section. There is an offer through MN (see Offers above) for 10% off.

DeafLeopard Mon 06-May-13 11:55:48

I bought Matalan's version last summer as an emergency purchase when we were away and I realised I'd left my fitflops at home - I would say they are nearly as good. Not to mention cheap as chips.

doglover Mon 06-May-13 18:51:59

I wear fitflops all year - shoes / boots / sandals - dependent on the season! As a chronic P.F. sufferer, they have honestly transformed my mobility.

Fairylea Mon 06-May-13 19:24:24

If you have an "original factory shop" near you they had some in there recently but their stock changes all the time.

bulletproofgerbil Mon 06-May-13 20:35:44

I have loads of foot problems and find FFs really comfy. I can't do any toeposts whatsoever though so I go for their 'slide' ones. Totally agree they do absolutely nothing in terms of firming or toning anything but along with MBTS (which look pretty hideous and are ££££££), they're the only things that don't hurt and that I can walk for ages in.
I bought Sketchers version of MBTs as they were cheaper but they really hurt the top of my feet and I ended up with shin splints after going for a long/fast walk in them for the first time, so won't be getting those again.

cocolepew Mon 06-May-13 20:38:23

Are they any good for a bad back?

BestIsWest Mon 06-May-13 20:42:28

I have the trainers and boots and they are brilliant. I have lots of leg/foot/ankle problems and they are brilliant for sightseeing, long walks etc. I have the toepost style as well and they are comfy but I can't stand anything between my toes so may go for something else this summer.

BestIsWest Mon 06-May-13 20:42:55

coco my mum swears by them for her back.

hermioneweasley Mon 06-May-13 20:43:36

I used to live in Birkies as well, but got fit flops last year and LOVE them! I was so happy that it was warm today and I got them out for first time thus year.

QOD Mon 06-May-13 20:44:48

Perhaps don't buy the sequinned ones as they've rubbed my toes

cocolepew Mon 06-May-13 20:45:16

Thanks Best smile

ExRatty Mon 06-May-13 20:49:43

I have some fitflops and they are stupidly good. Not the flip flop ones though. <There is something about them that I find distasteful?>
They are brilliant for bad backs and knees and all manner of bunions and foot ailments.

YouHaveBeenOutbid Mon 06-May-13 21:48:05

I've got flat feet/fallen arches and I wear fitflops. They're so comfy! I'm eyeing up a spangly navy pair on eBay at the mo that don't have toe posts. They're the only sandals I can walk miles in.

Snowgirl1 Mon 06-May-13 22:24:16

Fitflops are super-comfortable. I usually get blisters when I wear sandals with toe-posts, but haven't had blisters with two pairs of fit-flops that I've been through.

Also, I've just seen some on sale in Sole Traders - think they were last seasons.

thenightsky Mon 06-May-13 22:25:54

I've got a pair of fit-flops without the toe post. They are lovely and comfy.

Ginformation Mon 06-May-13 22:32:52

FitFLops are fabulous- all I wear since I had spinal surgery. I have the ballerinas for work, the mukluk boots for winter and various sandals (with and without toe posts and sparkles) for summer. I buy them in the end of season sale but still, I will never tell dh how much they actually cost blush It is my one indulgence in life. And they are medically necessary. Fact. grin

oldsilver Mon 06-May-13 22:33:39

I wear Fitflops and am an exPlantar Fasciitis sufferer smile I wear the toe posts and since the very first time of wearing there wasn't any rubbing. My podiatrist said NOT to wear MBTs as they do your feet no good whatsoever and can, in fact, damage the ligament further.

If you are stuck for cash - surprisingly Asda do a couple of versions which are very very similar and only £12.

I wear them all the time and can walk miles in them, except for work as the children would so stamp on my toes smile

I've tried them but found the sizing weird-I have high arches and am a size 5 but they rubbed so badly on top of my foot I couldn't wear them. I ended up giving them to my mum, who is a size 4, and who they fit perfectly.

LizzyDay Mon 06-May-13 22:54:58

Antoinette - I found the same - they are high-cut so no good if you have a high instep. A shame as I love a chunky flip flop.

They don't seem to have any styles with adjustable or stretchy straps either.

Ginformation Mon 06-May-13 23:08:22

Lizzy they do styles with adjustable straps- eg these sandals and these

I find my FitFlop size is down one from other shoes I have bought in the past- I think I have had to buy 1 size too big to accomodate my wide feet, but then my arches are not high.

Startail Mon 06-May-13 23:38:45

Good grief fitflops are expensive and the non toe post ones are pretty ugly.

Looks like it's this sort again

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 12:39:35

Well I now have a pair. I took it as a sign from god smile that TK Maxx had one pair in my size. They are a sort of terracotta coloured leather slide style. Not the most beautiful things I have ever owned but I don't think too offensive. They feel very comfy and I HOPE are going to help with e f.p. £24.99 if anyone is interested

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 12:41:46

F.p. should be p.f. ( plantar fasciatis ).

I love my fitflops, so so comfy. I have ugly trotters.

I did get a blister the first week or so wearing them, then none since, even when I have had a 6m break from them (mine are 2 or 3 years old now)

iMe Tue 07-May-13 15:03:46

Big fitflop fan here. First dwy back in mine today after the long winter. smile smile I'm on my second pair. first pair lasted 3 years. Hip and back problems here. I've converted friends too. Well worth the price.

francesdrake Tue 07-May-13 15:18:03

I'm wearing my bronze sequin pair now. They actually make my ginormous feet look smaller. The only drawback is that they're too satisfying for puppies to chew <eyes puncture marks in the sole sadly>

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