Flip flops threaten foot health, choose sandals

Wearing flip flops for long periods may damage your feet, according to a top international podiatrist who recommends supportive sandals instead.

Dr Jackie Sutera, a podiatrist and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, says wearing flip flops may damage heels and toes and cause blisters and bunions. She says flip flops may also negatively affect posture, cause heel pain and lead to pinched nerves in the back.

Sutera suggests wearing flip flops in moderation and more supportive footwear for longer periods.

Barker Footwear designer Devan Odayan has produced a new, light-weight, flexible sandal range for maximum comfort and support. The Barker Sandal range comprises high quality leather combined in an anatomical shape to ensure foot positioning is supported and relaxed at all times.

The sandals also feature a perforated footbed cover for breathability and memory foam for customised comfort.

“The new Barker Sandal range is perfect for both leisure and formal occasions for cool and comfortable feet this summer,” said Barker Footwear sales manager, Gary Gilder.

Barker has been producing handmade quality welted and stuck-on leather shoes for over 80 years and is part of one of SA’s largest shoe companies, Bolton Footwear.

The Barker Sandals range is available nationally at selected independent retailers at a recommended retail price starting at R499 (prices may vary per store).
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