The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

6 November 2007

Pull me sandal straps back, Mack

FitFlopThis is the FitFlop, which is being sold (for $49.95 $49.99) as "a workout in a shoe":

"The FitFlop sandal tones your calves, thighs and glutes with a specially designed midsole that functions like a mini wobbleboard to engage your muscles as you walk."

I assume this is the sort of wobbleboard you don't quite fall off of, and not the wobbleboard you hear in all those wondrous Rolf Harris records. Still, I'd rather deal with these than with any of those horrid sandals with plastic cobblestones they try to sell as instruments of massage: I actually own a pair of such, which is the primary reason why I never buy shoes online anymore.

(Via Shoewawa. And no, I don't know why I seem to be doing so much shoeblogging lately.)

Posted at 7:43 AM to Rag Trade


Way back when, they used to claim that about those Dr. Scholl's sandals - the ones with the wood base and the single strap across the front. When I was young and foolish I bought a pair, thinking walking around in them all one summer might actually give me Betty Grable legs.

That was before I became cynical about advertising. All the sandals did was make my ankles hurt, and give me a few splinters when the finish wore off.

Posted by: fillyjonk at 9:41 AM on 6 November 2007

The wobbleboard intrigues me not least because I am now hearing the Rolf Harris wobbleboad sound as I walk (the man, the legend, the stylophone).I'm with fillyjonk on Dr Scholl's.They were an instrument of torture as bad and any other (it didn't help to lurch around with brick like weights on your feet).

Posted by: Emalyse at 10:13 AM on 6 November 2007

I have some of those pebbly ones, too. Most miserable shoes EVER. Massage? Only if you're into being struck by nail heads.

Posted by: Venomous Kate at 3:03 PM on 6 November 2007

That 49.95 price posted at Shoewawa was in pounds. "forcing you to constantly readjust your balance as you walk" does not sound like something I want to try.

Posted by: Lynn at 7:34 AM on 7 November 2007

But the shoes are actually being sold at Macy's in the US, at whose online store they sell for $49.99, meaning both Shoewawa and I screwed up one character.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:49 AM on 7 November 2007

Sounds like a variation of the "Rocker bottom" shoes we prescribe for Diabetics.

http://www.biomech.com/db_area/archives/2001/0105.footwear.diab.bio.shtml

You have to adjust your foot position, so you are less likely to develop ulcers over the tarsal heads (the ball of the foot right below the toes).

We also use balance boards (the ads call it a "wobble board")to strengthen muscles to stop reoccuring ankle strain.

However, I wouldn't use them: I tend to get tendonitis with shoes that apply pressure across the mid foot.

Posted by: Boinkie at 8:27 AM on 7 November 2007