Sophia Panych, Allure magazine
Ever since an ex called me gross for wearing flip-flops in New York City, I've kept my collection of Havaianas stashed in the closet, and only take them out of hiding when I hit the laundromat or empty the trash. The appeal is a no-brainer-they're inexpensive, easy to get on and off, and lightweight-a huge plus in the heat. So why wouldn't you want to wear them? Well, because it turns out my ex was right: flip-flops are gross, and really not that good for you.
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In a recent New York Magazine piece, a writer investigated the dirtiness of flip-flops, sending both his sandals and swabs of his feet to a biochemist. His feet were coated in millions of microorganisms, while his flip-flops-both the arches and underside, were covered in bacteria. Gag.
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