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July 3, 2012

Feelgoodz natural rubber and hemp flip flops


Confession: Up until a week ago, I still sometimes wore plastic flip flops.  Granted, they were flip flops I purchased back in 2005.  And I wore them until they had holes in the heels.

But still, why would I continue to wear plastic ones after discovering the natural rubber flip flops from Feelgoodz two years ago?  It had to do with the straps.

The natural rubber straps were fine for short walks, but if I wore the flip flops for an extended length of time, the straps would irritate the top of my foot a little bit.  So I would revert to the plastic ones for a while.   Many other people love the original Feelgoodz and have not had this problem, but now, I’m psyched to have discovered that Feelgoodz is offering two alternative models with soft hemp straps instead of rubber, and they feel really great.  Just in time to save my heels, Feelgoodz sent me a couple of pairs of flip flops to review.

Soft Strapz flip flops

(Disclosure: If you purchase Feelgoodz products via this link, I earn a small commission to support my plastic-free mission.)

The Soft Strapz model comes with a thick natural rubber sole (which is thicker, yet lighter than my original Feelgoodz flip flops because less rubber is used per shoe, so the consistency is different) and soft hemp fabric straps.  They are super comfortable, and I can wear them for long periods of time without any irritation.

Cinnaflopz flip flops

The Cinnaflopz model has hemp straps and a hemp upper glued with natural rubber glue to a natural rubber sole.  They also contain a layer of real cinnamon between the rubber and hemp layers.  Believe me, they smell great.  But they are not for people who are allergic to cinnamon or don’t like the smell.   The rubber sole on the Cinnaflopz is very thin, but Feelgoodz will be coming out with two new colors and a thicker sole in 2013.

Feelgoodz flip flops are made in Vietnam. Here is a video explaining how the Cinnaflopz are made.  Feelgoodz also offers flip flops for kids and flip flops with a leather upper.

I live in these flip flops all summer long.


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Have you tried wearing japanese geta? The soles are wood and the straps are cloth, and they are surprisingly comfortable.

If products reflected their “true” cost maybe people would buy less. Overconsumption is killing us in many ways.

I’m going to have to disagree with the post about this not being price competitive. No, they do not compare to the $3 pair you can get at Walmart or a dollar store. But the cheap flip-flops are exactly that- cheap. They don’t last and you’re lucky to get a full summer out of them. They do, however, compare to other high quality flip flops. My husband had a pair of Rainbow flip flops that cost between $30-50. We’ve been together for 9 years, and he had those flip flops for several years before I met him. It was only… Read more »

I love seeing this, but it is worthless! If you cant make the price competitive you can’t begin to fight the problem.

I hate plastic.  I remember wearing the shiny, 100% poly blouses, slacks, and dresses in the 70’s and 80’s.  I got rid of all of that wear years ago and never looked back. You can now buy silk sweaters that are woven as snugly as wool, or buy wool – it comes in many weaves from coarse to snugly-soft, and they WEAR.  Cotton in the summer or light-weight silks. That’s my wardrobe !

I have a great pair of flip flops I got at a natural store here years ago. They are made from recycled plastic and hemp. I’m pretty sure the brand is “simple”. They are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever bought!

I reduce plastic by rarely ever buying new clothes! I use what I have until it literally falls apart.

I try and buy clothes and shoes made of natural, or mostly natural, fibers; although they’re not always easy to find, or affordable. That’s why I really appreciate your posts. I also try and buy most of my clothes second-hand to help reduce pollution and slavery and use less energy. plasticfreebeth 

I’m a knitter but many yarns contain acrylic and travel long distances to arrive at my doorstep, so I’ve started unraveling sweaters from the thrift store to use the yarn for making all kinds of things, from socks to sweaters.

I buy from thrift stores and consignment stores.

I shop for my family’s t-shirts at the local Goodwill Store. (@goodwillsa) I also love Glass Dharma Straws.

I’d love to have the Cinnaflopz, they sound great! I try to buy as many organic cotton clothes as I possibly can.

My church’s Thrift Shop, which is a great source of clothes, shoes, kitchen stuff and sometimes small furniture for those who need it.

I love to buy second hand. Especially clothes and dishes, but really – everything!

I save the tops of shaving cream, aerosol cans, and some larger jars (like peanut butter jars), and use them to hold paint for kids’ art projects.  They keep the colors separated, and make it easier to return the paint back to the bottle if there is some left over.  Plus, I don’t think they can be recycled at a city plant because they don’t have the symbol on it.

I shop at second hand stores and local garage sales

I shop at second hand stores and also garage sales

I purchase just about everthing to wear from second hand sources: Goodwill, and a Goodwill “discount” shop that sells clothes by the pound super cheap…ex. blue linen long sleeve shirt was 49 cents. I rely on GW, Craig’s list, garage sales, friends’ trading/giving away old clothes etc.  Recently bought a Kenmore washer that was 5 years old for 100 dollars from a person who advertised on Craig’s list.. Washes great; spins very well. The best current spot for me to “shop” has been at the mini landfill that services our community.  They put in a concrete slab, added a carport type… Read more »

Thrift stores.  And I wear my shoes until they literally fall apart.

I shop at thrift stores, have my own bags, and don’t really shop for clothes all that frequently. I work in a casual environment (jeans, etc.) so do not need up-scale clothing for work.

I wear stuff forever. I still have a favorite pair of shorts from 1978. I have my mom’s stuff from the 50s and 60s. And when I do have to buy things, I try to stay away from brands, like Gap, that have disappointed me by falling apart in a few months. 

I usually buy stuff online when there is a good deal. I rarely ever go to the store to buy clothes.


I do not shop for clothes or shoes, I only buy when I need something and I always check my local Goodwill or second hand shops first.  When I buy I try to buy products from natural fibers and that are made to last.  And of course no bag please…I bring my own handmade bags.

I just wanted to add my love for Feelgoodz, especially since I wear flip flops a lot when it rains (its easier to just let my feet get wet than it is to try to keep socks dry!), but the drugstore variety didn’t have much traction.  The natural rubber Feelgoodz are much better (and safer!).

forgot to mention that I can count on one hand all of the new clothes I’ve bought in the past year! I now only buy upcycled clothing from thrift stores, consignment etc. so this giveaway is perfect for me!

I wear a size 8, they should fit me!

I reduce plastic consumption in shopping by wearing clothes until they are no longer wearable.

I try to only buy second hand clothes so that way I’m extending the life of an old shirt or pair of pants that aren’t yet ready for the rag bin or landfill. I find really cute and stylish clothes and it’s neat to think of all the stories behind them.

I’m an average size, so I have trouble finding decent clothes secondhand because they’re all gone.  But I buy most of my kids’ clothes secondhand, and they get hand-me-downs from cousins.  I’ve been trying to buy more organic cotton, but everything seems to come in a plastic wrapper anyway.  I’ve been wearing out the same old clothes for years, so my mom gets frustrated and buys me new ones.  I don’t know where she buys them or how much plastic they’re wrapped in, but the ethical dilemma is off my shoulders while I keep searching for elusive plastic-free women’s clothing… Read more »

When Shopping I mostly opt for cotton — it lasts a lot longer and it significantly cuts down my choices. That means I also purchase less too!

My friends and I do bi-annual clothing swaps. Most of us have kids, too, so we bring outgrown kid’s clothes, and discards from our own wardrobes- it is so fun to shop from someone else’s closet! I also like to alter clothing- when its got a stain, cover it with a homemade patch from an outgrown favorite T, or dye it! A skirt too big for my growing 7 year old gets darts sewn in that can be taken out as she gets bigger. And everything eventually becomes a rag or scrap fabric for quilts.

I try to purchase secondhand, but the best thing is to not buy unnecessary clothing at all.

By purchasing second hand whenever possible and bringing my own bags along. I’ve been able to find some great vintage dresses, like new jeans, etc. at my local goodwill.

Linda, they do make the hemp strapz ones without cinnamon. But only the straps are hemp, not the upper part of the sole. Are you allergic to rubber?

I bring my own bags everywhere but I don’t buy a lot of new clothes these days… just wear out what I have! For my kids (ages 3 & 1), I buy almost all their clothes at consignment.

Swapping clothes with other people is a good way of avoiding excess packaging.

I rarely buy new, period. I hit the local Goodwill Outlet, since they don’t tag their clothing (no paper or plastic tags, yay!), and it’s also cheaper since they sell by the pound.

Like others have mentioned before me, reducing my consumption is the main way I avoid plastic in clothing and shoes. We bring our own canvas/cloth bags, too. I don’t own a ton of clothes and shoes. I’m not quite as minimalistic as Bea from ZeroWaste, but I like the concept and have been letting things wear out for a few years now. I did the backward hanger trick (where you turn all your hangers backward — the awkward way — and as you use/wash/return the clothes, turn them the comfortable way…at the end of a period of time of your… Read more »

Bringing my own bags works for me. I leave a few in the car so I always have them on hand.

I love the idea of burying/composting these flip flops in the backyard when no longer wearable. I am transitioning my clothing to natural fibers with low impact dyes. I like to shop for new clothes at my local fair trade store and  have also discovered Ibex brand   wool clothing for outdoor activities. I choose silk for a base layer.  Using worn out natural fiber clothes as a first mulch layer in flower and shrub beds is a good final use for them. Just cut up into a single layer and put in between plants, then cover with a pretty mulch… Read more »

Buying secondhand and using my own shopping bag.

Like most of the commentors, I shop at thrift shops.  But I’m trying to follow Bea Jo’hnson’s (Zero Waste Home) wardrobe approach and only have a limited number of items (Bea’s tally: 9 tops, 5 sweaters,  5 bottoms, 3 dresses, 6 shoes, 3 bags, 5 jackets, plus accessories).  If I take everything else “out of circulation” and wear only these selected items for a year, I’ll be able to “shop” from my own closet for years!!!  Think of all the money I’ll save!  She’s trying an amazing fashion $$$ saver this summer – wearing a men’s shirt for two months:  I’m… Read more »

I save plastic as much as I can. With my shoes, since I don’t really have a lot of cash, I just wear them until they fall to pieces. Sometimes I luck out and find some shoes at the thrift store, but other than that I try to splurge a bit and buy a higher quality shoe that will last me 5x as long as the cheaper shoes. Same with clothes, I usually buy them at thrift stores, or accept (generously and happily!) hand-me-downs from friends and family.

When I pack my lunch and my husband’s lunch we utilize reusable sandwich bags from  They are made of cloth and vinyl.  I use a cloth garment bag for my husband’s shirts at the dry cleaners, so they do not wrap them in plastic bags.  When we go out to eat, I take along with me a tupperware container for leftovers.  Yes, it is plastic, but I purchased it when I was first married, 25 years ago.  And this way we do not use a new plastic or styrofoam container.  We grow some of our own food and are… Read more »

@Rita With all of your great awareness, I am surprised that you still use the dry-cleaning method for your husband’s shirts. Maybe you have a dry-cleaner who doesn’t use toxic chemicals. If so, I would love to know about that!

They have a few different styles!

My favorite plastic free was is always bring my 100% cotton handmade grocery bags to the market. I have it one step further by using cotton clothing from yard sales or thrift stores. Mine are unique and using jeans that are 100% cotton are extra durable

I love your idea of giving away your Cinnamon flipflops; thanks for inspiring all of us to write.  I have bought two wonderful coats at summer fairs.  Two summers ago, when I was living in Humboldt County, I bought an all-wool full-length coat (with hood!) from a North Country Fair vendor from Oregon,  at a very decent price, You can find Circle Creations on the web here: and see when they will be in your area.   Just last week, I bought a hemp and cotton-lined jacket (with hood!) from a small clothing company – also selling at a… Read more »

So far I’ve avoided by new shoes!  Don’t know if that counts. :)  I’m getting quite desperate though since it’s starting to add up to years.  Thanks for this review.  I’m looking for possibilities.  I’ve been looking at Planet Shoes but not sure they all fit the bill.

I would love to try these! I reduce plastic by shopping second hand and going to/organising clothing exchanges. I try to go easy on my shoes and also resole and repair shoes when feasible.  I have one pair of flip flops that I’ve had since 1998 and they’re still kicking. But I try to go lightly on them, because I don’t want to be faced with the prospect of wanting to replace them.

WE trade with my cousin for new to you clothes. no tax, no shopping, no fuss.!
we also do some trading here via a free shop some local moms have set up in Surprise AZ.
I bring in things I dont use anymore and I leave with new to us…then i upcycle away..
[ties for headbands, belts for pulling luggage, LG tshirts into a spagetti tank for me or skirt for DD., you name it.]
ok, yes we go to GW or Savers, or Kid to Kid.
I love those hemp sandles, very verstile.

I’m ridiculously excited about the idea of cinnamon scented flip flops for my stinky feet!  I personally am always trolling 2nd hand stores for shoes…its a great way to upcycle…I even painted a pair colorblock style that I love! 

these flip flops sound great! we reduce plastic in clothing through buying second hand and I buy Hanna Anderson for my son…very few item but he wears them all the time!!! and they last an entire school year, the investment is worth it!!! plus some of the shirts are organic:) thanks for the giveaway 

I go barefoot pretty much all the time. I only have a few pairs of shoes (for hiking, work, and the snow). I leave my flip flops in the car for those times in the summer when I need to go into a store.

Neat!  I’m pretty gentle on my shoes – I mostly wear my chacos in the summer.  But my favorite way to reduce plastic while clothes shopping is go secondhand.  I made a commitment to myself to not buy any more new clothes – and I have not regretted it!  Because of this I have learned how to alter clothes – so I’m buying used but still have cute, stylish clothing that fits!  Learning how to sew would greatly reduce your footprint!

I live in Hawaii, so living plastic-free is as important as living in what we call ‘rubba slippas’ :) Nearly all my clothes and shoes are either gifts or secondhand freebies (our student dorms have giveaway shelves – some great stuff shows up at the end of the school year when people are moving out!) so I think the only clothing I have bought new lately is underwear. I wish all apartments had a giveaway shelf where people could leave their gently-used things for others!   I’ve got a few pairs of slippas with holey soles like yours, Beth —… Read more »

These sound interesting,  and I’m always looking for a great new pair of flops!  Thanks for the giveaway!

I Love, Love, LOVE the idea of these flip flops! I have not used store shopping bags in years, I use only glass containers at home (recycled jars, etc), and ONLY shop second-hand. I have 2 young boys and when the youngest is too big for the clothes, I give them to friends down the street. When it comes to food, we buymeat from a local farmer, pick our berries and freeze for the whole year (in glass bowls), and eat fruits and vegetables. I bring mesh bags for the produce if purchased in a store. I cringe at the thought… Read more »

While I’d be thrilled to win the giveaway, my real question is, what size are your feet?  Mine are 8s, but if the 7-9 size was too small for you ( and yes, we’ve met, and you’re shorter than I am and so probably your feet are too!).  I would love to buy a pair online, but if they run small, I shoujld buy up.  Thanks!

I get 99% of my clothes from thrift stores or as hand-me-downs.  I feel that the most green option is to not have to buy new at all if one can help it.  And I always bring my own reusable bag (some made from old t-shirts)

I donate all gently used clothing and make all well-used into rags! Whenever I buy anything, I bring a reusable cloth bag and I try to make most of my purchases second hand. When buying new shoes, I typically try to leave the box behind to be reused. I don’t need a ton of shoe boxes or bags. 

You don’t like shoe boxes? Shoe boxes are an ideal size for holding receipts, old letters, cards, etc.  If you are really ambitious, you can decoupage them too.

So glad to hear about these. I buy second hand for clothes to avoid as much plastic as possible but mostly just reuse reuse reuse. I’ve had some of the same shirts for almost ten years. Maybe kinda boring … but fashion isn’t really my thing anyway ;)

Too small for me, but I wanted to say that I love the idea of biodegradable footwear, and smelling of cinnamon = omgoodness yes please :)    I really don’t buy a lot of clothes, maybe a couple of tops & socks once every second year?  so I guess my tips would be to not purchase more than you actually will wear to start with .. Personally I love wrap-around skirts which adjust to any form of weight fluctuate, and are so easy to make at home out of what you already have, or 2nd hand items purchased for the… Read more »
I must admit…I’m not sure I realised there were both rubber and plastic flip fops, despite the fact that 90% of the shoes in my wardrobe are flops! Is there a good way to tell the difference between the two?    Also, flip flops are probably the one item I prefer to buy new – most everything else is from thrift shops. As one woman commented earlier, that’s one sure way to ensure you don’t look like everyone else! I recently bought a beautiful pair of Mary Janes from a local thrift store. I’ve gotten to the point where buying… Read more »

I also tried the Feelgoodz last year and had problems wearing them for lengths of time.  I buy mostly secondhand clothing, and upcycle old threads, and for shoes I buy my people Simple shoes. Have you reviewed them? I like them. Our biggest way to control is just to consume less. 

I buy all my clothes from thrift stores or garage sales (except underbits) and always bring my own bag! I re-donate all my old clothes to charity or use warn out articles for making hankies, cleaning rags, or my newest endevor — a braided rug.

I am a vegan, and finding clothing that is both plastic-free and non-animal in origin leaves me with limited options. Added to that I need to look professional in my work. It is often impossible to find stylish professional clothing in natural, non-animal textiles. So more and more I am sewing my own clothes, sourcing ethically grown/manufactured natural fiber fabrics from online vendors.   But shoes are just a nightmare! Many shoes advertised as ‘Vegan’ are made from petroleum-based synthetics, which just solves one problem by creating another, as far as I’m concerned. Even cloth shoes usually have some kind… Read more »

I only wear flip flops.  I love my feelgoodz.  i have not had the problem that you have had, Thank God!  I have been making an effort to buy natural rubber flop.

I have been gradually changing to glass containers at home but still have more work to do.  I would love for my daughter to be able to try a natural pair!

My daughter wears flip flops almost exclusively. I’d love for her to try a pair a natural pair. She is becoming increasingly concerned about plastics. Thanks for the review. My kids are 22 and 24 and we’ve worn almost nothing but second-hand all their lives. My daughter and I actually make it a day to comb the thrifts in Tucson and she never looks ‘just like everyone else’ who shops at the mall. 

I recently bought a pair of vegan Toms and I am definitely a convert.  Will buy another pair over other brands!

My husband got a pair of Cinnaflopz. He likes them but can’t wear them to long because he needs more support.

I would love these flip-flops!  My best tip for reducing clothes-related plastic is to knit.  It can be fairly difficult to find a 100% wool or cotton sweater at the store for a reasonable price.   But I can order yarn (which, from some retailers, comes plastic-free), and knit one that I can afford (as long as I don’t factor in the time I’ve spent).

Over the last few years I’ve been shopping more and more at thrift stores for my clothes and my daughters.  Not much luck with shoes, but I just love the great recycled clothes we’ve picked up!

i rarely shop for new clothes. i shop used when i need something and i try to buy clothes that will last me a LONG time in style, comfort, and durability. i too love clothing swaps. it makes me happy for my friends to wear clothes that i no longer use and for me to wear what used to belong to them.  and of course i carry my purchases home in my own bag.

I just bought my first pair of Birkenstocks…previously I was a plastic flip-flop girl all the way.  I can’t even describe how great they feel, and they are totally worth the 5000% mark-up from the shoes I used to buy.  Plus, they’ll last a heck of a lot longer and make my feet feel so much better.

I just saw these for the first time at at whole foods today!

We try very hard to refuse plastic hangers.  Sometimes they won’t keep them, but more often than not they will.   And of course, no plastic bags.

I love that this company will take our old plastic flip flops!! My favorite way to reduce plastic, and my negative impact on our planet is to buy second-hand clothes; and I just love clothes swap parties. The money I save by buying used and getting free clothes from friends goes toward the occasional new clothing item. I LOVE Patagonia clothing and gear. Their Common Threads Initiative and recycled content in the clothing helps me feel better about buying new when I need to. And it blows me away that they actually discourage you from buying new stuff, even though… Read more »

I just don’t buy clothes or shoes with plastic. I try to stick to organic cotton or bamboo-type of fibres as much as possible.

Nancy, Whole Foods is carrying the Cinnaflopz now? Awesome.

Just bought a pair from Whole Foods and I must say they are the most comfortable flip flops ever!!!