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
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. (Personally, I avoid leather when possible, but your preferences may be different from mine.)
Compost or Recycle?
When Feelgoodz flip flops wear out, they can be buried in the backyard or cut up and composted. Don’t toss them in the trash! But what about the plastic flip flops you already have? Wear them for as long as you can, but when you are done with them, you can send them to Feelgoodz’s Unflop Program, which will “upcycle” them through the Flip Flop Recycling Company.
Give-Away: 1 Pair of Cinnaflopz in Women’s size 7-9
Unfortunately, just as I did when I reviewed the original flip flops back in 2010, I once again requested a size too small. The Soft Strapz flip flops fit me just right, but sadly, the Cinnaflopz leave my heel on the floor. So I am giving away this pair to one lucky person with feet smaller than mine. (Don’t worry. I only tried them on once in the house and that’s the only time they touched my feet.)
07/18/2012 Update: The drawing is over. The winner is AlmostAlltheTruth. Congratulations!
To enter the give-away, please leave a comment with your favorite way to reduce plastic while buying clothes or shoes. It could be a particular brand that uses all natural–or mostly natural–fibers. Or it could be through buying secondhand or upcycling. I’d love to hear all of your ideas. And if there is a particular product you think I should review on this blog, let me know. I will choose a winner at random.