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Has anyone walked around Rome in flip flops??

Has anyone walked around Rome in flip flops??

Jun 17th, 2006, 07:31 PM
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Will-I'm telling you, I could not have worn anything but my two inch cushy-comfy flips in Rome AND Venice last August. My feet did NOT get dirty-not at all. Anything with a strap, I don't care how thin or comfortable it is, will blister and rub my delicate heel-any shoe not completely airy will make me feel like they are on fire. No, no-you just have to get the RIGHT flip-flops-and not think of them all as the simple rubber dime-store type. They really are quite fashionable and oh so comfortable.

In fact, I wear my nice black 1 and 1/2 inch flip flops occasionally with my black Ann Taylor business suits in the summer heat. Looks good, feels great.
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Jun 17th, 2006, 07:48 PM
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I usually bring a pair of filp flops along to change into half way through the day. I never had my feet get dirty though. But that was in some amusement parks, and well, I did wear them in Chicago, and Vegas last year and my feet did not get dirty.

I will be going through Belgium and Netherlands. I hope that I won't have dirty feet. That sound so gross.

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Jun 17th, 2006, 07:49 PM
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Hi Spygirl, what brand of flipflops do you buy? Thanks.
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Jun 17th, 2006, 07:50 PM
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Yes, I did last time I was there nin August, and my feet were absolutely totally covered in filth by the end of the day. Never again!
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Jun 17th, 2006, 07:54 PM
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You know, I buy several brands, at the department stores, (also very good ones at Old Navy, Ann Taylor Loft, Marshalls, and Victoria's Secret). But my favorite black ones are "Rocket Dog" made in China- oh so comfy.
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Jun 17th, 2006, 07:56 PM
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The Shoe Dept. carries Rocket Dogs in black and "bark" for $19.99. Really comfy!
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Jun 17th, 2006, 08:01 PM
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thank you dsm! Glad to hear that someone else has had good experiences with them-they carried me all the way thorugh many miles of Rome and Venice walking (but you know, I try not to walk that much anymore, because I don't like getting over-tired by doing so, however sometimes you just end up walking more than you intended).
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Jun 17th, 2006, 08:24 PM
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Thanks Spygirl, I have 3 pair of Clarkes flipflops which I live in, it seems like everyone where I live wears flipflops 24/7. When I go to Italy I only take one pair (instead of slippers) for around the house or hotel room. But although until a few years ago I lived in highheel shoes I now don't want to..do not even know if I could. And I use to always wear stilleto heels all over Italy..but don't think I want to do that anymore. So I was interested in your comments about your flipflops. Again, thanks for the information. And happy walking!
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Jun 17th, 2006, 08:45 PM
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No problem, Love Italy-I can't do the stilettos except for very special occasions, but what I like about these flip-flops is that they give me height- at 5'3, I need that inch and a half, primarily because the higher footbed puts far less stress on the calves and shins when walking, which is why I don't want to buy some of the good walking sandles/slides that are mentioned here, even though they are very comfortable-they just don't have enough height.
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Jun 17th, 2006, 08:54 PM
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I agree with the Clarkes flipflops! Once you break them in, they are GREAT!!
Also, lightweight foam kind from Target, or similar, are comfy.

I only wore flip flops for 2 weeks in Rome 3 summers ago. Awesome in the heat, when my feet swell.
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Jun 17th, 2006, 09:21 PM
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Good grief, you ladies are making me feel better. Until I moved to the very casual small city I now live in I never wore flipflops unless it was a casual weekend or we were on our boat.

But since I have moved to where I now live I have lived in flipflops..and have felt so tacky in doing so. Then there was that news article about that those young women, some sport team, who was honored at the White House and they wore flipflops. And I thought "what". And now these posts on Fodors about flipflops.

Thanks again Spygirl for your information, it is very appreciated as I have found that "flat" shoes put strain on my calves and shins also. Although the Clarkes flipflops are really comfy I obviously need to buy some like you wear.

And AMP, thank you for sharing your experiences, it is good to hear from others and what worked for them.

Oh to be back in the days when walking around Rome in stilletos was not a problem, LOL. But the memories are great!
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Jun 17th, 2006, 11:36 PM
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I just hope Schnookies that you are not one of my "broken ankle " people coming home on one of my flights? For the past year, I have had at least one person a month coming home with foot problems(Need to have ice on their foot and elevated or are in a cast) from cobblestones/wine/bad footwear and not necessarily in that order.Be careful!
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Jun 18th, 2006, 09:18 AM
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For schnookies, Do you wear your flip flops at home for long periods? That seems the trick and what I am hearing from the posters above. If they are good for you at home, they'll work for Rome. If this is a new idea for you, maybe not. Tuck one pair in your bag, at worst you'll use them around your hotel room or for something breezy to wear out in the evenings.
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Jun 18th, 2006, 10:37 AM
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I posted this on your other thread but wanted to give you a little heads up notice here too (as if you don't have enough to worry about): My friend wears flip flops most of the time at home and wore hers on a day trip we took to Rome from Tuscany. The next day she could barely walk, the cobblestones on non supported shoe did the trick.

If you are really going to be doing a lot of walking I would take another pair to change into for part of the day at first until you see how you fare.
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Jun 18th, 2006, 11:58 AM
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I just came back from Italy where I walked 100s of miles it seemed. I bought an expensive pair of walking sandals and a pair of mule tennies and my Ann Taylor Loft flips. The expensive sandals gave me 3 blisters the first day. I wore them all around before I left but nothing here is like the cobblestones there. The tennies were comfy but hot. I ended up wearing the flips most of the time. They are the thick foot bed type and were extremely comfy.

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Jun 18th, 2006, 01:39 PM
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I walked around part time in flip flops on my last trip to Rome. No one noticed or cared.
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Jun 18th, 2006, 01:42 PM
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But seaurchin is totally correct about the cobblestones. I found that after the second day of walking around my feet were o.k. in the flip flops. But I did alternate between flip flops and really comfy walking shoes.
The thicker the flip flops the better. Really thin ones might not be the best thing for your feet.
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Jun 18th, 2006, 03:25 PM
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I wore my Teva flip flops about every other day of a 12 day trip to Italy. They had done very well the year before on a 10 day trip to Disneyworld, so I knew I'd be fine.
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Jun 18th, 2006, 03:35 PM
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I envy the people young enough and with feet not yet broken down that can wear anything they want. However, years of wearing either high heels or barefoot sandals, my feet are not in such good shape and need LOTS of support both under and around.

In olden times we had not yet discovered shower flip-flops let alone fashion flip flops. (An oxymoron?)

And note--just because some college girls wore them to the White House does NOT make them acceptable in formal occasions.

Enjoy wearing what you can while you can--the foot gods will exact their revenge eventually.

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Jun 18th, 2006, 03:38 PM
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I agree with Vera. I wore sandals in Rome and don't think my feet would have done well in flip flops even the thick soled kinds. Walking over some cobllestones almost twisted my ankles. I know that it would have succeeded if I had worn flip flops.
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