The 10 No-Nos of Wearing Sandals
People love wearing sandals because of their casual appeal. They offer comfort, functionality, and style. They are also quite versatile and are available in a wide variety of styles and designs to match one’s fashion preferences.
Like any other form of footwear, sandals must be worn with the proper observance of certain conventions. Make sure you observe the following no-nos so you can avoid making a fashion faux-pas.
10 Things to Avoid When Wearing Sandals
1. Wearing Sandals That Are Too Small
Sandals that are too small for your feet will not only make you feel uncomfortable, but they also tend to devour your feet and make them look like stuffed sardines. This is not a pretty look.
2. Wearing Loose-Fitting Sandals
Avoid sandals that are too long, too big, or too loose-fitting. Besides making your feet look like misfits, loose-fitting flip-flops give you an awkward posture and noisily flap around when you walk. You can also easily trip or slip on them. You will fare better if you avoid wearing those fancy oversized sandals you found in your big sister’s closet.
3. Wearing Open-Toe Sandals With Dirty Nails
When you have dirty or untrimmed toenails, do not wear open sandals. This does not mean that you must get a pedicure every time you wear open-toe shoes, but your nails should be trimmed, and your heels should be brushed to make your feet look clean and presentable.
4. Leaving Cracked Polish On
If you want to wear open-toe sandals, be sure to remove all traces of cracked polish. Not doing so will make you look messy. If cracked polish could pass as unique nail art, then you may have a chance, otherwise, go get a pedicure. If you don't have the time or budget, simply rub the cracked polish off with an acetone-soaked cotton ball, and wash your nails with soap and water.
5. Wearing Tight-Fitting Toe Rings
Toe rings are beautiful, but don't wear them if your toes are going to look like squeezed flesh. This not only impairs circulation, but also makes your toes look like tiny sausages.
6. Wearing Loose-Fitting Toe Rings
Likewise, wearing loose-fitting toe rings should be avoided, as they can throw off your gait. If you wear loose-fitting rings, you tend to walk awkwardly to keep them from falling off your toes. So what’s the point in wearing toe rings if they are going to hamper your agility and ruin your poise?
7. Choosing the Wrong Type of Sandals
When choosing a pair of sandals, you need to consider the type of material, the place you’re going to, and the occasion you’re attending.
- Material: If your feet tend to perspire a lot, you should avoid sandals that are made of sweat-inducing materials, such as plastic, rubber, or faux leather. Try to go for those with cotton or absorbent linings instead. You may also use absorbent insoles, like Summer Soles. A simple trick to minimize sweating is to spray the bottom of your feet with antiperspirant.
- Place: Are you going to the beach or to the park? Many people make the mistake of wearing flip-flops at the park and end up getting dirt on their shoes and feet. If you're going to the beach, avoid sandals made with leather or those with a heel. Common sense will go a long way in saving you discomfort and embarrassment.
- Occasion: Rubber sandals should not be worn at semi-formal or formal places like the office, church, or school—though there are some exceptions to this. Remember that open-toe sandals can only be worn on casual occasions. If you are attending a baptism or baby shower, opt for closed-toe sandals.
8. Not Considering the Appropriate Heel Height
It is always wise to give careful thought to the height of the footwear’s heels. If you plan to wear the sandals many times during the week, choose heels that are low to moderately high, especially if you do a lot of walking.
9. Wearing Torn or Damaged Sandals
This one is a big no-no. If you have a pair of damaged sandals, be sure to have it fixed before wearing it. If it cannot be fixed, then buy a new pair. If your flip-flops break while walking, it will not only be embarrassing, but also dangerous.
10. Using Scotch Tape or Band-Aid to Fix Your Sandals
You should never do this to fix damaged shoes. Perhaps, it would be acceptable if you had an emergency situation where your sandals literally gave way, and you needed to fix it quickly or else you walked barefoot. Otherwise, this should be avoided at all costs.
Sandals are very versatile, casual, and comfortable. Yet, like any type of footwear, there are certain things you need to consider and avoid when buying or wearing them. Be sure that you only buy ones that are really comfortable, appropriate, and practical. Carefully choose the right material, and remember, even if they cost more, finely crafted sandals made with durable materials are often more cost-efficient to buy than cheap ones that are likely to retire after a few uses.
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