Anyone who knows me knows that I love the flip-flop. In some areas of the world, it's considered a summer only shoe, but here in the beautiful PNW, you can (and I do) wear them all year long. Old Navy flip-flops have been my footwear of choice (except for that wonderful pair that I lost at a mosque, which is actually a pretty funny story). Last year, near the end of summer, however, I managed to break my brown ones on the way back from church. Nevertheless, I still had my trusty black ones (in addition to some other fun, more summery colors). Until a few weeks ago, that is, when I ruined them by taking a walk on gravel. Don't do that, kids.
I had bought a few pairs last year in order to enhance the color scheme of my shoes, but Old Navy changed the design, and not for the better. The straps from last year's curve in at an odd angle, making your feet hurt, no matter how often you wear them, at least until callouses have formed.
This year, they once again debuted a new line with some texture on the part where your foot lies. I was heartbroken the first time I went into Old Navy this spring and wanted to buy some brown ones--the new style couldn't possibly be comfortable...could it? Deciding that it was better to find an alternative, I left the store and proceeded to wear my green flip-flops with everything. Now, green is a great color, but match with everything it does not. Plus, I couldn't bring myself to wear yellow during December. After about a month of wearing green all the time, I sucked it up, went back to Old Navy yesterday and purchased a pair of brown and a pair of black flip-flops.
They are wonderful. Maybe it's because they're new that they feel so thick, but the painful strap line is gone and the texture feels great, too. My feet are happy, friends.
Moral of the story? Don't judge a shoe by its look.