Friday, August 5, 2011

PSSA: Sanuk yoga mat flip flops

Unlike most ladies in the universe, I don't enjoy shoe shopping very much. I like shoes but shopping for them is a huge pain since I have wide feet and only a narrow selection of shoes fit my feet (haha, get it?) :oP Even for running shoes, I really only find Nike and New Balance comfortable. Imagine the difficulties of finding a comfy pair of flats or heels! Maybe it's my feet or just my shoe-discomfort-tolerence level... but I've never owned a comfortable pair of flip flops (that I could withstand walking long distances with). Until now.

A couple weeks ago, Amanda of Kevin [&] Amanda posted about her five favorite summer things.  Number one was Sanuk Yoga Mat Flip Flops.


I was intrigued. Flip flops with a footbed made from yoga mats. I had contemplated getting some Rainbows since people seem to swear by them and wear them like comfy shoes. But shelling out ~$45 for a pair of flip flops (considering I did not consider myself even remotely a flip flop person) seemed like a lot.

After a quick search online showed these Sanuk flip flops to be about ~$23 ($20-25 depending on color, retails $30) and reading some reviews, I decided to give them a try since I cannot walk with Old Navy ones for more than like 8 minutes (they hurt!) and a more sturdy pair from Target, the footbed was rather not soft.

I found them cheapest on Amazon (esp if you have Prime's free 2-day shipping) and ordered a pair of Sanuk Women's Yoga Mat Flip Flop in brown.  Brown because it was 1) a trial run with a shoe I was ordering online (this has resulted in uncomfortable purchases before), 2) brown was slightly cheaper than the black pair and the top of the straps looked dark enough to be wardrobe compatible.

In Brown!  (Source)

I LOVE THEM.  They don't hurt my feet for the mile walk to the train station!  (Though I've recently developed a small blistering feeling -- it's not one though -- under my right foot on my return walk home, but that's probably just me and not a problem with the flip flop.  Especially since it's only on the right foot.)  After two days of owning them, I sent my mom a pair and she loves them too!  They will probably be everyone's birthday/Christmas present this year.  :oP  They have a men's version which they call Beer Cozy. haha.  I'm sure it's the same material but more manly sounding.  :oP

A note on the size.  They don't come in half sizes.  I'm normally a 7.5 so I decided to order a size 8, since that's what I've been doing for other flip flop purchases and I would've hated for my toes to hang out or touch the ground when walking!  The size 8's are fine and dandy but sometimes there is some excess flip-flop at the top (too long).  (By sometimes I mean if my foot isn't pushed all the way in the "thong" part.)  Next time I might try a size 7.

Sanuk also has other "models" in their yoga mat line.  The strap on the one I've been talking about, the "classic," is kind of thick.  Probably more comfortable but maybe not as delicately pretty for "going out in a pretty dress" (or something).  You can check out all their other kinds of yoga mat flip flops here.  The brand as a whole also makes other non-flip-flop material sandals and "sidewalk surfers" which look like cloth loafers?  Shoelace-less cloth Keds?  I don't know, you can check it out yourself.  :]

Have you tried Sanuk yoga mat flip flops?  Are you going to now?  :D  If you do, let me know how you like them!

Disclaimer: Sanuk has no idea who I am and I just wanted to preach some magical flip flop goodness!  Especially for anyone like me who have yet (until now) to find a pair of comfy flip flops.


  1. ohh, i'll have to show my mom this. she uses yoga mats in the kitchen instead of kitchen mats because they are squishy and soft on the feet, hehe. i'll be sticking with my expensive rainbows, though, over 5+ years of comfort and still going strong!

  2. Aha! I'm getting these for my bday, aren't I? ;o)


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