Are Flip-Flops Really Bad for Your Feet?

Are Flip-Flops Really Bad for Your Feet?

July 12, 2018

This casual, “Y” shaped style of footwear has been worn by people since roughly 1,500 B.C.. Nowadays they come in eye-popping colors, logos, and some even have built in bottle openers. However, when it comes to functionality, flip-flops sacrifice arch support, protection from the elements, and natural walking mechanics for the opportunity to spread your toes and fully enjoy hot summer days. You may have heard that flip-flops are bad for your feet, but how bad is “bad” and is there a way you can still enjoy flip-flops without sacrificing arch support?

The degree to which an individual experiences pain while wearing flip-flops is typically a result of two major factors:

#1: The Structure of Your Foot: Some individuals experience pain because they have a foot that tends to over-flatten as they walk. For these individuals, pain often presents itself in the arch or heel of the foot. This may be a result of weak tendons that provide support to the arch of the foot, previous injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, or plantar fasciitis.

#2 Walking Mechanics: It starts from the foot up! Typically, in a standard shoe, most walk in a heel-toe stride. However, when you walk in flip-flops, your heel hits the ground with more force. This can cause you to change your stride, which affects your natural walking-mechanics. If your foot doesn’t receive proper support, it can affect your posture, which can prompt knee, back, and other joint pain, in addition to your foot pain.

Most pain experienced while wearing flip-flops simply comes down to a lack of arch support. With that being said, is there a way an individual can still enjoy the freedoms of flip-flops without sacrificing arch support? Yes, there is! The X Brace’s low-profile design will fit into any shoe or cleat and is comfortable to wear with any kind of footwear, flip-flops and high heels included.

You can try out The X Brace for 30 days risk-free! The X Brace is made to give you the support where you need it the most. So, throw on The X Brace and give your foot the support it needs to get you through the day. However, if you experience severe pain or persistent limited mobility, please seek professional medical attention. 

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Great product

My daughter uses The X Brace everyday and she is experiencing good improvements with pain management. She is being able to train with less pain.

Purchased from Japan.


I live in Japan, so I was expecting quite a delay in receiving my package, but it came within a week. Very quick service and the X Brace team even emailed me to make sure I had received it and was able to use it.


As far as the X Brace goes, its really great! I was actually shocked at how simple/small the design was. I’m usually skeptical of products claiming how “great they are” and how “even athletes recommend” but these braces have gone above and beyond expectation. I can’t even tell I have them on when I’m wearing them. They helped my pain almost instantly. ( my pain was severe so it took a day... lol) it’s easier to walk, run , and even stand now. I’ve been using them for about 3 weeks and even when I do not have them on, I can see the difference in my walking patterns as well as experience little to no pain.

They are VERY easy to clean. Just hand wash using soap and water and hang them to dry at night before you go to bed. They are always nice and clean, and dry when I wake up. I haven’t had to emergency clean and dry yet but the inside of the straps have small rubber grips, therefore I would caution against putting them in the dryer or using any form of artificial heat to dry them.


They might look expensive at first glance but the X Brace is completely worth it. I strongly recommend this product to anyone suffering from over-pronation. I will be buying another pair very soon just in case something happens to the ones Im currently wearing. Overall, I’m just happy to be able to walk pain free again.


Amazing, the pain had gone away from my feet. I tested it and didn't wear them for a few days and the pain returned. I started to wear them again and the pain disappeared. Extremely happy with the purchase.

So far so good

I’ve been using the brace for a couple of weeks now. It has been offering relief as advertised. Very happy with my purchase.