How Slippers Can Hurt Your Feet

Slippers might be your ideal weekend footwear, but they also might be the reason for pain in your knees, hip and back


The long weekend means unwinding with the comfiestย of footwear – slippers. We’re all guilty of wearing them. They might look boho cool but when it comes to foot health, flip flops or toe thong sandals are best kept for the beach. The problem is they have no arch support.

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The flat rubber, cork or leather base is easily compressed so if you’re walking on hard pavements or floors all day, you are actually stressing the soles of your feet. As you walk, your toesย apply a tight grip, and pressure has to be applied in order toย keep your balance. In the long run, this can strain your Achilles tendon and the calf muscles in your legs, and cause pain in your knees, hips and back.

To avoid all of that, opt for a pair with a thicker heel gradient or wider straps. This means better grip and preventing your toes from “clawing” at the sole to keep the slippers in place.

Rose gold slippers from Haviannas.

Slippers, $49.90, from Haviannas.

Sandals from Birkenstocks with thicker sole.

Sandals from Birkenstocks.

Alternatively, choose sandals. Not only do your feetย get the same amount of breathing space,ย these come with ankle straps that provideย more support.

Black Melissa + Jason Wu sandals

Melissa Charlotte + Jason Wu sandals, $150, from Melissa.

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