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06-24-2006, 12:02 AM
Okay, this may sound weird, but has anyone cut off the little plastic tube that comes on some pairs of flip-flops? It covers the piece of fabric that goes between your toes. I find the plastic is irritating my skin. Does anyone know why the plastic is there?
06-24-2006, 12:19 AM
Hi Sue! I have LOTS of flip flops. :) But none have had the plastic there. I don't know what it is there for. If it were me, I would cut it off too! :D Maybe it is so the fabric doesn't rub your toes?!
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06-24-2006, 10:22 AM
I don't know anything about flip flops, but just wanted to say "hello" and put my dopey 2 cents in. I'm guessing if the thing that goes between your toes is fabric, the plastic might be to lengthen its life. So, if it bugs you, take it off.
Have you seen the yoga sandals in the Gaiam catalog? There are "thingies" that separate all the toes. I'm thinking this might be a good thing to get - keep those toes engaged and stretched.
Also, I was just thinking of you this morning, wanting to ask you a Bach remedy question. Any recommendations for ADD?
Take care, enjoy sandal-wearing weather [8D]
06-24-2006, 11:29 AM
Not to hijack this thread, but wanted to say "Hi' to both Sue and Brook!
How are you guys doing? I just got a book on Bach Remedy from Amazon, can't wait to read it. don't know anything about the plastic thing on the flip flops though, sorry. I do love my flip flops! [8D] Hugs, Allie
If not today, then *when*??? (You ain’t getting any younger, girl!!!)
06-24-2006, 11:39 AM
I thought the plastic was there to protect you from other people's germs who tried on the flip-flops, so you were supposed to take it off when you get the flip-flops home. Like that adhesive strip on the crotch of swimming suits.
06-24-2006, 11:50 AM
quote:It is also worth mentioning that some flip flops have been fitted with plastic tubes on the toe straps, this is to protect the soft skin in between your toes, but some of our customers have found that it is more comfortable to take this tube off. This can be done by cutting down the length of the tube with a pair of nail scissors."
06-24-2006, 06:03 PM
I always take it off, it kinda bugs me too. About the yoga toe shoes, I have some I got them from www.unshoes.com and they really help with my bunions, I have been searching for a non-surgical way to help with that and it has done wonders! It does hurt the first few times til you get use to them but, it feels good after that. It also helps with circulation and other problems with the feet.
06-24-2006, 06:04 PM
sorry I got that link wrong it's www.unshoe.com
06-24-2006, 07:03 PM
Wow! Thanks for the quick replies ladies. I'm going to cut off the plastic for comfort! Interesting point about the 'germ' aspect. I'm lucky never to have had athlete's foot, something that can be pretty painful. I also agree that it may be extending the life of the fabric, kind of like plastic on the lampshades. :D
Brook and Allie....big hi's and hugs to you both. Will always have fond thoughts of our on-line class. I don't think I could do the sandles with multiple toe-thingies. I can handle one between the big toe, but that's it. I've had the odd pedicure, and I even cringe when they weave the cotton batting between your toes before applying polish.
Brook, I'll pop you an e-mail within the week re: Bach and ADD. We received a group e-mail a few months back asking for success stories on just this topic. So I will check with Bach USA to see if they got some good feedback. I do have one practitioner friend that has had success and will be in touch with her also. Allie, that's great to hear about your interest in the flowers. Any questions, please pop me an e-mail....I've also been studying EFT and finding the combination of the two to be really interesting especially with hard to shift cases!
Cheers all, Sue [8D]
06-24-2006, 11:34 PM
The plastic piece is designed to reduce friction and prevent blisters. Nothing to do with germs...
On sandals without it, I have sewn on my own version using a small piece of bias tape. It really soes make them more comfortable.
06-25-2006, 01:12 AM
Mona Lisa, those un-shoes sure look interesting. I'll have to read more on their website. Maybe I'll have to rethink having things other than sock fluff between my toes.
Mirtodd, thanks for the tip. I'm assuming that you wrap the bias tape quite tightly around the 'stem' and then stitch...
06-25-2006, 10:34 AM
Hey...Sue, you are truly living up to your handle! Only email me if you have a moment.
And Allie - waving hello from New York! I do miss my January classmates.
...off to check out unshoes!
06-25-2006, 11:37 AM
Unshoes are also known as "Yoga Toes"...which I first heard about from Teresa at Safety Harbor last year. I have a pair, and they do help with stretching, but you kinda have to be off your feet because they are hard to walk with on. http://www.yogapro.com/ts/toestretcher.html
I got a $15 discount on mine by typing in "allure" in the discount code box.
06-25-2006, 03:33 PM
Since we've moved on to the advantage of toe separation, I thought I'd offer the link to the yoga sandals from the Gaiam catalog.
06-25-2006, 05:31 PM
The un-shoes have really helped my bunions alot! I was afraid I was going to have to have surgery for them but, this seems to be helping. Yes, they are hard to walk in, you kinda have to lean back on your heel to get around. I usually wear them in the evening when I am watching t.v., you can also wear them to bed but I have only been able to wear them for an hour and I have had them a while.
06-25-2006, 06:29 PM
Anyone hear Teresa speak on foot fitness??? I know in SH she spoke of this as being a way to help bunion pain and other such foot problems...
06-25-2006, 10:44 PM
LOL, don't ya love it when topics morph into other topics. :D
Brook, those sandals actually look quite stylish. And, now I do remember being told to spread my toes while taking yoga classes.
Mona Lisa, glad to hear that your un-shoes are helping with your bunions. Teresa sure has a wealth of information to share!
06-26-2006, 02:13 PM
quote:Originally posted by brook55
- waving hello from New York! I do miss my January classmates.
- Waving from hot, hot Texas as well to my January classmates!
06-27-2006, 07:07 PM
Ahhhh!!!![^] I have removed the plastic tubes and my toes are happy indeed. Thanks everyone!
Hi Deb. Hope things are going well with you!
personally, I don't like flip flops between my toes. I got a pair of Nike's this summer that criss cross over the foot. They feel wonderful~! I tried on a pair of Merrell's recently that are over the foot too, and mmmmmmmm, I sure would like to afford those baybees~! They were $65, which I will wait to see if they go on sale.
07-14-2008, 11:41 PM
Happy bithday :)
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