Unless you are living in a draughty old castle, let your feet go commando this winter. For the last three years I have been wearing my pair of Navy Blue Starfish flip-flops (yes, the same one!) indoors and I suspect I have the happiest pair of feet in the Northern Hemisphere. Thank you, Australians.
In order of priorities:
At home. Sometimes with socks, to the initial distress of my missus until she figured the Japanese tabi socks trick out for herself. My favourite moment of the evening is when I take my tired squashed feet out of the brogues and let Starfish give them a hug. Welcome home.
In the gym. I try to block out the thoughts of what grime and germs congregate on the floor of any gym. I strut around feeling rather smug, as my Starfish flip-flops do not absorb any bacteria so a quick wash under the tap with a tad of soap afterwards does the biz.
Poolside. Guess what, it is slippery when wet so you must take care! I like to transfer from poolside to steam room to changing room in safety (see point 2 above for reference).
After a run. Tell me, why would one invest £100-150 in a pair of super trainers with full orthotics and deprive their feet of all support the moment they finish that Ultra Marathon? The logic escapes me. So being a Super-Micro Marathon runner myself, I potter around in Starfish afterwards, arch support and all.
In hotels. My Starfish flip-flops and my toothbrush are the only two things I never forget to bring along on my travels. Wearing my own “slippers” in a hotel makes it feel like home plus you never know what people do on hotel floors.
So yes, I am a happy convert into the cult of Aussie Soles. I hope my bulletproof logic for enjoying arch support flip-flops all year round will help you bin your tartan slippers. Give your feet a proper hug instead.
James, Founder of Aussie Soles UK