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F&F Sequin Trim Flip Flops
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
F&F Sequin Trim Flip Flops
Advantages: Cheap, pretty enough, ok in the right situation comfort wise.
Disadvantages: Can cause blisters, difficult to walk in after a while, looks cheap, unsuitable sole.
I love flip flops, apart from ballet pumps they are the most worn 'shoes' I own. I always have a handful of pairs next to the front door, they're perfect for popping out to the bin or pegging out the washing in the dry weather which at the moment is sporadic to say the least. Anyway I have nicer ones lurking around but I do like to have a pair of cheap ones so that if they do get ruined it's not so bad, I'd much rather a cheapo pair be thrown in the bin that a lovely pair of sparkly ones that are better suited for nights out and things.
*~* Price and Availability *~*
As they are the brand F&F or Florence and Fred they are only available for purchase from Tesco's both online and instore. I found mine in a smaller Tesco that has a limited range of their clothing and footwear range so they are available in less than the megastores that are popping up all over the place. I paid just £2.50 for them so these are the ultimate bargain of footwear and with such a small price tag you could pick up a pair in every colour if you so wished as it is I limited myself to just the one, I have enough flip flops as it is lurking around my house.
*~* Appearance *~*
These are not high quality by any stretch of the imagination, neither are they something you would wear for more than quick trips out the house to the local shop. leisurely strolls around the park or as driving shoes but for the price what more could you really expect?
Put simply these are hard foam, almost like those memory foam pillows that you get, it's what they remind me of and as such they are around an inch thick with no grip on the sole apart from a very shallow pattern indented that doesn't give you grip but for what they're used for they're perfect really. The top of the flip flop is 2 pieces of some material that joins together to give a thong part that nestles between the first and second toes. The two strips of material has beading that matches the shade of the flip flop exactly so the detail doesn't stand out. I personally would prefer if the beading was say black or white on the pink set to give them a more edgier look but for whatever reason they are the same colour.
They are not high quality looking, rather cheap actually but again for the price you can't really expect more. With the foam sole it really reveals the true price of them. Again though for the purpose they're ok.
*~* Comfort *~*
The sole which is thick is not the most comfortable shoes or flip flops I've ever worn but they're not painful to wear although you can feel stones and cobbles if you walk over them, on flat ground they're ok but you can feel the ground beneath your feet it is marginally uncomfortable. I've used them in the park and such like and they've been acceptable enough especially for £2.50 per pair. However the top pieces of material can dig in after a while of wearing and especially in hot weather I find they tend to rub against the skin which can result in small blisters. The biggest problem I have with these flip flops however is the small piece of plastic that goes between the toes. So far every pair of flip flops I have bought from Tesco both cheap and not so cheap have this tube of plastic that is large and bulky and forces the toes apart, not only that but it is not large enough to go the full height of the foot leaving the edges rubbing against the skin resulting in sore blisters between the toes which is not a pleasant experience. I got around this by winding a clear plaster around the plastic which helped but it's still a shortfall of the shoe I feel.
As with all flip flops there is no support at all but trying to keep the top from rubbing and the plastic from leaving marks whilst contending with the foamy base which retains all evidence from walking on stones it can be an effort trying to walk in them. I am making them sound like torture chambers for the feet but honestly they aren't that bad, especially for very short wearing. I wouldn't advise on wearing these on longer walks or the like because I can tell from experience your feet will end up with a bunch of blisters and be painful to walk in any form of footwear for a good few days. I would happily recommend these for very short or lazy journeys, anything more invest in a better pair that won't leave your feet screaming for relief.
Overall I would give these flip flops 3/5 stars as when worn in the right environment, for the right amount of time they are perfect and for £2.50 they are a bargain. They don't look high quality and they don't give it either.
Summary: A pair of flip flops best kept for home and short walk purposes.
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