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Member Name: best_deal_hunter
Advantages: Comfortable, stylish, good quality
Disadvantages: Not convinced on the workout bit
As I'm sure most people know by now, Fit Flops are the new (well not so new now!) sensation in flip flops, claiming to give you a toning workout as you walk. I'm not going to go into masses of detail about what they are, just share my experience with them.
I'm actually not normally a huge fan of flip flops - they tend to give me blisters easily, and I have dodgy ankles which like a little more support. However, the latter point is one of the reasons I went for these - I wanted something to challenge my balance and build up ankle stability a little (one is still a bit weak after being broken last year).
First to say is there are a wide variety of styles, all looking pretty, well, stylish (for flip flops anyway). Not out of place anywhere I would generally go ... I could definitely wear these as summer sandals, even in the office.
Second to say is they are on the pricey side - for me anyway. This is where having small feet came in very handy - I headed off to the John Lewis children's department. As an aside, I got quite a good workout while shopping for these, as I was comparing prices, styles and fit between the adult Fit Flops in the basement and the children's ones on the top floor. After several trips up and down, up and down, I decided the only real difference I could see was the price (£25 as compared to £35 upwards for adult ones). I found a nice lilac suede pair, which were right up my street. I also treated my daughter to a pair while I was at it (same size feet as me, so I can always borrow them - permanently once her feet grow a bit more!!)
Are they comfortable?
Well, I have virtually lived in mine this summer, and even now on those days when I'm in denial over autumn temperatures. The sole is thick and springy, I really find it good to walk on. My daughter has also pronounced hers really comfortable, and they have been the first shoes she has reached for too - and she has never before liked flip flops.
Do they give you a workout?
Well, I'm not really convinced on that - but to be honest I don't really care. They look good and feel comfortable, so I feel I've got my money's worth on that basis alone. I've never noticed any post-exercise type aches after wearing them, and I do have muscles which are not backward in coming forward when it comes to letting me know I've been working them. If they are doing some good then that's a bonus, and to be fair, my ankle is doing well so maybe they have helped with the stability building.
I'm giving them 4 stars - not because I have any complaints, but because I think anyone buying them for the toning aspect might expect a little more in the way of results!
Summary: They're great, just don't bank on wonder toning