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I am a huge fan of H&M's clothing range as well as their footwear, so when I visited Oxford Street a couple of weeks ago, this was one of the first shops that I decided to have a look in.
These flip flops were one of my many purchases and I have decided to write a review of them to warn others - these seemed like a real bargain and I couldn't resist them, but unfortunetly the quality simply isn't up to scratch. These are priced at £3.99 per pair (currently reduced to £2.99) which is dirt cheap in my opinion and H&M often have offers on their basic footwear too, such as buy two pairs for £5 etc. I guess the warning signs should of been going off but I assumed that they'd be at least half decent, and they seemed popular with other people too - I managed to get the last pair in my size and the other sizes left on the shelf were all either really small or really big.
I think what mainly attracted me to these (apart from the price) was the wide range of bright colours as well as the unique patterns available which range from floral to zebra print. I decided to get a plain black pair - not the most summery colour I know, but I felt that the coloured ones (eg bright green, bright yellow etc) were a little childish and the patterns looked quite tacky, for example the floral pattern had a really odd design and the colour scheme didn't look quite right, whereas the black ones are nice and basic and there's no detail on them to pick fault with. These are basic in design, as are most flip flops - the shoe is simply a piece of polyster with a thin insole and a thin rubber sole. There's then the rubber straps which seperate my big toe from my other toes.
The straps are pretty thick and not particullary nice looking in my opinion - unlike the flip flops shown in the picture, the straps are not pleated. The straps do not rub against my toes which is a positive, but this is the only good thing that I can think of. The first thing that I don't like is the sole. It's made of extremely thin rubber which isn't very durable at all and it doesn't really grip the ground very well when I'm walking which isn't too much of an issue when walking along pavement but when in a shopping centre with smooth flooring it feels like I'm about to slip over. Also, because the soles are so ridiculously thin I am able to feel small stones etc on the ground when I'm walking, which isn't particullary comfortable. These also don't support my feet/ankles at all and as they are completely flat these are not at all ideal for wearing to walk long distances.
They are okay if I'm going around the corner to a friend's house or nipping to the shop but they do make me feel quite self concious because I feel awkward walking in them due to how flat they are - it kind of feels like I have pieces of cardboard strapped to my feet, haha. These also look very worn already due to creasing and marks on the rubber straps - and I've only worn them a handful of times. One minor advantage is that they are very easy to style, but I do not reccommend them. Sizes available are 3-8, available for purchase in store or online via hm.com.
I pretty much own two types of shoes - pumps and flip flops. This pretty much covers every eventuality and all the seasons. I generally opt for comfortable and versatile shoes that I can match to any outfit. My choice for pumps is usually New Look but when it comes to cheap flip flop I always head straight for H & M because I find their flip flops comfortable and dirt cheap!
Now we probably get about 3 days of sunshine in this country and I don't tend to go on holiday all that much but I find flip flops are useful to have for those brief glimpses of sunlight. They are also an easy way to dress down an outfit for a casual BBQ or summer get together. They are also my only choice of shoe for holidays where you might get sandy and hot.
These flip flops cost me £3.99 which is a ridiculously good price considering they aren't just a plan pair, but have a little bit of style. All my other H & M flip flops have worn really well so I thought I couldn't really go wrong with these.
These flip flops did come in a variety of other colours though I chose this dark brown pair. The sole of the shoe is a ridged foam which provides you with the grip to wear these in any eventuality. I find these types of soles tend to wear relatively quickly but actually these have stood the test of a few months of wear. The foot of the shoe is covered in a soft material and the shoe feels foamy to press. This means the shoes are very light, easy to pack and take up very little space. The thong of the shoe is a plaited piece of material which runs between your big and index toe. I think the plait is a nice touch as these tend to be quite in trend on clothing this summer. It also adds a bit of detail to what is otherwise a nice but simple flip flop.
I tend to think expensive flip flops are actually more bother than they are worth. I have owned nicer sandal style flip flops but they have either rubbed my feet raw or I've been too worried about dirtying them because of the price I've paid. These H & M flip flops are cheap and cheerful, I know if they get ruined I've barely spent anything on them and also I can easily run off to get another pair.
I have found in the past that the thong part of flip flops have rubbed inside my toes and made it a little sore. I have had no such experience with these shoes though, they have been kind to my feet and I've not experienced any rubbing at all which I think is unusual. They are similar to another pair of H & M flip flops I already own so perhaps my feet are already adjusted to this type of shoe, or it could be the material. Either way they are super comfortable with no rubbing which is always a bonus.
In terms of durability I have been wearing these flip flops for over 3 months now, during the summer, and have seen very little visible wearing other than the shoe slightly moulding to the shape of my foot. I think this is great and definitely bodes well for the next couple of years of wear I plan to get out of them.
Overall, a great flip flop - you can't ask for much more for £3.99.
I think it's fair to say that H&M flip-flops are made with style rather than comfort in mind. The ones with a cane footbed looked a little flimsy so I disregarded them in favour of rubber flip-flops. There was a considerable range of patterns available, from a Gothic skull and crossbones motif to zebra stripes as well as a kaleidoscope of plain colour options. Because of the low price, I opted for two pairs: a relatively spartan pair in khaki green for £3.99 and an orange pair with contrasting yellow straps for £5.99.
The reason for the price difference was not obvious at first. Both pairs were built in the same way, although the strap for the orange pair seemed a little softer and the footbed was smoother. The straps on the khaki pair seemed to have a few sharp edges where the rubber was fused together and the sole was made of a spongier material. Still, there was no reason to think that they would feel drastically different to wear.
Unfortunately the khaki pair did not last long. The footbed was slightly rough- made up of little raised diamonds that provide grip and prevent your foot from sliding around. This made it slightly uncomfortable to walk on, especially on the balls of my feet. The sole itself was very spongey and thin, and didn't provide much protection from the cobbled streets of northern Italy. The sole had plenty of grip but it felt perilously thin in places, making these flip-flops best reserved for the pool or the beach. Regarding the much-discussed 'flip-flop noise', this pair were among the worst I've ever had. Largely this was due to the straps being quite short meaning that the back of the shoe hits your heel with greater force. Even in a busy tourist resort with a high flip-flop count, it still felt at those my boombastic footwear was attracting attention. Worst still, the straps had a sharp edge where they joined, which was located right between my big toe and my second toe. It eventually became too painful to wear the flip-flops because of the irritation caused by this edge and they met a premature end in 'il dustbin'. I returned to the hotel in consierable discomfort. How long had they lasted? About an hour...
The orange pair wear a lot better. The footbed was smoother but still had a slightly raised pattern to assist with grip. The straps did not have the sharp edge and they always stayed in place, and they were also a bit looser so it didn't feel like they were digging in and they weren't too noisy. They were very comfortable and I was able to walk around in them all day with no discomfort at all. Durability was not their strong point, however. I wore them off an on for a summer of working on a campsite and they'd worn pretty thin by the end, especially around the heel. Towards the end of the summer I remember foolishly wearing them on a visit to a farm and was given plastic overshoes to wear with them- a very slippery experience!
Overall, H&M flip-flops are very much the economy class- low on comfort and durability. The only plus points are the range of patterns available and the low price. In my opinion, the cheapest pairs aren't worth it and should be avoided at all costs. Go for the next price bracket up and you'll get a comfortable and still quite inexpensive pair of flip-flops that are fine for occasional use. It's probably worth trying them on quickly if you can (I know- not always practical) as it could save you a very painful walk later on!
However, some would say that if you're going to spend £5.99 on a pair, you may as well spend a little more and get something a lot more comfortable. Check out surf brands like Animal and No Fear, as well more specialist manufacturers like Havaianas or iPanema as they're not much pricier but they're sure to last a lot longer.
I had a bit of a shopping spree in H&M a couple of months ago and one of the items I purchased was a pair of flip flops. I've recently been wondering why, as I'm not going on a beach holiday anytime soon so I've only been wearing them around the house and out to the shops. But at £3.99, I didn't waste a lot of money on them.
The flip flops are pretty basic things. They came in a variety of colours, from which I chose chocolate brown. The "thong" part is material in a pleated style, with a soft material bar for between the toes. The base is a dense kind of foamy material - very lightweight, and clearly cheap. The sole has some tread on it, and the upper of the sole is also covered in material. They are pretty to look at, if rather basic compared to some of the embellished sandals and flip flops which are available.
I have a love-hate relationship with flip flops. When I was a kid and we were in the caravan on summer holidays, my mum had to fight with me to get me into more respectable footwear for going out places. As an adult, I often wear smart leather flip flop style sandals to work. However over the last ten years I have only purchased one pair of casual flip flops, and they shredded my feet. I've got on better with free ones from magazines than I did with them.
Perhaps that is why my feet seem to like these H&M flip flops - they are cheap and not dissimilar to the ones magazines give away in the summer. The soles are flexible, and have moulded slightly to the shape of my feet. When I walk I can hear myself think, as the flexibility of the soles means that there isn't a flip flop noise at a volume akin to gunshots. The soles are quite thin but I find them to be comfortable, and I have had no problems from the thinness yet - although I imagine they could be a bit uncomfortable if you were to walk over a lot of loose chuckies for example. Even when brand new, the strips of material across the top did not rub at my feet, and the bar between the toes is surprisingly comfortable.
The first few times I wore the flip flops I felt a bit of a tingle on the skin on top of my feet, where the material was rubbing, and I did expect them to soon be rubbing painfully. But that never happened. I suppose my feet were just getting used to the flip flops and there was some very mild discomfort while the material shaped itself to my feet.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the durability of these flip flops. They are cheap, you can't deny that, but there is little wear on the sole and the material is still looking fairly fresh after two months of regular wear. Bear in mind this is me wearing them on hard floors and pavements where they are likely to get more worn than on the beach or in a park.
My pair are size 7-8, as I find H&Ms shoes (as with their clothes) are a little smaller than other shops. My shoe size of choice in most places is 6.5, but I often end up with a 6 or 7.
I think the moral of this story is that I don't need to spend a lot on flip flops. These are perfectly comfortable, and at the rate they're going I think they may well do me next summer as well.