Flip Flops: The Perfect Footwear for Heel pain in Summer
For many people, the summer months are the best ones of the year. Everything seems to slow down a bit, school’s out, vacations are due, the ice cream never tasted better, there are many festivals, shows, concerts, the days are longer, and the overall vibe can be really easy-going.
If you enjoy summer as much as I do, then you mostly spend your time outside. And I imagine you don’t want to wear your normal everyday shoes. What I normally put on, and strongly recommend you do as well, are flip flops. But not the supermarket/drugstore ones.
There are flip flops available on the market, which offer you support and comfort you need if you’re struggling with Plantar Fasciitis (or any kind of foot pain or condition). They, obviously, don’t get to the same level as a shoe does, but they get pretty darn close.
Stylish, Yet Amazingly comfortable For Plantar Fasciitis
If you’re looking for ideas and recommendation for your first pair if you have Plantar Fasciitis, or if you’re not quite happy with the ones you have and are considering trying a different brand, I have an amazing product I’d like to present to you today: Spenco Women’s Yumi Sandal Flip Flop.
What’s so special about them, you might ask. I invite you to keep on reading and find out.
1. Arch Support and Shock Absorption
It’s entirely possible that many of you are thinking I should really get more creative with my reviews and not always start with arch support. However, it’s not because of my creativity (or lack thereof) that I start with this feature.
Basically, what causes Plantar Fasciitis it is your poorly supported arch. By over-stressing your arch your ligament can get small tears, and the final result is the stabbing pain you feel in your heel. So, without proper arch support, the shoes most likely won’t do your Plantar Fasciitis any good. Therefore, naturally, the first thing I always look for in a new product, is what kind of support it offers.
In the case of Spenco’s Yumis, the answer is quite simple—the best kind! Thanks to EVA footbed, which is compressed and molded according to the foot’s anatomy, and Total Support contour every second you spend wearing these flip flops is a second your arch is properly supported.
But not only that, the EVA material also acts as a shock absorber, meaning your heel doesn’t have to suffer the impact of your foot hitting the ground at every step.
2. Stability for Your Heel
Another amazing feature these flip flops offer is stability. The product has a deep heel cupping, and as soon as you’ll try them on you’ll see that this feature is exactly what the name implies.
It will hug your heel and keep it in place, making it impossible for your foot to wobble around in your flip flop while you walk. It also further protects your heel from impacts, making the flip flop that much more comfortable.
3. Zero-Drop Heel Lift
What works wonders for stability as well is Zero-Drop Heel Lift.
I think we can all agree that the foot’s most natural position in terms of the difference in height between your toes and your heel is no difference at all. Your foot is most comfortable completely flat on the ground, which is the position this feature was designed to enable.
4. High-Quality Materials
The flip flops have a rubber sole which further helps as a shock absorber. And, you won’t have to worry about it marking the floor in your house—Spenco made sure the sole is of the highest quality and doesn’t leave a mark any surface.
The upper part is made of PU nubuck, another high-quality material, which holds your foot in place, but doesn’t hurt your skin in the process.
What’s more, Spenco used Ultra-Fresh Antimicrobial on the materials to make sure any possible odors are dealt with before anyone (including yourself) notices anything.
The Pros and Cons of Spenco’s Women’s Yumi Flip Flops
So, after knowing the features, what are the pros and the cons of these flip flops?
- Amazing stability.
- They’re extremely lightweight.
- Arch support like few others.
- Available in different colors.
- Beyond comfortable, you can wear it for hours, the forefoot even has additional cushioning.
- Can be used indoors as well, as a summer slipper, since the rubber sole doesn’t leave marks.
- Available both in stores and online.
- There are some reviews that mention that the sole is a bit thin. However, there are not many in total.
- Spenco doesn’t work with half (US) sizes. Which might be an issue for some people.
A Few Final Thoughts
When it comes to making high-quality, supportive and comfortable shoes, Spenco rarely disappoints. And the same goes for its Women’s Yumi Sandal Flip Flop.
During your next hunting for your new flip flops, do your best to find a store where you can try them on. Take a few steps up and down the store, and see how amazing the arch support feels, how comfortable and stable they are.
Now, you might try them on and agree with me that they’re amazing, but still not be completely convinced. That’s fine. These flip flops are of excellent quality, but they’re not magical and they might not fit your feet perfectly. It can happen. Make sure you try on as many pairs as you need to to find the flip flop of your dreams. What matters here is them helping you in your struggle with your Plantar Fasciitis!
However, if you keep coming back to Spenco’s Yumis, give them a chance. They can truly become your go-to flip flops for the summer, ones that will make sure your foot is healing properly while you’re having fun in your stylish beautiful Yumis.
Brandon R. Katz is a registered professional nurse who has been instrumental in providing us with an informed opinion on the medical aspects of footwear. He graduated from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and currently provides his services at a non-federal long-term care hospital in Brooklyn, NY.
Brandon proves to be the champion in the group of expert writers with his in-depth knowledge in foot health, how to take care of it adequately, and what shoes, socks, or insoles will be supreme for you. He has previously worked with hospitals where he has foreseen both inpatient and outpatient departments and has been a practicing nurse since 2009.
Brandon hails from Jersey City, NY, and has a loving family of four with a small popper called Rozo. His decision to become a nurse arises from the desire to be in the position of helping and rehabilitating people.