Flipping for FitFlops
A flippin’ good workout while you walk
-Julie Ryan Evans
I love flip flops – and since moving to Florida about a year ago, I’m not sure I’ve purchased much of anything else. From my Jack Rogers to a pair by Tory Burch to the standard old Reefs, I have them all.
But none has come even close to my love for FitFlops. They are, hands down, the most comfortable things I’ve ever put on my feet (except the hands of a masseuse or my husband, when I can talk him into it). Seriously, they mold to your foot; they’re supportive and soft all at the same time. For that alone I would buy many a pair.
But there’s an added bonus – they work out your legs and butt while you walk – and not on the treadmill – just while you’re going about your daily business like walking in the mall or around the grocery store. They’re billed as the flip-flop “with the gym built in.”
“I thought, How amazing if I could invent something that would help fight the onset of cellulite while I’m walking to the office,” says Marcia Kilgore, creator of the FitFlop. “I work. I have kids. I have a husband. And the likelihood of me seeing the inside of a gym in the next 10 years is slim to none. That said, I’d obviously prefer to go with slim.”
I honestly can’t tell yet, after just a few weeks of wearing FitFlops, whether my legs look any different, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to soon. I can definitely feel some muscle fatigue after I’ve worn them on a particularly active day. And I LOVE the bright yellow warning tag they come with that reads: “The FitFlop has the potential to increase muscle activity in terms of duration and workload. As such, we recommend that the FitFlop be used progressively to avoid excessive muscle soreness.”
Bring it on!
They come in a great selection of colors and designs – everything from basic black to ones with sequins and fringe – so you can wear them with virtually anything. And trust me, once you try them on, you’re going to want to.