Like many of the best summer fashions, strapless sandals for both men and women originated in Hawaii but have since made their way to the rest of the states. Here are some tips on how to wear strapless sandals.
- Strapless sandals stick to your feet via adhesive--the rubber of the sandal has been impregnated with an adhesive that sticks to the bottom of your foot. The strapless sandals remain on your feet until the adhesive become too dirty and loses its "stickiness." The bottom of the sandal has a non-slip surface (but no adhesive on the bottom, of course!).
- When strapless sandals become too dirty, clean them with soap and water. If you've gotten sand on your strapless sandals, you may need a stiff brush to remove the grains. Allow the sandals to (air) dry completely. Before putting them back on again, make sure that your own feet are clean and dry. Washing your strapless sandals regularly increases the life span of the adhesive.
- Strapless sandals create no tan lines. Though you'll have to tread carefully if you're trying to avoid tan lines on other parts of your body, when it comes to your feet, strapless sandals provide a perfectly legal opportunity to go "topless." This makes them ideal for poolside or beach fun.
- Other great places to wear strapless sandals. Since strapless sandals are portable and easy to take off and put on, they work well in the following circumstances:
- Airport security
- Locker rooms (avoid athlete's foot and plantar warts)
- Water sports (including watercraft)
- Shopping (think easy on and off)
- Spa (for spray-on tanning treatments or pedicures)
- Traveling in Japan (where it is the custom to remove one's shoes indoors)
- Without straps or "toe thingies" that might chafe your foot, you don't need to size strapless sandals quite as precisely as you do more standard sandals.
- Strapless sandals are made in unique colors and designs. Think leopard and floral prints, think bright colors like orange, turquoise and red, think stripes. Check out the variety at MakeItUnique for a representative sampling of colors and designs available.
- Strapless sandals are removed by peeling them off the foot. Beginning from the outside edge, slowly peel the sandal off. There is no sticky residue left on the foot.
- Over time, strapless sandals mold to your feet, becoming a custom-fit sandal.
- Some strapless sandals are designed for one-time-use only. I don't recommend these simply because landfills are full enough already without adding one-time-use products to the mix, but hey, that's just my opinion.
Perhaps the only downside to strapless sandals is the fact that walking in them takes some getting used to....but once you've gotten the knack of it, chances are you'll be a strapless sandal convert, too.