Generally, the Memorial Day Weekend is the quasi-official launch of summer.

So, despite the rain and cold that the Pikes Peak region has been experiencing, I thought I’d deviate from the weekly sharing of tips to help ride out the recession, and pass along some information that came across my desk from the American Podiatric Medical Association.

So, here’s to hoping that the temperature rises and the sky clears sometime during the next few months so that we can all take advantage of the APMA’s “Tips to avoid a flip-flop fiasco.”

First the list of the “Do’s”:

Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.

Do look for flip-flops that hold APMA’s Seal of Acceptance. These products are shown to allow for the most normal foot function and promote quality health.

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Do gently bend the flip-flop form end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.

Do wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose the soles of your feet to plantar warts and athlete’s foot.

Do ensure that your foot doesn’t hang off the edge of the flip-flop.

Now the “Don’ts”:

Don’t re-wear flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.

Don’t ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.

Don’t wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.

Don’t do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed-eater.

Don’t play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.

And from my personal archives, don’t wear flip-flops if you’re building bulkheads on Jamaica Beach.

One summer during my youth, one of my co-workers decided that our foreman’s rule against wearing flip-flops on the job site was too strict. One day, said idiot stepped on a piece of rebar – which went through his flip-flop and his foot.

They had to use a torch to cut the rebar so they could take him to the hospital.

Trust me, the smell of heated rebar, flip-flop and foot is something you never really quite get over. Maybe this rain and cold thing isn’t that bad after all.

Mike Boyd is editor of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. He can be reached at or 329-5206.