Originally Posted by Povl Carstensen
To me wearing flip flops and going barefoot have very little to do with each other. On the contrary actually.
In both cases, the podiatrists tend to argue that the foot is not "supported." I will agree with you that some flip-flops are really like shoes and some people change gate when wearing them.
However, some of the cheap flip flops aren't too much different than going barefoot if you're just walking around - in my experience. These are flips with flat soles and little cushioning. I don't have to do any gripping with my toes to keep them on. It is a little harder to do the normal barefoot stride.