Bionic Asks: Your thoughts on Fit Flops

by Bionic Beauty on 10.Jun.2009 · 30 comments

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This week’s Bionic Asks

Fit Flops launched in the USA in the summer of 2007… back then it was crazy hard to find a pair.

Since then, I’ve spotted a few women walking about town in the Fit Flops. But I still wonder, do they work? Have any Bionic Beauties tried these shoes? What’s the comfort factor and have you noticed a difference in your leg tone?

Fit Flop exercise shoes available in the USA at Bliss

What do you think of Fit Flops?

Fit Flop exercise sandals at Bliss

I’d love to order a pair, but when I reported on Fit Flops back in August 2007, the shoes were $45 a pair. Now they are around $60 at Bath and Body Works and Bliss (although Bliss has a few pairs for $45). That’s just pricey in my mind. I could get at least 2 months of a gym membership for that price. Or a pair of my favorite comfort shoes “Soft Walk Shoes”, or some cool Skechers from Marshalls.

What are your thoughts? Have you spotted any ladies sporting Fit Flops in your area?


1 Samara June 10, 2009 at 8:34 am

I bought mine at macy’s with a coupon which saved me a little bit of money. The first week I wore them, I had like 5 blisters. Then I finally broke them in. They are much more supportive than regular flip flops, but I have had them for about a month and I dont necessarily see I my legs getting a work out or toning (maybe cause i am fairly athletic already). I wear them to and from work every day which is a fairly significant distance. I still love mine — i feel like they are less damaging to your feet than flat flip flops. Something more supportive, safer, better for you about them. I wore regular flip flops for the first time this weekend and boy was there a difference!

2 Bionic Beauty June 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

Hi Samara, Do they have arch support? I have *really* high arches, and was wondering if these would work for me.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I really appreciate it. 🙂

3 Nenette June 10, 2009 at 9:26 am

I’d love to get a pair of those… they look so supportive, and I have no arches to speak of, especially since pregnancy. sometimes the difference between knee pain and no knee pain for me is a good pair of supportive shoes.

4 Bionic Beauty June 10, 2009 at 9:28 am

Nen, You should check out the Flojo’s. I got mine at Ross and have also seen them at other discount stores. They are like walking on marshmallows. Mine are about 8 months and I wear them EVERYDAY (no kidding) only changing out of them when I head out of the house, and sometimes not even then.
But they mold to your fit. Mine are all arch-supporty now. I have very pick feet since my hip surgery and these make me feel wonderous!

5 Nenette June 10, 2009 at 9:56 am

Oh, thanks for the tip! I’ll look for those here. 🙂

6 The Cheap Chick June 10, 2009 at 10:22 am

My BFF Lou bought a pair of leather flops with arch support that cost only $40. Can’t remember the name, but if you’re interested let me know.
I really don’t think a thonged sandal is the way to go for fitness shoes – regardless of their claims. Sketchers has a “fit while you walk” tennie that looks a whole lot more effective 🙂

7 Bionic Beauty June 10, 2009 at 10:28 am

Cheap Chick, Get the name of those flops!! I’m always on the look out for Flops with arch support. I found some recently (besides the Flojos I mentioned above) but they were over $100. There’s NO way I’m spending 100 bucks on shoes, much less flip flops.

8 Carleen June 10, 2009 at 10:32 am

I haven’t tried the fitflops, but I am curious about them.

If you are looking for arch support sandals, you might look at Sole. They make one that people rave about it. I haven’t tried them though. I plan to get some next pay day.

I tried a Montrose sandal with support that has a heat modable base that people also raved about it, but it rubbed the top of my foot so bad that I couldn’t wear it longer than a couple of minutes. I get to test out Zappo’s return policy with that one!

9 Bionic Beauty June 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Carleen, Thanks for your tips. I’m definitely going to look at Sole! I did get some Reef’s last summer but they collapsed in under 6 months. And I paid $35 for them. NOT worth it.

I also have a pair of Soft Walk Shoes that I adore. Most of them are a bit clunky looking, but I found a pair at Off Broadway shoes for $80 that are black platform sandals. I can’t wear heels, so these make me taller while being comfy.

10 Katie June 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I have horribly flat arches and can’t go ANYWHERE without arch support. For anyone looking, try:
1. Clarks flip flops – they are usually all leather and come in nice browns and blacks, sometimes with metal decor or embroidery. And they don’t look clunky. They’re usually around $40. They also sell little slinky skinny strap flops with decent support. I have a pair of each and LOVE them!
2. Sperry Flip flops – these are a little more casual, but are very cute and come with all the fun plaids.
3. Old Navy this season has some cute flip flop sandals (with a back strap, etc) – they’re like $7.50 and they have amazingly more support than normal. I have 3 pair and bought some for my mom – we use them for everything from gardening to wearing with a little sundress – the best part is they rinse with a hose!
4. Last resort – go to a website like and purchase some stick-on arch supports. They’re usually about $3, and I buy them in bulk to make shipping worth it. I stick them in flats, on flip flops, anything. They make them in clear, so they’re not too noticable in flip flops – better than ugly shoes!

Happy shopping, flat footers!

11 Bionic Beauty June 10, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Katie, Thank YOU for that link to the stick on arch supports. I’m on the opposite end from you. I have uber-high arches. I’m talking like 1.5 inches. It’s crazy… cramps my feet all up. I can’t understand why shoe companies don’t make supportive shoes. And like you said, it’s pretty darn hard to find cute shoes that you can walk in. I end up hobbling around if I wear shoes that others wear.

For instance, I *really* want a pair of Converse sneakers. But I’m afraid even with my moldable arch supports, I won’t be comfortable in them.

12 gypsydancermacaholic aka It's Called Maintenance June 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm

I personally hate flip flops so these have never appealed to me but I do know a few people who bought them and swear that not only do they work but that they are super comfortable. They tested them at Disneyland of all places and said that the next day they did feel it in their calves but that their feet didn’t hurt at all, not even blisters. If this concept came in a better looking sandal/shoe then I would try them since I have puny calves that never seem to get bigger regardless of what exercise I do.

13 Bionic Beauty June 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Gypsy Dancer, Have you tried horse back riding? Guaranteed to work those calves. 😉

14 DaDiva Denise June 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Ditto on the Clarks of England flops! They sell them in some stores under Clarks and in others as Privos. They are wonderful and they do discount them to about 29 bucks at times. I have over 40 pairs of flops and all of them are Clarks, Born or Rainbows!

(For the Bionic one, there is a Clark’s of England in Florida Mall)

15 Bionic Beauty June 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Denise, You have Rainbows??? I’ve been longing for a pair of them. Sigh… so darn pretty and COMFY! Do they last? I was afraid they’d break down like my Reef’s did. Thanks for the tip on the Clark’s store! I’ll stop by on my next trip to O-Town. 🙂

I have 2 pairs of Born platform sandals- and I can speak that they’re very comfortable for long wear.

16 Paula June 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Jami, I can’t really say how your moldable arch supports would work in some Chucks, but I tell you – they are the most comforable shoes I have now. Color me *beyond* surprised. I have had heel spurs for years, but when I wear these, I don’t get any flare ups, at all. I would have thought it would hurt more, being a flat shoe. But, I think it goes back to the whole debate about too much padding in the shoes/soles, causes more injuries becaue your foot/body can’t naturally adjust to conditions so they work harder. *shrug*

17 Bionic Beauty June 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Paula, It may very well have to do with the firmness. I know walking on my SoftWalks makes me miss my insoles because they are almost too soft.

I think I’ll have to try some Chucks. After all, Bella wears them. 😉 ha!

18 Carleen June 10, 2009 at 2:10 pm

What modable arch supports do you use? I have Sole running inserts and adore them. They are rather expensive, but they transform just about every shoe into something wearable for me. They have a particularity good arch area (like you, I have very high arches). They also allow returns if you don’t like them with no questions asked (haven’t tested that though).

19 Bionic Beauty June 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Carleen, I’ve got some by SofSole ( You can put them in the oven for a few minutes to warm them then put them on. They were a bit hard at first, but it feels SO good to have firmness under my feet, rather than squishy no-support.

Where do you find the Sole shoes? I just Googled, but every shoe in the world comes up with “Sole brand shoes”. LOL!

20 rit June 10, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I have a pair (in red and white) for about a year now and they’ve held up pretty well. I don’t know if it actually improves my legs (because I don’t wear them everyday) but they are very comfortable and supportive. The one drawback is that if you get the style with a white sole the dirt/grime shows up really fast and you constantly have to clean them unless you want them to look scuzzy.

21 Bionic Beauty June 11, 2009 at 9:02 am

Hi Rit, Excellent point on the white soled Flops. I always avoid them for that reason… but they are the prettiest! And always draw me in. I have enough of a hard time keeping my black, tan and brown flops from carrying around all the FL sand. 🙂 Glad to hear you like your Fit Flops!!

22 Lynne June 11, 2009 at 7:35 am

They are considerably cheaper now. I don’t like the feel on my foot. They are not comfortable at all and don’t feel normal on the foot. I wouldn’t buy another pair.

23 Bionic Beauty June 11, 2009 at 9:00 am

Hi Lynne, Where did you find the for cheaper? Share the knowledge, please. 🙂

24 Amber June 12, 2009 at 12:04 am

I tried these when they first came out. I wore them for a month straight (after I got over the blisters). The don’t work and I watched a dateline special that said that they are actually worse for your posture and foot stability.

25 MICHELLE June 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I got fit flops this winter, they are so very comfortable now, took a bit of getting used to though. My husband says he can see a difference in my legs and butt, but he may be being nice. I do know I felt sore from them at first, they are so comfy now, way better than regular flip flops. They do seem to be “smooshing” down though, not affecting how comfortable they are. Pricey, but worth it in my opinion.

26 Peggy June 28, 2009 at 6:14 am

I am a fit flop pro. I have 7 pairs of the fit flops and two pairs of the fit flop boots. I have a foot problem and shoes aren’t comfortable. I tried fit flops. I have worn them almost exclusively for 1 1/2 years. (Everywhere except for dressy occassions!) They are extremely comfortable. The bonus for me was that at age 66 my calves and butt have never looked better. I had a lot of flab, but slowly the muscle defination came. I bought them for foot comfort but the technology of the foot bed is absolutely true!

27 Bionic Beauty June 29, 2009 at 8:40 am

Hi Peggy, They have Fit Flop boots??? Where did you find them? And Welcome to Bionic Beauty. I hope you’ll continue to visit. 🙂

I am going to plan a trip up to my local Sports store in the next few weeks- I’ll have to try on some Fit Flops then.

28 Jana September 5, 2009 at 12:03 am

I have been wearing Fit Flops for a week. I have gotten a blister on one foot and my other foot is cramping which I have never had before. Not sure they are for everybody. I will try them for a bit longer since the concept interests me.
As far as fashion goes they a pretty ugly as they are quite bulky.

29 Ally November 15, 2009 at 11:12 am

Hi – I’ve never been able to wear flip flops with toe posts so end up with pretty but unsupportive flat sandals or really ugly chunky holiday shoes but I’m now a total fit flop convert. I also suffer with knee pain after lots of standing or walking.

I was intrigued by the idea of the fitflops & the reviews so to play safe bought the white walkstars at a reduced price (as the new winter styles were in here in the UK) thinking I could wear them round the house & if I didn’t like them I could give them to my Mum & not have wasted too much money.

I never got blisters anywhere and the toeposts were surprisingly soft and the first ones in my life (I’m 35) not to irritate, however they felt quite hard on the sole at first and I did get the muscular ache in my calves & I shelved them for a while as “not sure”. I dug them out again when summer arrived and fell in love, the soles seemed to soften up beautifully but be hugely supportive and I’m pleased and also ashamed to say I wore them all summer everywhere until they looked disgracefully grubby despite cleaning!!

They are fantastic & the only shoes that I don’t get knee pain in – I even went on a 5 mile cross country dog walk in them & they were comfier than my walking boots – and yes they definitely work the muscles and everything seems more toned – they’re not magic shoes but they definitely help & even if they didn’t I’d buy them for the comfort.

I bought the red walkstar – again reduced (cheapest at Harvey Nicks of all places) and also the billow boot (which I wear as slippers at home) and then the bronze walkstar 3 (original walkstars are definitely the most comfy but the least pretty).

I’ve just got some switchflops – brilliant idea and very versatile so thought they’d be perfect for my upcoming holiday but they make my knees hurt after 1 day wearing round the house so I’ve ordered a new pair of fitflops to take away instead, they might not look as nice but I’ll be comfortable & toned on holiday!!

Sorry it’s a long post (& my first) but I was very sceptical and couldn’t find detailed reviews anywhere before buying mine.

30 Bionic Beauty November 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Hi Ally, Welcome to Bionic Beauty! And thanks SOOOO much for posting your thorough review. I’m glad to hear that the FitFlops are working well for you. I tried some on just the other day. I have been seeing them on clearance at Ross and Marshalls (clearance outlet type places). They are running around $19 there. At that price, they are more affordable if I chose to try them.

I feel your pain about the white flip flops getting grubby. I love how white flops look, but they get dirty so quickly. Ick.
Enjoy your holiday! And I really hope to see you around Bionic Beauty in the future. You’re always welcome to comment, or email me with questions, suggestions, whatever.

All the best,
Jami (aka Bionic Beauty)

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