At Accident Advice Helpline, we often restate the idea that is vital to wear footwear appropriate for a situation to prevent the chances of a slip, trip or fall. In this article, we answer the question of whether flip-flops can cause skin rash.
Where did this idea come from?
In 2007, an American woman reported suffering horrible, painful skin rash on her feet after having purchased a set of flip-flops from U.S retail giant Wal-Mart. The story caused waves on the internet and was for a long time considered to be an urban legend.
Was it an urban legend or was it proven to be true?
The story is in fact true. The flip-flops in question were manufactured in China and others who had purchased the flip-flops reported similar problems. Wal-Mart instructed all of its stores to remove the items in question so that it conduct its own investigation into the matter.
What caused the skin rash?
The exact cause of the skin rash remains unknown, whether it was an allergic reaction to an otherwise innocuous material that was used in the manufacturing of the flip-flops. No noxious chemicals were found to be contained within the flip-flops, however as the case was not anomalous with many people reporting the same problems after having purchased the same product, it is still a matter for debate.
So should I continue to wear flip-flops?
The answer is it really depends on the situation. Flip-flops do not provide adequate grip and can increase the chances of a slip, trip or fall. You should always wear footwear appropriate for the situation, however, it seems to be in this case that only one particular brand of flip-flop was affected, as well as affecting only a relatively few number of people.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice