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All the bottom-firming benefits of a FitFlop, but with added comfort

This version of the FitFlop is uncommonly comfortable

All the bottom-firming benefits of a FitFlop, but with added comfort

June 26 2010
Karen Wheeler

It’s perhaps not surprising, given its boast of “a workout while you walk”, that the FitFlop sandal is rapidly becoming to the summer months what the Ugg boot is to winter – ubiquitous. On a recent spa holiday, I noticed that almost everyone was padding around in the brand’s super-glamorous, sequinned Electra flip-flops (£50).

Now, I love the idea of bottom-firming footwear as much as the next person, but I’m not a great fan of shoes that rely on a toe-post to stay attached to your feet. Flip-flops are fine for wearing around the pool but problematic if you want to walk much further, as, in my experience, the toe-post invariably digs painfully into the toes.

So I was delighted to discover the FitFlop Roma sandal, £60, while shopping in Selfridges recently. It incorporates the all-important Microwobbleboard midsole, but it’s a gladiator-style sandal rather than a flip-flop, attached securely to the foot by two bronze metallic leather straps. This means that it is far more suited to walking – and the added bonus is that the Roma is nowhere near as ubiquitous as the original FitFlop.

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