Vionic Beach: “Healthy” Flip Flops Rebecca Parsons May 10, 2018 Footwear, Reviews Flip flops designed to keep your feet healthy Summer is rapidly approaching and you know what that means: endless days at the beach in nothing but a swimsuit in flip flops. But do you ever find after a day of exploring the coastal scenery in your favorite pair of sandals that your feet ache or your knees hurt? Unfortunately traditional flip flops are not good for your feet. Cue Vionic Beach. Vionic Beach was founded by Philip Vasyli, a podiatrist well-known for his work in the field of lower-limb biomechanics. He worked with patients from all walks of life and quickly came to realize that many common foot-related ailments were costly and time-consuming to treat. He was inspired to seek a solution and as a result, invented the first heat-molded orthotics. His invention eventually led to the Orthahell orthotic, the world’s first and only orthotic available without a doctor’s prescription. Vasili’s innovative designs changed the industry and ultimately led to the foundation of Vionic Beach. Vionic Beach sandals are good for your sole. The shoes were designed to mimic the natural feel of sand under your feet through patented support technology. The footbed is made from a lightweight Vio Foam Footbed that provides cushion all day long. The heel cup follows the natural contour of the foot and works to support and comfort your aches. The deck is textured, providing extra grip underfoot. These shoes are ideal for athletes as they provide better alignment, better support, and more cushion. I’ve never tried shoes with extra cushion or arch support and found that Vionic Beach’s flip flops fit nicely with the contours of my feet. They look like your basic plastic flip flop but they provide much-needed support for a long day at the beach or around town. They’re super light-weight making them a great travel option and they’re waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about soaking them on your adventures. There are a number of different styles for men and women to choose from and both prints and solid colors are available. I’m hopeful that in the future they will add some higher-end leather styles to compliment the casual styles they have available now. At $39.95 the price is a bit steep for plastic flip flops but is also a small price to pay for keep your feet feeling good. If you’re in search of a great travel shoe with built-in arch support, Vionic Beach is for you. www.vionicbeach.com Support PaddleXaminer! All donations will be used to support our ability to continue creating great content for the paddling community! Comments Rebecca ParsonsRebecca is a seasoned writer and longtime ocean lover. A resident of Orange County, CA, she can be seen paddling and surfing at many of Southern California’s most scenic coastal locations. Rebecca is interested in sustainability and environmentally friendly initiatives and heads up “Keep it Green”, our column on the environment.