City Desk

Finally Someone Agrees With Me: Flip-Flops Suck


Several years ago, during a staff meeting, I stood up Obama-like [OK–Kerry-like] and declared that we needed to call for an end to business as usual in Washington. The paper needed to let me write a gazillion-word rant–or at least a 100-word item–against flip-flops.

Flip-flops should not be worn when walking city streets. They are ugly. Sandals are OK. But flip-flops are stupid. I just think those shoes are not meant for cities. If we aspire to a certain gritty good time, flip-flops shouldn't be part of the landscape. You can wear them in college. You can wear them at the beach. You can wear them in your gym's locker room. But that's about it.

Maybe you all can see why I wasn't allowed to write my rant. In fact, I was pretty much laughed out of the room. The response to my rant idea was brutal.

But now comes DCist with a report on the Black Cat banning the offensive shoes. Finally, there are people out there who agree with me.

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  • dj.eurok

    Now thats a ban at the Black Cat I can get down with!

  • RJ

    "offensive shoes"? Jeebus, you sir, are easily offended. Black Cat banning flip-flops = smart move/covering themselves. you hating flip-flops = still "pretty much laughed out of the room" rant. Big difference.

  • Adams Morgan

    Those were some nice crocs I saw you wearing the other day Jason....

  • reuben

    Oh, this makes my day/week/month. I could go on... I know I sound like an old fart (heck, I am an old fart)but I am so sick of this "invasion of the body snatchers" look... Flip flops... (everywhere!) Big sunglasses... And every third word is, like, "like".
    What in the heck is wrong with you all? You look like cliches?