Flip Flop Sandals Photo by Jordan Shakeshaft

They may be comfy — and allow our feet to breath — but flip-flops cause us to clench our toes and come down harder on our heels, leading to ankle and knee stress. Prolonged walking in these summer shoes may also lead to arch imbalances and foot pain.

Takeaway: Swap flip-flops for sneakers when going for long walks.

Do It Today: Still a sandal fan? Check out the American Podiatric Medical Association’s list of okay-for-you-feet summer wear.

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“It isn’t the mountain that wears you out — it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” — Robert Service.