Wednesday, July 29, 2009


On Facebook I keep seeing ads for Bonsai, a company that apparently makes "high-quality" sheepskin-lined flip-flops, which they promise will "keep your feet warm in winter and cool in summer."

I don't know where these people are spending their winters, but I'm reasonably certain that merely standing on sheepskin is not enough to keep your feet anything like warm here in Colorado. Maybe on a nippy summer evening these would be nice, but that's about it.

I guess these sheepskin-lined monstrosities solve the problem that causes people to wear sandals with socks - wanting that little bit of extra warmth without having to go so far as wearing a real shoe. You can't wear socks with flip-flops, so you get sheepskin instead.

I am not a shoe snob like Sally and I don't mind seeing people's toes or anything, but I have to admit I am a little bit surprised how widespread flip-flops have become as all-occasion shoes. When I was a kid I think we only wore them to the pool or beach, and now you see them absolutely everywhere.


Sally said...

Thank god I have yet to be inflicted with these ads.

rvman said...

1. These seem to me like an attempt at an Austin kind of thing. The "about" page says they were tested in "100 degree weather and 40 degree weather". Not exactly all season, except down here. I wouldn't think having sheepskin UNDER your feet would keep you notably warmer, but who knows?

2. Sheepskin? Doesn't that wear out in like a week?

3. Besides, sheepskin destroys the one advantage of flip-flops - you can clean them by spraying them down with a hose. Not these.

Tam said...

I imagine that sheepskin underfoot would feel cozier than a regular flip-flop, so, again, similar to wearing socks with sandals, which is not exactly warm either. Maybe not even that warm, though.