Archies Flip Flops have a tighter strap
Archies Flip Flops have been designed with a tighter strap compared to normal flip flops. Both podiatrists and customers alike, absolutely love this feature as it allows them to walk with a normal walking motion, often over impressive distances in comfort, and without issue! The good news is, while a tight strap is essential for normal foot function if the strap is too tight it is very easy to instantly fix this by stretching the strap and toe pole to reach your desired level of tightness.
Why is a tight strap important?
The problem with regular flip flops with a loose strap is that the toes claw down in an attempt to keep the flip flops on the feet.
Normally when you walk, your toes are supposed to bend upwards. When the toes bend upwards, this activates the arch of the foot which helps provide protection and support to the vital structures of the feet.
When the toes claw down, such as when trying to keep the flip flops on the feet, the arch does not activate correctly which means you do not get the protective support from the arch of the foot like you are supposed to. This can leave the foot tired and achy, vulnerable to stress and potential injury such as plantar fasciitis.
If the strap feels a little too tight at first, do not worry, within a few days of wear, the strap will gradually stretch and mould to the shape of your feet.
However, if the strap continues to feel too tight, it is very easy to stretch the strap and the toe pole to instantly decrease tightness.
How to stretch the strap on Archies:
1. To stretch the strap, simply hold the strap between your fingers and in small little increments stretch each section of the strap where it feels too tight. You can do the same for the toe pole if this feels too tight.
2. Continue to do this, trying the flip flop on and off, stretching the strap and toe pole until it has reached your desired level of tightness.
3. It is important to note, that while the straps are very elastic, once stretched, the strap will not return to its original tightness, so please be careful not to overdo the stretching!