Wearing flip flops is generally not a good decision on the bustling streets and sidewalks of New York City, as the inevitable result is that the feet will get a visible, rather disgusting coat of grime picked up from the filthy NYC sidewalks. This can pose risk of an infection if bacteria enter through a small cut or abrasion in the skin, and it looks gross, too. That said, it also isn’t a good idea to obsess over other people’s footwear in public, either.
- One New York City transplant noted a trend of flip-flop wearing in the city, as the warm weather grew warmer, and was frankly, grossed out.
- A Gothamite blogger assured the transplant, that while New Yorkers were big-hearted about acceptance of couture lacks, lack of hygiene was another thing.
- Bacteria could cause a real problem, by potentially intermingling with grime that naked feet exposed to New York cement would inevitably acquire.
“New York City has no mandatory dress code in any season—this is because we were founded by the Dutch, with their “live and let live” relaxed attitude, and not by the puritanical English who took over decades later. Maybe in Boston you’re thrown off the T for wearing the wrong kind of shoes, or wearing white after Labor Day, but here we recognize a great personal freedom in manner of dress.”