PUBLIC OPINION > Flip-Flops Are the Best Shoes for Summer
Living 2012/06/28 22:00:00
During the summer, it's important to have shoes that allow you to brave the heat and relax at a moment's notice. Need some natural air-conditioning for your feet? Flip-flops or sandals should do the trick. Do you prefer to go barefoot? Now's your time to shine. Don't care one way or the other? Your everyday sneakers will do. We asked the public what their favorite summer footwear is.
Ah, flip-flops. Not the most comfortable shoe if you have to walk far, but unless you go hiking, they'll do for most of the season. Just enough material to keep the soles of your feet safe from hot pavement, honeybees, and broken glass. But overall, it was a pretty even spread. Sandals got a lot of love, and there was even a healthy percent who go barefoot. Let's find out who, shall we?
Guys Prefer Sneakers
Though flip-flops took a strong lead, demographic prefences varied greatly. Gender is a good example. While only 12% of women prefer to wear sneakers during the summer, a 29% majority of guys prefer them. Conversely, only 16% of men preferred flip-flops compared to a 36% majority of women. Sandal percentages were actually pretty close, though.
We were especially curious to find out what demographics were most likely to go barefoot. The only demographic that actually preferred going barefoot was people who are apathetic about politics (36%). Similarly, agnostics had a relatively large percent of barefoot voters (24%). In the Zodiac breakdown, Sagittarius are most likely to cast aside their shoes (29%), which is surprisingly appropriate.
Teens Don't Like Sandals
Can your feet reveal your age? Maybe. If you're wearing sandals, chances are you're closer to 40 than 14. Teens were absolutely against wearing sandals (5%), but support increased to a maximum of 42% at the 35-44 age group before dropping again. But whatever your age, if you do decide to wear sandals, for the love of Pete don't wear socks!
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll on summer shoes. We'd love to hear from you!
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