As someone who lives inatropical country who experiences constant flooding, flip-flops are very muchanecessity here. They are available atawide range of prices and designs. They haveadual purpose for us. They cool the feet during the extreme heat of the summer and they’re portable to those who are suddenly caught inaflood but don’t want to ruin their expensive shoes. Yes, you’re still at risk for bacterial or viral infection or from stepping something painful but that can be easily amended by washing your feet after wearing them and by watching where you step. No one here cares that much whether your toenails have chipped nail polish since they are practically the everyday footwear of most people.