Sole Platinum Sandals (Flips) — Review

Post by blogger | October 29, 2008      

Backcountry Skiing

Sole Platinum Sandals

I have some knee problems that get irritated by skiing (misalignment of knee cap), but I keep things under control by doing leg exercises, watching what sports I do, and wearing the correct shoes. My doctor says that I can’t wear any skate shoes or flip flops because they lack anatomical support.

The thing is, I really like wearing flips as something that is really easy to slip into quickly or to let your feet air out after a long day in boots. So I was really excited when I heard about Sole’s new Platinum Sandals, which are pretty close to being flip flops. I got a pair as soon as I could, and I am impressed.

Although my doctor still might not approve of them, my Platinums feel hundreds of times more supportive and comfortable than any other flip or sandal I have tried. They have a sole that is contoured to support an average foot, with good arch support. They also have a layer of wear moldable foam on top, which slowly molds to the shape of your foot after you wear them for a couple of weeks.

On the downside, Platinums are pretty expensive for flip flops. But the price is justified by how nicely made and durable they are. After about two months of wearing them they have yet to show any serious signs of wear. Most flip flops I have had in the past (which were usually of the five dollar variety) wore out in a couple months, these ones show no signs that that’s going to happen. Recommended.

Shop for Sole Platinum sandal here.

(Guest blogger Louie Dawson is attending Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington, at least while he’s not skiing, mountain biking or climbing.)


3 Responses to “Sole Platinum Sandals (Flips) — Review”

  1. Ian October 29th, 2008 10:33 am

    Hey Louie-
    Glad you’re digging your SOLE Sandals. Hope school is going well for you so far!

  2. AndyW October 30th, 2008 3:02 am

    Yeah man, I get exactly the same it`s ok till they get some fluid built up then your screwed.
    2 things I would recommend is seeing a physio, this really helped me out, I got various specific exercises to do and they really have boosted the enjoyment I get skiing. They are boring but I put on the latest ski movie and just work away with them, they`re like my Jane fonda but without all the Lycra.
    2nd I would invest in some proper orthtics if you can, see a podiatrist or a feet bio-mechanist. I got inserts for my shoes and they help my foot posture and the knee track in a more natural alignment. Also you can put them in any shoe so long as they have a relativly solid heel….c`mon the skate shoes ;P

    I have also had surgery to specifically re-align my knee cap “Lateral release”. But I don`t know 100% how it`s worked this is the first season I`ll really get to test it out. I`ll drop a line to your paw in the spring if your interested to find out how it went?

  3. jason November 10th, 2008 4:55 pm

    i’ve been a fan of my Chaco flip flops and won’t wear any others since i first bought them a year and a half ago. more durable than anything else i’ve worn too. vibram soles, and after over 18 months of wear, they still seem almost new.

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