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Flipping the Flop

July 12th, 2011 Issue dayid

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The flip-flop: Utilitarian. Ubiquitous. Comfortable.

Perfect, in other words. Why mess with that?

Unless you can improve on them. The new Juil sandals are a mega upgrade.

Designed for yogis, the idea is to keep you focused on the earth's rejuvenating energy with every step -- a.k.a. taking your tree pose on the road.

If you're one of those people who wants to be in tune with Earth's active energies, then you'll love them. Or if you're one of those people who enjoys wearing shoes that are extremely comfortable and sooth your foot with every step, then you'll love them too.

Using copper conductors in the soles of the shoes, they're the next best thing to going barefoot -- thanks to a Minneapolis-based designer who knows you can't often actually go barefoot in this climate.

Bonus: The designs include flip-flops and more sandal-like footwear that look like you're not trying too hard.

After all, they're only flip-flops, right?

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