Flip-flops can kill you. And by that, I do not mean that they'll make your feet ache (though they may do that too), I mean they can make you sick enough that you die. Here's how.
It's probably no big surprise that your feet can get dirty while wearing flip-flops. But did you know that Staphylococcus aureus, a potentially deadly germ, can be included in the dirt and grime you pick up? If you have an open wound, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream, and if left untreated, it can kill you.
All of this is according to a story in the New York Daily News in which two reporters wore flip-flops around New York City for four days. They had their shoes tested at a lab, where scientists reviewed the results. The flip flops contained over 18,100 bacteria, including fecal bacteria and E. coli. Eww!
Will you continue to wear flip-flops? Does this make you want to disinfect them (and your feet) every time you do?