Its a bit of an in house joke with some of my expat associates that I wear flip flops excessively in comparison to them. But then again I am constantly hoping in and out of different houses probably at least 40 times a day moving between buildings that wearing shoes locally wouldn’t make much sense.
The advantage in doing so is I have worn out several different types of flip flops and the best I can find so far and most comfortable always comes back to Islander due to their thicker soles. The Haviana’s from Brazil may be the fashion icon for the Philippines but they are too thin and you end up feeling every bump in the road. Islanders instead though are more bouncy and comfortable on the feet which can only be good for you. This isn’t a sales pitch by the way but you can find Islanders for around the P250 mark compared to P1000+ for Haviana’s.