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    Good article on wearing flip flops. I confess I wore them when I first came to the DR(for way too long) but after finally picking up that men were not suppose to wear them in the DR I also came to the realization that they weren't hygienic or practical either.

    Against flip-flops: Put a shoe on, you slob. - Slate Magazine

    I ended up wearing deck shoes. I would have bought more shoes locally, but couldn't find anything without the pointy toes. Dominican shoes are weird.

    In your opinion, what are the dos and don'ts for footwear in the DR for tourists and ex-pats? I think you can get away with plain black or white sneakers, but flashy sports shoes seem like a definite faux pas. Same deal with Timberland or any other kind of work boot.

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    In my opinion????? I wear what's comfortable for me, and that means leather sandals or flip flops [not the rubber zorries, nice flip flops!]. Too damned hot for sneakers or closed shoes. Mr. AE has a variety of footwear at our DR home, he mostly wears leather flip flops or sneakers. The leather slip ons only go on if we're going to someplace or something special.

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    in my usual spirit of idontgivef**kness i don't give... i just do not care. flip flops or open sandals, feet get equally dirty. so i wear whatever i feel like wearing. usually it's flip flops and i put them on regardless of the situation: in POP, in santiago, in SD, in the restaurant, to the cemetery, who cares. in private life i am not bound by the dress code. and i will not be told what i should wear.

    those who attended matilda's book signing in sosua saw me in shorts and tight top. when i was leaving the house i asked miesposo: do i look like a turista? he nodded. and i said: perfect! i ain't going to fry my coochie in jeans and my feet in covered shoes.

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    I wear crocs on weekends to run errands. No way I'm wearing formal shoes if I don't have to go to work or visit anyone.

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    If you're brave enough to walk around Santo Domingo in flip-flops, I say more power to you.
    They're dirty, dangerous and damn hot with all that melting rubber........

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    Leather flip flops. Regular flip flops. I have nice feet. So why not? Every time I consider shoes my gf tells me I'm crazy.

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    Please give me a peso for every Dominican I see in flip flops only this weekend.

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    Santo domingo is not unlike London may have been several centuries ago when human waste and household waste was flushed down central canals in the streets of which people were to go about daily business. I've lived all over the world and santo domingo is the most filthy city I've ever lived. I feel unable to wear sandals around town, not for any unspoken fashion requirement, just that I really object to squashed food between my toes, puddles of flies and potholes that are shin deep. Wellies at best, sneakers at worst, but only a scumbag or someone who only needs to be in zona colonial can wear sandals in this city. Which is a shame, I like wearing my sandals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinroom View Post
    If you're brave enough to walk around Santo Domingo in flip-flops, I say more power to you.
    They're dirty, dangerous and damn hot with all that melting rubber........
    what you talking about? dirty? i wash my flip flops. or you mean that my feet will get dirty wearing them? they will be dirty all the same if i wear fancy high heel sandals. dangerous? have you try to navigate SD street in heels? that's dangerous. damn hot? melting rubber? flip flops are not made of butter, they do not melt. and they are a lot less hot that stuffing your feel in close shoes...

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    "Barefoot", but Not Pregnant, is my favorite!
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    Many Dominican women have wide, flat, feet.
    I try not to "Look Down", too much!
    "Heaven's Above", after all!!!!!!!

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