Link is the world's first flip-shoe, and hopefully the last one

If you thought no shoes could ever be dorkier than Crocs or Vibram Fivefingers, well, think again. 

Have you ever heard of flip-shoes? No? Neither did we so far, but apparently they have recently spawned into our reality thanks to an outrageous Indiegogo project by an Israeli startup. The plan is to make them a thing, like Crocs or Vibram Fivefingers toe shoes, much to the dismay of anyone who ever cared about shoe design. The name is Link and the concept’s simple: they’re basically sole-only shoes that you “flip” on, or “plug” on,  just by snapping your feet into them. The creators say they’re “free like a flip-flop and safe like a shoe”: unlike flip-flops you can wear Links to bike comfortably, or ride a skateboard, or go to the gym and the pool, while still enjoy a fresh breeze on your exposed dorsum, which wouldn’t be possible with your feet caged in a traditional shoe. While we won’t contend these marketing assertions, we certainly do not agree with the claim that they’re also ok to wear in the office. No way: just like Crocs (except for nurses and doctors) or Fivefingers (except for entitled and dorky Silicon Valley CEOs), this hybrid of a slipper sandal and a shoe whose top was chewed off by a dog, with its egregious design and outrageous color options, should never be deemed acceptable for a workplace. Unfortunately the project has been already fully backed on Indiegogo and there’s still a month to go for a lot more people to make the grave mistake of actually liking and ordering them.


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