A study conducted by Auburn University did a comparative analysis of the human gait while wearing flip-flops and sneakers. On a sample of 56 individuals,
it showed that footwear significantly influences the way we walk. The flip-flops cause a shorter step and a shorter support time compared to sneakers.
Increased risk of falls
Directly connected with the previous point, when wearing flip-flops you have to make sure that the flip-flop remains in contact with the ground and that the foot has maximum adherence to the shoe.
When wearing them you also have to flex your knees and ankles more, which will eventually lead to a distorted walk and to an increased risk of tripping and falling.