Sandals come in two types: those you can step into and those you can't get out of.

The first kind of sandal is the classic, descended from thousands of years of development from all parts of the globe. The best ones of this kind are usually leather, and will last for many many years.

The second kind of sandal has become popular in recent years thanks to companies like Teva and Nike. They contain new materials, sometimes a bit of leather, and often neoprene and velcro. These are often sold as extreme, outdoor sports shoes. They are expensive and wear out faster than classic sandals.

I prefer the classic sandal. The newer sandals make my feet sweat and smell. And I have to bend over to undo the velcro to take them off or put them on.

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