Combat Flip Flops Review: Combat Flip Flops (CFF) have created a pair of AK-47s that are really horrible shoes. When the brand says “Bad for Running, Worse for Fighting,” they are not exaggerating. They are really abhorrent in every way. I’m preparing to go online and place an order for another pair of shoes.
Over the course of more than a year, I have dutifully attempted to wear my CFF AK47 sandals throughout just about every imaginable activity I could think of. For example, the photo above was taken on a fishing trip on the Illinois River. During the range session, they were really uncomfortable, in no small part because of the hot brass that was rolling about and going between my arch and the shoe.
They were considerably worse when they had to complete an obstacle course. God help the cretin who attempts to wear those while performing parkour in the middle of nowhere. They are completely ineffective if you have a Boerboel mastiff that wants to jog off the path, and they may cause you to miss your connection if you have to sprint through an airport while wearing them.
They might also be fatal if worn while climbing. They are absolutely ineffective when rucking any distance at all (particularly in the mud), and they seem to frighten away every kind of fish in the vicinity. Wearing them when trekking in tough terrain or while fishing is not recommended; they are completely unsuitable for these activities.
Wearing them in all kinds of weather, even a tornado, has become second nature to me. In the autumn, I wore them while it was chilly and raining outside, and my feet were freezing, so I put on toe socks and continued to wear them in that manner. This only worked for a few minutes until my socks were wet and my feet became chilly once again.
In the winter, I tried it again and, to my dismay, had the same outcome — my feet were very chilly when the temperature dropped below zero (particularly in the snow), and my socks became soaked as a consequence. To be honest, I’m shocked I didn’t suffer frostbite while out in the cold. A few weeks ago, after a severe rainfall (there have been several flood warnings this year), I lost one of them to runoff and had to chase after it down the street. When it’s raining outside, they’re just terrifying.
It has happened multiple times that I have worn them out and about the large, growing metropolis of Tulsa, Oklahoma (also known as “urban sprawl”). You might see me wearing them to restaurants, standing in line at the grocery store, and crossing the street. On two separate occasions, I wore them while walking and sprinting down the street.
In restaurants and when roaming about town, I had no problems at all, but the results of my experiences with street crossings were far from ideal. They’re plainly unfit for urban escape and evasion, and they’d be a major obstacle during MOUT or FIBUA operations, as well as other missions. Although they are fantastic on a patio or boardwalk, we’ll call it a tie since they are equally at home in any setting.
Combat flip-flops are being evaluated. 3. My last test consisted of putting them on while doing yard labor (no socks). I wore them while weed-eating, push-mowing, raking, and doing other comparable duties. It was once again evident that their performance in such activities was subpar. When my toes and heels went green (and indeed, the sandals did, as well), I ended up with poison ivy on the insole of my left shoe and all over my left ankle.
Then I used a weedeater cord to cut the top of my big toe. I had to change into work boots since they were performing so poorly when stacking hay bales and digging up thistles. When either Manda or Reptilicus (it was impossible to tell which) slithered out of the Virginia creeper near the woodpile and crept over the sole of my right foot, they offered no protection whatsoever. Combat Flip Flops are a nightmare to wear while performing any kind of labor-intensive yard maintenance or avoiding gigantic, venom-spewing snakes.