As if we don't have enough problems in the world today, now our flip-flops aren't even safe. Me particularly, I usually never wear flip-flops; I think they are the lazy mans shoes to wear when you don't feel like finding real shoes (lol). So that's exactly when I wear them, when I feel lazy. But you might want to consider wearing them at all after two reporters trotted around NYC wearing flip-flops for four days and labs found a very deadly germ lurking on the rubber - Staphylococcus aureus. Now, New York just might be one of the grossest cities in the world so that's sort of biased, but germs can spread to any town in any part of the world, they don't discriminate. The deadly germ (we'll abbreviate it SA) can actually kill you if it is seeped into your foot from a cut or scratch. "It can make you pretty sick if it got into a wound and into your blood, where it could attack any of your internal organs," says Dennis Kinney, Ph.D., the manager of the microbiology lab at EMSL Analytical. "If you didn't treat it with antibiotics, you could die from it." The flip-flops that were only worn for four days carried 18,100 bacteria the other pair had 13,900 more than the first (it traveled through many subway lines, Coney Island, and public restrooms). GROSS.
To read more check out the article from the NY Daily News.