Recall: Walmart Recalls Chinese Made Flip Flops

Wal-mart stores across the country are pulling flip-flops made in china after customers complained of rashes or burns developed on their feet.

A Texas woman says her feet started showing signs of a rash about three weeks after she started wearing the sandals in July.

As the scarring worsened into the exact pattern of the flip flop straps, she filed a complaint with Wal-mart.

Wal-mart says it will now do more testing on the flip flops.


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  • by Patty Location: Orange City, FL on Sep 20, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    To Karen in Vanceburg I too am having a problem with the elastic part of my bras. I have a very itchy rash and hives. Found your comment when searching for info about the china made flip flops that have done the same thing to my feet where the strap makes contact.
  • by Melissa Location: Wisconsin on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    Ivy, take your daughter to a dermatologist and ask them specifically about chemical burns and fungal infections. I have read dozens of these reports, and most people are being treated with some sort of antifungal cream (think gynelotrimin) or prednisone cream. The length of time it takes to manifest leads me to believe it may be fungal rather than chemical. It seems almost necrotic in the pictures. Fungus has the ability to destroy healthy tissue. I would test a small spot with something like lotrimin and see if it improves.
  • by Ivy Location: El Paso on Mar 30, 2009 at 08:44 PM
    Same thing happened to my 16 month old. I am seriously worried, she has not worn the shoes in over 2 weeks and her feet are still getting worse....If anyone knows anything else, please let me know. My daughter had the pink clog looking shoes with brown back straps and the holes cut into a bear face.
  • by Felicia Location: Philadelphia on Aug 26, 2008 at 08:02 PM
    I got the daisy flip flops at Walmart last year and just started to wear them this year. After a month I notice tiny red hard dots that ended up big boils on the ball of my feet. Very painful full of pus and burn. wouldn't heal to fast and I'm scared to put on shoes it hurts. I will be seeing a doctor this week to see if I need meds (cream)or something. We didn't have all these problems with products that was made in the USA in my day. It seems these other places are not as regulated.
  • by Wendy Cannaday Location: Poplar Bluff, Missouri on May 29, 2008 at 11:39 PM
    I've read through the comments on here and I"m sure I've had it worse than everyone... It started out as bumps along the strap lines from the flip flops. I wear rubber boots to work and it caused it to escalate. My feet oozed and my skin would stick to my socks and I'd have to rip them off. November I started going to the doctor and it still kept getting worse. In January, I went to the doctor because it still wasn't any better, and he told me I had staph and gangrene and was about a week away from losing my feet. Luckily, they are 'were' better actually because I bought some flip flops from them this year and my feet have broke out again! So don't buy from there this year either! Let me know what all you find out about whats in them! My doctor said it was contact dermatitis to something my feet didn't like. My e-mail addy is (edited)
  • by OPAL Location: BARTLESVILLE, OKLA on May 14, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    I HAD A BAD REACTION LAST YEAR WTH FLIP FLOPS AND WHEN I WENT IN TO THE STORE THEY CLAIMED THAT THEY DIDN'T KNOW ANY THING ABOUT IT BUT THAT THEY WERE RECALLED. WHAT I'M WANTING TO KNOW THIS YEAR IS ANY ONE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM? I BROUGHT THE BLACK AND BROWN ONE WITH NO DASIEY AND I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM MAY 2008 . MAYBE IT'S IN THE BLOOD NOW?
  • by Al Location: Las Vegas on Apr 19, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    Bought some metal-looking (silver) flip flops from Wal-mart and immediately started getting shocked by everthing from light switches to the kitchen faucet (no kidding). Have lived in the same place for over 10 years so I assumed it was the flip flops. What are the Chinese putting in these things? Left-over metal shavings? I thought flip flops were made of rubber and you shouldn't be getting shocked. Will pay more for flip flops from the USA if they won't kill me.
  • by Stacy Location: Oklahoma on Apr 16, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    I had an unfortunate encounter with the flip flops as well. I filed a complaint with the CPSC. A woman came out, took one of my shoes, gave me a receipt for it and a report and left. I haven't heard another word since then. The burns healed up ok, but those spots on my feet are very sensitive now. I just want to know what is in the shoes!!!!
  • by Melody Location: Belle Fourche on Mar 27, 2008 at 01:08 PM
    I had the same burn from Wal-Mart flip flops and actually sent one of the shoes with an AIG representative for testing, on the condition that I would be told the results before any type of settlement would be considered. Months went by with no word from them, and when I did finally get through to a rep, she told me that there was excessive abrasives found, but wouldn't tell me what kinds. A lawyer advised me to send a letter requesting a copy of test results and that my shoe be returned. AIG responded with a letter, letting me know that they do not divulge test results and they would try to get my shoe back as soon as possible. That was over a month ago. I just want to know what the chemical or abrasive was. Is that too much to ask. All I've gotten is the run around. PS Margie in Springfield, I emailed you. Give me a shout back if you can.
  • by Scott Location: Walnut Creek, CA on Mar 3, 2008 at 11:31 PM
    I stumbled across this page while searching for American made flip-flops. Unfortunately I have not had much luck in finding any except at http://www.okabashi.com/ I hope those of you affected by these Chinese made flip-flops reconsider further shopping at Wal-Mart and the purchasing of Chinese made products. Both tend to have many adverse environmental and social impacts. As an environmental scientist I have done considerable research into the business practices of Wal-Mart, and it is clear to me that the only thing important to them is squeezing as much revenue as possible out of the consumer. For a candid look at their practices I recommend the movie "Wal-Mart: The high cost of low price". Buying American may cost a little more, but in general I believe you will reap savings in quality, product life, and benefits to our social economy.

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