I detest flip-flops. You know, those rubber-footed things (I can't even call them footwear) that some people wear -- usually at the beach or at a swimming pool. When people walk in them, you hear the noise that gives them their name -- a snap sound as the bottom of the rubber foot snaps up to strike the bottom of the heel. "Flip-flop, flip-flop" sounds so... awful. Some nut-cases have been seen wearing them while operating a motorcycle, which is incredibly stooopid, but as I have said before, Darwinian principles apply in those cases.
The dark grey boots are not broken in yet. The boot shafts are still very stiff. As I walk in them, I hear a noise that sounds much like flip-flops do -- when the back of the boot shaft strikes the back of my leg each time a take a step. "Flip-flop, flip-flop" go the boots. Sounds awful! Usually, I hear a more traditional "clunk" sound of the boot heel striking the floor. In this case, though, that sound is suppressed and has been replaced by a "flip-flop" noise. Yikes! I may suffer a damaged reputation as a cowboy boot-wearer! Aaaaahhhh!
I will continue to wear these boots to break them in, and hopefully the noise will cease. Meanwhile, I think I will wear taller socks, so the noise of the back of the boot shaft striking my leg will be muffled.
Oh... the trials of a Bootman who has a reputation to protect (LOL!)
Life is short: wear boots!