College Dorms/Public Showers: Do you shower with flip-flops?

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College Dorms/Public Showers: Do you shower with flip-flops?

MidnightStorm MidnightStorm
When I was about to move into a dorm for a first time, everyone I knew made a huge deal over having "shower shoes." I was told I absolutely HAD to have a pair of flip-flops in to the shower because the floor was gross and I might catch athlete's foot, etc, etc, etc. I interpreted this to mean: "Wear flip-flops into the bathroom, take them off, get in shower. Get out, put flip-flops back on, walk to room." However, a friend recently found out that I don't wear flip-flops WHILE I shower and was completely appalled, telling me that everyone in a dorm wears flip-flops in the shower. Is this true? To make this poll fair for those who haven't lived in a dorm, I listed some options for public bathrooms too--such as community center/pool bathrooms, water park bathrooms, etc. Anywhere there's a public shower.

P.S. Obviously, this largely applies to public/shared bathrooms.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I lived/live in a college dorm and I wore shower shoes into the bathroom, but not while I shower.
MidnightStorm , Artishok , neil i.
3  (6%)
I lived/live in a college dorm and I wore shower shoes into the bathroom and while I shower.
Mwar , charmedtomeetyou , Lildrummrgurl7 , BlooJay , panthercat23 , Lavendar , Lady of the Lab , Ryuson , TWE112 , Missmarc , Kissy , gsfanatic , RonLee , marshmallow , indiechick , ToyingCouple , Allstars316 , sweetpea12 , dv8 , Andrey2052 , ARPKasso , invisiblehat , Rod Ronald
23  (48%)
I lived/live in a college dorm and I did not wear anything special into the bathroom (barefoot/socks).
gorgeous , Ex-prude , Anne , jc123
4  (8%)
I have used a public bathroom and I wore shower shoes around the bathroom, but not while I shower.
Martiniman
1  (2%)
I have used a public bathroom and I wore shower shoes around the bathroom and while I shower.
roskat , Kindred , sexfairy , MissCupcake , puglove , darthkitt3n , GONE! , rosythorn , CaliGirl , SaraW0512 , CaseyDeuce , Bleu , LoooveMonkey , misterazor
14  (29%)
I have used a public bathroom and I did not wear anything special into the bathroom (barefoot/socks).
I have never used a public bathroom or dormitory shower.
Ryanne , RedKyuubi
2  (4%)
Other
Incendiaire
1  (2%)
Total votes: 48
Poll is closed
10/22/2012
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Artishok Artishok
I lived/live in a college dorm and I wore shower shoes into the bathroom, but not while I shower.
10/22/2012
Mwar Mwar
I wore flip flops for 2 years until I had an apartment with my boyfriend.
10/22/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
When I did live in a dorm, I had a specific pair of flip flops I always wore in the shower. Girls are just as nasty as boys and our showers were only scrubbed down twice a week. You wouldn't believe what goes on in public/dorm showers. Gross.
10/22/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
I always wore flip flops in the bathroom and showers.
10/22/2012
MidnightStorm MidnightStorm
Quote:
Originally posted by Lildrummrgurl7
When I did live in a dorm, I had a specific pair of flip flops I always wore in the shower. Girls are just as nasty as boys and our showers were only scrubbed down twice a week. You wouldn't believe what goes on in public/dorm showers. Gross.
It might be gross of me, but I had just never thought about it until a few weeks ago, when my friend brought it up. Although I realize the showers probably can be a little icky, it IS a shower and our bathroom is electronically locked so that only a few people can access it (usually 6, but 5 in ours). It's all women, there are two stalls and two showers and I don't worry about it too much, haha.

Twice a week is generous! They clean our bathrooms like once a month. I honestly think I'm the only person that uses the shower stall I like though--I think everyone else uses the other one for whatever reason.
10/22/2012
panthercat23 panthercat23
I never went into the bathroom or shower barefoot.
10/22/2012
Lavendar Lavendar
I have worn shower shoes when showering in public places
10/22/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
Quote:
Originally posted by MidnightStorm
It might be gross of me, but I had just never thought about it until a few weeks ago, when my friend brought it up. Although I realize the showers probably can be a little icky, it IS a shower and our bathroom is electronically locked so that only a ...
It sounds like you have a smaller dorm than I did. Our shower served around 40 girls and there were 3 stalls. And the showers weren't just used for showering so I always wore shoes. If your dorm is smaller and cleaner, I could understand not wearing shoes
10/22/2012
roskat roskat
Well, I don't have dorm experience but if I'm staying at a hostel for example, I always wear flip flops to shower. That's the whole point so you don't catch anyone else foot fungus.
10/22/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
I started in college, and now I even wear them to shower at home because I feel weird NOT wearing them!
10/22/2012
gorgeous gorgeous
I live in the dorms now, but I have my own bathroom
10/22/2012
TWE112 TWE112
I lived in a dorm and I always wore flip flops in the shower.
10/22/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by MidnightStorm
When I was about to move into a dorm for a first time, everyone I knew made a huge deal over having "shower shoes." I was told I absolutely HAD to have a pair of flip-flops in to the shower because the floor was gross and I might catch ...
I lived/live in a college dorm and I wore shower shoes into the bathroom and while I shower.
10/22/2012
Kissy Kissy
Used flip flops, always in public showers
10/22/2012
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Yea, I always wore flip flops in the bathroom/shower. Saw too much nasty things going on in there
10/22/2012
sexfairy sexfairy
I shower with flip flops in public baths
10/22/2012
Ex-prude Ex-prude
WEIRD. This is the first time I have ever heard of wearing shoes in the shower. I just asked my boyfriend and he said everyone wore shoes in the shower. all news to me.
10/22/2012
Anne Anne
I never did wear flip flops when I lived in the dorms
10/22/2012
MissCupcake MissCupcake
I've been lucky enough to avoid dorms, but I always wear flip flops in the gym or pool showers. I got athletes foot once when I was in middle school while taking a swim class, and that did it for me. No thanks--not again!
10/22/2012
marshmallow marshmallow
yeah, always flip flops
10/22/2012
potstickers potstickers
Always wear flip flops in public showers. You can get fungal infections or HPV. Ewwwwww.
10/23/2012
indiechick indiechick
Quote:
Originally posted by MidnightStorm
When I was about to move into a dorm for a first time, everyone I knew made a huge deal over having "shower shoes." I was told I absolutely HAD to have a pair of flip-flops in to the shower because the floor was gross and I might catch ...
flip flops always....we were the only female bathroom for our dorm you should have seen the skanks going in and out of my shower...you'd find need for a has-mat suit
10/23/2012
puglove puglove
I have used public showers when I was camping and flip flops were a must!
10/23/2012
GONE! GONE!
I'm too paranoid not to wear flip-flops in public showers. I've heard horror stories about people getting fungus and stuff from not wearing them.
10/23/2012
neil i. neil i.
When I was in school, I wore sandals to/in the bathroom, but not in the shower. I seem to have avoided contracting any infections, and haven't used shared bathing facilities since.
10/23/2012
rosythorn rosythorn
I got lucky in college we shared a bathroom with another room. Otherwise, hall style yes wear the shoes!!!! You can get a fungus!
10/23/2012
MidnightStorm MidnightStorm
Quote:
Originally posted by Ex-prude
WEIRD. This is the first time I have ever heard of wearing shoes in the shower. I just asked my boyfriend and he said everyone wore shoes in the shower. all news to me.
Haha, that's how I felt! I used to wear flip-flops into the bathroom, but never in the shower because I hate flip-flops to begin with and wearing them wet might as well be a screaming death trap for a clutz like me. I always assumed everyone felt the same!

My roommate asked me about shower shoes the other day and was appalled that I didn't wear them in the shower and told me that everyone did, too!

@indiechick - Haha, I could see how it could get pretty bad. We have a smaller bathroom so I don't think we need any hazmat suits!
10/23/2012
CaliGirl CaliGirl
Being a Manicurist, I have seen some nasty feet from gyms and showers. I always wear flip flops on public floors.
10/23/2012
SaraW0512 SaraW0512
Ewwwww!! I don't go barefoot anywhere but home. I even wear flip flops in my dads shower.
10/23/2012
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