Could they be worn in place of flip flops, or are they too.. um, weird for anyone not Italian in Italy to pull off? Price, and value for money aside, are they a viable alternative to flip-flops or Timberland-esque sandals? I can't see them being worn at the beach or poolside, so they're probably meant to be summer footwear. I don't want to look like I got lost in time. I know there are some people who say that confidence is the key to pulling off certain unconventional things, however, there are items (such as crocs) which no amount of confidence can save. I just want to know if the general consensus on such sandals are similar to that of crocs.