Sandals In The Snow

Teenagers have always gone to extremes to be cool, but until now they haven't actually risked frostbite. That changed this winter as teens throughout the frigid Northeast and blustery Midwest began sporting flip-flops and open-toed sandals on even the snowiest of days. The trend has gone international too: Britain's Prince William was spotted wearing flip-flops on a recent cold winter day.

"I'm not cold at all," claims Alex Donovan, 16, as she steps over a snowy New York City curb while wearing Tevas. Extreme-sports enthusiast Dave Lynford, 19, says baring your toes to the elements "is no big deal." Kathryn Smith,...

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