Sandals are an open type of
are a kind of sandal. Related are mules and
flip-flops. The latter can only be worn
with bare feet or special
socks. They can be made of rope, rubber,
leather, wood (as in
geta) or tatami (as in
It is said that the
New Zealand expression "jandals"
for rubber sandals often used at the beach and called "thongs"
comes from the expression "Japanese sandals." This is derived
from the shape of jandals being similar to the Japanese "zouri,"
basically a rubber sole piece held on to the foot by two cloth thongs extending
from the inner and outer side of the foot to the gap between the big toe
and the second toe. This construction for footwear used to be the norm in
Japan before westernization of clothing,
with "geta" (wooden sole raised with one or two horizontal wooden
pieces and attached to the foot with cloth thongs), and "warabi"
(sole woven from straw with straw or cloth thongs, and sometimes extra ties
over the foot and around the leg, often used for travelling).
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