What are flip flops?
Flip-flops are a simple type of footwear in which there
is a band between the big toe and the other toes.
Flip-flops are a type of
open-toed footwear sandal, typically worn as a form of casual wear. They consist
of a flat sole held loosely on the foot by a
Y-shaped strap or thong
that passes between the first and second toes and around both sides of the foot.
The name "flip-flop" originated from the sound made by the slapping of the
sole, foot and floor when walking.
The flip-flop is common for summer time activities such
as hanging out by a lake, river, pool, or beach. They are good for walking
the boardwalk near a beach, but you may want to take them off when you get onto
the sand (or the sand flips up like crazy).
This style of footwear has been worn by the people of
many cultures throughout the world, originating as early as the ancient
Egyptians in 1,500 B.C. (possibly earlier).
The flip-flop began gaining in popularity in the USA
after soldiers returning from World War II were bringing the Japanese zōri with
them. The modern flip-flop descends from the Japanese zōri. As they
became adopted into American popular culture, the sandals were redesigned and
changed into the bright colors that dominated 1950’s design.
This footwear style quickly
became popular due to the shoes convenience and comfort. They were popular
in beach community stores and as summer shoes around the country. During the
became firmly associated with the beach lifestyle of California.
Flip flops are primarily a casual
accessory, typically worn with
bathing suits, or summer dresses. As they became more popular, some people
started wearing them for more dressy or formal occasions. In our opinion,
the traditional flip flop style is not generally appropriate for formal
occasions. Possibly, another type of sandal can be acceptable, but
flip-flops should remain for more casual events.
Should flip-flops be worn with socks?
Because of the strap between the toes, flip-flops are
typically not worn with socks. Though, in colder weather, some people may wear
flip-flops with toe socks. The Japanese commonly wear tabi with their zōri
sandals, which is a traditional sock with a single slot for the thong.
What are the difference
& flip flops?
Flip-flops are a type of sandal.
are an open type of footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer's foot by
straps passing over the instep and, sometimes, around the ankle. The
has a very simple design, consisting of a thin rubber sole with two straps
running in a Y shape from the sides of the foot to the gap between the big toe
and the one beside it.
International Names for Flip-Flops (or similar footwear)
The term flip-flop has been used in American and British
English since the 1970s. This footwear has a number of other names around
the world. They are called thongs in Australia, jandals (originally a
trademarked name derived from "Japanese sandals") in New Zealand, slops in South
Africa and tsinelas in Philippines (in some Visayan localities as "smagul", from
the word smuggled). India and Pakistan, flip-flops are commonly known as
hawai chappal. Japanese wear similarly designed, traditional straw sandals
known as zōri. Vietnam dép tông or dép xỏ ngón. They are
called chinelos in Brazil, japonki in Poland, dacas in Somalia, sayonares
(σαγιονάρες) in Greece, Schlapfen in Austria, slippers in Hawaii and the
Netherlands, tsinelas in the Philippines, infradito in Italy, djapanki
(джапанки) in Bulgaria, and vietnamki in Russia and Ukraine.
What are flip-flops made of?
This type of sandal can be made from a wide variety of
materials. If you were so inclined, you can actually make them from the rubber
of old tires. The modern sandals are made of more modern materials, such
as rubber, foam, plastic, leather, suede, and even fabric. This type of shoe is
often worn around wet conditions so it is generally good to utilize fabrications
that do not get negatively affected by water.
Learn about other
open-toe shoes and other
types of shoe styles in our footwear terms section.
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