are a kind of flat, backless
sandal that consist of
simple soles held on the foot by a V-shaped strap that passes
between the toes and around either side of the foot, attached
to the sole at three points (viz., between the
toes and on either side). In American English, these are
also known as thongs. In Hawaii,
are known as
cheaply made of rubber, flip-flops have become a fashion
rage: they are immensely popular as everyday casual
especially with teenagers and young adults
and are now available in a wide variety of materials (leather,
transparent plastic, rubber, wood, etc.) and price ranges.
The term "flip-flop"
derives from the rhythmic slapping noise that the sandals
make while slapping against the wearer's
heels as he or she walks.
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Sole of Shoe