As we all know Flip-flops are a form of casual wear sandals, that consist of a flat sole with a Y-shaped strap that passes between the toes and around both sides of the foot. These were originated and typically worn by Ancient Egyptians in 1500 B.C. and by people of many cultures throughout the world. After World War II it became more popular unisex summer footwear starting in the 1960’s.
Since the 1960’s the term flip-flops has been used widely in American and British English described as the thong or no-heel-strap sandal, onomatopoeia of the sound made by the sandals when walking in them. They are called thongs in Australia, jandals in Japanese, slops in South Africa and tsinelas in the Philipines. In India, flip-flops are commonly known as hawaichappal. In Japan, people wear traditional straw sandals similarly designed as flip-flops, known as zori.
Being emerged in many different ancient Egyptian artworks, all the way back to 4,000 B.C. Flip-flops early version was created using basic and fundamental tools. A pair which was found by researchers in Europe was about to be 1500 years old and was joined together with papyrus leaves. Ancient Egyptians created their sandals using only papyrus and palm leaves, while Africans used rawhide. Different types of material were used in Asian countries. In India, the flip-flops were made of wood. Rice straw was used by Chinese and Japanese people. Earlier the Ancient Greeks had used the most modern form of the flip-flop by creating straps which were worn between the first and second toe, while many different countries craft flip-flops with straps between the second and third, or third and fourth toe.
Flip-Flop of Modern Age
As the modern flip-flops gained popularity in the US after World War II as the American soldiers brought Japanese zori with them. The sandals were redesigned and modified into bright colors that dominated 1950s design. Due to their convenience and comfort, they were promoted primarily as a casual accessory, typically worn with shorts, bathing suits, or summer dresses and were popular in beach-themed stores and as summer shoes during the 1960’s.
In 1962, Alpargatas introduced flip-flops named as Havaianas in Brazil, in 2010 more than 150 million pairs of these Havaianas were produced on yearly basis and were fashionably adapted by the youth mostly, decorated with unique materials like charms, chains, and beads. High-end flip-flops made up of sophisticated and synthetic materials were worn instead of sneakers or loafers.
In 2011, President of the United States Barack Obama was photographed wearing a pair of flip-flops.The Dalai Lama has also been a frequent user of flip-flops and hasmet several U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama while wearing the flip-flops.
Simple, Casual & Cost-Effective Footwear.
Now, most of the flip-flops do not have a strap around the heel, although varieties with heels are available. They are also designed for sports with added support same as athletic shoes, with a thong between the toes. Flip-flops are inexpensive, cost as much as $10 or less in majority countries throughout the world.
Made from a variety of materials, such as rubber, foam, plastic, leather, suede, and even fabric. However, the Flip Flop Shops reported that the sales were $20 billion in 2009. These shoes are comfortable, cheap and effective to footwear, which no wonder makes them so popular.