A Corona Virus Fashion Essential.
I love my Flip Flops and have worn them since I was a child.
Not the same pair of course!
And in this year of the Corona Virus ( when there is not often a need to put on proper shoes ),
the humble Flip flop has become more of a fashion statement.
Now, I want to know when they became an essential fashion piece.
It was certainly before Kim Kardashian or George Clooney began stepping out in their best Flip Flops.
George Clooney in Flip Flops ( Via Pinterest)
I have Flip Flops in a range of patterns and colors to go with a few different summer outfits as well as for the beach and gardening.
Slap on the Flip Flops.
One of my favourite uses for the Flip Flop is having them in my handbag on a night out.
So, I can easily slip the heels off and slap on the comfortable Flip Flops.
A Bit of Flip Flop History
The name 'Flip Flop' comes from the sound the sandals make when they slap between the sole of your foot and the floor.
The oldest known pair is on display at the British Museum from 1500 BC.
A Global Fashion Basic
- Papyrus and palm leaves were the most common materials used in 1500BC Ancient Egypt.
- Rawhide is the material of choice among the Masai of Africa.
- In India, these sandals were mostly made with wood.
- China and Japan they were made of Rice Straw.
Japenese Zori sandal
The Modern Flip Flop
Today’s Flip Flop derives from the Japanese Zori sandal
which soldiers brought back to the States with them after the second world war.
And of course the rest, as they say, is history with modern Flip Flop designs in bright colors, modern patterns, digital images, even design your own.
Moving from a sandal worn around a house to an acceptable form of stepping out footwear, mainly for casual beach wear.
Today the Flip Flop is made from leather, rubber or other
sturdier textiles rather than Rice straw!
Some days (years) you ‘Flip’ and some days (years) you ‘Flop’ which ever way your year is going don’t forget your Flip Flops.