The latest craze in footwear is the colorful flip-flops. Come summer and you will see a whole lot of them walking round, not just at the beach, but everywhere. They are open toed sandals that consist of a flat sole held by a ‘Y’ shaped strap. These sandals were christened flip flops because of the sound that is made by slapping between the sole of the foot and the floor when walking.
The modern flip flops take after the Japanese zori, made of rice straw or other plant fibers. The soles of these come in different sizes and a wide range of colours that are available today.
Flip flops are worn by both men and women. These are worn the world over and known by different names in different places – thongs in Australia and slops in South Africa. In India and Pakistan they are called Hawaii chappal and jandals in New Zealand. Throughout the world, they are known by a variety of other names, including chinelos in Brazil, japonki in Poland, dacas in Somalia, sayonares in Greece, Schlapfen in Austria, slippers in Hawaii, tsinelas in the Philippines, djapanki in Bulgaria, and vietnamki in Russia and Ukraine.
The flip-flops are basically a casual wear that can be worn to beaches, for shopping, while out with friends for a casual lunch, etc. They can be teamed with any attire. Be it jeans, shorts, summer dresses etc.
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In 1962, the Brazilian flip-flops known as Havaianas became very popular with younger crowd. Right from teens to college students were seen wearing them in all kinds of colors. Youngsters decorated the tongs with various beads, chains, metallic finish, charms and other decorations to make them look more attractive.
Today flip flops is a $20 billion industry and exceeded the sales of even sneakers which was very popular among the youth. It is the most inexpensive footwear that you can own. It now comes in all bright and wonderful colors. The flip-flop slippers are available in rubber, foam, plastic, leather, suede, and even fabric.
Today not just the youth, but many celebrities can be seen sporting them. Hollywood stars can be seen walking around casually in ripped jeans and bright flip-flops on casual days. The artistic designs on the flip flop sandals make them look very attractive.
The flip-flops for women come decorated with sequins, bows, chains and beads. The Fila flip flops for men are very popular too. They are new, light weight, funky, stylish. They come in a wide range of colors too. Major brands like the Nike flip-flops and converse flip-flops too are very popular. They come in a wide range of colors, patterns and designs.
The flip flop slippers though quiet comfortable and casual to wear but may not provide the right kind of protection to the foot. Walking in them for long can be quite tough on the foot and cause pain in the ankle, feet and leg. Sometimes worn-out flip flops can cause injury due to slipping.
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