The simplest layout is that of a fleet-footed wood-based block. But throughout history there have been many changes on that design. The choice of toes to which the footwear was attached has differed from culture to culture.
The Japanese, to help young kids to learn to walk, came out with the woven sandal called “Zori”, which made its entrance to the beaches of New Zealand as early as 1900s. From this stage, Zoris created the trend for the mass popularity of flip-flops.
Flip flops came to the shores of the USA with the homecoming of the troops from the War in the mid 40s. After the Korean War, the proliferation of the rubber flip flops started the craze. From here, this amazing footwear gradually became part of the lifestyle. It was at this time when the build and quality of the footwear improved tremendously.
Nowadays, they are so popular that they no represent social class. In the beginning, the presence of flip flops on the sunny beaches of California triggered a craze. This spreads over the whole of US making them the casual footwear choice. People just like the simple design and the affordable prices.
It is precisely for this reason that this footwear is also the basic footwear for third-world countries. The prices there can be beyond the concept of cheap, like under a dollar. Recently, the strong green movement across many sectors of business mean there is now an added awareness on “green” footwear. For this, recycled tires and other disposables become the building materials.
Like the blue jeans, they have even turned into design or fashion attire. They often show up at awards shows, and even at engagement parties on the feet of brides-to-be!