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Fashionable Flip Flops

Updated on April 6, 2012
Island Lil Girl
Island Lil Girl

It's Come A Long Way!

Tatami Flip Flops $4.95
Tatami Flip Flops $4.95
UGG $93.00
UGG $93.00
Dolce & Gabbana-119.00
Dolce & Gabbana-119.00
Juicy Couture-$55.00
Juicy Couture-$55.00
Havaianas Peacock-$24.00
Havaianas Peacock-$24.00
Lisa Wedge Cariri-$138.00, with Crystals
Lisa Wedge Cariri-$138.00, with Crystals

There are political flip floppers, and there are Flip Flops you wear on your feet. One is better than the other, and this is about the better other. Ok, we're just having some fun.

Flip-flops used to be very basic type of footwear — essentially a thin rubber sole with two simple straps running in a Y from the sides of the foot to the join between the big toe. They are most common in India (where it is immensely popular and called Hawaii Chappal), Australia, New Zealand, USA, Brazil, the Pacific Islands, and Soutjeast Asia. Now, they are a big part of the fashion industry, a growing multi million business around the globe.

Yes, Flip Flops have come a long way. You either love 'em or you hate them. I must confess, i liked them, did not like them, then i liked them again. I used to wear them a lot when i was young, then someone said, he didn't think i should wear them. I guess it had to do with the mixed up culture where i came from, where wearing slippers were considered worn only by the masses, or folks with 'low status'. Some elites took this to the extreme by making it a no no to wear in their presence. Thankfully this is not so much the case anymore.

I had a changing of my own silly mindset when i moved to Flip Flop country Hawaii. As they say, 'do what the islanders do'. 'Hang loose', or chill. Life's a beach, be casual. That means get rid of your rigid, shackling shoes, and let your feet breathe! I threw mine away, and now, i feel like i fit in. I'm no longer an oddball in a sea of happy, smiling people, nor do i look like a 'tourist' who forgot to do her homework. Flowing with the tide and jelling in with the crowd was like joining a new religion. You become part of a large community of believers, and you walk the talk (or talk the walk, in this case). You can't do without your flip flops, you must wear it everywhere. Then, you look at the 'unbelievers' like some alien and you wonder, 'when will they see the light'?. Well, i saw the light, and i went to the nearest flip flop store, located in Ala Moana, and bought a couple of pairs. I was officially a convert, adding myself among the thousands of flip floppers, still a fashion victim! I am now a user and walk around like i was born in it.

One of Hawaii's customs is to remove shoes, or sandals when you enter the home of your host. In fact, they do the same, in their own homes. It seems the islanders have it right. Why bring in the filth and germs we pick up and dump it on someone's beautiful carpet? Wearing flip flops makes life easy and hassle free. What i especially like is, no one really seems to care if you're wearing signature slippers. Once you take them off and walk barefeet, you're just like the rest. You have to agree, that is one less stress to deal with.



You Don't Have to Flip Flop

The choices for Flip Flops have become so extensive and so interesting, from cheap to pricey, from traditional rubber to leather trendy. From UGGs, Crocs, to FitFlops, there's definitely an evolution happening in the footwear business.

"Flip flop" is a trademark protected brand-name in Germany, owned by flip flop GmbH and the Bernd Hummel Group. Havaianas is a Brazilian brand of flip-flop that gained world recognition in 1998 after the company developed a style of the sandals for the World Cup that featured the Brazilian flag. Although Havaianas flip-flops have only become wildy popular in the United States in the last five years after many celebrities were seen wearing them the brand has been around since 1962. The brand's famous slogan "Havaianas. The Real Ones." originated in the 1970s as a response to other companies making knock-off versions of the flip-flops. The shoes are known for their comfortable soles and straps. The name Havaianas means Hawaiians in Portuguese.

There's no question, lifestyles are changing and budgets are getting tighter. There are also health concerns to address. How safe are these Flip Flops? Meantime, if you're in Hawaii, make sure to bring a pair!

Flip Your Own


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    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for coming by and for your comment Sunshine! Flip flops are fun and sooo comfortable. It's perfect for Florida!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Really enjoyed this hub! I'm a flip flop lover and living in Florida I have the opportunity to wear them almost year round! :)

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      8 years ago from Hawaii

      Do i know you Ben? You sound like someone we 'party' with, lol!

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      8 years ago

      as a guy theres nothing more sexy and sensuous than a sexy pair of leather flip flops....... mmmm and painted toenails! what a turn on!!!!

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      8 years ago from Hawaii

      Tim-Tim, thanks for the advice. I can imagine how an accident can happen with that probability.

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thank you for the Flip Flop hub! I like them but want to warn others about driving with those on. Sometimes it gets in the way of accelerating or braking. Be careful:)

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Creativeone! I'm glad you enjoyed my little flip flopping here.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Wow, loved your hub on flip flops, there some really pretty ones out there. thanks for sharing. creativeone59

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Gosh Bk, i wish to one day have a flip flop summer with you, here or in NY. If you can't make it, i'll be there next year, how about it? Thanks for the share. I was actually going to write about the health concerns by foot health practitioners, but i thot was going to take the fun out of my flip flopping! But, thanks for letting us know it hasn't hurt you at all!

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love love love flip flops!

      It is my only shoe of choice for summer which is why I live for summer. The most basic rubber sole, and rubber Y top. Inexpensive. Very, very popular here in NYC.

      By the way, I can run in flip flops as I have run for many many buses - there is a way you have to bring your foot down on the ground - don't slide your foot forward in the Y portion, you'll feel pain between the toes and destroy your flip flops.

      When I spent time in Bangkok - everyone had flip flops. Found great ones at the Chatuchak Market.

      I will wear my flip flops well into cold weather. I also save a pair for strictly indoor wear.

      There are doctors here that say flip-flops are bad for the feet. They are wrong. My feet are 60 years old and they are perfect. Our feet need air, they should not be enclosed rubbing against hard leather (or plastic which is often the case now). And the rubber sole offers cushioned support.

      Thanks for this tribute to wise foot wear! For me it is no longer a shoe, it's a life-style!

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      You are right Dohn. They are fun, but not for running. Maybe one of these days they will come up with running flip flops! Thanks again for your visit.

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Very nice hub on flip-flops, IslandVoice. I like flip-flops too, but they are definitely not built for running. I lost in a chase a few times, oftentimes losing my tropical apparel in the process :( They're great, just as long as you're not in a rush, I guess!


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