The origins of flip flops date back to Ancient Egypt in 4,000 B.C. The Ancient Egyptians made sandals out of palm leaves and papyrus to protect their feet from the rugged landscape. Sandals later got adopted in other regions of the world, including Japan, China, India, and Africa.
The Ancient Romans were the first civilization to create the flip flop design that inspired what we use today. Their design featured a toe strap that went in between the first two toes of each foot. Now we have a similar Y-shaped toe strap that goes between each foot. That is how the flip flops stay attached to our feet as we walk.
There are at least three good reasons why flip flops have been around for nearly 2,000 years. Let’s examine them below.
1) Easy to Wear
Regular footwear requires you to tie laces or secure straps in place. Most people don’t want to go through all that trouble to protect their feet around the house or yard.
Flip flops offer an easy and fast way for you to protect your feet. You can just put your feet down onto the flip flops and slide your toes through the toe straps, and you’re good to go.
2) Healthy for Your Feet
Regular shoes cover the entirety of your feet, which prevents sweat and bacteria from leaving your skin. That is how fungal infections occur.
Flip flops allow sweat to leave the skin of your feet. Plus, your feet won’t stink so much because the air circulation will keep them oxygenated.
3) Wear Them to Public Places
Flip flops are not just for home use. You can wear them to public swimming pools, restaurants, and retail stores too.
Their base is durable enough to protect your feet on grass, pavement, concrete, and other solid surfaces you might step on while away from your house.
Flip flops are one of the only types of fashion wear that have achieved worldwide acceptance amongst people.