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WHERE DID FLIP FLOPS COME FROM
We in Key West live in flip flops year round. That is our go to shoe of choice! Comfort, style, and its just to hot to wear shoes. Most island people from Hawaii to the Bahamas wear flip flops. Today we have so many styles and functional flips. Here is a little history on the flipflop

"Flip flops are as ancient as the Egyptian tombs and are depicted on murals in several tombs. Many of the murals show Egyptian gods wearing a similar shoe. There is no exact time frame as to when the flip flop appeared, but it is clear that the style has existed for thousands of years. In the British Museum, there is even an ancient pair of thongs (another name for flip flops) from around 1500 B.C. made from papyrus leaves. In the Middle East, ancient flip flops were made from papyrus and palm leaves. In China and Japan, they used straw to make their flip flops. In India, flip flops were constructed from wood. In Mexico, Africa and many tropical islands, natives used rawhide to make flip flops. Most flip flops have been devoted to a similar style, which is a large strap that goes between the big toe and the second toe and then turns into two straps that cross over each side of the foot in an upside-down, Y-shaped design. Some cultures used straps that tie up around the ankle to keep the foot more sturdy and attached to the shoe, but overall the main design has changed very little."

"Modern-day flip flops are an evolution of a traditional Japanese sandal called the zori. These sandals had a woven sole and were used for basic footwear. The idea for the modern flip flop most likely developed when servicemen returned to the United States, Australia and New Zealand from Japan after their tour of duty during World War II. The basic design was kept in tact until the late 1950s when a New Zealander named Morris Yock patented the plastic flip flop design that we know of today. However, there is still a bit of controversy over whether Yock should be credited with inventing the flip flop or whether the title should be given to John Cowie."

So if you are down Key West way, stop by and check out our many types of flip-flops. We have a style that will suit you I am sure. Kickback put your flips on and enjoy life!

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