While scanning my facebook wall this morning, I was reminded by one of my friends that today is “Flip Flop Friday”! I think I’ll have to “borrow” that title for my Friday blog posts. Thank you Pam McGrath!
While I have ALWAYS loved either being barefoot or sporting flip flops, I have really embraced them this year. I’ve even come to refer to myself as living a “flip flop lifestyle”…that pretty much says it all. The beach can never be far away when you are living in flip flops…right?
I was searching for “flip flop” paraphenialia…just seeing what’s out there and came across this description of flip flops on the onlychecks.com website:Flip flops got their name from the slapping sound they make against the wearer’s sole. These flat pieces of leather or rubber with a thin strap are very popular today. Flip flops are now on virtually everybody’s foot, available in different styles and worn at every occasion. Slippers, as people in tropical countries used to call them, normally are worn in the house to relax the feet or to walk along the sandy beach or after swimming in the pool. They are comfortable, lets your feet breath and easy to wear – just slip them on and off you go. No longer for the beach, people use them to go grocery shopping, stroll in the park and yes, some wear them at work. Flip flops were suddenly everywhere! On the runways of Paris, famous celebrities wore them walking down Hollywood’s red carpet and teens wear them under their sequined prom gowns. Versatile? Maybe. Flip flops are literally available in hundreds of different designs and colors – beaded ones, metallic, printed, plain, striped, flats, platform, etc. so you can match them with almost any outfit. They range from 1-300 dollars a pair depending on the style, quality and brand.
Just to clarify…they are STILL referred to as “slippers” in Hawaii.
My current FAVORITE pair of “flops” are kind to the planet as well. The “Flippee” by Simple Shoes!
- Women’s Flippee – Eco-Certified Nubuck sandal with synthetic nubuck straps
- Vegan shoe! No animal products or even animal byproducts
- The foot form inserts are made of post consumer recycled paper
- Water based glue is used to hold the shoe together, not petroleum based. Just another way to reduce our dependence on petroleum, and it also means no nasty smelling glue for the people who put your shoes together
- The sole of the shoe is biodegradable! The midsole is made of EVA with Eco-Pure and the outsole is made of 30% recycled rubber and 70% natural rubber with Eco-Pure added
- The Eco-Pure additive makes the EVA and rubber biodegrade in 20 years in a landfill or compost heap
- Comes in a biodegradable bag with a biodegradable hanger
So not only do my feet feel great – Mother Nature is happy with us too!
So….Happy Flip Flop Friday to you!