A Unisex Shoe
|My Feminine Thong "Flip-Flop" Collection|
There were few options for boys/men in footwear and I have always been taken by the variety that women have. Flip-Flops embodied something new and was adopted immediately as a feminine sandal alternative.
Here is an interesting article on "Here's how those sandals really affect your posture, your knees and more." from the Huffpost - Life Science.
There were several parts of my adolescent thinking that were all wrong. First the Flip-Flop was not new according to Wikipedia:
Thong sandals have been worn for thousands of years, dating back to pictures of them in ancient Egyptian murals from 4,000 BC. A pair found in Europe was made of papyrus leaves and dated to be approximately 1,500 years old.Second, the Flip-Flop has evolved into unisex footwear to the extend that it is a predominant warm climate foot item. On any day at my local mall (while people watching), I would see a very high percentage or people wearing a variation of the Flip-Flop; both male and female. If there is an official shoe for Florida, it is the Flip-Flop. It even has its own designated day - NATIONAL FLIP FLOP DAY – Second Friday in June.
I found this interesting new concept in unisex shoes: The World’s First Flip-Shoe. I don't know if these will catch on. They are being presented as a replacement for the ever present Flip-Flop and shown on their web site as unisex. I think that is a stretch given its resemblance to the ballet flat. However, who would have thought that the traditional Flip-Flop would become universally accepted. I did not.