Flip Flops, Footwear, and WWII

The Flip-flop –  its name comes from the sound made as you walk in these lightweight summer “sandals.”

BUT DID YOU KNOW?  Flip-flops are not the design creation of a Southern California beach boy… our marines and sailors brought the Japanese “zori” back with them after serving in the Pacific.

Perhaps they were even noticed by troops serving in northern Africa  – the oldest known pair dates back to Acient Egypt, 1500 B.C.

During the postwar boom, Americans started to design flip flops, using rubber which had been in short supply during the war.  Flip-flops gained popularity in the 60′s and became a symbol of the “laid back” casual beach lifestyle of California.

The flip-flop industry in the US is estimated to be over 10 million pair purchased annually, ranging from the basic colorful rubber model at $1.00 to designer versions bejeweled with Swarovski crystals retailing at $150.00.

As comfy and stylish as your favorite pair might be, we recommend sturdy, comfortable footwear on our WWII tours to Western Europe.   Save your flip-flops for another day!


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