Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Flip Flops

Flip flops are definitely my favorite kind of footwear. As I am an administrator in a pretty casual office, I can wear them to work these days.

I expect a lot of people who want shoes-off in their homes like flip flops, as they are easy to put on and off and are minimal enough for people who like being shoeless. The only disadvantage is that in very wet weather, your feet can get muddy and you need to wash them after coming in.

I did wonder if flip flops had gone out of fashion. A couple of years ago, people seemed to be wearing them all year round, even in winter. However, among girls, they seem to have been overtaken by ballet pumps and Ugg boots. Nevertheless, I saw quite a few people wearing flip flops today. This probably had a lot to do with the glorious spring weather we had. We British really relish the change in season. I suspect as the weather warms, many girls will find flip flops a lot more comfortable than ballet pumps.

I have mentioned before that the popularity of flip flops and sandals today shows that most people are not embarassed any more about their feet. It seems doubtful that many people would mind being asked to remove their shoes.

4 comments:

Imacculat3 said...

I'm from Brisbane, Australia (I read in a previous blog that you want to know where your commentators are from).

Flip flops (I am probably the only person in the whole of Australia that calls them that) are my FAVOURITE type of footwear. For the same reason that they are yours, I can easily take them on and off when entering my house, or other people's houses.

A lot of my friends (bar the ones that know me really, really well) often say "You don't have to take your shoes off" when I reach their front door... but yes, yes I do. Even if I am wearing runners, and I know that I'll only have to lace them back up again when I go to leave, I will still remove them. There is just something uncouth about wearing shoes in someone's house, in any house, really.

Anyhow, to the blog in question, it must just be in the UK where they go in and out of fashion, cos here in Australia, they are the most common type of footwear you could come across. "Thongs" are sold in just about every shop, in every colour, brand and design you could possible want.

I personally have three different pairs! :)

Btw, I call them flip flops because I was born in Fiji, and that is what my parents (born and bread there) call them, because Fiji was colonised by English.. the rich English, though, not the convicts.
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Alright, ciao.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks for visiting.

You definitely don't want to call them thongs in the UK!

"There is just something uncouth about wearing shoes in someone's house, in any house, really."

Absolutely.

"Anyhow, to the blog in question, it must just be in the UK where they go in and out of fashion, cos here in Australia, they are the most common type of footwear you could come across."

In places like Australia and Hawaii, flip flops will always be part of everyday wear.

In the UK, with its rather more changeable weather, the wearing of flip flops will follow fashions, except on beach holidays.

I remember as late as 1994 and 1995, hardly anybody wore sandals. Sandals and flip flops were just not considered fashionable at all.

"I personally have three different pairs! :)"

So few? I have ten.

God Bless

Matthew

Anonymous said...

I'm from Arizona and "flips" are very common all year round. I have to say that the idea of going shoeless in the house has come up quite a few times thruout our marriage but I have a few issues with it. First,have you seen the bottoms of someones feet after wearing flips or sandals all day? Second I also have 2 boys who have recess in the sand at school- wear ever they take off their shoes there is always a pile of sand and their socks are filthy.Third, I have been told by countless carpet cleaners that the body oils from peoples feet are worse for carpets than the dirt from shoes. Providing socks would be ideal but kids and teens (98% of my visitors)would not use them. My solution was to replace most of the carpeting and have stone thru out most of the home, which is also common here, so I can clean the floors more often. I enjoy reading your info-Thanks

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks for visiting.

I suppose there is always the option of washing your feet.

Sandal-shod feet can get dirty, but shoes get much worse.

I think it is signficant that removing shoes is common even in places where sandals worn without socks are the norm, places such as Iran, India, Thailand and Hawaii.

In the middle east, people go barefoot on carpets commonly. And 4everybody knows that the best carpets are from that region.

It is true that oils from feet can cause wear to carpets. However, this is minimal in comparison with the damage that grit, stone and dust cause to carpets. Just ask an Iranian or an Arab.

God Bless

Matthew