The popular style of foot ware we know as “flip flops” have been worn by people of many cultures throughout the world, originating as early as the Ancient Egyptians in 4,000 BCE. The oldest known pair is on display at the British Museum from 1,500 BC. They were worn in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus.
In the US, the modern flip flop became popular after WWII as soldiers brought them back from Japan where the traditional Zori is worn.
While popular around the world, it is only in America where they get the name flip flops. This is an onomatopoeia word, thanks to the sound these rubber-soled sandals make when they flap against your feet as you walk.
We sure do love these shoes! In 2015, American’s spent $2.6 billion on Flip Flops.
Here’s another fun fact taken from the National Calendar site:
In 2007, Tropical Smoothie Cafe created National Flip Flop Day to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Every year on this date, customers who come into participating Cafes across the nation wearing flip-flops receive a free Jetty Punch Smoothie. Purchasing a $1 paper flip flop from Tropical Smoothie, will help send ill children and their families to Camp Sunshine. https://www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com/
So why not celebrate this iconic piece of summer footwear. Today, the Wednesday after Memorial Day is NATIONAL FLIP FLOP DAY. For some nifty ideas on how to celebrate our favorite footwear visit: