Who invented flip flops?

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Though traditional Japanese zori were in existence for centuries, the modern day flip flops were invented by Morris Yock in Auckland, New Zealand in the 1950s and it was patented in 1957. The traditional Japanese flip flops were popularized in America and New Zealand by servicemen returning from Japan in 1930s.

Flip-flops are also known as thong sandals or slippers. It is a type of footwear that is used primarily as a beach wear and has a flat sole with a Y-shaped strap that holds the foot loosely. A thin thong is held between the first and the second toes.

Nowadays flip-flops come in a variety of styles including the traditional flat sandals, wedges and women’s heel variety. These flip-flops are the cheapest available footwear in modern days. It can also be repaired by street vendors for a nominal fee. They come in a range of colors and patterns. Flip flops are also easy to carry and use which is why they are widely popular as flip-flops do not need the feet to be covered there is lesser chance of contacting a fungal infection.

Though it is regarded to be the most comfortable wear, it has its own disadvantages too. This type of footwear does not offer ankle support which in turn could lead to a number of foot problems. Since they are made using polyurethane which comes from crude oil, disposal of these flip flops often pose a huge environmental hazard. However these days flip flops are made using other sustainable materials.

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