The story of Japan's low Slippers

The story of Japan's low Slippers:
People call selipar jepun Malaysia. Australians call thongs, in America even say flip-flop. Its funny in Czech, this thing called zabky which means frog.

In fact selipar jepun, flip-flop, or a variety of different designations in each country refers to a million people footwear: flip-flops. Maybe because allegedly came from Japan, it is called selipar jepun (Japanese slippers).

Where the origin of flip-flops? Actually the use of flip-flops as old as the stone age. For comparison, the cave paintings of the late period of about 15,000 tahn Paelotik past have described flip-flops. Similarly, archaeologists of the discovery of the tombs of ancient Egypt around 4,000 years BC.

The physical evidence that the oldest extant strap sandals made from papyrus from 1500 BC heritage, and can be seen in the British Museum. During the sandals are made from various materials. Besides papyrus, some of the skins (the Masai, Africa), some from wood such as in India, and straw (China and Japan).

The shape is varied. The closest to the shape of flip flops as it is known today, may have come from Japan. The Nihon fuuzokushi jiten describe the use of Zori (sandals with straps shape model "V" between the toes and fingers) is widely used in the Heian period (794-1185). Japanese children to use these types of sandals to learn to walk.

Sandals of ancient Egypt at the British Museum /

Zori introduced into American society after World War II when the Allied forces took this Japanese thongs as a souvenir. Similarly, when America invaded Korea in the 1950's, began to appear flip-flops made of rubber.

Why is it called a flip-flop? Because when used to walking on the ground or sand, so dug slippers as you hear a "flip". Then when we ride heel, sandals usually still attached to the ground. Once there is movement of the foot that forced him to come off of the ground, the sound will "flop".

Americans fell in love with flip flops, sandals designers to design more colorful. As a result, flip-flops directly to "pop culture", especially in California. The younger generation who like to play on the beach so menggandrungi flip flops, because it is easy to carry when they want to surf. That is the reason for the flip-flop beach sandals often called.

Swallow the popular
There are no data exactly when the flip-flops into Indonesia. Could it be that when the Japanese occupation? What is clear, flip-flops are here synonymous with the brand Swallow. Because of that many people call "flip-swallow".

Sandal swallow once booming since the 1960's until the late 20th century. The design is fairly simple, usually pedestal where leg (upper slippers) are white. Just colored laces and rubber bottom.

Later, when the flip-flop sandals designed by leading designers worn by Hollywood celebrities, then the flip-flops in Indonesia took part with bright colors. Swallow sandal is no longer cornered the market in this country.

For a more prestigious brands - as imports, we can also find flip flops brand Havaianas. This one is the original brand made in Brazil.

Apakabardunia summarized from wikipedia and

The story of Japan's low Slippers