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These trendy Tropical Flip Flops are so pretty! Every time you're out and about, you'll receive compliments. People will want to know where you got them, so they can get their own pair.
- Rubber sole
- Customizable 100% polyester fabric lining
- Black Y-shaped rubber straps
- Toe post style
FuN FAcTs About The Tropics:
The tropics are regions of the Earth that lie roughly in the middle of the globe. The tropics between the latitude lines of the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The tropics include the Equator and parts of North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The tropics account for 36 percent of the Earth's landmass and are home to about a third of the world's people.
The tropics are warm all year, averaging 25 to 28 degrees Celsius (77 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit). This is because the tropics get more exposure to the sun. Because of all that sun, the tropics don't experience the kind of seasons the rest of the Earth does. The tropical seasons are broken up into just two: the wet season and the dry season.
The amount of rain can vary greatly from one area of the tropics to another. Some areas, like parts of the Amazon Basin in South America, get almost 3 meters (9 feet) of rain per year. Other areas in the tropics have a drier climate. The Sahara Desert in northern Africa only gets 2-10 centimeters (.793.9 inches) of rain per year.
The amount of rain a region gets in the tropics directly affects which plant and animal species live there. The baobab tree thrives in the arid tropics of Africa, for instance. The baobab stores water in its huge trunk. On the other extreme is the rainy island of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka gets enough precipitation to support 250 species of frogs.
Even though most people think of flip-flops as a modern invention, there are images of flip-flop-like shoes on Egyptian murals dating back to 4,000 B.C. In fact, some experts believe this type of footwear has been around since even earlier than that.
Ancient thongs, also known as flip-flops, still survive. A pair of flip-flops made from papyrus leaf is on display in the British Museum. These are from 1,500 B.C. In addition to papyrus leaf, people made this type of shoe from a variety of materials. Papyrus leaves, palm leaves, leather, wood, sisal, rice straw, and yucca plants are just a few of the materials used. It’s believed that people throughout the ancient world wore this type of shoe.
The Japanese, during Heian period between 794-1185 B.C., used a flip flop type shoe called a zori. According to the Encyclopedia of History of Japanese Manners and Customs, Japanese children used these shoes when first learning to walk. Soldiers returning from World War II first brought these sandals to the United States.
By the 1950s, flip-flops became more popular in the developed world, with the older style sisal sandal changing to a more modern design. Natural materials gave way to synthetic materials. Manufacturers began making the shoe with rubber soles and straps that could be made in any color. The results were also printed in all kinds of colored designs, which were also utilized for advertisement purposes.
By the 1960s, most people used flip-flops exclusively for casual use. Those at the beach wore flip-flops while walking from their vehicles to the beach to protect their feet from the hot sand. As these sandals became more popular, people even began wearing them for more formal events. Now, it is common to see people wearing them for formal events, as new flip flops are dressier.
Another country that was instrumental in changing flip flops from the casual sandal to footwear for the red carpet is Brazil. The Havaianas was popular among peasants, housekeepers and several other parties in San Paulo. Supermodels and actors in the country were also seen wearing flip-flops.
Today, flip-flops are a favorite option for beachgoers due to their casual look and waterproof construction. The same features have made them suitable for wearing in bathrooms, swimming pool areas, and any place where there’s water around. Of course, the more high-end designs are more suited to casual parties and similar events.