Flip-flop is an onomatopoeic name, that comes from the sound that the soles of the flip-flops make when slapping against the wearer’s heels and the floor as they walk.
Flip-flops have grown in popularity since the 1990’s. Before which they were poorly made. Today, flip flops have even become acceptable for casual evening wear, as evidenced by the prevalence of more comfortable, better-made, and more expensive styles.
In Buddhist areas of East Asia, it is common to leave shoes outside the house. In these areas flip-flops are convenient and popular because they can be put-on and removed easily and quickly. They are also popular in other developing countries sd they are one of the cheapest forms of footwear. rubber flip-flops are the cheapest footwear available. Despite their disposable design, street vendors will repair worn sandals for a small fee. Sometimes flip-flops are made of recycled rubber tires, reducing the cost even further. They are the footwear of choice for indigent workers, being worn for farming, construction, and other heavy manual work.