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Sandals are a type of open footwear that consists of a sole that is held to the wearer's foot by straps that go over the instep and around the ankle. Sandals with heels are also possible. While the line between sandals and other types of footwear can be blurred at times, the general consensus is that a sandal exposes all or most of the foot. People may choose to wear sandals for a variety of reasons, including comfort in hot weather, cost-effectiveness, and fashion. People typically wear sandals in warmer climates or during warmer seasons to keep their feet cool and dry.
These sandals, sometimes referred to as slides, are the definition of casual attire. Both men and women may wear open-toed, backless slide sandals. There may be one, two, or more straps as well as a heel or no heel. The Romans wore slide sandals with pride thousands of years ago, and they have been around ever since. Much later, in the 1960s, slides started to gain popularity in the US and Europe. The original Arizona slide from Birkenstock and the Adilette from Adidas are two legendary slide designs. Find out how to wear slides in my piece specifically on them!
Sandals come in many varieties, with the first kind having its origins in Ancient Rome. Gladiator sandals were among them. These were flat leather straps that wrapped around the foot, ankle, and occasionally the calves. They were made for soldiers and gladiators from leather from cattle or deer. There are many variations of the gladiator sandal, which has grown in popularity among women's footwear. They are a true summer staple, frequently spotted on the warm grounds of numerous music festivals.
Without flip-flops, summer wouldn't be the same! Another type that draws influence from antiquity is the flat sandal, sometimes known as "thong sandals," which is secured by a Y-shaped toe thong. Flip-flops are said to be the oldest kind of shoes. They were reportedly used by the Ancient Egyptians as early as 4000 BC! The Zori type of flip-flops was the first to become popular in America in the 1960s. The Japanese exported these traditional straw thong sandals after the war. The Zori sandals have been flattened and are now known as Tatami sandals since they are fashioned of Tatami matting. This is a topic I'll cover later in the text.
Any form of sandal having numerous straps on the top that span over the ankle and calf and secure the outsole to the foot are referred to as a strappy sandal. Gladiator sandals are the first strappy sandals, however they are presently available in numerous varieties with flimsy suede or leather straps. Strappy sandals may feature a wedge, a low or high heel. With a flat leather sole, they are now fashionable in brown, metallic, or neutral hues. Practically everything goes with strappy sandals.
A wedge sandal is a particular kind of sandal with a distinctive heel or platform known as a "wedge." This is when a sandal's elevated heel is rigidly and continuously fastened to the outsole. The wedge shoe is credited to Salvatore Ferragamo, who developed it as an orthopaedic shoe in the early 1930s. Due of the leather and rubber scarcity during the war, he utilised cork and wood materials. Today, wedges are a common feature on a variety of women's shoes, including sandals. In the 1970s, their popularity returned.
Jelly sandals, in keeping with the jelly theme, are the next kind of sandal. These PVC shoes, sometimes referred to as jelly shoes or jellies, represented footwear from the 1980s. As a child, I owned a couple pairs of my own! Although it is uncertain where jelly sandals first appeared, it is believed that they were developed during World War II. A French shoemaker began using plastic since there wasn't enough leather. Of course, the rest is jelly sole history! The jelly sandal trend has been embraced by a number of high-end shoe designers, including Stuart Weitzman, Valentino, and Moschino (seen above), who have produced slides and flip-flops fashioned of jelly.
Kitten Heel Sandals
Kitten heels are short, narrow heels that are adorable as can be and much more comfortable to walk in than their stiletto counterparts. These heels are largely distinguished by their height, which ranges from one to three inches. Kitten heels are used in a variety of women's shoe styles, including sandals and many thong sandals right now. They are in and out of fashion. Kitten heels come in a variety of sizes and styles, including as cone, stacked, block, and comma heels. Block or thin heels are the most popular kitten heel shapes right now.
Toe Loop Sandals
Toe loop sandals have a loop at the toe to keep the foot firmly attached to the outsole. Gladiator sandals and other types of sandals, as well as some flip-flop and slide designs, can come with an additional toe loop. A toe loop, frequently embellished to resemble a toe ring, can also be found on minimalist high-heeled sandals.
Clear Heel Sandals
Ever come across transparent heels and straps? Yes, translucent and clear materials are used to make clear and strappy sandals, including floss sandals.
These shoes are probably lucite heels with plastic straps. Although I've seen them made into curved and flared heels, lucite heel styles are typically block heels. Some designers have combined them with different materials, made them wedge-shaped, and even filled them with bits of colourful or metallic things!
Although women who dance on poles favour the high platform version, shoe designers have transformed them into a fashionable kind of sandal. For situations where the apparel should take centre stage, clear heels are a modern alternative to the nude sandal.