As spring turns to summer, I’m perennially grateful for the simplest of footwear: flip-flops.
Popularized by surfers in the 1960s but with a history tracing back to ancient Egypt, flip-flops or thongs have been a staple in my life for nearly 60 years. Growing up in Southern California, one couldn’t walk down the sidewalk or across the street in the summer in bare feet; cheap plastic thongs were the next best thing.
Here in Arizona, I have several pairs, some fancier than others (you know, for parties with an “Arizona Casual” dress code), and some placed in strategic places near the front door and on the back patio. If I need to go check the mail or clean the pool, I just slip them on my feet and head out!
On a recent trip back east that required a suit and tie, I remarked this was the first time in quite awhile that I had to wear both socks and shoes with laces! One of the joys of working from home is being able to wear shorts and polos … and flip-flops when going outside.
There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. If the ancient Egyptians and Japanese could do it wearing simple sandals, can’t we all?
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