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The Evolution of Sandals

We’ve seen different kinds of sandals that walked the earth fashionably. But, have we really thought for a second how sandals came about? In this post, let us go back to history and flatter ourselves with vast knowledge on the footwear that everyone loves to flaunt, sandals.

According to Wikipedia, Sandals are an open type of outdoor footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer's foot by straps passing over the instep and, sometimes, around the ankle. In short, any type of footwear with straps and sole is in fact sandals. So name your style, they are sandals.

The word sandal came from the Greek word, sandalon. There are two types of “Greek sandalon” which are baxeae and cothurnus. Baxeae is the kind of sandals that comic actors and philosophers of that time wore. Whilst cothurnus, a boot sandal, is what we usually see in the movies worn by horsemen, actors, hunters, and upper class people.

An example of a Cothurnus

On the other side of the world however, you will see another kind of sandals. From the Japanese is the geta. These resemble the modern day clogs and flipflops. The geta is made of an elevated wood with a strap or thong to secure the foot. This is usually worn with the Japanese traditional dress, Kimono or Yukata.

Types of Geta

Fast forward to the 21st century, we have now every possible styles and designs of sandals which evolved over time from each corner of the world. From those made from fresh natural water lilies to synthetically made ones, the world has them. These sandals also come in different colors and textures such as the Reef Fanning sandals which is made from Synthetic Nubuck upper with sparkle detail. It has specifically Contoured EVA footbed with anatomical arch support for the comfort of our feet.

Reef Sandals

Truly, the world had loved sandals all throughout centuries. The comfort they offer is of no comparison to any other footwear. Shopping for sandals has been a part of every person’s shopping list. And definitely, it will go on and on because sandals will never cease in the fashion world. They will evolve in terms of style and design, as per se, they are still the good old sandals that the world has come to know.

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