Maybe it was because I wasn’t allowed wear them at school.
Or because went to college in San Diego.
Or because I don’t like wearing “real” shoes.
Whatever the catalyst may be, I love flip flops.
My earliest memory of wearing flip flops was when I was three years old. I think my mom still worked the night shift back then (she’s a maternity nurse) and my dad took me to see The Great Mouse Detective. I could be wrong, but I think there’s a photo of me wearing a tank top, shorts, sunglasses, and the classic rainbow strap flip flops from the 80’s. (Anyone remember those?) And while I barely remember all the details, I think I remember more because my mom recounts the story that “she couldn’t believe my dad let me out of the house like that”, I have some vague recollections of those flip flops.
One time in high school I dared to wear flip flops to school. I went to a Catholic high school with a pretty stringent dress code, and shoes could not be backless. Flip flops out. Well, this one time, I decided that I would risk it. I made sure that my jeans or pants covered my heels, and dodged the Assistant Principals if I saw them in the hallways. I only tried that a few times. It was too exhausting to avoid getting detention.
And then I got to college. In San Diego. Also known as the capital of flip flops, to me anyway. Anywhere I looked on campus, there was at least one person sporting the shoe. I quickly learned the most comfortable and stylish brands, and my favorites to this day are Reefs and Rainbows. I developed a flip flop tan on my feet, as they were the one body part that saw the sun most frequently, traipsing around campus. And of course, if I was headed to the beach, flip flops are the way to go.
Now, I wear them all the time, except when it’s cold. While I love flip flops, I don’t love the toe sock look. That’s just me. And especially now, in the height of summer, and super hot weather, it’s just unpleasant to wear socks.
These are my Rainbows, and I think they must be about 4 years old now. And basically, they last forever. Well, until you literally wear them out.
Do you love flip flops? What brand is your favorite?
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