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Old 05-24-2020, 04:49 AM
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I call them flip-flops now, but when I was young we called them go-aheads. I really like the sound of slippahs and might be tempted to revise again.
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In Hawaii, locals don’t wear “flip-flops,” nor do they wear “thongs.” What you should understand is the deep island pride in the iconic rubber slipper, also known as the “slippah,” which traces its roots back to the Japanese zori (traditional flat sandals made of rice straw or plant fibers) and came into popular use in Hawaii after World War II.


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Old 05-24-2020, 05:02 AM
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Typically either flip-flops or sandals.
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Old 05-24-2020, 05:02 AM
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Sandals or flip flops here
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Old 05-24-2020, 05:12 AM
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Flip-flops, although we used to call them thongs long ago! I use sandals for a summery, open shoe that is less rubbery, more substantial, and usually more expensive than flip-flops.

Slippah makes me think of grandma's mules.

*My 80 year old neighbor, who was born and lived the first 25 years of her life in Japan, calls those shower shoes. No other name.

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Old 05-24-2020, 05:16 AM
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To me, flip flops are casual beach/pool wear. They were also called thongs when I was a kid!


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Old 05-24-2020, 05:27 AM
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Flip flops now, sometimes thongs as a kid. Something I have never worn because I have never been able the stand the feel of something between my toes.

My mother never let us wear them anyway because they aren't really good for your feet.
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Old 05-24-2020, 05:44 AM
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Those would be flips flops to me.
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Old 05-24-2020, 05:44 AM
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Flip flops if they are made of rubber. I call them sandals if they are made of leather. We had a snarky faculty meeting one time where our principal pulled various flip flops and sandals out of a bag and had us rate them as such. Apparently, too many teachers were wearing "inappropriate" footwear to school and she wanted to address that issue!
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Old 05-24-2020, 05:46 AM
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I call them flip flops.
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Old 05-24-2020, 05:47 AM
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I call them Flip-Flops now but they were Thongs when I was growing up in Ohio. My over protective mother wouldn't let us wear them or any open toed shoe.


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Old 05-24-2020, 06:01 AM
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Thongs.... (just had to add more characters)
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Old 05-24-2020, 06:06 AM
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We call them flip flops. I do remember calling them thongs when I was little, though.
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Old 05-24-2020, 06:09 AM
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Flip flops. Thongs are underwear.
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Old 05-24-2020, 06:16 AM
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I call them flip flops but when I was a young California surfer girl they were called thongs. I changed to the name flip flops mainly because the term thong ended up meaning something that an older woman should never wear in public.
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Old 05-24-2020, 06:37 AM
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I call them flip flops.
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Old 05-24-2020, 06:54 AM
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When DD was in High School her friends mom remarried. They were out shopping at a GAP outlet, mom, daughter, and new step dad. New SD was trying to get in on the family shopping trip as best he could. He yelled from the other side of the store. “Hey, “Laura” they have a lot of THONGS over here” (meaning flip flops).
I think she literally crawled to the door and ran to the car!!!
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Old 05-24-2020, 07:21 AM
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flip flops

stella.ivey - our very first female superintendent used her first appearance to the district to do that very same thing. She had each principal bring out a box of shoes and go over what was, and was not, appropriate footwear for school wear. I'm thinking her first issue should have been something WAY more relevant to education.
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Old 05-24-2020, 07:55 AM
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Flip flops. I wear them all the time. When I was a kid, we called them thongs.
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Old 05-24-2020, 07:56 AM
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Another for thongs as a kid and flip flops now. Thong is such a strange word, I do wonder how it came to mean shoe and then underwear.

My islander DH called them zoris.
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Old 05-24-2020, 08:01 AM
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Flip flops, but growing up we called them things. First time I used that reference to my very young daughters, they gagged. It was sometime in high school when I first heard them referred to as Zoris.
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Old 05-24-2020, 08:06 AM
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I say flip flops for those.
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Old 05-24-2020, 08:40 AM
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Flip Flops. But I call all of that style flip flops. I get the comfortable (and expensive for flip flops) Under Armor ones and I still call them flip flops.

My mom still tries to call them thongs. I´m like, mom....no.
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Old 05-24-2020, 09:03 AM
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As a kid and now, still: zoris.
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Old 05-24-2020, 09:06 AM
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I call them flip flops.
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Old 05-24-2020, 09:10 AM
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I’ve always called them flip flops.
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Old 05-24-2020, 10:00 AM
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I call them zoris. I was born in Okinawa, Japan and they were popular there. I don't think my parents had seen them before, so they called them what the Okinawans called them - zoris.


I remember people calling them "thongs" in the U. S. while I was growing up, but I have usually heard them called flip flops. That's what my kids call them (and they think zoris is a stupid name) or just "flops".
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Old 05-24-2020, 10:12 AM
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I call them uncomfortable.
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Old 05-24-2020, 10:16 AM
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Flip flops!

I have some very fond memories of going to Woolworth's and getting a pair of thongs as a kid in NY though!
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Old 05-24-2020, 10:35 AM
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I wear a pair of cheap Hawaiian slippas. It's the original Locals brand that they sell in Hawaiian drugstores for $6 or so. I Googled it and you can buy them online for double that price. I guess I'll just have to wait until I can travel to the islands again and buy them there.
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Old 05-24-2020, 10:42 AM
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We call them Kalipa or slipper/slippah. I've called them slippers here on PT before, but usually add some caveat like "aka flip flop" so people don't confuse them with house slippers. Those were all we wore when teaching, although we typically wore nicer versions than the Local style slippers. All of my teaching shoes were kalipa of some sort!

Dh used to call them "slaps"- he said it was a California thing, but I haven't heard other people from CA say that. And now I'm having a flashback to another one post (or two) here on PT asking the same question (because I remember asking if anyone else called them slaps). That was a while ago, I think.

I remember when many people called them thongs from my childhood. Actually, hearing the word thong in the context of this footwear brings up really visceral memories of summer pool lessons/pool fun as a young child.

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Old 05-24-2020, 11:01 AM
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Back in the day we called them thongs (my mom still calls them that!). Nowadays, it's flip flops. I sometimes call them flippies, but that's just me and my weirdness!
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Old 05-24-2020, 11:05 AM
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now. Thongs back in the day.
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Old 05-24-2020, 11:14 AM
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Flip flops

Years ago a coworker had just put in a pool. She told her teenage son they needed to go buy thongs. He was NOT thinking of the same kind of thongs and he was horrified
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Old 05-24-2020, 11:24 AM
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My dad use to call them "go forwards"
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Old 05-24-2020, 12:26 PM
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Flip flops now but thongs years ago. My DH taught dr. education and I helped him with the paper grading and scheduling. He informed the class that no one was allowed to wear thongs while driving. After class we went over the correct term a few times so he would remember to say flip flops.
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Old 05-24-2020, 01:35 PM
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We usually call them slippahs, kalipa, or just shoes....when I lived in Guam they were always called zoris.
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Old 05-24-2020, 05:59 PM
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I have grown up in FL, with transplanted parents from the mid Atlantic and we have always called them flip flops!

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Old 05-24-2020, 06:57 PM
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We called them beach slippers growing up.
I still call them beach slippers.
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Old 05-24-2020, 09:03 PM
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Flip flops, but I know that my parents and their contemporaries are likely to uses the term thongs.
Funny to see the term zoris here, because I've read that term in old fashioned books and never knew what it meant. Now I know!
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