The flip flop is the perfect island ‘shoe’ for exploring the quaint streets and beaches of Nassau. But who invented this ultra casual yet efficiently convenient form of footwear? While many experts say they go back to ancient times, there is debate over who actually invented the modern day Flip Flop.
Some say brothers Ira and George Flop created the shoe. Other sources say the woven soled Japanese Zori was worn in New Zealand in the 1930’s and was patented by Morris Yock in the 1950’s when it was made popular by the Australian swim team at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
The children of an English businessman are claiming that their father John Cowie invented the design in the late 1940’s and exported the shoe to Cowie who then went on to patent it. Cowie invented the name Jandal from a shortened name of “Japanese Sandal”. Other names over the years are the Hawaii Chappal, Thongs and Jandal. Whoever the inventor was may always remain a mystery but there is one area where the debate is settled – The best place for a stroll in your comfy Jandals or Hawaiin Chappals is right here in the Bahamas on our beautiful sandy beaches.