July 7, 2020

Zōri (草履) are flat and thonged Japanese sandals, initially made of rice straw and used with kimono. Nowadays zōri are made of various materials and they usually have a rubber sole. Zōri can be used indoor, with informal wear, or as beach sandals. Similar in form, modern flip-flops became popular in the United States, Australia and New Zealand when soldiers returning from World War II brought Japanese zōri with them to their countries.