There are many who confuse flip flops and sandals. They believe that there is not much of a difference between them and that flip flops are ideally a type of sandals. I think there is a big difference between them. This is because I own both and I prefer the slip-on to something that I need to bend down to buckle every time. That is why I wear these flip flops every day.
What is the difference anyway? Let’s start with the flip flops. They are open toed footwear that can resemble slippers more than sandals. They have a flat sole that is held loosely with the help of a Y shaped strap on the foot. It is very informal footwear worn in casual situations. A beach, for example, is the perfect venue for flip flops. The name comes from the noise that they make while walking – the slapping sound.
Sandals, on the other hand, have a sole that is strapped firmly to the foot with what can be called a thong. It is secured at the ankle as it passes over your instep. Sandals are considered to be more of formal footwear when compared to the flip flop. Another difference is that while flip flops have flat soles; a pair of sandals could be flat or could have heels such as a platform.
It is the strap at the back of the ankle that is the biggest difference between these two. The times and places where they are worn at too make another important difference. I would prefer flip flops to a garden party while sandals would be the perfect fit for a relatively formal get together. End of the day, it is what makes you comfortable that you should pick. You should take care as to not injure your feet in the process. That is the key.