The sandal has an open and summery shoe shape. It only consists of a sole and straps to attach to the foot. Classic sandals are usually made of leather, while sporty sandals, such as trekking sandals, are made of plastic.
Classification of the category sandals
The sandal is the oldest shoe shape known to man. A typical feature of the sandal is its airy lightness, as the sole of this shoe is attached to the foot with only a few straps. Sandals do not have a real heel, so the sandal is a unisex shoe model.
The sole is usually very flat, but can be several inches thick depending on the use. The leather from which the sandals are made and the exact shape of the straps are subject to fashion.
Variants and materials
Sandals are made in countless variations and material combinations. It is best to distinguish them by their sole. There are:
- Cork sandals that are often worn as slippers.
- Wooden sandals with an ergonomic footbed carved into them.
- Leather sandals, also known as Roman sandals, in which the sole is made of thick, tanned, smooth leather. This particular sandal can only be worn in dry weather.
- Straw sandals, which are most common in Asia and are also called waraji.
- Plastic sandals that are often used as bathing shoes. Especially when bathing in the sea to protect yourself from dangerous marine life such as sea urchins.
- Trekking sandals that are insensitive to water and are specially tailored to the needs of hikers.
In fact, the sandals are the most widespread shoe model in the world. They existed in the early days and will continue to exist in the future.