Old Flip Flops

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by kardinalisimo, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. kardinalisimo

    kardinalisimo Well-Known Member

    About 12 1/2" long.Any suggestions on origin and age? Do people collect such things?
    Thanks
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  2. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    LOL,
    Did they wash up on the beach as a pair.
     
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  3. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    Maybe Mexican or Peruvian?

    I don't know if it's changed, but it used to be that some eBay sellers made good money selling used, um, smelly, shoes to foot fetishists. :rolleyes:

    I have used shoes I could have sold, but could never bring myself to do it.
     
  4. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    Imagine all the Verrucas and Athlete`s Foot, yuk
     
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  5. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    Yuk, indeed.
     
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  6. kardinalisimo

    kardinalisimo Well-Known Member

    The must have belonged to a big foot. The front is about 6 1/2" at the widest.
    Seems like they've been mounted for a long time on that wooden plaque as the nails are old style square cut. So, someone was into foot fetishism long time ago :)

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  7. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    Now that's odd... I didn't realize they were mounted. Some strange things in this world....
     
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  8. kardinalisimo

    kardinalisimo Well-Known Member

    Maybe they were important to the person who mounted them, like belonged to his/her grandfather or something.
    By the way, googling " antique flip flops" shows nothing like those. Maybe I should use other keywords?
     
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  9. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    Maybe try "sandals" rather than "flip flops"?
     
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  10. Bdigger

    Bdigger Well-Known Member

    I believe they may be something important......but still gross LOL. They seem to be sewn together with Sinew. The red and turquoise color geometric design would be time consuming to do. But I know absolutely NOTHING about this kind of thing, and are the " strings" hanging off the top leather too?
     
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  11. kardinalisimo

    kardinalisimo Well-Known Member

    Same with sandals. Seems like nobody collects such :)
     
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  12. Bdigger

    Bdigger Well-Known Member

    Now that I look at the stiching on the over the foot straps.....they look machine done. too uniform...maybe not as old as I first suspected.
     
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  13. lauragarnet

    lauragarnet Well-Known Member

  14. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    Laura, looks like you got it. :)

    Are men in that region very tall and/or broad?
     
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  15. kardinalisimo

    kardinalisimo Well-Known Member

    Thanks a mil. You rock.
    Not finding anything sold or for sale.
     
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  16. lauragarnet

    lauragarnet Well-Known Member

    Poking around the internet, it looks like they made them long and wide for easier footing in the sandy desert terrain. Sort like snow shoes for sand.
    I haven't found anything either. If I do, I'll be back!:)

    I think the round wood piece the sandals are nailed to is the top of a mid-century lazy-susan. Did anyone else notice that? I used to see those everywhere I went junkin', but the supply seems to have dried up the last couple years. I hardly ever see them anymore.
     
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  17. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    Looks maybe like a cheese board?

    Perhaps they've all been nailed up displaying stuff! :)
     
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  18. lauragarnet

    lauragarnet Well-Known Member

    Here's a picture of what these sandals look like with a foot in them (it's a stock photo site, so I hope the link will work and not be blocked).
    Detail of tuareg wearing large sandals for easier walking on sand
    http://www.agefotostock.com/en/Stock-Images/Rights-Managed/A91-221358

    This pair is in the Smithsonian collection.
    Collected as Tuareg, these sandals with their decorated soles are very ornate for Tuareg and may have been made by Hausa leatherworkers for the Tuareg market. The basic shape and form of the sandals are typical of those worn and sold in much of West Africa.

    Kard, here's a pair in ebay completed listed as Tuareg, but they were probably actually made by a Hausa person. Seller says they were a gift when he worked in Niger, West Africa. They didn't go for much, US $13.95.
    African sandals - Tuareg tribe Niger
    There are couple pairs listed as Tuareg sandals in active listings.


     
  19. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    That's not a nail...it's an upholsterers tac.
     
  20. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly STAY SAFE! The worst prison is a closed heart

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