National Flipflop Day

Young people at the beach, wearing colorful flipflops, enjoying a sunny day and beach activities, such as volleyball and sandcastles..
National flipflop day illustration

Hey there, flipflop enthusiasts! Get ready to flip-flop your way into a day full of fun, comfort, and a whole lot of style. It's National Flipflop Day! So slip into your favorite pair of flipflops and let the festivities begin!

When is Flipflop Day?

It's national flipflop day on the 17th June.

The Internet History of National Flipflop Day

Let's kick things off by diving into the fascinating internet history of National Flipflop Day. This wacky holiday originated from the virtual depths of online communities, where flipflop lovers came together to celebrate their shared appreciation for this iconic footwear. The first mention of National Flipflop Day can be traced back to a festive forum thread in 2007, where users brainstormed ways to honor their beloved flipflops.

Over the years, the popularity of National Flipflop Day skyrocketed across social media platforms. Memes featuring colorful and whimsical flipflops flooded timelines, spreading joy and laughter to millions around the world. From Instagram influencers flaunting their stunning flipflop collections to viral videos showcasing mesmerizing beachside flipflop dances, the online world embraced this day with open arms (and bare toes).

But what made National Flipflop Day truly special were the creative and heartwarming ways people celebrated offline. Flipflop-themed parties, beach bonfires, and even flipflop fashion shows became the norm on this extraordinary day. People exchanged flipflop-themed gifts with their loved ones, proving that when it comes to flipflops, the love is truly contagious.

History behind the term 'Flipflop'


The Invention

Flipflops, also known as thongs or jandals in some parts of the world, were first invented by Morris and Florence Fisher in 1946. They created a simple design consisting of a flat sole attached to two straps that pass through the toes and across the foot to keep the sandal in place. The name 'flipflop' originated from the sound the sandals make when walking due to the loose sole flapping against the heel.


Popularity in California

In the 1950s, flipflops gained popularity in sunny California due to their comfort and versatility. The lightweight and inexpensive design made them ideal for beachgoers and casual wear. As their popularity grew, flipflops became a symbol of the laid-back California lifestyle.


Havaianas Revolution

In the 1960s, a Brazilian brand called Havaianas revolutionized the flipflop market. They introduced a new type of rubber sole that was softer, more durable, and featured a textured pattern to prevent slipping. Havaianas quickly became a hit in Brazil and eventually gained international recognition, becoming one of the leading flipflop brands worldwide.


Fashion Statement

During the 1970s, flipflops transcended their beachwear image and became a fashion statement. Fashion designers started incorporating flipflops into their collections, featuring vibrant colors, embellishments, and even designer branding. Flipflops were no longer limited to casual occasions but were now considered acceptable footwear in various settings.


High Fashion and Accessibility

In the early 2000s, high-end fashion brands such as Gucci and Chanel embraced the flipflop trend, creating their own luxurious versions adorned with expensive materials and intricate designs. This further elevated the status of flipflops as a trendy and versatile footwear choice. Additionally, the rise of online shopping and the availability of flipflops in various colors and styles made them accessible to a wide range of consumers, further increasing their popularity.

Did you know?

Did you know that the world's largest pair of flipflops, measuring a massive 10 feet long, was unveiled at a National Flipflop Day festival? Talk about stepping into the history books!


fun loved ones fashion

First identified

19th June 2015

Most mentioned on

17th June 2016

Total mentions


Other days


Stripes Day


Towel Day


Cardigan Day


Crown Day

felt hat

Felt Hat Day


Watch Day


Jewel Day

wear your lilly

Wear Your Lilly Day


Stockings Day

corduroy appreciation

Corduroy Appreciation Day