A post from Cecilia at The Kitchen’s Garden Project reminded me of the ways we refer to those simple shoes held on by your toe. Flip-flops … sure. Thongs … okay. But other countries have their own words. Jandals is one of my favs. New Zealand gave us that. Brilliant. As a Southern Californian, we had Tojos ( say that, “toe hoes” ). This was a lesser product from Flojos ( say “flow hoes” ) a common beach shoe made from rubber, easy to slop on and off when you’re surfing the waves battling sand and the ladies. I think most of us called them flip-flops. After an extensive five minute search on the internet, I can’t find a thing on Tojos. Or is it Toehos? I think Flojos canned the name due to potential “other” toe push back.
But, the best name I’ve ever heard naming the flip-flop came from my mom. “Go-Aheads” … I’ll let that sink in. What? Go-Aheads? Really? I have no idea where that came from. She grew up on the east coast and then around. I can only imagine a child asking her mom,
Child: Mom? Mom! Can I wear these to school?
Mom: uh, go ahead.
It’s just easy. Kid slips go-aheads on … no socks to locate … we’re done here.
I’m sure I’ve missed other names for these summer Jandals 😉 … anyone have any others?