When I was a boy I wore flip flops pretty much only when taking a shower at summer camp or in family campground public showers. They were not regular footwear.
Since moving to
I have worn Havaianas (flip flops) pretty much 80% of the time. To the beach, to the grocery store, to the dentist, to the park, to the shopping mall, to the cardiologist, to the bakery – you get the idea. Brazil
At first my toes were sore. Not being a flip flop guy, I was forever afraid they would separate from my feet, so I would scrunch my toes to try and hold on to the flimsy footwear.
As for the locals – it is amazing to watch people in flip flops run, scramble up a hillside, work a construction site, navigate the rocky shore at the beach, you name it.
Nowadays I’ve gotten much better – much more unconscious – when wearing my Havaianas. My toes are no longer scrunching to hold on to our connection.
I take it as a sign of assimilation.