5 Alternatives to Flip-flops for Men


Topsies are a close relative to flip-flops, but instead of a thong, these shoes feature stretchable fabric that straps around your feet and ankles, providing full coverage and support. This casual, trendy line of footwear originated in California, where residents enjoy wearing flip-flops and sandals year-round. Topsies are loved for their lightweight, comfortable style and bold design. They're decorated with everything from peace signs to dragons, but even in plain, solid colors, these unique shoes make a striking fashion statement all on their own.

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Ridiculous History: Nike's Very First Shoes Were Made With a Waffle Iron

Ridiculous History: Nike's Very First Shoes Were Made With a Waffle Iron

What's the history of the first Nike shoes? Learn more about Nike shoes and their waffle iron origins. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article.