Patent Fashions – Flexiclogs

Hinged wooden soles were made during World War II in Europe for everyday wear, especially in France. Andre Perugia even took out a patent in 1942 for articulated wooden soles. However, wood-soled shoes were not as common in the U.S. during the war, except for use as beach sandals. In the late 1940s a Wisconsin company began to make Flexiclogs and received a patent for their version of an articulated sole in 1952. The vinyl straps made them useful for beachwear, however, the style didn’t last long. Platform shoes were on the way out of fashion, and rubber thong sandals, based on the Japanese Zori sandal were becoming popular for beachwear.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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4 Responses to Patent Fashions – Flexiclogs

  1. Jeannine Goodin says:

    I was 1o years old (in 1953) when my mother let me buy a pair of flexiclogs and I remember loving them.
    where can I buy a pair a are there different color straps?

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