Since that day, seeing the success of my involuntary joke, I have adopted this bizarre combination on a continuous basis. It has gradually become a part of me. Believe me: it's also incredibly comfortable and liberating in the summer months. Wearing flip-flops also immediately reminds me of Capri
, which is the place that I adore and am addicted to, as you have probably gathered. These leather sandals based on styles dating back to ancient Greek and Roman days are simple yet sophisticated. Today they mainly come in the prosaic Brazilian version in colorful plastic or rubber.
Thanks to VIPs in Capri, like the unforgettable Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who had them custom-made in countless versions by Canfora or the eccentric jet-setters of the fifties and sixties such as Dado Ruspoli or Pupetto Caravita di Sirignano, flip-flops have been tied to the image of Capri and have become an integral part of its lifestyle. The other school of thought generated by the Island of the Sirens is composed of the fans of fabric espadrilles with a cord sole.
Called "zabattigli" in the Neapolitan dialect, they were shoes that Italian comic genius Totó and charmer Pietro Capuano, a.k.a. Chantecler, loved.
So, it's your choice.
Oh, some friendly advice: if you wear open sandals, make sure your feet have a perfect pedicure. There's no worse sign of scruffiness and true rudeness towards others than having poorly groomed feet.