One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light shoe with either an openwork upper or straps attaching the sole to the foot.
- ‘These black leather sandals feature a black leather strap and rubber sole - a classic choice for the classic man.’
- ‘I abandoned my shirt for my floral bikini top and my little white tennis shoes for sandals.’
- ‘Flip-flop sandals are far and away the single most practical footwear for roaming the beach.’
- ‘Old shoes, new shoes, sandals, sneakers, hi-heels, cowboy boots, clogs, even snow shoes were sent.’
- ‘She wore a simple sandal of light brown on her feet.’
- ‘Wear high-top hiking shoes or sneakers - never sandals, or your feet will suffer.’
- ‘It is insulting to hit someone with a shoe or sandal, point the soles of one's feet at someone, and step over a person.’
- ‘Sheer nude hose worn with very open toe shoes or sandals looks weird.’
- ‘Ending in style, the footwear is chappals or sandals, mostly strappy leather or with sequence.’
- ‘Also consider bringing an extra pair of shoes, such as sneakers or sandals, that do not damage plant life like a heavy boot does.’
- ‘It features a sling-back strap, which not only secure the sandal to your foot, but also offers a lovely, sensible heel.’
- ‘Sturdy footwear does not include any type of open-toed shoe or sandal.’
- ‘She was neatly dressed in a blue and white plaid sun dress, and wore high-heeled sandals on her feet.’
- ‘The only thing the head honcho enforces is that employees wear something on their feet - sneakers or sandals will do.’
- ‘There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to the shoes, sandals, boots, and flip-flops I see people wearing.’
- ‘Her sandals felt light compared to the thick boots she had been wearing.’
- ‘Another popular sandal is the Lagoon sandal, which comes in a wide variety of trendy colors, like blues and greens.’
- ‘In a more corporate atmosphere, open shoes or strappy sandals are shunned upon, so your toenail color is a moot point anyway.’
- ‘Yet another style for your feet this summer is the merger between running shoes and sandals.’
- ‘People are swapping their snowshoes and mukluks for sandals.’
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek sandalion, diminutive of sandalon ‘wooden shoe’, probably of Asiatic origin; compare with Persian sandal.
- short for sandalwood
- ‘The absence of legislation to stop illicit felling of sandalwood from the Marayur sandal forest and distillation of sandal oil has made sandal factories in the State active of late.’
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