The rubber slipper is an iconic piece of Hawaiian surf culture. It serves to symbolize the chill and laid-back atmosphere Hawai’i is famous for. Even though footwear looking similar to today’s slipper has shown up in different civilizations throughout the ages, the rubber slipper as beach-wear (and ultimately fashion-wear) began its journey in Japan in the 1920s. The first term used for the traditional Y-shaped thong sandal comes from the Japanese word zori. It is debated that Elmer Scott, a transplanted New Englander was the first maker of rubber slippers in Hawai’i. Scott made rubber boots for plantation workers in the 1930s but switched to sandals and open toed shoes for submariners due to a shortage of materials. These new shoes became popular.