Reflexology is an old technique that aims to increase blood flow to certain parts of the body to relieve pressure and pain. These points, often found on your feet and hands, are connected directly to the body’s glands and organs. Every person’s experience with reflexology is a little bit different.
With reflexology, you may experience cold or hot sensations, the need to breathe deeply, sweating of the hands and feet, tiredness, relaxed muscles, and feeling freed of stress and tension.
You can go to a reflexology therapist to have work done, but you can also do it at home with a partner or yourself.
What better treat this Valentine’s Day than a reflexology foot massage from the one you love? But don’t waste the effect – make sure you wear your Slappa’s to maintain that comfy relaxed feeling. Your feet will love you for it!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
National Family Week
This week is National Family Week in Australia; an annual celebration of families that aims to recognise and appreciate the vital role that families play in Australian society. They ask us to take time this week to reflect on the critical role that families play in teaching, supporting and nurturing children, especially as they grow.
Since Slappa’s Thongs is a proud family owned and run business, I thought I’d take time this week to do just that; reflect on how our family unit supports and encourages each other and those in our community.
A Family Business
Our family consists of myself (Denise), my husband Roger, and our two children Bernie (13) and Kaylee (11). Then there’s our gorgeous little daschund Frankie who is nearly 8 now.
When I first started Slappa’s Thongs I never imagined how much a part of the family it would become, but over the years it has not only played an integral part in our family’s livelihood but in our growth as individuals and a family unit.
It began in 2010 with me juggling a new business and two small children. By 2015 the business and workload had grown so much that Roger joined the company full-time as well. And as they got older Bernie and Kaylee began helping out in small ways to earn a bit of pocket money, usually so they could save up and buy things for their bike.
Even our doggie Frankie joined the crew as head of security!!!
Bernie and Kaylee are now on the payroll working a few hours a week learning how the business runs, getting vital skills and understanding how employment works.
They both now have their own Tax File Number which will be with them for life. They are learning how to fill in a time book, read their payslip and best of all learning how to save their money. The biggest learning curve for them both is the commitment they need to make, being responsible, time management, making sure they do the job efficiently and correctly.
They really enjoy being a part of the business and we love being able to share the ups and downs with them and provide so many opportunities to grow and learn. In fact we’ve often found that they are even able to teach us a few things!
It’s a great feeling having us all involved and working towards a common goal making it truly a “family business”.
Our Family And The Cycling Community
As a family we all love cycling. We all ride socially and race road and mountain bikes. Cycling is our way of doing something together, exercising and having fun. We have all made many new friends and our cycling groups are like one big extended family.
Now that the kids are older and at competition age it’s become quite common for us to travel for cycling and the kids race interstate a few times a year. Recently we had a family holiday in Queensland to see the Track Cycling at the Commonwealth Games it was extremely exciting and the kids learnt a lot from watching the athletes from all other Commonwealth countries.
Last year, Roger participated in the Tour de Timor which was a gruelling race through East Timor mountains. Roger needed to train 4-5 times a week for 12 months to be fit enough to compete. As a family we needed to make some allowances so he had the time to be able to work and get his training done. While he was there he donated hundreds of Slappa’s Thongs to Encouragement House.
The Cycling community is a fantastic group to be involved with and it is great for us to know the kids will be looked after well when they go away for racing. Bernie (aged 13) competed in a Road Race in the Barossa Valley, South Australia this April. It was the first time he had flown on his own, and he handled it very well. A lovely family in Adelaide picked him up from the airport and he stayed with them for the 4 days of competition. They made him feel like one of their family and made sure he felt comfortable and supported. As a mother it meant a lot to me that my son was being well cared for while away from his family. It was a good opportunity for him to learn to do things on his own without Mum and Dad’s help. These trips have definitely boosted his confidence and prepared him for when he leaves home for work or further studies.
My family’s next challenge will be to help me make time to train for the Katherine to Darwin Ride I am doing soon! And in October I will be walking the Inca Trail in Peru.
Teaching Family Values
Growing up in a big family and in a country town my parents always had extra kids staying over and they were always the first ones to put up their hands to take someone in.
Roger and I have always done the same and have offered a place to stay for many people over the years (include Terra Roams; the first woman to walk solo and unsupported around Australia, and 18 year old Jack Totino; who rode around Australia in 2017 raising money for FightMND).
We’ve made some amazing friends doing this and it gave us an opportunity to instil the value of helping others in Bernie and Kaylee too.
National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family life.
Take some time this week to reflect on your family. Thank you for reading about mine.
The opening night of Mindil Beach Sunset Markets 2018 Season is fast approaching! Slappa’s Thongs can’t wait to be back where it all began for us 8 years ago and we thought we’d share some interesting history and facts about the iconic markets that have long been the heart of Darwin’s dry season .
Where it all began
During the mid 80s, six entrepreneurs shared their vision to bring a taste of Asia’s night markets to the tropical town of Darwin
In 1987 their vision became a reality as the first stalls set up shop in Darwin Mall. It wasn’t long before the city’s mainstream retailers began voicing their objections so the market moved to its new home under the coconut palms of Mindil Beach Reserve; and so the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Market was officially born!
A modern day market
Today, Mindil Beach Sunset Market supports over 300 small businesses, provides employment for more than 1000 locals and contributes more than $15 million to the Northern Territory economy annually. Committed to preserving the natural environment, plastics bags are banned, and extensive recycling and environmental sustainability measures are in place across all aspects of the markets.
Their motto is to LIVE THE LIFESTYLE. To give each and every visitor a taste of the carefree, relaxed, creative lifestyle that typifies Darwin – especially once the sun sets in the dry season and everyone comes out to play.
Mindil Beach Sunset Market is a truly iconic and unforgettable experience. As Darwin’s number one, most visited attraction it has won numerous awards for tourism, multiculturalism and was officially accorded national icon status by the National Trust in 2000.
Slappa’s at Mindil Beach
Mindil Beach Markets was the perfect place to launch Slappa’s Thongs back in June 2010. Coming into our 8th year our customers keep coming back for more and bringing their family and friends with them. We never tire of hearing how our customers have traveled long distances to Darwin to see us and enjoy the market experience.
And the experience only gets better each year; we have watched not just our own business grow but many stall holders around us go from tiny stalls to international brands and products. We get excited every year to see what our “market family” have been up to. We’re blessed to be in such good company with businesses like Embella, Natural Wonders, OM Designs, Louise Denton, Psycus, Mick’s Whips, Ken’s Crepes, Roast Shack, Sprial Spuds, The Potato Man, The Roadkill Café, and Wow! Sushi Burger.
A great place to pick up some food and sit and watch the beautiful sunset, listen or watch talented local, interstate and overseas performers the Mindil Beach Markets run from 26th April to 26th October 2018.
You will find us down the High School End along the main drag near the community strip. We are easily spotted with our bright coloured Thongs, operating out of our very cool VW kombi van.
We hope to see you there!
What’s the best treatment for heel pain?
There are several treatment options for heel pain. Research shows that the best approach is to combine several therapies for best result. These include stretching, massage, ice therapy, strengthening exercises and custom orthotics.
Do orthotics work for foot pain?
Yes. Orthotics work by placing your foot in its most optimal functional position. This allows all the structures to function, as they should; avoiding muscle imbalance and reducing pain.
What conditions cause ball of foot pain?
There are many conditions that cause ball of foot pain including metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, capsulitis, arthritis, clawed toes, bunions and plantar plate tears. Contact your local podiatrist for more information.
How can lower back pain cause foot problems?
There are several ways that lower back pain can impact the foot. Nerve root issues in the lower back such as bulging discs or compressed nerves can radiate along the sciatic nerve and into the foot. Differences in hip levels can contribute to foot pain through jarring in the joints or increased pressures when the foot lands.
What is the difference between a heel spur and plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is damage to the thin band of tissue that connects the heel of the foot to the ball of the foot. It can develop as a result of repeat stress, injury or overuse of the foot.
A heel spur is a calcium deposit or growth on the heel bone that develops where the muscles in the foot connect to bone. These can often be asymptomatic but may become irritated due to extended periods of strain on the foot.
Why are my toes numb?
Numb toes can be related to metabolic, nerve and biomechanical issues. Peripheral neuropathy often caused by diabetes causes numbness beginning at the toes and moving up. Compressed nerves can cause numbness further down the limb into specific areas of the foot. Poor foot mechanics can lead to the collapse of the forefoot arch, putting pressure on nerves in the foot.
Why is big toe movement so important in total body function and prevention of pain?
The big toe joint allows for proper activation of the arch, as well as propulsion and shock absorption. If this joint is not working effectively it can lead to painful complications such as osteoarthritis and bunions.
Why Slappa’s Thongs work from a podiatry perspective for summer
Slappa’s thongs provide a great alternative to orthotics during the summer months. They provide arch support and will protect your feet during hot summer days.
Are all podiatrists the same? How do I find the right one for me?
No, podiatrists can specialize in different areas such as biomechanics, diabetes, rheumatology and pediatrics. Ring you local podiatry association to see who will be suitable for you.
One simple exercise to strengthen the arch
Toe raises strengthen the main muscle that hold up the arch- Tibilas Posterior. By completing three sets a day your foot strength will increase and reduce the need for orthoses.
Hope this information is helpful and remember it is in your best interest to investigate pain and dysfunction and come see experts like us at Sole Therapy.
If you are not in Sydney you can talk to your local podiatry state association and they will happily guide you to a local podiatrist that may help your pain.
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Thank you to Nicole Reilly, Victoria Kokotastsios and all the team at Sole Therapy for being our Guest Blogger this month and answering our customers questions.
Work life balance is very important to me. My passion is my family, friends and Frank, my dog – you’ve seen him starring in our 7th birthday video.
Life changed for our family when I took a simple idea – thongs with arch support – and built it into a successful business that now allows our family to have financial freedom.
I had a young family at home when I decided to chase my dream of being my own boss. Who knew that starting a market stall would become our livelihood. A family business that is now employing both myself and my husband full time.
Adapting to new roles
My husband became Mr Mum combining looking after the kids, working part time and making sure we got through every day. My children had to learn to adapt to Mum not always being home.
We have managed to bring our children up with no childcare or grandparents (as they live 3000km away) which doesn’t give you much time to yourself, but these are the things you need to do and hey, there are many families doing just the same.
Self-care is a priority
Walking Frank each morning is great exercise and my thinking time.
As a family, we go bike riding every week and we now all ride competitively. I’m actively involved in the Darwin Cycling Club and Cycling NT as a Board Member and Team Manager for Junior Development.
Although life is not without its challenges, I consider myself to have been very fortunate and so always seek to pay it forward; to give back wherever and whenever possible. Community spirit is very important to our business and our family.
My recipe for success
Learning to be patient, planning your vision and following your business plan is a great way to achieve the growth of the business while also maintaining your sanity at home.
Through sport and business, we’ve learnt that as a team, we can achieve so much more when we are all pulling together for a common goal. Each has a part to play in reaching the goal and then we all get to celebrate the win together. The same goes for your family, no teamwork means there’s no win to celebrate.
In both business and family life, we need to encourage and develop each other to achieve their own potential. This is best done by listening, setting clear expectations, providing the tools and then trusting your team to get on with the job or your family to maintain a normal and healthy lifestyle.
The proof is in the pudding
I now have the social (and financial) proof that my careful and methodical approach was not only strategic but highly successful for my business whilst maintaining a good family bond.
Sharing my business journey via the Telstra Business Women’s Awards was about showing other women that they can achieve whatever they set out to do, and without sacrificing their family life (most of the time).
It hasn’t all been rosy but it was what we decided was best for our family and we have been successful.
I am a woman who had no tertiary education, experience or expertise in manufacturing and importing. I can now say I have fulfilled my dream and become a successful Entrepreneur or Mompreneur.
Life Rewards The Courageous
Please don’t strike me down with a lightning bolt for misquoting the bible! I’m not getting a God complex. Promise!
I’m just a humble thong creator. All things thongs are my passion though. You know this because you kindly follow my blog, and/or the Slappa’s Thongs newsletters and many of you are with us on Facebook. Thanks for being there, reading, commenting and sharing ❤
So, yes, we all know Denise is thong-mad, but maybe you don’t know why …
Many people think I got this way because Slappa’s Thongs is my business. And that after years and years of thong immersion, I’ve become an incurably thong-manic. I’m not denying that’s the case, though the truth, about my condition, is embedded in my sole (yes that’s spell-checked correctly).
And it’s why I started Slappa’s …
Years ago, I was selling a brand of thongs which looked good – and for those with no feet foibles – felt good enough, so long as you didn’t expect Birkenstock comfort.
By feet foibles, I mean everything from soles that needed arch support, to feet with serious issues like Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain, or just tired feet.
People started asking me for a thong that could really deliver. Something that anyone could wear, each, and every day, with the comfort of a Birkenstock (except if you wear your Birkies in the water the cork gets waterlogged!), the support of a podiatry product and of course, it had to look great too.
Hmmm, I thought, the thongs I’m selling don’t do any of that, they’re just thongs. And I couldn’t find any other thongs that met that wish list.
Plus, I had a motivation of my own to find a solution to what thong lovers were asking for. I needed arch support too, but couldn’t find an affordable product that looked and felt good. After having my children and not having good footwear, I also started suffering from sciatica.
There’s nothing that puts you in your customers’ shoes faster than sharing your customers’ pain!
So, I started designing and producing the thong of all thongs. It’s still an Australian owned family business. I don’t just stand by my product, I literally stand on my product! Every day. The arch support in Slappa’s has been so good that I only really notice my sciatica when I am not wearing Slappa’s. They keep me aligned.
Why do you need to know about Other Thongs?
What I really want you to know, is that some Other Thongs can easily be mistaken for Slappa’s Thongs. They may look just as pretty. Exact same colours sometimes. But the good looks are only skin deep.
If you want an affordable, good looking pair of thongs that will last and love your feet to their soles (and back), make sure to check that they’re Slappa’s Thongs. Does it really matter? Hell yes! And here’s why it matters for you …
The material Other Thongs are made from can be too soft, so they flatten and lose their support and are more prone to shrinking. If you’ve ever worn Other Thongs to walk across stones and felt them (the stones not the thongs!), you’ll know what I mean. This can also lead to spreading the foot. I’m not a fan of any part of my body spreading.
If thong material is too soft they won’t support the arch enough, allowing your foot to roll in. Which is bad for your feet, posture and over-all body alignment and will need correcting. Wearing a pair of Slappa’s will help 😉.
In my profession as a physiotherapist I am concerned about the “foundation” of my patients. In other words their feet, the arches and the surface on which they stand and walk. Slappas thongs are ideal in the tropics where many people walk bare footed on tiles in the heat. Collapsed arches are very common under these environmental conditions and many patients complain of foot pain from the hard tiles. Slappas thongs are soft yet supportive of both the medial and transverse foot arches. The outer raised edge of the Slappas thongs keeps the foot exactly where the arch support is required. I love the fact that they are made of recycled material. Slappas thongs are approximately a third of the price of other orthopedic sandals and they are perfect for the very wet weather we have in the top end of Australia. I recommend Slappas thongs to many of my patients and I wear them myself.
Alice Thorn Acupuncture & Physiotherapy
After having your Other Thongs a while, have you ever found your feet flapping around in them? Not a good look unless you’re a penguin in Happy Feet. That’s because the toe piece is not as strong as Slappa’s material, so it can easily stretch – and break!
Other Thong straps can be made too loose to start with, giving your feet another lack of support issue. Like falling flat on your face maybe … ☹.
A firmer material to start with, like Slappa’s, is better for the feet, posture and your whole body alignment. Plus, your Slappa’s Thongs will last longer. Better value for money. Better quality.
I first came across your product in Darwin at the Mindil Markets. I can’t remember the actual price at the time, but I do remember thinking it was unrealistic – way too expensive! You could go to K Mart and get a set of thongs for $5.00, what were Slappa’s thinking?
As my darling and I wander around the markets, I started to reconsider. The product must be better than the original Japanese Safety Boot. It has arch support, the straps can’t pull out, it is just a matter of how well they last?
I bought a pair; I have not been more impressed with a single product for a long time. It has the extra support and it works, they are much more comfortable than a simple safety boot. The colour combination was/is good. They have lasted – (better than I would ever have believed) – I live in Alice Springs and 2 years later they are thin as, but still working. For anything to survive 2 years in Alice Springs is a statement in itself. I wear them everywhere and I mean everywhere! For anyone who is into Japanese safety boots (and even if you are not) Slappa’s are hard to beat!
Wonderful product. –Rick | Customer (NT)
Some Other Thongs have the soles glued onto the thong, so if you get them wet the glue perishes and they fall apart. I’m shocked at some leading brand name thongs and ortho products that do this. Especially the price they charge for them. You’d have to have rocks (ooh, does that rhyme with something …?!) in your head to part with that much money for that kind of ‘quality’.
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What’s next at Slappa’s Thongs
Exciting new stuff! Yay!! When? What? My lips are zipped. For now. But here’s a heads up:
If you have a favourite in the current Slappa’s range, grab an extra pair now, before they run out the door! Check out the specials on now until 26th April. You might be able to snare your Slappa’s size.
Have a Happy Slappa’s Easter!
January – the peak of our Aussie summer and so, peak thong fashion time. It’s hot, hot, hot and there’s no better way to keep those twinkle toes feeling cool and better still – looking cool!
Take a peak at some of these pretty as a picture fashioned-up feet rockin’ their Slappa’s …people are so clever! Pretty polish, anklets, a bit of bling or a ribbon and viola!
How you decorate your Slappa’s is limited only by your imagination and creative talent. Popular in the fashion stakes are the brown and white Slappa’s being colours that women say they wear with dresses and skirts as they are more dressy.
Well the Slappa’s crew had a great Christmas and New Year – hope our seasonal wishes for you came true and that you had a wonderful time.
Tassie was great for our family and I loved the R & R time. Both our kids were competing in the Under 13’s Cycling and unlike many other sports, boys and girls compete together.
This was Kaylee’s first year in the Under 13’s. She was one of the youngest in her age group and the only girl. It was pretty hard going but she placed 3rd in 2 events and will be one to look out for next year. Bernie placed 2nd or 3rd in most of his races, just pipped at the post a couple of times for 1st place.
There is money to be won in the races and all money won by the kids goes into a kitty shared by all the team.
There were 8 in our team from Darwin and on their day off the winnings paid a trip to Tazmazia and bought us all lunch at Banjo’s Bakery.
The team was very successful and after our fun day out they still have enough money to buy 2 aero helmets for all the kids to use when competing in sprint competions. They are also going to put some money towards buying sporting goods to give to the kids in Timor.
Back on Deck
We all came back ready to hit the ground running and we’ve had to burn rubber to keep up with the deluge of orders from our customers and wholesalers.
If you’re anywhere near Slappa’s HQ you might see some multi-coloured Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam on the bitumen – that’s how fast we’re moving – leaving Slappa’s tracks! (Not rubber – we don’t make the comfiest thongs out of that stuff!)
So, what’s next?
Yeah, Australia Day! Yay!!
If you haven’t got yourself thonged up ready for the legendary Aussie Day barbie, you know who to call!
Lime green and yellow Slappa’s are currenty on sale for the bargain price of $30 per pair.
Have a great one!
PS If you need thongs for Australia Day order now and get them in time for your Aussie celebration! You can view all the zany colours we have featured on this blog here
With new sellers and many of our sellers having their own Facebook pages, I reckon there’ll be more than a few first time Slappa’s wearers around the beach and barbie this summer.
We even had a Facebook post last month of a pair of Slappa’s Thongs in the Sahara Desert!
Thanks to our lovely customers who took photos, making Slappa’s a part of their travel experience. We love to see where our thongs got to on your globe-trotting feet.
Thanks for sharing your thong-ventures with us!
Read on to see which of your adventures we’ve shared here plus a great idea of how to get every Slappa’s Thongs colour in your Christmas stocking
Big shout out to you fabulous Facebook followers and friends
Thanks to you, our Slappa’s Thongs’ Facebook page reached over 11,000 Slappa’s friends and followers!
Besides the Sahara Desert, you’ve taken your thongs to Mystery Island, cruising on Legend of The Seas, from Vietnam to Koh Samui – you sure get around in them! Thanks for sharing and posting on Facebook with us; great stories like these from….
Sue Gates Hubby & I took our Slappers on Country Cruisin on Legend of the Seas last week….this pic was taken on beautiful Mystery Island.
Rachel Higgs From Vietnam yesterday to Koh Samui today…Most comfortable footwear I’ve travelled with. Just glad I bought 2 pairs. With Plantar Fasciitis and now odeama, they truly are my life saver.
Fibromyalgia & Fasciopathy Friendly
Rachel’s post meant a lot to me too, because apart being fashionable, fun and comfy, I designed Slappa’s Thongs with built-in Arch Support, great for Plantar Fasciitis (or fasciopathy), heel pain and generally relaxing tired feet. So, posts from Slappa’s Facebook friends who have found some relief from Fibromyalgia & Fasciopathy wearing their Slappa’s Thongs, is the best ever news to me.
Janice Jack I bought some in Alice Springs and after wearing them for a couple of days I went back for another pair. I have trouble with planter facsiitis and they are the best things I have come across. I wore them for 3 months while travelling and had no trouble at all.
Tina Robinson I have fibromyalgia and suffer with a lot of pain in my feet. Wearing slapper thongs eliminates most of my pain. Wish they came in ‘winter’ styles to for cold Melbourne winters. Mine have lasted 2 years now, getting thin from wear (almost every day) so need to restock.
Sharryn Smith Me! 💗💖💙Better than ANY expensive orthotic👏👏👏
Thanks for sharing ladies …
December is shaping up super busy for us, with loads of Facebook friends asking where they can find their nearest Slappa’s Thongs stockist. Seems like everyone is thronging to their nearest thong seller.
Our Slappa’s Thongs Facebook team have been answering each of your “where’s my nearest stockist” enquiries.
Whether you’re a seasoned Slappa’s or a newbie Slappa’s wearer, you might like to see these Facebook pages of some of our super Slappa’s sellers, who may be a bit more local to you:
Splash of Colour by Fran (Airlie Beach and Bowen)
Slappa’s Thongs Geelong
Slappa’s Thongs Northern Vic
Slappa’s Thongs Hervey Bay
Slappa’s Thongs Eyre Peninsula
Slappa’s Thongs Sunraysia
Slappa’s Thongs Brighton SA
Plus, there’s a full list of all our seller’s locations on our website
Where we don’t have a super Slappa’s seller near you, you can always order on-line from us – just click on this link.
Make your Slappa’s Santa list!
One of our Facebook friends likes this idea for getting her mitts (and feet) on every Slappa’s colour available …
Rhonda Sellenthin Love my Slappas. One problem is I want a pair in every colour. Lol!
Slappa’s Thongs Get everyone to buy for Christmas Rhonda!
Rhonda Sellenthin Lol. What a good idea. 😉
We hope you’ve been good this year Rhonda Sellenthin so Santa brings you a swag of Slappas!
If you get your friends and family to order by lunchtime 20th December, you’ll have your new rainbow range in time for Christmas Day 😉
Need Slappa’s for Christmas?
The weather is hotting up and it’s the perfect time to break out some new thongs! Order your Slappa’s Thongs online and choose from our fabulous range of colours to suit every member of the family.
Wishing each of you a safe, happy and thong-tastic Christmas!
Who’s spending November in a pair of Slappa’s Thongs?
If you’re a lover of foot fashion, then this is the time to thong-up for summer!
A great spin-off to wearing Slappa’s Thongs is that not only do your feet look pretty, but they’re also happy feet :).
Many of our customers tell us how much they love Slappa’s Thongs for their good looks and their great arch support. A big bonus if you need that extra support and comfort.
Why shouldn’t you have stylish, fashionable, footwear in fun colours, just because you need support? At Slappa’s we don’t buy in to the idea that special needs feet have to be encased in clunky, ugly orthotic shoes and sandals.
When I designed the first Slappa’s Thongs, it wasn’t with the intention to set up a range of orthotic thongs. I certainly don’t market my thongs that way, although some orthotic retailers do stock Slappa’s Thongs. I just wanted to create a thong which looked great and felt great.
I think most of our customers are initially attracted to the Slappa’s Thongs range because they look fantastic, with loads of zany, fun colour choices. Plus, you can see right away that they are high-quality, robust thongs – a big differential from most other fashion thongs.
What makes them so super comfy?
Here’s the techy bit …
Slappa’s Thongs are super comfy because they are made from Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam. Made in a closed-cell injection mold means Slappa’s Thongs are all one piece, unlike most rubber thongs which have a plug – have you ever been booby-trapped by a thong plug coming out?
Not a good look. Or feeling!
Slappa’s are designed to stay on and mold to your feet, obtain your personal foot shape, have great arch support, are extremely light, very durable, relax tired feet and are orthotic-friendly footwear.
That’s why when you slipped on your first pair of good-lookin’ Slappa’s, your feet sighed with happiness.
That’s why Slappa’s lovers post comments like this “just glad I bought 2 pairs. With Plantar Fisciitis and now odeama, they truly are my life saver,” on our Facebook page – thanks Rachel Higgs for sharing your Slappa’s experience with us.
You don’t have to be a fashion victim just because your feet need some extra TLC.
Give your feet a treat this summer!
PS – Need Slappa’s for Christmas?The weather is hotting up and it’s the perfect time to break out some new thongs! Order your Slappa’s Thongs online and choose from our fabulous range of colours to suit every member of the family.
In Darwin, our kids get four weeks holidays in the dry season in the middle of the year and six weeks holidays for the Christmas break.
You’ll understand why Darwin is the home capital to the best thongs in the world, when you learn that during our dry season the temperature is a glorious 30-32 degrees Celsius every day and the wet season is hotter.
In the Slappa’s Thongs household, we exploit this to the full – and plan a few school holiday days – by chilling at the Darwin Waterfront.
Surrounded by lush, green parkland, the Waterfront has a fantastic wave pool lagoon, along with a safe recreation beach that is free from crocodiles and stingers (jellyfish).
The beach is half natural and half man-made and it’s my preferred choice when I’m entertaining four kids.
The Waterfront features a large hotel car park where you get two hours free or pay $2 for three hours.
However, when its school holidays and our plan is to stay as long as possible, my tip is to park under the Darwin Convention Centre which costs $5 for the whole day. Bargain!
There are restaurants, bars and cafes all around the parkland but you can also bring your own provisions and have a picnic.
In my experience, this is the easiest way to organise school holiday days, get some peace of mind, keep the kids occupied, and road test some new Slappa’s Thongs out under the glorious Darwin sky.