The Dodo bird became extinct towards the end of the XVIIth century. He was unable to resist the numerous predators: Dutch sailors, monkeys, pigs and others. A question of utmost importance never asked by scientists is: “Would have the bird survived if it had worn ‘dodo flip flops’?” It could have, with strong yellow feet, 3 fingers in front and one at the back!
Reddish-pink and blue-mauve, at home, on the beach, at the market or in church the dodo flip-flops ornate the feet of the majority of Mauritians! It is not yet an endangered species and resists strongly against attacks of numerous modern predators: Ipanema, Havaianas, Billabong …
Made of rubber, they are strong and last long. After many years of good and loyal service, before they are allowed to retire they are recycled, among many other uses they become brake pads for vintage bicycles!
Nowadays, the 1970’s dodo flip-flops seller going from door to door, on his motor-bike, has most probably disappeared. The production and sales might have decreased but at Zilwa Attitude hotel, the famous dodo flip flop is still a star!