Then, two at a time, the molds open. A worker pulls a brand new pair of flip-flops from the set of molds and inspects them.
Rejects – the flips that flop – are ground up and incorporated into another batch of flip-flops. Flip-flops that make the grade are trimmed of any excess material and stored on racks.
Then the shoes are finished with fancy decorations or a Made-in-the-USA hang tag and packaged, ready to be shipped to a flip-flop store near you.
Manufacturers in Asia, particularly China, dominate the U.S. flip-flop market. But in recent years, some companies have turned from Asian to U.S. companies to make flip-flops and other consumer goods.
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