The untold story behind Island Slipper. In 1946- the year following the end of WWII, a Japanese man started making sandals in Hawaii to make traditional Japanese zoris loved footwear in the tropical island. After 70 years, the Hawaii-made sandals which were infused with Japanese culture have become popular in Japan. A dream that he brought to Hawaii from Japan has come back here again spending a long time. With this story in mind, we hope that you will love Island Slipper. With love and gratitude to Island Slipper family.