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Get familiar with Miami’s all-purpose footwear, chancletas

This post is part of a series we’re calling Miamipedia, it’s a collection of people, words and phrases unique to our city that’ll help you #livelikeyoulivehere.


WHAT ARE THEY? House slippers/flip-flops that at their most basic are casual footwear but actually serve so many more purposes.

HOW ARE THEY USED? In households of various cultures these are used to kill bugs and pests and also as a form of discipline for unruly children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and even the neighbor’s kids if they act up.

As footwear they’re great around the house, at the beach, and for running errands in the unforgiving South Florida sun. And when it gets a little chillier, Miamians are also known to slip these on with a nice pair of socks. #fashion

USAGE: “I try to avoid driving with my chancletas on but I don’t feel like changing, man.”


We’ll be rolling out more entries in the Miamipedia in the coming months but we know there’s stuff we haven’t thought about. Let us know in the comments or hit us up at [email protected] to tell us any other suuuper Miami terms, phrases and people we should include. Until then, you can check out the previous installments here.

By Lance Dixon
Lance is the Storytelling Producer for The New Tropic