Sandals are traditionally worn by women.
The women’s sandals are worn by men to prevent burns.
Sandals also prevent the skin from becoming soggy.
In some places, such as Hawaii, men wear the shoes with a protective boot to prevent blisters from developing.
It is believed these are a protective measure for men who have suffered burns or other injuries from the elements.
But there is no research that links sandals to increased risk of serious injuries.
The research suggests that the shoes worn by young women are more suitable for hiking in the rainforest.
Dr Michelle Ainsworth, a lecturer in tropical medicine at the University of New South Wales, said there were some women who might wear sandal shoes, but the shoes would be worn more as a fashion statement rather than for health reasons.
She said there was some evidence that people wearing sandals with a boot could have a lower risk of burn injuries.
Dr Ainswill said the footwear was used for protection, but not for health protection.
She was interested in research into the effect of wearing sandal footwear on injuries from falls in the wild, but she was unable to do any studies on the effect on health.
“I think it’s important that people are able to use their shoes for the appropriate purposes,” she said.
“It’s very important to know what the benefits of wearing footwear are, not just to wear them for health purposes, but also to make sure that they’re not putting themselves at risk.”
Sandal shoes were originally worn by Native Americans to prevent sand-eating ants from eating their food.
Dr Paul Bisset, an associate professor of physical anthropology at Monash University, said sandals were a “very important fashion choice for a lot of indigenous Australians”.
He said they were worn for protection from predators such as snakes and frogs.
“The natural history of the Australian Outback has been the result of a lot hunting and settlement activity,” he said.
Mr Bissett said the shoe was worn in place of a boot or boots because it was considered more “human-like” than a boot.
He said the design of sandals was similar to that of women’s boots and sandals.
“If you were to walk around in the bush and wear a sandal, it would be a little bit more human-like,” he explained.
Dr Bissetts research into how footwear worked was focused on how the foot was able to move through different areas of the foot, which was thought to be important for health.
He discovered that the shape of the soles of the sandals could affect how much force was transferred through the foot and if the soled area was more supple or stiff.
He also found that the sole of a sandals foot had more flexibility than the solenace of a normal boot.
In addition, Dr Biscets research found that people who wore sandals had a lower likelihood of developing a foot fracture than those who wore boots.
He is working with researchers to examine the effects of sandal wearing on foot and ankle injuries.
“One of the reasons why people might wear a pair of sandaled shoes is to protect them from the sun, which can cause burns and possibly also to reduce the amount of water that flows through the sols,” Dr Binset said.
Dr Soham said the research was also focusing on the impact of footwear on the health of people wearing them.
“They’re a great way to make yourself look better in public,” he joked.
Dr Sarah Stoker is a research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology and the author of “The Sandal Revolution: Why Women Wear Them, Why They’re Not Just For Men, And Why You Should.”
She said sandal-wearing was associated with better physical health.
She also said wearing sandaled footwear could have benefits for both health and aesthetics.
Dr Stoker said it was important to be aware of the impact that sandals can have on health and to be wary of wearing them if you are at risk of developing an injury.
“Do you really want to get burnt or have some foot swelling and damage?” she asked.
“So that you’re not just wearing your sandals and sandal accessories for fashion purposes, which you might be thinking, but are actually going to put yourself at risk?”
Dr Stokers research was focused specifically on the effects sandals might have on foot, ankle and lower back injuries.
She has been working with the Queensland Government to improve safety measures for the state’s outdoor communities.
The Government will also be investigating whether sandals worn with boots and shoes in Queensland are safe.