The number of women wearing sandal-wearing sandals has soared in Jordan since the Islamic State group (ISIS) attacked the country’s capital last year, according to a report by Al Jazeera.
The report said that since the start of the year, there have been over 2,500 women wearing them in Jordan.
However, many women are reluctant to wear sandals at all.
“It is not easy to find a job and it is very difficult to get an apartment,” one woman told Al Jazeera about her decision to change her lifestyle.
The Jordanian government has introduced a series of restrictions to encourage women to stay out of the public eye and not be seen as “distracting”, said Al Jazeera’s Muna Abdulkarim.
But many women remain reluctant to join the wear of sandals, she added.
“We don’t feel like we are taking an active part in society,” said one woman who wished to remain anonymous.
“Some of us don’t want to go out in public at all, and others are more conservative and don’t like to wear the sandals on the street.”
But we are all women, we are Jordanian citizens and we have to choose between our family and the community,” she said.
According to the report, the number of sandal wearing women has increased by 15 per cent in the past five years.
The Jordanian authorities also issued warnings to women who wear sandal covering, warning them that wearing the footwear would “cause physical harm to themselves and their families”.”
The sandal is a symbol of resistance to ISIS,” the Ministry of Interior wrote in a statement last year.”
It means we don’t accept them as a source of support or security,” added one woman.