As rubber soles make them buoyant, jandals and other footwear often wash up on the shore. A common beachcombing anecdote holds that more left-foot jandals and shoes wash up than right ones. In eight surveys of plastic litter collected from exposed Northland west coast beaches between 1974 and 1997, researcher Bruce Hayward found 21 jandals, of which 15 (70%) were for the left foot.
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