Posts Tagged ‘sandals’

The Okabashi Flip Flop Phenomenon

Being an official Las Vegas resident now, I have been amassing a collection of sandals and flipflops like never before. Socks and sneakers have been put away and high heels are nonexistent in my wardrobe these days. When it is over 109F already and barely May, you know that summer is going to be a hot one. I discovered the Okabashi flip-flops recently and had received a sample of Maui to test out.  There is a dedicated fan base for Okabashis online and from the comments, one fan suggests putting them in the dishwasher to clean them even.  I definitely will not do that, and I think just a quick rinse with the hose will be sufficient!

The Maui flip flop is a must-have for every woman’s shoe collection. This sandal is non-slip, flexible, washable and supportive, making it a great post workout, fitness recovery shoe as well as perfectly suited for everyday wear. 

The fun, floral insole will remind you of a tropical vacation and the comfort provides therapy for your feet with every step.

I have been pretty bummed that Polyvore is no longer exists so I would love to plan a cute outfit with these. Guess I have to do it IRL!  One of the coolest things about Okabashi is that you can lower your carbon footprint by purchasing these sandals made from innovative, vegan, bio-based soy materials.

What color Maui do you like?

Less than 1% of shoes worn in the United States today are made in the USA.

Okabashi shoes are manufactured in Buford, Georgia and each pair travels only 7% as far as the average imported shoe. This prevents 10,000 miles of carbon emissions from the ships, planes and trucks required to transport shoes to the US. Resulting in a 1/200th of the average imported shoe carbon footprint.

Our women leadership team goes above and beyond stringent US standards to create opportunity and community for our diverse 200 employees, including veterans.

At Okabashi, we believe in closed-loop recycling to reduce the use of virgin material and to keep old shoes from becoming environmental waste.

The average pair of Okabashi shoes contain 15-25% recycled material.

If you return your well-loved and worn Okabashi shoes to our factory, we will recycle them for use in new Okabashi products or other non-apparel goods.

Once we receive your shoes, we will email you a 15% off promo code to use on your next pair of Okabashis as a thank you from us and the planet.

The brands’ CEO, Sara Irvani, is a third-generation shoe maker who is passionate about changing the shoe industry

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Tis the season to be chunky — chunky sandals, that is!

Sandal lovers, rejoice! You’re going to love this fall’s shoe trend – chunky sandals. Chunky shoes of all types are in this season and, with plenty of warm weather still to come, you’ll be getting lots of opportunities to wear the thick-soled, substantial looking sandals with your favorite autumn fashions.

Why?

Many of this falls clothing trends add bulk or visual weight to the top half of the body. Layered necklaces, blouson blouses, A-line dresses and dramatic over-sized collars need to be balanced with a shoe that provides some visual weight too. A roomy blouson top plus skinny jeans plus spiked six-inch heels may equal legs that look a mile-long, but it also equals a body that looks out of proportion. A modern chunky shoe keeps you from looking like you might topple over and keeps you on trend.

Who?

Everybody can rock a chunky sandal. They’re comfortable and provide great stability, making them appropriate for work, school and running errands. Chunky sandals are great because they give you a little height without having to worry about falling from stiletto heels. But don’t worry fashionistas, there are plenty of ultra-glam styles for you too.  Many styles aren’t the flat, straight-across shapes from the 1990s. Now, chunky sandals echo the shapes of heels and wedges. Many even come with glamorous details like gold zippers, gladiator heel wraps and unexpected colors. For the more feminine, try a delicate floral pattern or a pink patent leather to add some girly chic to your wardrobe.

How?

Pair chunky shoes with skirts and dresses and slim-fitting pants or skinny jeans. Not only do you want everyone to see them, but wearing thick shoes with a wide-legged pant may create too much visual weight at the bottom and make you look shorter than you are. For work, wear a gorgeous pair of suede gladiator-style chunky sandals with slim fitting suit pants and a banded blouse with an ornate collar. On the weekend, try a pair of faux snakeskin sandals, skinny jeans and a thick, nubby sweater. For a hot evening look, don your most flattering pair of black skinny jeans, a scoop-neck silk blouse with an artful arrangement of layered necklaces and a pair of black patent-leather platform chunky sandals. You’re in!

Chunky shoes remind us that there’s a reason accessories change with the seasons – besides the practical need to be warmer or cooler. When skirts get shorter, shoes get flatter, when dresses become less structured, geometric-inspired jewelry becomes more popular. Fashion is all about proportion and balance. This fall chunky sandals will help you stay in proportion and look fashionable doing it.

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