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The Best Flip Flops in The World
In Search of Great Flops
When it comes to flip flops, I can really wear a pair out. I normally go through at least two or three pairs every year. The problem is, I insist on doing everything in flops. Whether it be cutting fire wood, doing yard work, or playing a game of touch football, I am wearing flip flops.
As much as I love flip flops, the fact is, they are not necessarily the best footwear in every situation. I know this fact, but often choose to ignore it altogether. When life is happening, I don' t have time to stop and change footwear.
So for a long time, I searched for a pair of flops that could keep up with my lifestyle. I tried many different brands, in many different price ranges with no luck. I even tried to improve a couple of pairs myself, but failed miserably.
The problem is, most flip flops are not meant to be durable. Most flip flops are meant to be a simple shoe you can slip on in situations where minimal foot protection is appropriate. The typical flip flop just can not hold up to demanding situations.
I started to feel that I might never find that perfect pair of flops. Then, just when I was ready to give up, I discovered a pair of flip flops that I am now committed to for life. As far as I am concerned, there will always be a spot in my closet for a pair of Okabashi flip flops.
Okabashi is Awesome
Fishing in Flops
Too Good to be True
Almost by accident, my wife stumbled upon the Okabashi website. I had been on a rant about how Americans should buy American made products. This is a hot topic for me, and she typically tries to calm me down by finding some great American made products online. I happened to need a new pair of flip flops at the time, and she found Okabashi.
As she began to read the details of Okabashi's products, I became very intrigued. Eco friendly, anti microbial, vegan friendly, and made in America, just to name a few. Not to mention a two year guarantee on every pair sold.
Then she began to read the reviews, and I could not believe what I was hearing. Each and every customer raved over these flip flops and sandals. Many of the reviewers stated that their Okabashi shoes were the best shoes they had ever owned.
Now I have always been a skeptic, and a hard consumer to please. My only thought was that these flip flops sounded too good to be true. I asked my wife to order me a pair, so I could judge for myself.
Very Cool Flip Flops
Starting a Campfire in Flip Flops
The Great Flip Flop Trial
My new Okabashi flip flops arrived quickly, and I gave them a thorough inspection. I noticed right away that the straps were actually built into the soles of the flops. Most flip flops have a strap that goes through a hole in the sole and is held in place under the bottom. I have found that this is often a point of failure, so I was impressed with Okabashi's solution.
The material also seemed very durable, and unlike any flip flop material I had ever seen. It had an almost slippery feel, with a little texture built in to the entire surface. I had my doubts, but I put them straight to work on day one.
My activities over those next few days included pressure washing, gardening, general construction work, and a lot of yard work. My doubts about the new flip flops were growing day by day. The surface of the sole felt very strange to me, and the strap between my toes was becoming very painful.
In fact, the area between my toes became so painful at times, I had to remove the flip flops. I was starting to think these flops would not live up to the hype.
I went back to the Okabashi website and read those reviews again, thinking I must have missed the bad ones. After looking not only on the Okabashi website, but all over the net, I could find nothing but praise for their products. I did happen upon a few reviews that mentioned a little 'break in' time was necessary.
I figured I should give them a few more days before I gave up altogether. My family and I were headed off on vacation at the beach. I vowed to wear them for the entire vacation, in order to give the flops a fair shake.
Over the couple of days that followed , something strange began to happen. My Okabashi flip flops began to feel better on my feet. The pain between my toes was gone, and the soles of the flops kinda formed to my feet. Slowly I began to realize, these were the best pair of shoes I had ever owned! After they were 'broken in', these flip flops felt like a part of my body. Almost like they were custom made just for my feet.
I have since put them to the test time and time again, and they have never failed. I have been so impressed with my Okabashi flops, my wife even got herself a pair. She has also been very satisfied with the performance of her flip flops.
Wearing Flip Flops as Water Shoes
Update: Too Good to Be True
So, after nine months of relentless use, it turns out that my Okabashi flip flops did in fact fail. The strap on one of them broke off during a heated game of touch football. I should stress that I am extremely rough on flip flops. I wore these flops for things like work, farming, fishing, hiking, backyard sports, and so on.
While all of the other flops I have owned usually fail within a couple of months, these did outlast all the others. I probably expected too much from the start, given the abuse I knew I would inflict in short order. Still, I was very impressed with these flops overall.
When it comes to indestructible casual footwear, I guess I will keep searching.
Okabashi is Located in Buford, Georgia
Okabashi footwear is manufactured in the United States of America, in Buford, Georgia.
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I am in no way affiliated with Okabashi, just a very satisfied customer presenting a positive product review.
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