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Okabashi Flip Flops Review
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 have searched for a pair of flip flops that could keep up with my lifestyle. I have tried many different brands, in many different price ranges with no luck. I even even tried to improve a couple of pairs myself, but failed miserably.
Yes, you heard me right! I have even tried, with little success, to cobble my own extreme flip flops. Not once, but three times. The only thing I accomplished with that was a few laughs from family and friends. No super flops though, as I had hoped.
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 any durable flip flops. Then, just when I was ready to give up, a friend told me about Okabashi. He had a pair of their flip flops, and he was loving them. So I thought I might as well give them a try and see for myself.
When it comes to flip flops, I can really wear a pair out.
Fishing in Flops
Too Good to be True
To help me out, my wife found the Okabashi website. She has a great eye for detail, so I was glad she was on board. She seems to enjoy doing product research prior to a purchase, so I encouraged her to figure it all out. In short order, she had some information for me.
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
The material also seemed very durable, and unlike any flip flop material I had ever seen.
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 over the next few days.
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. It was like some kind of concentrated toe torture. 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 for a 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 could actually turn out to be the best pair of flip flops 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 was glad things were looking up, and loving my new flops. The initial results were in as far as I was concerned, and I was pleased. I didn't get too excited though, as I knew the beach vacation was nothing compared to what I would be doing back at the farm.
Wearing Flip Flops as Water Shoes
Update: It Was 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 by a wide margin. 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 flip flops overall.
As a consumer, I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a durable flip flop or sandal. For regular, light use, these are great. I have since purchased a second pair for casual wear. My wife also has two pairs as well, and she's very pleased with them.
Okabashi makes a great line of products that are much more durable than average. But, when it comes to indestructible casual footwear, I guess I will keep searching.
Okabashi makes a great line of products that are much more durable than average.
Okabashi is Located in Buford, Georgia
Okabashi footwear is manufactured in the United States of America, in Buford, Georgia.
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