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I'm Walking on Clouds with Sanuk Yoga Mat Sandals
Sanuk Yoga Sling - the comfiest sandals ever?
I had read some glowing reviews before deciding to buy my pair, but nothing could prepare me for just how comfortable they are. When I'm wearing my Sanuk Yoga Slings, it feels like I'm walking on clouds.
I count myself as a socially and environmentally conscious individual, and I try as much as possible to buy ethical products when I have the choice. But to be honest, I'd pretty much given up on ethical footwear after some bad experiences. I'd bought a pair of hemp sandals which frayed and fell apart within 4 weeks of buying them. And a lot of the organic, recycled sandal options out there are made of repurposed tyres or other plastic and rubber derived products which make my feet sweat. I live in a humid tropical island where most man-made products make my skin itch and chafe within hours of being worn.
So, for the last few years I've been pretty disappointed with my footwear. My trusty Brazilian rubber flip flops were comfortable and lasted well but they weren't appropriate to wear to work. And the usual flat sandals I bought to look nice at work made my feet hot and sweaty, and didn't support my arches while standing up for long periods.
Luckily, over Christmas I was given an Amazon gift card and decided to finally treat myself to a nice pair of sandals. They cost a bit more than I'd usually pay for casual footwear, but I loved the look of them and over 200 positive reviews couldn't be wrong, could they? So, I ordered a pair of stripy lime green Sanuks and waited patiently for the postman while crossing my fingers. I was worried about the sizing as some reviewers had said they were quite narrow, but I chose my normal size and hoped for the best.
The day my Sanuks arrived in the mail I had just been standing up all morning at work, it was super hot and humid and my feet were not happy. I carefully opened the (eco-friendly and minimal) packaging and slid my new sandals out. The recycled yoga mat soles squished under my fingers and the soft cotton straps were a lovely cheerful pale lime green. I put the sandals on, adjusted the straps and stood up.
Oooooooooooooohhhhh. I had seriously never worn such a comfortable shoe. My arches felt totally supported, my wide feet fit perfectly onto the sole and the cotton 'sling' straps hugged my ankles lightly while still providing plenty of support. Best of all, they looked great. I obviously won't be wearing them to a black tie ball or job interview. But for my everyday life as a teacher, as well as going to the farmer's markets, friends' houses or taking my toddler to the park they are perfect.
If I hadn't ordered my Yoga Sling flip flops in lime green, I probably would have chosen a pink pair. They also come in a wide range of colours and patterns, from classic black to tie-dye and colourful tribal prints.
The Yoga Spree sandal also features a super soft yoga mat sole but they have a more classic flip flop look without the ankle straps.