I’m always looking for a comfortable, eco-friendly summer shoes. When they are made in the USA and from recyclable materials, that’s even better. I had never heard of recyclable flip flops and was excited when the folks at Okabashi were kind enough to send me a pair of their Okabashi Womens Ocean Thong Flip Flop Sandals (Black & Silver, Medium).
They’re attractive, comfortable, durable, and low-impact. I’m a fan. This company has been around for over 30 years. They have always made their shoes in the USA. Here is my review of the Okabashi recyclable flip flops, and why I think they are so awesome.
You can buy Okabashi through their Amazon store.
Recyclable flip flops
For most of my life, I didn’t wear flip flops because normally flip flops have inadequate arch support; my arches are high, so they hurt my feet. These Okabashi sandals have some of the best arch support I’ve found in a flip flop. They’re incredibly comfortable. They’re also much more durable than your average flip flop so you don’t have to worry about them falling apart in the middle of your vacation. They match most of my clothes, so they are great for when I’m packing light. And for less than$20 a pair, they’re a bargain.
In fact, Okabashi even got an endorsement by the American Chiropractic Association. It’s the sole (pun intended!) footwear brand to carry their endorsement. I’m guessing it’s because of these flip flop sandal’s superior arch support.
Okabashi Sandals Made in the USA
Okabashis are made in Buford, Georgia. For most shoes you see in the store, one of the biggest environmental impacts comes from shipping them from a factory overseas into the country where you buy them. However, “the average Okabashi shoe travels only 7% as far as the average imported shoe,” which means a much smaller environmental impact. You can shop for these shoes with a clean conscience. You are supporting the USA and its people when you shop for made in America products. Even more, these shoes are vegan.
Okabashi Sandals Recyclable Shoes
One of the coolest things about Okabashi is their shoe recycling program. When your shoes get old, you can send them back to the company where they’ll be ground up and blended into the mixture for a new pair of shoes. According to the Okabashi website, last year they re-ground and re-introduced 100,000 lbs of scrap material that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. Their products contain about 25% of their own recycled material. This program is all about reusing and repurposing, and we love it!
Best travel sandals
We love these because they are lightweight and easy to pack. They were comfortable even after hours of walking. They are so easy to clean and are even dishwasher safe. Have you ever been able to wash your shoes in the dishwasher? I sure haven’t but I love it! Also very high on my list is that these shoes are made with recycled shoes and scraps from Okabashi’s very lean manufacturing process. I love that these are made from recycled products and can be recycled.
Okabashi’s 2 year guarantee
So many brands of flip flops falls apart just months after you buy them and go straight to the landfill. Okabashi shoes are made to last. They are guaranteed to last two years. I have never known any brand of shoe that offers its customers a two year guarantee. Mostly, it is just 30 days, if even that.
Okabashi doesn’t just sell flip flops, they also sell several other styls of sandals and clogs for both men and women.