We’re always on the lookout for on trend, eco-friendly shoes. When they are made in the USA and from recyclable materials, that’s even better. More than 98% of shoes sold in the US are not made in America. Okabashi is in that exclusive and elusive 2%. They make shoes that are fashionable and comfortable. Recyclable flip flops? Who knew that was possible?
Okabashi sandals review
I own three pairs of Okabashi shoes. They have arch support and are designed to properly align your feet. They are made from a recyclable blend of plastics which make the shoes sturdy yet soft. After wearing all of these sandals multiple times for hours each time, I was happily surprised to find they were all comfortable, flexible and had a lot of “give.” At the same time, they were very supportive. Also, given their material, they won’t stretch out.
Each shoe has raised bumps on the footbed. I didn’t know what these were for until I read about it online. They are there as massaging beads to promote better circulation based on Reflexology principles.
Okabashi recyclable flip flops and sandals review
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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. They are surprisingly inexpensive for the quality as well.
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 recyclables 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 fall 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.
Benefits of Okabashi shoes
- Made in USA
- Made from recycled water bottles
- Arch support
- Many colors to choose from
- Easy to clean, dishwasher safe
- Shoes for women and men
- Family-owned company
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. Okabashi has been around for over 30 years. They have always made their shoes in the USA.