Okabashi Maui sounds like the name of a tanker, or a Japanese delicacy, but it’s actually a limited edition flip flop that is made in Buford, Georgia! These flip flops are not just 100% recyclable, they are also made of 30% recyclable material. Okabashi’s Maui sandals are guaranteed for two years, but when you’ve worn them out, you can send them back to the company and they’ll use your old shoes, in new footwear.
But being green is just one component of Okabashi footwear. What grabbed my attention when I first got the press release was that Okabashi flip flops can be washed in the dishwasher (on the high temperature, sanitize cycle). My initial; reaction was “ewww” who wants to put dirty, street-sullied shoes in a place you clean your dishes? But realistically, it’s a budget-minded move. When normal flip flops get really dirty, you have to either throw them out, or soak them in a bucket and hope the plastic doesn’t deteriorate. As it was explained to me, the dishwasher at high temperature kills all bacteria and germs, and the Okabashi sandal won’t melt, deteriorate, shrink or lose its vibrant color, no matter how often it is placed in a dishwasher.My apartment has a small washer with just a pot scrub setting, and I’m not quite sure whether it’s the “sanitize” setting, so I didn’t tempt fate. But whether you like the washable idea, or just like the look and feel, these are sandals to love. They’re seriously comfy, and durable, too. The contoured footbed features massage beads, and the good arch support makes them reasonable to wear on pavement, and not just grass or the beach. The thong, the part that nearly always rubs and rips the skin between my toes to shreds, was so smooth, I had no problem walking a mile or more in them.