While walking for a mile in another person’s shoes develops empathy, walking for a mile in an astronaut’s shoes means you’re too far from the shuttle to be retrieved. Take a walk in earth-friendly footwear with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of 100% recyclable sandals from Okabashi.
The only shoe to be endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association, Okabashi constructs foot cushions that are ergonomic, supportive, and recyclable. A wide variety of women’s shoes ($12.99–$17.99) conspire with men’s offerings ($12.99–$19.84) to clothe feet of all genders in cushy, ground-repellent coverings. Made with Microplast, Okabashi’s proprietary lightweight material, women’s sandals such as Splash ($17.99) massage arches with firm beads while adding a touch of subtle elegance with a raised heel, making them equally fit for the pool or a candlelit dinner party at the bottom of the pool. Paris slides ($14.99) dress up casual outfits without sacrificing comfort, and the latex-free design prevents allergic reactions and unsolicited attention from balloon-bending clowns. Since recycled material constitutes an average of between 15% and 25% of each shoe and each shoe is itself 100% recyclable, Okabashi’s facility in Georgia is able to conduct an almost waste-free operation, tempered only by the pigeons that litter its factory's roof with Mr. Goodbar wrappers.
Okabashi's colorful and eco-friendly flip-flops have caught the eye of television and magazine reporters across the United States for the company's commitment to the environment while producing fashion-forward footwear. Deep in its manufacturing facility in Buford, Georgia, the family-run operation has been transforming recycled materials into quality foot-cushioning sandals since 1984. Each shoe is durable and washable. Once wearers are finished with their footwear, they can ship worn sandals back to the Okabashi factory, where the company recycles them into new products.