Although the look is pure laidback island leisure, these leather sandals represent the meeting of two long-time American manufacturers: Hawaii’s Island Slippers and Chicago’s Horween Leather. Island Slippers was founded in the 1940s with the goal of improving on Japan’s zori sandals and the ubiquitous Hawaiian “rubbah slippah” (don’t call them flip-flops or thongs if you want to sound like an islander). Horween, founded in 1905, is Chicago’s last remaining tanneryand one of less than 15 left in the country. At least half of the players in Major League Baseball use gloves made with Horween leather, and since 1941, Horween has been the exclusive supplier of football leather for the NFL.
Even with that pedigree, it’s the comfort that counts with these casual slip-ons. Designed to feel as good as walking barefoot in the sand, each pair features a Horween leather footbed over a supportive rubber sole. The arch, heel cup, and outside contour all work together to create a fit that feels like a custom orthotic and lets you wear these all day long. In their 2012 best-of issue Honolulu magazine called them a dressy slipper with soles that “never seem to die.”
Made in Hawaii of U.S. leather. Rubber outsole; Horween leather upper and insole. Men's whole sizes 9-12.