Several years ago when I first started seeking out made in the USA clothing and shoes, one of the biggest surprises was Okabashi. The name sounds oriental, but they are made just down the road from me in Buford, Georgia. When I first saw them I thought they had taken the idea behind Crocs – molded plastic – and turned it into a beach sandal. In fact, Okabashi has been in business since 1984 (much longer than Crocs…).
I ordered the two pairs above and have been wearing them non-stop for two summers. You can see how well they have held up. They are especially great for the beach, but they look so nice that I wear them around town and for casual occasions. I also like that Okabashi can recycle the shoes. People are encouraged to return their worn shoes to the company so they can be recycled.
I was rather happy to learn that there is a new division of Okabashi, called OKA b. OKA b. shoes are made the same way, but they are decorated and a bit dressier. I had to have a pair to see if I liked them as well as the plain ones. I promptly ordered these:
And, yes, I do love them as much as the regular Okabashis. They fit well and look great. They are a bit pricier than the plain shoes, but honestly, they are still a terrific bargain at $35.
Because I bought a pair, the people at OKA b. are offering all my friends a 15% off deal. To get the coupon, follow this link and use the displayed discount code when making your purchase. It is good through the end of June.
I’m a sucker for fancy packaging, and here is how the OKA b. shoes arrived: