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Freewaters Falliday 2014 Roundup

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Summer’s not over yet!  OK, for us here in New York City, yes.  But in some places, it’s warm all year round (#jealousy).  In some of these locales, it might even be appropriate to wear sandals 365.  In honor of these magical places and lucky people, we present Freewaters fall and winter collection, vegan edition.  For those of you who are more interested in harsh fall and winter conditions, stay tuned.  [For those TL;DR, scroll down for the pictures!]

Freewaters is a surfer brand that specializes in flip flops, and also has a small but growing shoe line.  They’re about that laid back lifestyle as much as they serious about their sandals.  These ain’t your grandpa’s $5 flea market joints. Each one features some kind of design innovation, such as the Therm-a-Rest footbed or Sponge Lite Chassis.  They also use interesting materials such as cork and hydro leather (synthetic, water resistant).  We have no idea what’s going on with that, but the end result is that they sure do look comfy.  We here at VK, also known as the flat feet collective, are also genuinely excited that a lot of these provide noticeable arch support.

But wait, you may be asking yourself, why would I want to spend upwards of $30 on a pair of flip flops?  Well there are a number of reasons why you may want to invest in a nicer pair.  First, as mentioned above, comfort.  If you’re going to spend, you might as well get a cushy pair, especially if you wear them regularly.  Second, can you say lifetime guarantee?  Yes, Freewaters wants you to wear these for life.  Just send them a picture of your damaged shoes and they’ll replace them.

So being that you are here you know we are only going to show your the cruelty free models, and it is unfortunate that they still use leather on a bunch of their shoes.  But apart from that we’re excited to support Freewaters because of their charitable work.  Notably, each pair of shoes purchased supports their clean drinking water projects.  1% of gross sales go directly to fund water projects: 20 wells dug to date and more to come!  For more info on this, click here.

For those looking to shop, check out the Freewaters store or the Zappos Freewaters Page.
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Fresh Cargo Maasai Treads Flip Flops

Every once in a while I get word about a company running a business in a socially and ethically responsible manner.  Most of the times they are small so it’s hard to find them, but I try to give them a plug whenever I can.  Featured here is Fresh Cargo’s Maasai Treads Flip Flops.

Fresh Cargo, based in Nottingham England, founded Maasai Treads, a project based in Nairobi, Kenya.  This joint venture implements fifty years of Maasai Warriors’ experience in sandal making.  On the environmental side, the sandals and flip flops are 95% recycled, comprising of tires, denim, and leather.  Hemp is also used along with Kikoy, a Kenyan produced cotton.

Much of the proceeds from the business goes back into the community.  All the materials are locally sourced, and the project currently employs 20 people in Nairobi with the hopes of increasing that to 100 by 2014.  Furthermore, 5% of the sales of every sandal goes toward the Born Free Foundation in Kenya, which supports Kenyan wildlife and educates locals regarding the preservation of wild animals such as lions.

Obviously I would not be writing about Fresh Cargo if the Maasai Treads didn’t make vegan shoes, or vegan sandals or flip flops in this case.  For men, all of the denim flip flops are vegan.  For women, all of the flip flops are vegan EXCEPT the recycled leather flip flops.  They are currently in the process of redesigning the mens collection to make them all vegan apart from the recycled leather ones.

See the mens flip flops and womens flip flops at the Fresh Cargo site.  More pics after the jump.

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