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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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Vans Classic Hemp Pack

I have to come right out of the gate and say, sorry for phoning this one in.  I wanted to find something, anything, interesting to write about for 4/20, but… this sort of fell in my lap.  You all knew this was coming.  This isn’t actually that new, but I have been seeing this Vans Classic “Hemp Pack” popping up all over.

It is a little too apropo, isn’t it?  You know, Hemp, Jamaica, Rastafari cultureWEED?  Follow the logic here.  Except the irony of it is that the whole Rastafarian belief system is likely to be anti-commercialism as personified in the now all too corporate Vans company.  BUT, you have to believe that any of those dudes (and dudettes) would be tickled that people around the world are celebrating these colors.

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VK’s 420 Special

Today, April 20th,  is a cult holiday celebrated by devoted followers of a certain recreational drug.  People all over the country, the world perhaps, gather with their friends, loved ones, and strangers, in their homes, at parties, sitting around in circles, standing in line, and smoke some marijuana.  It is self indulgent, and many would say irresponsible, but hey, these people are just taking one day to enjoy something they like, and to relax… isn’t that what holidays are about?

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New Vans Hemp Rata Vulc

New release from Vans, the Rata Vulc in black or blue hemp, with white vulcanized sole and matching white laces.  The blue has white stitching all around the bottom and top.

While some say that it is a “boat shoe” it reminds me more of a Clark’s Wallabee.  In any event, it is not made using any products (at least the upper, I haven’t verified from Vans whether their non-leather shoes are 100% vegan), and is really clean.  I’m really feeling the black colorway.  Vans continues to impress with their simple yet striking designs.

UPDATE: You can cop a pair of these at Zappos or  Bows and Arrows in Berkeley. I used to live down the street from this store!