When I hear the word “Sanuk” a bevy of very interesting things come to mind… sunshine, surf, outdoors, comfort, awesome, style and serenity are just a few. It’s hard to explain, but never before has an item of footwear inspired a lifestyle within me. It’s like slipping on a pair of Donny’s will magically allow me to tackle the most heinous of waves… pop on a killer pair of Standards and I can make the sand under my feet beg for more awesomeness… or slipping my piggies into the most comfortable pair of sandals I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, my beer cozy’s, will suddenly give me the coordination to grab a board and grind ollies all afternoon. I don’t know how they do it, or where the magic-sauce they dipped it in came from, but the cool cats at Sanuk have figured it out… and I’m addicted!
Over the past few months I’ve had the unbelievable honor of trying 4 of their most recent introductions to the world of crazy-amazing footwear… and I’m here to talk a little bit about them. Hands-down, 4 foot coverings that we feel comfortable to go as-far-as-saying are required foot-wear for the 2012 Spring/Summer/Fall. Hell… since we’re all toast in December I’ll go ahead and say these are the last things you’ll ever need to buy.
First up: The Sandal… and this summer it’s all about the “That’s What She Said” ($46)! Comfort abounds, these are the next generation of fully versatile sandals. Rugged, comfortable, easy to slip on and water is its friend… these little pillows for your hard-working feet are the best thing you can do to tell your soles that you really do care. Your feet work hard for you every moment of every day, it’s time for you to take them out to dinner…get them a little drunk… and show them a good time! This is how you’ll make that happen! Here are a few of the Sanuk approved thoughts on their gear:
With these sandals you’ll slip right in…
- Sealed Edge Footbed Made From Real Yoga Mat With New Contoured Footbed Detail!
- That’s What She Said Outsole Strap made from Rubber Bicycle Inner Tubes With Screen Detailing
- Vegan and Vegetarian
Next: if your wardrobe is lacking that special extra something and you’re really not sure what to do… I have the answer! The Standard Get Lei’d ($60). Get away with your inherent need to be a tad conservative on top… but then rock your freak flag with pride by taking the Hawaiian lifestyle to your feet!
Pay attention for a second… when you decide to cut loose a little your poor stems get stuck with the same ole’ same ole’ all the time, while your top gets all of the excitement, well… the time has come!!! Equality for your feet!!!! Get the Standard Get Lei’d series sidewalk surfers and let the world know your awesome individuality doesn’t end at the ankles!!!
Here’s Sanuk’s point of view on their creation:
- Lightweight “Vulc-Lite” Construction with Canvas Sock Liner featuring AEGIS Antimicrobial additive
- Premium Herringbone Pattern Rubber Outsole
- Hawaiian Print Textile Upper and Liner
- “Get Lei’d” Happy U Screened Artwork on Footbed
- Jute Inlayed Gum Foxing
- Vegan and Vegetarian
Next: If you’re one of those brosifs that tends to lean a little more towards the traditional shoe department… well, we have a special treat for you!! Sanuk’s wonderful creation in the laced-up world… their Mason ($62). I will start by telling you this (and this just might be the best selling-point I can ever give you), EVERY SINGLE TIME I wear these incredibly comfortable foot huggers I get a compliment. I’m talking EVERY TIME!!! And I’m not exaggerating one bit. From the young in age (teenagers) to the young at heart (Gma WhiteGlossy) I have people asking me where I got them and how can they get a pair. That aside, dudes, these shoes freakin ROCK! Very comfortable (I have a feeling a combination of rocket science and angel’s kisses were used in their creation), lightweight, super versatile and breathable (a big deal considering they are wicked-awesome beach shoes… you don’t want your feet all sweaty, icky!). The bottom of these are even specially designed for great gripping and non-slippage (i.e. boat shoes). I have honestly worn these guys everywhere and people (including the dude wearing them) absolutely love them. HooRah! Here’s the Sanuk perspective: Uncommon footwear for the uncommon man!
- Super Soft, High Rebound, Textured Molded EVA Footbed featuring AEGIS Antimicrobial additive
- Super Grip Siped Rubber Outsole
- Handmade, Canvas Upper with Metal Eyelets and New Toe Construction
- Screened Canvas Liner
- Vegan and Vegetarian
Finally: A little som’in som’in for all of you traditional Sanukery lovers (Like me) who dig that old-school Sanuk swagger while looking for something fresh. Introducing the newly redesigned Kyoto ($65). When I first fell in love with the strange new brand of footwear called Sanuk it was with a pair of sidewalk surfers very similar to these. “But Why did you like them so much right off the bat?” you ask? Jeez… what a difficult question! I mean how do you describe the first time you see a rainbow? The First time you stand up on a surfboard for the first time? The first time you see the ocean? An orgasm? How do you describe what it feels like to dip your feet into perfection? Tell me that… and I will describe what a pair of amazing footwear like the Kyotos feel like. You say that’s not really fair… dammit, I say it’s freakin impossible!!!! I can say that if you trust us after giving you two years worth of reviews and amazing points-of-view then trust us when we say that these are badass. And one of the best parts is that Sanuk understands personal style… so-much-so that they offer you a huge variety of colors and styles to choose from. Yeah… they’re just that cool. These are cool shoes… designed by cool people… made to be comfortable, and make you the object of desire. What? It’s true! Here’s a few words from the Sanukers:
A member of the Chiba Family… The Kyoto is loaded with comfort and awesomeness!
- Super Soft, High Rebound, Molded EVA Footbed featuring AEGIS Antimicrobial additive
- Happy U Outsole
- Handmade Heavy Textile Upper with Frayed Edge Detail and Textile Liner
- Newly Added Suede Patch on Vamp and Heel with Accent Stitch
There you have it WGUB’ers… the last 4 Sandals/Sidewalk Surfers you will ever need to buy!!!!! They are amazing and ready to adorn your feet… making you the most comfortable and stylish MoFo you know. Be the trendsetter we know you already are!!! (we know this because you already found us!)