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Product review: Summer is time for sandals

- May 10th, 2012

To me, summer is synonymous with sandals. Whether lounging on the beach, heading to a campsite or just relaxing in your backyard, warm weather just begs for this easy, breezy, sock-free footwear option.

When I received an invitation from U.S.-based footwear company OKA b. to test a pair of what they call one of the “most durable beach accessories,” I kicked aside my winter footwear and quickly accepted.

OKA.b sandals are made from recyclable Microplast and are water, odour and bacteria resistant. Clean-up after a day at a campsite or on the beach is easy: they can be washed by hand or in a dishwasher.

OKA.b’s Daisy sandal in Cherry – $30. (Courtesy OKA.b)

OKA.b's Alexandra sandal in Pearl - $40. (Courtesy OKA.b)

The sandals are made from a single piece of material for comfort and come in a wide array of colours, with different designs, embellishments and uses – including sandals for brides and men. The company also sells wedges and ballet flats.

All OKA.b footwear incorporates massage beads into the design.

OKA.b's Sandy sandal in Pearl - $35. (Courtesy OKA.b)

TEST DRIVE

I slipped on my pair of Sandy Pearl thong sandals – a shimmering white sandal with a sand dollar medallion on the strap – and hit the streets of Toronto to really test how the sandal would hold up against dirt and pavement.

What did I like? The sand dollar design was super cute and these sandals are definately durable. I have the feeling I could wear them all summer and they’d still be in great shape for use next year. With prices at $45 or less, OKA.b sandals are a great deal.

I also liked how dirt washed off easily in the sink with just some water, though it took some effort to clear all the dirt away from between the massage beads.

What didn’t I like? I initially found the built-in massage beads soothing, but they hurt the bottoms of my feet after a few blocks pounding the pavement. It just wasn’t for me.

And, though the sandals were a size large and meant for my foot size, I found them to be a bit snug and a tad too tight width-wise. Customers should check their size before purchasing on the OKA.b website.

EMANCIPATE YOUR FEET

This summer, OKA.b is offering customers the chance to save 40% on their orders when they donate to Souls4Shoes with the “Emancipate Your Feet” promotion.

Souls4Shoes collects gently used shoes to donate to people who are in need or affected by disaster around the world. The organization accepts all international donations through mail and Canadians can claim their discount with the code provided after they make their donation.

OKA.b ships to Canada at a cost of $15 per order. Browse styles and purchase OKA.b sandals online at their website, oka-b.com.

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