December 4, 2015

Okabashi Shoes: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Know someone that’s headed someplace warm this holiday season? Help them start their holiday off on the right foot by giving them the gift of quality and comfort with a pair of American-made flip-flops from Okabashi.

For more than 30 years, the family-owned sandal and flip-flop making company has been “designing and manufacturing extremely comfortable shoes” right here in the U.S.

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A Shoe That Is Much More Than a Shoe

In 1979, Bahman Irvani and his family fled their home country of Iran, leaving behind their successful shoe-making operation. After settling in Georgia in 1984, Irvani looked to the small city of Buford for its history in shoe manufacturing to revive his family’s business in America.

While the company’s name changed to Okabashi, its founding principles did not. In Iran, Irvani’s family had designed footwear according to ideas about comfort and health learned from the Japanese practice of reflexology. These principles have been carried over into the Okabashi brand today. Each shoe is ergonomically made with tiny massaging beads across the foot bed of the shoe to stimulate the sole of the feet, making what Okabashi says is “a shoe that is much more than a shoe.”  In fact, many have called Okabashi shoes “the healing shoe” or “the most comfortable shoe ever.”

The design has clearly paid off. Okabashi now makes about 1.5 million shoes a year and has sold more than 30 million pairs to date – all made from 25% of its own recycled plastic, making Okabashi shoes good for you and for the environment.

Proud to be Made in the USA

Today, more than 98% of all footwear sold in the U.S. is manufactured overseas, yet Okabashi continues production where it was originally established in Buford, Ga. As they say on their website, Okabashi is proud that its entire footwear collection is made in America and shipped to customers worldwide.

“At Okabashi we believe that technology and design can be utilized to deliver a great product to the consumer at a great value, without shifting U.S. jobs overseas.”

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