Journal: Hawaii and The Rubber Slipper

Words and photos by Tara Michie. In Hawaiʻi we like to surf, wear Aloha shirts, eat lots of rice, and wear rubber slippers. The slipper (pronounced “slippah” by locals) is a Hawaiian-style staple. Known elsewhere as thongs, flip flops, or sandals, the rubber slipper says a lot about Hawaiʻi’s multi-cultural history and island lifestyle.

Native AP Mercury Liteknit

Founded in Vancouver, Canada, Native boasts a “bonafide selection of iconic styles paired with the best of evolving technology.” From lightweight sandals to water-resistant boots, Native Shoes have a comfortable model to fit almost any occasion and weather condition. Their latest model, the Native AP Mercury Liteknit, is perfect for the spring and summer months.

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Adidas Stan Smith BOOST

Created by Adidas’ partner chemicals manufacturing corporation BASF, BOOST technology provides exceptional energy-returning properties. In fact, Adidas claims that BOOST has the highest energy return in footwear today, and because of this they are equipping a lot of Adidas models with innovative BOOST. From signature basketball sneakers to technical running shoes, and even modified classics.

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