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Put A Spring In Your Step

The summer shoe is an essential part of any suitcase or carry-on. Slipping on a woven jute espadrille or rubber flip-flop signals the start of a holiday like nothing else. We pride ourselves at making our footwear offering from the best quality materials and construction available. We asked our go-to footwear specialist Steve Garrison, who is responsible for sourcing our OB footwear, to tell us what’s so special about each of the designs.


The traditional slip-on shoe

“I like the Doug’s simplicity. It’s a classic staple shoe made using a vulcanized rubber manufacture for long-lasting wear. I’ve owned a pair of Dougs for a couple of years because it looks great with jeans or shorts. It’s very comfortable and classic in its approach with a simple design and quality construction.”



The ultimate carry-on shoe

“You never really seem to know you’ve got it on – it’s so light and comfortable that they are just a joy to wear all day long. It’s crafted using a ‘stroble’ method also used by big athletic brands because it makes soles extra lightweight. My brief was to produce a Doug but at a fraction of the weight. It’s a simple, classic slip-on design but using up-to-date technology to create a shoe that’s super comfortable.”



The authentic espadrille

“The David is the most traditional espadrille. The jute foxing (the straw-like part of the shoe) is naturally grown in Spain and produced in Murcia, which has been known for its espadrille manufacturing for decades. They’re completely handcrafted and carry the OB logo on the in-sock. These shoes are 100% natural and made using locally sourced materials from the outsole through to the jute.”



The Flip-Flop King

“What I like about the Watson is that it uses natural rubber. A lot of beach thong sandals use reconstituted rubber because it is cheaper, but the sandals themselves have very little cushioning. We use a solid rubber outsole and then a sponge rubber footbed with a solid rubber thong. It’s 100% natural and its durability is second to none: it will retain its shape and flexibility over time. The factory we use makes some of the best rubber sandals I’ve seen in 30 years of footwear. It’s a simple product that’s been done very well.”


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