Fit Finds: Sandals

By AFM – April 1, 2014
photo by Brian Fitzsimmons

There’s nothing quite like spring in Austin, or perhaps it’s more appropriate to call it the few weeks between winter and summer. Embrace the blue skies and warmer temperatures with some strolls about town, and don’t be afraid to feel the wind in between…your toes.

Yep, that’s right. Sandals aren’t just for slackers anymore. Check out a few styles to keep you comfortable and carefree without sacrificing fashion.


Birkenstock Arizona $129
InStep Central (The Triangle: 815 W. 47th St.)
Good news: Birkenstocks are back in style (even though most of us thought they never left). Give your 20-year-old pair a rest, and opt for some with brighter color and new designs. Although you can choose from more colors and designs, the comfortable yet durable soles have remained the same. Find your new pair and walk with comfort into the next 20 years.

Olukai ‘OHana $65
Texas Running Company (1011 W. 5th St. #110)
These Hawaiian inspired luxury waterproof sandals are designed to provide all-day durability and comfort. The sandals feature synthetic leather, a jersey knit lining, neoprene foam back, and additional layers of comfort to ensure comfort and stability. Olukai makes men’s and women’s sandals, slip-ons, and boots.

Chaco Unaweep $100
REI (601 N. Lamar Blvd.)
Physical therapists often recommend Chaco’s sandals; they carry the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association. But forget all that stodgy stuff: these super durable sandals hold up for all types of adventure. Adjustable strapping makes for a personalized fit, the footbed design provides comfort and support, and Vibram outsoles accommodate any surface. You can also throw these in the washing machine when they’re dirty.

Keen Clearwater CNX $100

Keen Owyhee $95
REI (601 N. Lamar Blvd.)
Keen has long been the go-to for functional water sandals and the new models include one significant and noticeable change—they’re extremely lightweight. Laser siping and multidirectional lug pattern on the sole creates extra grip; the new hybrid concept in construction encourages natural movement. Toe protection makes these a great choice for trekking through creeks on your hike, which is no accident; “CNX” is a play on “connect,” as the focus here is on you and your shoe finding that sweet spot in the environment.



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