Now that summer’s upon us, it’s time for many of you to put aside your shoes and grab some flip-flops. I say “many of you”, because more than a few of us, myself included, wear sandals year-round. Getting a good pair of sandals became even more crucial for me, as a few weeks ago I underwent ACL reconstruction surgery. With my right knee out of commission, putting on and tying shoes became a bit of a chore – having footwear that I could easily slip in and out of made my life on crutches that much easier. Luckily, I received two great pairs of flip-flops to test and review – the Cobian Austin and the Reef Arch 1. Both are incredibly comfortable, and nice enough to wear out in the evening, or even to work.
The Austin is the more basic (and cheaper) of the two. With a leather footbed and strap, it’s probably not the best choice to wear when checking the dawn surf. It’s very comfortable, and it took only a few days for the footbed to break in and mold to the shape of my feet. For those of you with wide feet, you may find the Austin a bit snug; my feet are a bit wide, and the Austins were almost too tight. The leather straps, however, meant that I didn’t experience any rubbing or blisters. Overall, the Austins are a great sandal for the price. Click here To See The Cobian Austin Sandal. Click here To See All Cobian
The Reef Arch 1 is definitely on the high end, in terms of price (around $100) and features. Yes, the sandal has features – notably, an adjustable arch. Using a hex key, you can raise or lower the arch for comfort and fit. This is a fantastic feature; along with giving arch support, it enables a much more snug fit. I’ve worn Olukais and swore that they were the most comfortable sandals I’ve ever owned; the Reef Arch 1’s may actually surpass them, thanks to their customizable fit. Click here to see the Reef Arch Click here to see all Reef
With Father’s Day coming up, either of these would make a great gift. I’m sure I’ll spend a lot of time in both pairs this summer.