Saltwater sandals are fast becoming a popular kind of footwear. They are sold mostly in southern and western markets in the United States. These sandals are made from specially-treated natural leather evident in their “interlink” strap and adjustable buckle straps around the ankle.
The birth of saltwater sandals was in the early 1940s, posing as a good alternative to the traditional leather sandals worn by kids. This is due to the leather shortage during the World War II. They resolved this shortage by making children’s sandals out of scrap leather from leather boot-making factories. Although originally conceptualized and manufactured by the Hoy Shoe Company in St. Louis, Missouri, there are also saltwater sandals made in China.
The Hoy Shoe Company
The original and classic designs of saltwater sandals by the Hoy Shoe Company are double stitched and molded in vulcanized rubber. These are featured with adaptable straps for narrow to wide fittings, and to accommodate the sizes of infants to pre-teens.
The Trending Market
For over 60 years now, it remain a summer fixture in children’s footwear. The more recent design is Hoy Shoe Company’s Sun-San Saltwater Sandals for women. New York Magazine’s fashion editor, Sarah Bernard, even made a comment last November 2, 2007 about it. She criticized saltwater sandals as an “Emerging Ugly Shoe Trend for 2008” while comparing it with Ugg boots and Crocs.
Amidst the criticisms, it remain as one of the exceedingly popular modern sandals made from highly durable materials. They do not wear and tear easily and they have proven themselves in terms of quality. It is a bestseller among parents. In fact, they are no longer confined to the southern and western markets of the US. They are now globally supplied because of the gross demands of customers.
Sandal are not only comprised of natural leather but their buckles are made from rustproof metal and brass material. They are sold in various colors like white, navy, brown, orange and pink, red, yellow as well as fuchsia, black and green.
The latest addition to it genre is the new Shark 11 Saltwater Sandal in Crazy Horse Color. Its design is like that of a fisherman’s made from durable cowhide. It has a molded EVA sole with long lasting thread action by the bottom section of the sandal as well as an insole cushion. It has an extra fabric and a comfortable strap molded in its back section to reduce sweating and unpleasant odors. It has sizes for pre-teens, toddlers and infants.
Infant sizes are from 3 and up, depending on the built; and up to size 13 for pre-teens. For adults, women would range from size 5 and up.
Here are some of the in-demand saltwater sandals for kids in the market:
Ladies Fuchsia Saltwater Sandals
This saltwater sandal is great to wear on beach and pool outings. It has a durable brass buckle and an adjustable strap. It has interlocking straps that easily adjusts to the foot. The price of this saltwater sandal is $34.95.
Unisex Tan Saltwater Sandals
This saltwater sandal is made from all-original tan leather. It is best for summer and beach activities. It has a brass buckle that enables easy adjustments for the straps. Its interlocking straps conveniently adjust to the foot. It has vulcanized rubber soles and double stitching to ensure long lasting quality. It is good for both dry and wet conditions because it is coated with water-resistant sealants. The price of this saltwater sandal is $24.95.
Ladies Black Saltwater Sandals
This saltwater sandal is made from black leather and it has 1 buckle ankle strap. The price of this saltwater sandal is $15.99.
Tips on Saltwater Sandals
When using a pair of new saltwater sandals, it is best to loosen it up, particularly with the straps. You can do this by placing your thumbs inside its straps and pull them out towards the sides. This way, the interlocking leather straps are stretched. After this, hold your sandal in your palms and start squeezing the sides together, cupping the inside section of the sandal. This way, the straps are flexed and pre-stretched.
Saltwater sandals only seem too tight when it’s new. It may need a short “break-in” period. After some time, it will conform to your foot.