Dear Simple Shoes,
I want to love you. Really, I do. I want to love you with your commitment to a 100% sustainable goal, use of materials like recycled tires, hemp, certified organic cotton and more, and vegan offerings. Water-based glue? Brilliant. It’s good to see you’re not sticking to the old ways of doing thing. (Har, har) Ethical supply chain guidelines? Bring it on.
But for all your talk of bringing a new shoetopia to men, women, and children, I have to ask you about this:
I mean, really? Flips? I know us guys aren’t exactly a sophisticated bunch when it comes to fashion, but I find it hard to believe that flip-flops are the best sandals you can come up with for men. Just look at what you’re offering women. Look! Look!
And this one:This one, too:
Oh, and now you’ve just added a new flat to the women’s collection that is just too darned neat. A flat with grommets that can be used in a plain flat, ankle-lace, or Mary Jane configuration. Now that’s what I call bringing the awesome.
Ribbons and grommets, oh my!
Sure, you could point me in the direction of your ecosneaks. I might even listen, if it weren’t for the fact that I typically don’t care much for wearing shoes and already have all the cooler-than-cool Converse-like sneaks I could want at the moment. When I need to replace them, I’ll come to you if you have something I like. But I’m all about sandals, baby. Ventilation. The open air. The great outdoors. Wiggling my toes, as you so quaintly put it.
Really, Simple Shoes I want to love you. Who doesn’t want to be in cahoots with a nice little shoe company? But being green isn’t enough- you’ve got to deliver the designs too. For everyone. Guys like to wear nice sandals too, you know.
Green + design = shoetopia. Yeah.
Note: Images borrowed from simpleshoes.com and Simple Shoes newsletter for illustrative purposes.