Sometimes we all need a friend who’s up for anything.
When we need a break and decide to ditch work early on a Tuesday afternoon to go for a hike, play basketball, go fishing, golfing, or whatever; this is the friend we call.
Flojos makes a flip flop that personifies this friend and they’ve named him Ryan.
He’s the buddy flip flop.
Ryan will go along wherever you take him and you’ll both have a great time.
He’s easy going and fun loving.
The more you hang out the better the fit. Ryan’s foam footbed conforms to the contours of your feet, but he’s no pushover.
He’s got your back.
The foamy footbed provides enough support to balance the squishiness and gets better with time.
They’re light enough that, despite the slightly too loose straps, toe curl is not an issue.
Ryan and I have done a lot together these past few weeks.
We’ve walked along a warm and sandy South Pacific beach, hung out poolside at a posh resort, and drank more than our fair share of the local beer. Ryan and I even flew together.
He was game for it all.
His only shortfall seems to be smooth hard surfaces such as tile or polished linoleum.
We slipped and slid our way through the mall.
But the mall’s not Ryan’s scene. He’ll join you if you ask because that’s the kind of buddy he is.
But he’s at his best outside and in the sun.
Ryan the buddy flip flop knows how to Do Life Right.
That said, the Freewaters Supreme foam flip flops are amazing.
Full stop. They’re not just amazing for charity flip flops, or eco flip flops, or elf flip flips.
They are amazing when compared to any flip flop made by anyone.
The perfectly placed and proportioned nylon strap holds them firmly and comfortably in place.
Freewaters has even added some fun design details to the inside of the straps.
The outside is jet black nylon, yet on the underside or inside they are dark grey with a fun cartoon image of a VW bus with a surfboard on top cruising around the inside of the strap. It’s a cool little detail that only the wearer would ever really notice.
Compare that to most charity brandishing “brands” that wear their do-gooding as a badge of pious distinction in order boost sales – I much prefer, and have found that, the more discrete version brings with it more credibility, sincerity, and impact.
The footbed made of “Supreme Foam.”
This stuff is heavenly and pleasantly textured with a diamond pattern that keeps the foot from sliding around in both dry and wet conditions.
They are exceptionally soft yet quite supportive.
Walking in them feels like being barefoot on bunnies.
The outsoles are made of a rugged enough harder rubber that provides plenty of traction and can take enough wear to make them much more than just another disposable pair of flip flops to get you through a summer fling.
Appropriately, at the very center of the bottom of the sole of each flip flop, is the round Freewaters logo. These are the real deal with a styling that is perfect for summer days or nights.
I don’t have any sense of how effective their clean drinking water projects are but if they are anywhere near as good at helping provide clean drinking water to those in need as they are at making flip flops than they are a true force of good in the communities they support.
I do know, however, that Freewaters makes a darned good flip flop.
Flip Flop Verdict
Overall Performance — 3.9 out of 5
They’re up for anything but best outside and in the sun
Fit – 4
Light enough that, despite the slightly too loose straps, toe curl is not an issue
Style – 4
Up for anything
Traction – 2.5
Slippery on smooth hard surfaces such as tile or polished linoleum
Comfort – 4
Foamy footbed is both firm and squishy and gets better with time
Dudeness – 5
Yeah, Ryan hangs out with the Dude