Alright, yeah they are sort of definition of casual footwear. Upon arriving in my size I was excited and frankly a bit scared to slip on the classic Reef in tan leather. Was I suddenly going to start wearing Tommy Bahama and hum the Miami Vice theme song?
There is a reason these are the quintessential flipflop – they are stylish, comfortable and embrace the laid back but not lazy.
The ethos around the shoe is more than the purchase; you can’t fake it with these on. Given infinite amounts of cash, and proper business style, even hedge fund managers can pull these off. You gotta live ‘em, you can’t just buy them.
Their comfort is spot on with a firm arch and the thong properly placed across the foot. The mat leather soul is surprisingly nice; while being easy to clean.
Let’s address the elephant in the room – the bottle opener in the sole. Yeah it perfectly symbolizes the lifestyle and could be handy in a pinch; but really….a beer from the bottom of your shoe? We’re talking about something that goes directly into your mouth, I’m positive there isn’t a health inspector around who’s all, “yeah, that’s cool bro, you can use that at the bar, just try to not step in the dung.” I always appreciate a fine malt and yeast beverage and the gesture is nice, but off your foot, clearly you planned poorly or are trying too hard.
Downsides; when they get wet, the soul-foot interface suffers. I’m afraid that if I wear them too long I’ll pick up a light coke habit and start shopping for a convertible BMW.