I am thankful with Ipanema for giving me a chance to be part of their launching event, that was last year when they invited me to the “Ipanema’s Blogger’s Affair“. From there I was given a complimentary Ipanema Flipflops and another one I won from the raffle (that I gave to my sister!) and hoping I would get one pair from the official sneaker shop one day too. The flip flops lasted me for a year, which gave it a real good round. The Ipanema flip flops were with me everywhere I went looking for a job in Singapore (before changing in my high heeled shoes before the interview), walking around when I was backpacking Southeast Asia, trekking, caving, walking at the shore to the other, riding a bike, and a lot more. It has been a hectic year for my flip flops and just right before the end of my trip it fell off (the plastic crystal like design on top) while I was walking in Bangkok.
From Plastic to Organic Footwear
I can still use it but it does not look good, I tried to glue it but did not work. Still I came back in the Philippines with those, but I knew I have to get a new pair of best shoes or whatever footwear that will be comfortable for everyday walk. I decided to get an organic sandals instead. It’s comfortable and its organic. I know it would not be as strong as my flip flops, but I know I need to go organic this time.
The sandals are made locally from Cebu, Philippines. Handcrafted by my fellow Filipinos, it is not just the environment I am helping but our country’s small entrepreneurs. Plus the fact that it looks great on my feet too! A pair costs Php100 ($2USD) for the flats, while heeled and wedges are Php200 ($4USD), it’s also affordable.
Why you should go organic? We all have to, the earth is telling us we need to before it will force us to do something to save it!