The flip flop sandal is a shoe that came from the Japanese, and were introduced in the Western Hemisphere during the 1950’s.
Flip-flops, cheap and cheerful staples of summer wardrobes, normally cost less than $20.
What can be so special about this pair?
Chipkos are offering the world’s most expensive casual footwear yet – their new, hand-painted flip-flops will go for US$18,000 a pop. Designed by contemporary Los Angeles artist David Palmer and embellished with an 18 carat gold Chipkos logo hand-crafted by Readers Fine Jewellers in Santa Monica, this extravagant purchase is for a good cause: Chipkos has pledged to conserve – indefinitely – 100,000 square feet of rain forest land, rare species and natural resources for every pair sold.
The footwear has been made for charity with each purchase set to help reduce the amount of Costa Rican rain forest currently being destroyed. The flip flop design incorporates the famous “square” design influenced by the original Indian Kolhapuri flip flop design.
Each pair of flip flops comes in a special mahogany wood and glass display case, which includes a certificate of authenticity as well as an official Chipkos bag.
The luxury flip flops they are aimed at an exclusive market though – with each pair available in only size eight or nine. But with up to 100,000 acres of Costa Rican rainforest to be protected, this is one luxury purchase that may be worth it.
Chipkos Stand for Square Feet Mission Statement:
Here at Chipkos, we believe that sandals have the power to protect more than just your feet.
For every pair of Chipkos Original Sandals that you buy, Chipkos will conserve 100 square feet of an endangered rain forest.
Chipko Movement — Using sandals to protect more than just feet, Chipkos makes its footing in an environmental movement.
Message From The Founder :
Chipkos is the culmination of many facets of my life including my love of nature, my personal travels, and the desire to find my avenue to make a positive difference in this world. The idea for Chipkos began to form in 2010 on a personal journey through India. Through a purely chance encounter, I learned about the Chipko Movement, a historical event which helped bring awareness to the importance of environmental preservation in India and beyond.
Do you share Priya Jaggia’s belief?
But the good news is, if $18,000 doesn’t fit into your budget, you can get yourself a classic pair of Chipkos for $40-$60 – and STILL help save the rainforest.
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