Surf brand O’Neill, who was founded by Jack O’Neill in 1952 has produces functional activewear and lifestyle products, while maintaining loyalty to their surfing roots. And their latest offering is a unique palm leaves sandals.
80 million Areca palm leaves fall in Southern India every year and, through “The Tree of Life Project,” O’Neill Footwear is repurposing them and giving them value, creating the first-ever palm leves sandal. “The Tree of Life Project” pays local Indian people to pick up and carefully select fallen palm leaves used in manufacturing the sandals, benefitting communities economically and the planet environmentally. The sandals have palm leaf footbeds, one natural or vegetable tanned leather strap and one palm leaf strap backed with suede for comfort. A light gray rubber outsole combined with a coral or turquoise midsole complete the construction. Utilizing natural materials gives each sandal a varied color and pattern, which two pairs will never be identical.
The O’Neill palm leaves sandals will be available from July 28 for $89.95 at selected retailers.