Just as white, old-school tennis shoes are de rigueur in the spring/summer season, river sandals are indispensable in a fashion-correct person’s wardrobe. And the white that has in recent years dominated sneakers of all stripes is now the colour of cool for sandals. And none are more pristine that these by Teva and the Japanese store United Arrow’s sub-label Beauty & Youth.
Truth be told, we have been waiting for the Teva X Beams (colour-blocked straps!) collaboration to hit our shores, but, unsurprisingly, that didn’t touch our grounds. It was much to our delight, then, to discover Teva’s collaboration with Beauty & Youth, the third, in fact, after the successful run of the former’s ‘Hurricane’ sandal in 2014 to celebrate the American footwear brand’s 30th anniversary.
Beauty & Youth has chosen not to tweak Teva’s classic design, turning the sandal back to what may be considered its “factory setting”—completely colour-free. The ‘Hurricane’ itself is believed to be one of the most comfortable and durable “sports” sandals available, which explains why brands—in Japan, especially—keep going to Teva for their own iterations. The shock absorption unit in the heel and the Velcro closures for a comfortable fit point to a pair of footwear that can replace sneakers when our punishing heat demands it. For some, the Beauty & Youth branding centralised at the heel strap has added allure.
It goes without saying how appealing the white will look against tanned skin. But since there’s less of it covering the feet, you won’t look like a nurse. Now, can we be hopeful that Teva X Ganryu’s bi-coloured Hurricane will be available next?
Teva X Beauty & Youth ‘Hurricane’ XLT river sandals for men and women, SGD109, are available at Left Foot Entrepôt, The Cathay, and selected World of Sports stores. The sandal is also available in navy. Photo: Teva