As an outdoor enthusiast I own lots of footwear. Every outdoor discipline seems to have it's own specialized pair of footwear. Probably the most important piece I own is related to those days between trips. I live in flip flops. If I had a choice I would probably spend all my time in them. They are simple to put on, don't require socks (unless you are an old man) and are the perfect recovery footwear. For years I had a pair of Simple flip flops and when I finally had to replace them I found out they were no longer in business. A total bummer. The girlfriend suggested I try Sanuks. She had had a pair for ages and loved the feel of the yoga mat material under her feet. I found a pair and pulled the trigger on the Sanuk Beer Cozy flip flops.
Initial Thoughts- The Sanuk Beer Cozy flip flops are reasonably priced. The thing that makes these flops so comfortable is that the footbed is made from thick yoga mat material. The material forms to your feet and provides support that most flip flops can't. The footbed has a raised arch area providing minimal support. The flippers are lighter then my previous pair of Simple flops which was a pleasant surprise. The strap has a soft interior that makes contact with the skin. The outside of the strap comes in a plethora of colors and designs. The design seemed comfortable on the foot and there were no areas of discomfort.
Use- When I first got the Sanuk Beer Cozy flip flops we were living in Hawaii. Anyone who has spent any amount of time there knows that the flip flop (or shall I say 'slippas') is the official footwear of the islands. These quickly became my daily choice in footwear while working the farmer's markets. Initially they did great. The flip flops were extremely comfortable for standing long hours. Even when I had sweaty feet the footbeds did not make any noise when walking. I did notice that the lack of traction on the outsole did create slippery moments on wet man made surfaces (concrete, compressed dirt driveways). After a short few weeks of wearing them daily the large chunks of the footbed began separating from the edges. I was a little frustrated that this was occurring so early into ownership. The chunking has not gotten any worse since then, which is a positive. The strap across the foot also began to fray rather early into ownership. Although it gives the sandal a rustic look I was hoping that the materials would hold up longer. On the inside of the strap the soft material has torn in spots. Even though the strap is having these issues, it still remains very comfortable across the foot. On a more positive note the footbed has continued to spring right back to life and provide comfort even after wearing long hours.
Final Thoughts- The Sanuk Beer Cozy flip flops are an economical choice for most users. If you are a daily user of your sandals I would recommend looking at some other options on the market. If you are looking for a pair of flip flops that you plan to wear occasionally then the durability issues I had would be irrelevant. Even with the flip flop's short comings they still remain to be very comfortable. Sanding for long periods of time are not an issue with the yoga mat material footbed. The Sanuk Beer Cozy flops have their place, but I will be looking for a longterm replacement in the near future. More can be found out about the flip flops here.
*These flip flops were purchased for review.