Top 4 Reasons to Buy Made in USA Products | Okabashi

Top 4 Reasons to Buy Made in USA Products

Since 1984, Okabashi has been designing and manufacturing our products in Georgia. Making our products in the USA is at the core of who we are.
March 26, 2018 — Melissa Crane
4 Tips to Choosing a Foot Healthy Shoe | Okabashi

4 Tips to Choosing a Foot Healthy Shoe

Tips to help you avoid painful, costly mistakes and choose shoes that are good for your feet. 

March 21, 2018 — Melissa Crane
Venice: The Perfect Classic Comfort Sandal | Okabashi

Venice: The Perfect Classic Comfort Sandal

Introducing the Venice for Spring! We heard your requests for the perfect slide, and fans of the Sienna and Cross Strap will fall in love!

Meet the Okabashi Family | March 2018 | Okabashi

Meet the Okabashi Family | March 2018

As a part of a monthly series, we want to give you a glimpse into our team and the people who make the magic happen. 

March 06, 2018 — Melissa Crane
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How to Avoid and Treat Foot Injuries | Okabashi

How to Avoid and Treat Foot Injuries

Our feet are incredible tools that help us with every type of movement, from walking to running. Which is why we need to make sure we treat them right. It is important to both prevent harm where we can, and know the best way to treat them when it happens.

  • Since the foot is full of tiny ligaments, warming up the foot prior to any increased activity is crucial.
  • Choose the right shoe. Shoes were made to protect your feet, but the support they offer is key to a healthy foot.
  • Avoid uneven surfaces. None of us are as surefooted as we once were, and we certainly don’t heal as fast as we used to. There is always another way around.
  • Listen to your body. If you start to feel discomfort of any kind don’t ignore it. Try and understand what your body is telling you and what you can do to resolve it before it becomes a much larger issue.
  • Ice it. Before you even ponder whether or not it’s a sprain or a break, ice down the injured area early and often. Doing so will help reduce the swelling and recovery time, so be sure to ice it for 15 minutes, three times a day for the first few days after the injury occurs.
  • Rest it for at least 24 hours. During that 24 hour time period, make an appointment to see the podiatrist, who can determine how bad the injury really is. If the injury is not severe, use crutches after 24 hours and begin to gradually use your foot without putting all of your weight on
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  • Raise it while you rest. Foot up = swelling down. Put your foot on a couple pillows, or borrow a couple cushions from the couch to keep swelling down while you sleep.
  • Compress it. Wrap an elastic bandage around the affected area to keep the foot in place and prevent any further spraining or bruising.
  • Get moving. You’ll want to get moving as soon as the pain begins to subside in order to prevent muscle atrophy. Avoid any activity that requires heavy use of the foot until bruising, pain, and other symptoms are through.
October 24, 2017 — Melissa Crane
The Pros and Cons of Going Barefoot | Okabashi

The Pros and Cons of Going Barefoot

While bare feet only used to be seen at the beach or in the backyard, now it’s not unusual to see people going barefooted in public parks, on hiking trails, and even on city streets! Proponents of “barefooting” claim that walking barefooted is more natural and better for your feet. While these claims may seem hard to believe, they have some merit.

Your feet are very advanced tools with an elaborate structure made up of tiny bones, soft tissue, tendons, ligaments and muscles. If you are constantly wearing shoes, each of those components of your foot are locked into a certain position by your shoes. When you go barefoot, all of those parts gets to move around and strengthen your foot overall. Professional runners often spend a portion of their training without shoes and have verifiable improvements in their overall performance.

When you walk barefoot you aren’t just strengthening the physical aspects of your feet, but also improving your senses as well. All over your body are tiny sensory receptors that are responsible for sending information to your brain that measure position and movement called,  proprioceptors. Over time these receptors naturally become less sensitive, but if you exercise your feet regularly, coordination will never be an issue.

Now, don’t kick off those shoes and commit to a life without them just yet. Remember, humans invented shoes for a reason. The most obvious of reasons being that we need to protect our feet from hazardous environments. Not to say that your yard is a dangerous place, but our feet are fragile. One wrong step on the smallest object can lead to skin damage and a whole host of infections.

While you may build strength in your feet without shoes, you are also without the benefits they offer. Every step you take sends a shock through your body. Without the cushion of the right footwear, these shocks can do damage to sensitive joints over time. Since the invention of shoes, our ankles and knees haven’t felt the full force of our own movement and aren’t conditioned to handle it again right away.

Beyond absorbing shock, shoes also provide us support where our feet need it. Foot structure is unique to each individual, but even those with perfect arches can benefit from having support. It can lessen and even prevent pain from common foot problems and even plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

There are clearly good points on either side of barefoot debate, and while it may not be a lifestyle you want, or even can entertain, it does have it’s benefits. Though you should never make a decision to throw out your shoes without consulting your physician first.

October 07, 2017 — Melissa Crane
Best American Beaches | Okabashi

Best American Beaches

Our nation is blessed with beautiful beaches from sea to shining sea! Check out our list of some of the nation’s best summer beaches—and pack your flip flops to keep feet safe and comfortable in the sand, on the hiking trail, or on the road.
East Coast
Cape Cod National Seashore Cape Cod, Massachusetts John F. Kennedy created this national park in 1961. Forty miles of unspoiled white sand running from the Cape’s “elbow” to the tip of the “hand” comprise the National Seashore. Cape Hatteras National Seashore Nags Head, North Carolina Seventy two miles of surf for swimming, surfing and body boarding makes the barrier island beach paradise. Two historic lighthouses offer stunning views of the Outer Banks. Cumberland Island — Camden County, Georgia Georgia’s southernmost barrier island is famous for wild horses supposedly descended from those brought by Spanish explorers. White dunes, mossy live oaks and historic buildings make this beach a true gem.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakshore — Empire, Michigan Towering white sand dunes, clear water and stunning views make this beach a destination with thousands of miles from the ocean!
West Coast
Julia Ffeiffer Burns State Park — Big Sur, California The beaches in Big Sur take a little extra effort to find, but the purple tinted sand, stunning cliffs and waterfall views are unforgettable. Cannon Beach — Cannon Beach, Oregon The perfect funky beach town, Cannon Beach has flat white sands and gorgeous cliff and island views. Oregon weather assures you’ll never be burning up on the beach.
October 04, 2017 — Melissa Crane