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During his time working as a rafting guide in the Grand Canyon during the 80’s, Geophysisist Mark Thatcher realised their was a lack of suitable footwear for river activities, with trainers getting too heavy when damp and flip flops sliding straight off the feet at any given opportunity. By simply adding a nylon strap to a traditional thong sandal, Thatcher had created the first ever sports sandal, which was originally marketed as a “amphibious utility sandals”. Having received a great reception to those involved in similar activities they sold 200 pairs in their first year. By 1984, the sandal had become somewhat of a fashion statement amongst young americans. In 1985 TEVA reconsidered their original design and introduced the ‘Universal Strapping System’ on the Hurricane model which would go on to inspire and act as a template for future designs.
Despite its minimal aesthetic, the Teva sandal does hold several functional features within its design. The universal strapping system which can be found on most styles is made up of 3 parts: the toe post, the heel strap and the side strap. The toe post is a strap that goes over the frontal part of the sandal, across the toes and in between the inner and outer sole. The heel strap goes around the ankle to avoid slippage, while the side strap connects the toe and the heel, preventing the sandal from stretching and avoiding possible injury. There is additional technology in the sole too, with the brands basic models utilising a 2-layer sole, with the soft inner acting as a footbed and the outsole slightly harder and designed to grip wet surfaces. Most models within the range come with arch support and Microban Zinc technology that prevents foot odor and kills bacteria.
We recently added Teva to our footwear options here at Urban Industry with two key styles in the Universal Original and Hurricane XLT. The Teva Universal Original is perhaps the brand most simplistic shape, featuring polyester webbing on the shoes upper with a comfort enhancing EVA footbed. The sandal features the signature strapping system with a hook and loop closure and a durabrasion rubber outsole for stability and grip. The Hurricane XLT is slightly more complex in design but is still extremely lightweight and versataile. Featuring a similar polyester webbing construction on the upper, the sandals point of difference comes in its sole unit with the addition of the Shoc Pad in the heel, arch support, Microban zinc-based antimicrobial treatment and again featuring the Durabrasion outsole.
We have put together a selection of looks ranging from casual to smarter styles incorporating Teva footwear to show a range of styling options. You can shop our full Teva range HERE