- SHOE TYPE: FLIP FLOP/ SANDAL
- SIZES: 7-16 US
- HALF SIZES: NO
- SHIPPING WEIGHT: 2 POUNDS
- DIMENSIONS: 14.5 X 7.5 X 5.7 INCHES
- MATERIAL: SUEDE/ RUBBER/NYLON
- OUTER SOLE: NON MARKING RUBBER
- ALSO: EVA MOLDED FOOTBED, CONTOURED FOOTBED
- WATER RESISTANT: YES
- WASHABLE: YES BUT HANDWASH ONLY
- COLORS: BUNGEE CORD, WALNUT
- BRAND: TEVA
- MODEL NO: KATAVI THONG
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 84%
- OUR RATING: 4.5 OUT OF FIVE STARS
- PRICE GUIDE: $49-$55+
When is a flip flop not a flip flop? When it is made by Teva, the aquatic footwear specialists.
Teva more or less singlehandedly (or single-footedly) invented the modern day water shoe as seen here.
Its inception came in 1984 when a river guide invented a proto type of a water resilient flip flop that would remain on the foot and not float away like conventional ones do.
Today, Teva make an array of sandals, shoes, boots and flip flops, but its watery origins mean that is for aquatic pursuits that they’re known the best.
“Will these make my feet look sexy?”
Believe it or not, this is a genuine question about these sandals!
Perhaps ‘sexy’ is a bit of an ambitious hope for a humble pair of flip flops, but then again, maybe not because manufacturers Teva themselves posit their creation as none less than a thong!
Stifle that giggle at the back! Apparently, it is entirely reasonable to designate a pair of flip flops some sort of arena of podiatric erotica.
Why not don a pair of these then lounge by the pool side and see if you can pull in your revealing podiatric posing pouches?
If you do – just make sure you use some protection as you don’t want to contract anything contagious from your promiscuous podiatry – like verrucas!
So, what do this pair of Teva Men’s Katavi ‘thongs’ look like then?
Well, in terms of overall sexiness, if you score the average flip flop of having all the sex appeal of rock solid porridge, with a side helping of cold sick, then these are a hot bowl of porridge with lashings of honey. And no vomit.
For a flip flop, this is an achievement, so let’s not underrate it. The sad truth is, flip flops are never going to be the most attractive of items, but there’s no reason why they should frighten small children when you have them on.
These are sturdily constructed and don’t look as if they will literally flop off on you, like so many flip flops do when you attempt any really ambitious undertakings in them (i.e. walk across the parking lot).
They are made of suede, for a start off and when you pick them up, they should give off a much heavier aura than the dollar store models.
Of course, so they damn well should, since these come in at roughly $50 a go!
Better still, they have got some actual arch support, so sufferers of foot conditions should listen up – it is possible to have support and still wear a flip flop!
Also, the tread is good and these come with a serious grip on them. Since these are designed to be worn in water, it is fairly important that you don’t slip over wearing them.
Naturally, they will not fall off easily either – this is the whole point of them after all. After your aquatic adventure these should dry quite easily.
At the moment, they only seem to be available in two shades, the oddly named Bungee Cord and Walnut. Both of these are variants of brown and neither of them should cause too much of a stir wherever you wear them.
Possibly not exactly formal attire, these are all the same probably the nearest we are ever going to find to respectable in the same sentence as flip flops.
ARE THESE THONGS COMFORTABLE?
But are these things comfortable to have on? Because generally, as anyone who has worn genuine thongs might be aware, they are usually not erm worn for their comfort.
So, are these podiatric thongs going to cause you any uncomfortable chafing, irritation or just plain ‘ow’ moments as the bit rides between your… bits?
The good news is that by all accounts, these are nice and comfy. They shouldn’t feel as if they are stabbing your foot up as you walk about in them and there should be no ‘little mermaid’ effects in these aquatic ecstasies.
Also, the non-marking rubber soles are nice and solid and will grip and protect your feet. They might add an inch to your height as well, as there is quite a wedge on these.
HOW DURABLE ARE THESE?
For the most part, these are a highly durable and very versatile pair of ‘thongs’.
Maybe being able to run in them might be stretching it a bit, but you should be able walk decent distances in these, as well as get them wet without any real problems.
These should be washable, but not in a machine, the manufacturers suggest you brush them lightly with some antibacterial soap and then rinse them in cold water, before leaving them to dry in the sun.
In a very small number of cases, some wearers have said that these have split. But most people are more than happy with their performance. 73% of people who have bought these have given them a five-star feedback. This is enough to convince us, that any incidences of splitting are over stated.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THESE SANDALS?
These are a smart pair of sandals that not only can you walk in, but you can get wet. They have good arch support, a decent grip and are usually durable in most cases.
The only thing we have heard about these is that when they get wet, some people’s feet can slip about on the inside of the sole. Not the outer sole which is nice and secure. Even though the inner sole appears to have some slightly embossed edging to it, that should ensure this doesn’t happen, it seems in a small number of cases, it still does.
A lot here will depend on your individual foot and how smooth or dare we suggest it, sweaty, it is!
On the whole, this is a well-made and comfortable flip flop that can actually hold its head (or toes) high and dare to be seen in the hours of daylight. As long as you remember to cut your toenails first!