Flip-Flop Sandal has 'Five Fingers'

Breed a flip-flop sandal with a Vibram FiveFingers shoe and you might get something like the Sazzi. This new line of sandals, which are for sale on May 1, feature flexible and grippy soles, recycled materials, and — the kicker — toe straps that segment your pedial digits for “incredible agility and freedom of movement,” as the company puts it.

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Sandals with toe segmentation for “more natural” movement

The brand, based in Newport Beach, Calif., was founded last year by Mark Thatcher, a footwear inventor who came up with the concept of the Teva sport sandal when he was a rafting guide in the 1980s. He sold Teva about a decade ago, and after a few prominent positions in the footwear world he concocted the Sazzi brand and concept.

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Schematic profile of Stazzi Decimal model

Jumping on the “barefoot” bandwagon, Sazzi touts natural movement and things like “superior lateral and forward leaning control” with its Digit model, which is the beefier of the company’s two initial offerings. It has four straps, one to fit in between each toe, and the outsole is segmented to let toes flex and grip.

Traversing uneven terrain or “angled surfaces” is what the Digit is built to do, Sazzi notes. It is a slip-on sandal with Velcro straps made for people who might hike, run on the beach, scramble up rocky hills, then dive in a creek for a swim at the end.

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Schematic: Top and bottom view of “toe sandal”

The company’s second offering, the Decimal, is similar but without a heel strap. Both sandals will be for sale next month at www.sazzi.com for $80 and up.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com.

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Bright and toe-adaptable, the Stazzi Decimal sandal

Posted by Auntie Coosa - 04/12/2012 06:07 AM

Cute idea for the beach … Not enough (lateral) support for hiking on the Appalachian Trail (or any other long trail).

Posted by jerry w - 04/12/2012 09:31 AM

“Not enough (lateral) support for hiking on the Appalachian Trail (or any other long trail).”

Why do feet need lateral support? Don’t they come supplied with everything they need?

Posted by Scott - 04/12/2012 06:13 PM

“Why do feet need lateral support? Don’t they come supplied with everything they need?”

Lateral support is necessary because the shoe’s outsole grips the ground better than your foot grips in the insole (or whatever you call it on a sandal), causing your foot to slide out or slide off the side of the sandal.

The only other solution would be to make the top of the sandal grip your foot very well, but that would probably extremely uncomfortable.

Posted by Tom - 04/14/2012 07:40 AM

Well, from all the reviews I’ve read of Huachaches, there is no need of this “lateral support” and there is less holding the foot than these.
How would the foot slide off when it’s being held at each toe and the heel?

Posted by JACKY SHERNE - 04/09/2013 05:21 PM

Hi, I’ve just seen your amazing site for flip-flop sandal which has five fingers. Do you have a UK stockist.

Many thanks.
Jacky Sherne

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