Now I know this name, Okabashi, sounds like it just has to be foreign in origin and/or based in a foreign country, but this footwear company is actually based right here in Buford, Ga. Over the years, I’ve owned several pairs of Okabashi sandals, and I’ve always found the same things to be true about them: they’re comfortable, inexpensive, long-lasting, and best of all: American-made and American-owned.

At you’ll find colorful, American-made flip flops, clogs, and sandals for men, women, and kids. Their “exclusive comfort bed” footwear is non-skid/non-marking, antimicrobial, odor resistant and features a two-year limited guarantee. Not only that, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) even endorses their footwear. And, buying American-made sandals or clogs before you hit the beach, or wherever else you happen to be going, won’t set you back much at all; Okabashi footwear is available on their website for $14.99 (sometimes even less) and you can print a coupon to use right on their website at

Last winter, I was able to find them on sale at places like Walgreens or CVS. I picked up a few pair then and now I keep a one pair at the front door, one in the garage, and one in the trunk of the car for those long drives when I want to slip into more comfortable footwear.

On the Okabashi website at, you can browse your next American-made pair of sandals by their men’s collection, women’s collection, or by style. If your order is $40.00 or more, you’ll get free shipping plus you’ll save a trip to the store.

Since 1984, Okabashi has been making their footwear in American, and if you want to know about their commitment to “made in USA” simply click their “Made in the U.S.A.” link on their website.

This American company has sold over 30 million pairs of their products over the years. Just think of all the jobs they’ve been a part of, all the wages and income that, because of them, has gone to American families, so they can in turn participate in the American economy and spend money to stimulate even more economic activity.

Sure, you could buy less-expensive sandals imported from other countries I suppose (although it wouldn’t be much less considering how inexpensive Okabashi products are) but consider this: When President Harding was challenged by the argument that consumers benefit from cheaper imports, he replied, “One who values American prosperity and … American standards of wage[s] and living can have no sympathy with the proposal that easy entry and a flood of imports will cheapen our cost of living. It is more likely to destroy our capacity to buy.”

The problem with open and unrestricted trade is that it often creates an overabundance of cheap goods but reduces the ability for the average American to buy them at the same time.

Consumers might want to be less concerned about having the lowest prices and more concerned about having enough jobs in this country to employ Americans. Workers who don’t have jobs don’t care about imports and low prices because a worker with no job cannot buy anything! But if Americans have secure jobs, and prices go up because of the higher wages and benefits we pay American workers, they can always cut back on their purchases. It’s far better to have secure jobs with higher pay and higher prices than scarce, insecure jobs with lower pay and lower prices.

Fortunately, you get the best of both worlds and more with Okabashi: high quality, low prices, and American workers that make American wages to fortify the American standard of living we all come to appreciate and from which we all benefit.

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