Sandals are pretty much the uniform where I live. In the Philippines, it’s perpetually summer, even after the official summer months of April and May are long gone. So while I enjoyed hunting for the best brogues I could find (thanks to the chic Parisians who wore it everywhere I went), I had to remind myself that sandals are still the shoe du jour in my neck of the woods. I’ve seen these rope sandals on IG posts of friends but never saw it live until I went around the Marais and saw one pair in a specialty shop. While brogue shopping at Galleries Lafayette a few days later, my sister mentioned these rope sandals she wanted to get. When I saw her purchase I was wide-eyed with excitement and rushed to the shoe floor from Angelina’s (where we were having merienda) to get a pair.
I thought it looked weird on my narrow feet at first but my sister, ever so good with accessories, insisted it was so cute. I got the JC sandal in camel, which I believe is their pioneer pair and once we were back in our Airbnb and tried them on again, I was convinced I got a winner. Super comfy yet sturdy! It also helped that I saw it in the store window on our way out—nothing like a good display to up the hip factor.
These handmade, all-rope sandals are from the brand Nomadic State of Mind that originated in the U.S. some 15 years ago. It’s the brainchild of nature-loving, outdoor sports enthusiast Chris Anderson while living and running the business out of his 1969 VW bus. Can’t get any more hippie than that! Now a team of seven, they started selling the sandals in music festivals and eventually expanded to global distribution. The sandals are currently made in Nicaragua by a community they discovered and provided livelihood for. It’s been their home base ever since, more than a decade now. Their only store is in Cyprus and the rest are consigned all over the world. You can order through their website too, here http://shop.nomadicstateofmind.com/default.asp
These babies are machine washable, can be line dried and also available in a variant with Vibram rubber soles. I’m warning you, it’s highly addictive. I’m already thinking of getting the orange pair…definitely gonna be my official summer sandals.
Here are the styles I saw at Galleries Lafayette in Paris.