Saltwater sandals

Saltwater SandalsGrowing up in Seattle, we spent every summer on the salty, rocky beaches of the Puget Sound… running around in our Saltwater sandals! Every summer we got a new pair — I can still remember choosing the color.  Saltwater sandals are made to stand up even in salt water (hence the name) — you can get them wet, and they’ll still survive.  They’re made with a flexible, high grade sole, and durable leather straps.  (Apparently, according to Wikipedia, they were first produced in the 1940s as an alternative to traditional children’s leather sandals as a way to cope with leather shortages in World War II. The sandals were made from scrap leather left over from making men’s shoes.)

They are so simple, yet so cute!  Nothing makes me think ‘summer’ more than a pair of Saltwater sandals…

The infant sandals are on sale at online children’s boutique,  Sweet William.   And did you know they also come in grown-up sizes?  I’m thinking about getting myself a pair! (Grown-up version available here.)



Comments (10)

July 17, 2009

How funny, I have never heard of these before! I don’t think they exist in Europe!

July 17, 2009

Yes, I think they are a very American novelty!!! I’ve never seen them here in Europe!
You would like them though — and they’re not very expensive!!

Kate Eggers
July 17, 2009

I love it! I too grew up in Seattle and now live in London. It has been ages since I heard about Saltwater sandals! You are so right, thanks for reminding me. We are heading over there at the end of Aug and I’m just going to have to start the tradition with my 8 mos old early! Thanks!

July 17, 2009

They are so stylish, much better than Crocs! 🙂 I wrote about them on my blog a while ago, in Europe you can only buy them on Ebay. The grown-up ones are also very nice!

July 17, 2009

I grew up with them too, and still have two pairs (grown up size obviously) 🙂

July 17, 2009

I grew up in Seattle with them as well. I remember my red ones the best. I just bought my two year old (we are living in Seattle now) her first pair- hot pink! (i bought them on zappos)

July 19, 2009

I love these shoes; I discovered them on some US blogs. After tracking down a supplier who would send them to the UK I ordered some for our daughter. She too loves them and wears them whenever she can.

August 12, 2009

Maraka, would you share the name of that supplier? I live in Denmark and would love to get some for my kids!

August 20, 2009

I would also like to know the name of the supplier. Thanks in advance.

May 16, 2011

For everybody still looking for Salt Water Sandals in Europe, I have started selling them at

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