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BEST SPRING SANDALS 2022

Springtime is like beer-thirty on a Friday afternoon: full of promise and hope and getting our fun on with a vengeance. Along with spring comes being outdoors for all the things, so now's the time to find your best spring sandals.

We surfed through all of our customer reviews, our copious amounts of styles, and spring sandals trends for 2022, and we've pared them down to the top 12 picks in several categories. Consider it a little help from your friends at REEF, so you can take a walk on the styled side.

Most Comfortable Sandals

Of course we've got to start here, because ridiculous comfort is what REEF is all about. Topping this category is the men's
Santa Ana
and the women's Cushion Celine, both super comfortable sandals.

MEN'S

SANTA ANA

When you're ready for real comfort and premium materials, you'll want to catch the Santa Ana. These flip-flops feel amazing, thanks to a textured, contoured footbed, soft vegan leather straps, and high arch support. Santa Anas are the sandals that'll take you from all-day play to that nice restaurant she wants to try.

WOMEN'S

CUSHION CELINE

The women's comfort winner is the Cushion Celine. Made with a soft EVA sole and vegan leather straps, these are all-day comfy thong sandals with cute scalloped details. They're the perfect flat sandals for walking on the beach, date night, and everything in between.

Best Sandals for Vacation

Whether for vacay or stay-cay, a new pair of summer sandals elevates the season. Topping our list for trippy sandals (see what we did
there?) are the men's Fanning Slide and the women's trend leader, the Water Vista.

WOMEN'S

WATER VISTA

You might want to stop right here and snag a pair of Water Vistas, because they're super popular and are definitely among the TOP SANDALS trends for summer 2022. With cute espadrille-inspired detailing and an all-one-piece design that's waterproof, these mini platform sandals are the must-haves for vacay.

MEN'S

FANNING SLIDE

We took our legendary Fanning, named after surf champ Mick Fanning, and made it a must-have water-friendly slide sandal that's beyond comfortable. A molded EVA footbed with arch support and our famous built-in bottle opener take these poolside slides to next-level awesome.

Best Sandals for Day-to-Night Wear

Don't be that person who has to run back to the hotel or house to switch out your sandals for dinner. Not cool. Luckily we've found the ultimate versatile spring and summer sandals for you. Behold the Pacific LE and Vista Hi.

WOMEN'S

VISTA HI

Find your favorite color and grab a pair of these while you can, because they sell out of stock all the time. With a super cute chunky lug sole, the Vista Hi is one of our all-time best sellers. An amazing genuine cork top liner, full arch support, and soft vegan leather straps make these platform sandals a must-have for spring. Walk in comfort and style, from brunch to beach to beverages with your besties.

MEN'S

MEN'S PACIFIC LE

We know dudes prefer one or two great pairs of sandals that'll take them around the clock - and possibly the world - in total comfort, so trust the winner of this category, the Pacific LE. A hallmark of outstanding quality, these sandals feature full-grain leather on outlasted straps for pure comfort, along with arch support and a memory foam footbed. From surf check to dinner check, the Pacific LE is multi-talented.

Best Sandals for Party Time

While we're known for our ridiculous comfort, we're also infamous for our built-in bottle openers that grace a select iconic style, the Fanning. These are classic flip flops re-imagined. Get ready: you're about to become a walking happy hour.

WOMEN'S

FANNING

We're all-inclusive when it comes to party starters, so the WOMEN’S FANNING boasts all the legendary features of its male counterpart. A molded footbed, amazingly soft water-friendly straps, and the beloved built-in bottle opener on the bottom. You're welcome.

MEN'S

FANNING

Our MEN’S FANNING is named after surf champ MICK FANNING and encompasses everything awesome about beach life. Comfortable, water-friendly, and party-ready. A molded footbed, soft straps, and bottle opener in the sole add up to ultimate summer sandals.

Best Anti-tantrum Kids Sandals

No blisters, no battles to keep these sandals on little feet. Our top pick in this category is the Ahi, and it's definitely kid-approved.

BOYS

AHI

Made for all-day adventures, the Kids Ahi sandals feature instantly comfy straps and a soft EVA footbed. Rad prints make these even more wearable, all season long.

GIRLS

AHI

Rainbows, hearts, pineapples, ice cream, polka dots … they're all prints charming when it comes to the girls’ Kids Ahi. Best of all, soft water-friendly straps and super comfortable EVA footbeds make these an instant favorite.

Most Stylish Sandals for Teens 

We cracked the code for top teen spring and summer sandals. The Phantom and the Devynn are amazingly comfortable, both with a laid-back-yet-on-point style perfect for whatever the mood … including that "whatever" mood.

MEN'S

CUSHION PHANTOM

A compression-molded, comfortable footbed and EVA outsole make the Phantom an obvious choice for easygoing spring and summer sandals. Signature wide soft straps and that REEF style finish the look.

WOMEN'S

CUSHION DEVYNN

For the beachy fashionista, we designed a FLAT SANDAL WITH A TOUCH OF GLAM. On top of our soft EVA footbed is an antiqued metal detail, making these summer sandals like jewelry for your feet.

Coral reefs are often thought of as having borrowed time as a result of pollution, mismanagement, and climate change. Some estimate that over half of coral reefs around the planet may be lost by the year 2050. This may be the case, BUT only if we allow it to happen. We have the power to make positive changes for coral protection.

So, on this World Reef Awareness day, we’re announcing Dr. Cliff Kapono, the descendant and defender of Coral, as a REEF ambassador and our partner in using scientific innovation to preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems globally. Cliff is a scientist, surfer and activist, whose work focuses on developing innovative methods of monitoring reefs and interpreting the chemical and geophysical impacts affecting coral systems. We hope our work with Cliff advances global awareness and knowledge around the importance that coral reefs play on our planet and how we can work together to protect them.

“We see coral reefs as an integral part of REEF’s mission to protect our playground. Without a healthy coral reef the ocean’s ecosystem and our ability to enjoy it is at risk. This is obviously something we care deeply about and couldn’t be more proud to have Cliff on our team.” - Mike Jensen

Here are some ways we are getting to work with Cliff:

1: Through partnering with Cliff and The MEGA LAB (https://www.themegalab.org/), we are mapping out specific reefs around Hawai’i. The MEGA LAB specializes in studying coral health, and has developed innovative ways to monitor the reef by creating 3D models of the benthic environments. These models then are used to interpret the chemical, and geophysical impacts that affect coral systems.

2: We’ll also be launching a 6 episode web series with Cliff that uncovers how a small surf spot in Hawai’i may have the secret to helping to save the world’s coral. A scientific breakthrough in helping to protect and preserve coral reef ecosystems globally. Look for more info on our blog on release dates this August!

“I’m beyond excited to begin this relationship with REEF. As a company, their commitment to ocean health is something that I find quite refreshing especially in the outdoor industry space. And although we still have a ways to go, it’s an honor to join such an incredible group of like minded individuals who get what it’s all about. When the values are aligned, the work becomes second nature.”   - Cliff Kapono

Ancestral is a short film, created by Cliff, that describes our human relationship to coral. Hawaiian tradition celebrates coral as our oldest ancestor. In the beginning of time, the coral was the first born. From the coral comes the land and humans are the stewards of this land. Our creation story, the Kumulipo was passed on ancestrally by chant until first written by King Kalākaua during his reign. It was then subsequently translated by Queen Liliuʻokalani into English. Ancestral uses the original text and translations by our Hawaiian royalty. Teachings of our relationship between land and humans were provided by the late Mary Kawena Pukui. This World Reef Awareness Day, we celebrate not only our coral reefs but also our ancestors.

Video produced and edited by descendant and defender of Coral & the REEF brands newest Global Ambassador, Dr. Cliff Kapono. (Additional footage provided by Perrin James, Sarah Lee and Joey Trisolini.) Cliff is a professional surfer, chemist and journalist. Born on the eastern shores of Hawai‘i, his life involves equal parts science as it does surf. Cliff’s work, based in Hilo, Hawai’i, is a place he explores coral health, focusing on innovative methods of monitoring reefs and interpreting the chemical and geophysical impacts affecting coral systems. A place where he implements new technology being invented to better protect our oceans and reefs. While contributing several peer-reviewed publications to the fields of molecular bioscience, he has also produced a handful of award-winning films that discuss indigenous activism, ocean conservation, global food security and virtual reality. Cliff has recently been appointed professor of the school of social transformation and life sciences at Arizona State University where he continues to use his education and voice to educate the next generation.

“Cliff’s research is part of both his career and his identity, “Science is very powerful in that way to me, as an indigenous person, because it can help to communicate an idea that we have spent thousands of years trying to formulate...For me, the two spaces are completely connected, completely intertwined” -quoted in a recent TSJ interview.

FIVE IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT REEFS:

  1. Corals are tiny animals that grow together to make reefs
  2. About 25% of the world’s fish depend on healthy coral reefs
  3. Shallow water reefs have tiny algae living in their tissue that give them their color and some of their food through photosynthesis.
  4. The economic value of coral reefs throughout the world is estimated at 10 of billions of dollars.
  5. Corals have the ability to recover from coral bleaching if the right conditions are restored.

Source: NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystems education page 

REFERENCE MATERIALS

Allen Coral AtlasScience DirectSurfrider Foundation and Urban Surf 4 Kids.

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