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In the 1980s, a former river guide created Teva, a Velcro-strapped sport sandal, so his flip-flops could stay on his feet through rugged conditions.
Today, you won't find them just in the canyons of Arizona. Everyone from avid hikers to casual city recreationalists love these practical sandals for their comfort, durability, and support.
Universal - Sandal - Brand - Best-seller - Styles
The Universal Sandal is the brand's best-seller, but we tried two other styles, the Hurricane XLT 2 ($70) and the Terra Fi 5 Universal ($100), to see how Teva's footwear performed. We loved their feel and fit.
Some summer jobs, like scooping ice cream or riding a mail route, are but a blip in our professional lives. Others, like Mark Thatcher's college summer job of guiding rafting trips in the Grand Canyon's Colorado River, have more widespread reverberations.
Thatcher - Founder - Teva - Hebrew - Nature
Thatcher is the founder of Teva (Hebrew for "nature"), the Velcro-strapped sport sandal that changed the way outdoor enthusiasts traversed rivers and mountains and has become a beloved icon in the outdoor community.
As a river guide, he adapted his flip-flops so they would stay on his feet through all the bumps and even flips of his boat. After graduation, he worked as an exploration geophysicist, but was laid off in 1982. His next step, he decided, was to follow his passion for the outdoors by taking his sandal design to the next level.
Inspiration - Straps - Velcro - Nature - Velcro
His inspiration for the sandal straps came from Velcro watchbands — the easy-to-adjust nature of Velcro could be applied just as well to footwear. A couple patents, trademarks, and redesigns later, the modern-day Teva sandal was born. The Teva Universal, which features quick-drying polyester webbing, a cushioned footbed, rubber outsole, and a series of Velcro straps, is still the brand's most popular style today.
There are plenty more designs to choose from, including platform sandals, special pattern collections (like the commemorative Grand...
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