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Reef™ Fanning Sandal Review
3/13/2007

I've been wearing Reef sandals for a long time now. Since I first saw them some 15 or 16 years ago. Reef sandals back then were only available in one style/color at the local surf shop that I occasionally visited. Cheapy sandals that I wore prior to the Reef's were notorious for slipping on wet pavements/sidewalks and I still have scars to show for it. Over the years, I've gone through 3 Reef sandals, which gives you an idea of their durability.

I wear the sandals primarily on warm days. Trips to the beach, camping, fishing, malls, parks, stores and around the house yard work or relaxation.

Recently, I needed a new pair and, I just happened to be at an outlet store and found that Reef had expanded their product line making apparels, shoes, accessories including sandals in various colors/designs. The pair that I purchased was the signature sandal from Mick Fanning which had the closest resemblance to my old ones.

A Closer Look
These new Reef sandals aren't made in Brazil or wherever they were made before. They're made in China (is everything being made in China?). There's a diamond textured top sole that minimizes slippage and I noticed that the instant I put them on. At the heel, there is an air cushion. I've seen this in a lot of sport shoes and, in my opinion, it's just a gimic or a style statement.

The bottom sole, at the foot's arch, is a depressed area with a metal (probably stainless steel because it hasn't rusted yet) clip/tab of some sort. I had no idea what this was until I did some research. It's a bottle opener! Another thing... it's patented.

The quality appears to be good. But, as I mentioned before, I've been wearing sandals for years so, quality in footwear means nothing to me. It's the durability that leaves a longer, lasting impression, in my mind, that makes me go back to a certain brand/product.

Using Reef™ Fanning Sandal
These Reef sandals, for me, are still every bit as comfortable as sandals could be. I've heard people say, that with any footwear, there's always some amount of break-in period. Mine were broken-in the minute I put them on (probably because I wear sandals frequently).

With these new sandals, I found that I can walk with more comfort in longer distances. I don't know if it's because they are new or maybe the air cushion actually does work.

Since my old ones were fairly worn I didn't expect these to slip on wet pavement and, thankfully, they don't.

Conclusion
A few days of wearing the Reef Fanning sandal, it get's to the point where it just becomes another sandal. I've already accepted the fact that they are comfortable and expect it every time I put them on.


About the bottle opener
A few weeks after wearing the new sandals, I was playing volleyball with some friends in a park. When I went to retrieve the ball, I happened to step in some doggy leftovers. Although I managed to wash the sandals thoroughly, opening another bottle with it never crossed my mind...

:-)

Gary Kawamura

My previous pair of Reef's
They're a little worn out, but, I still use them around the house and save them for guests when they happen to drop by.
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