Out of the Closet

OKA b.'s Bailey

By Charlotte on October 18, 2010 11:21 AM

Bob knows what to expect when I call my sister Pam. We talk two hours since she lives in Florida and I rarely see her. I pace the floor for the full conversation figuring I need the exercise. Then I wonder why my feet hurt.

So when I had the chance to try OKA b.'s foot-pampering flip flops, I decided to give them a real workout. Sure, I loved the look of the new Bailey T-strap embellished with its large, trendy coin flower. But could this eco-chic, comfort shoe soothe my soles after a gabfest with Pam?


Thanks to a reflexology-inspired design, this spa-like shoe proved to be more than a pretty accessory. The tiny massage beads in the footbed are a real treat for my tired feet, caressing them with each step. To my surprise, these lightweight, flexible shoes are both cute AND comfortable.


The Bailey


They're perfect for lounging around the house, showing off a sizzling pedicure or traveling. Besides boasting relaxing powers, these affordable shoes ($40 at www.shoesthatloveyou.com and boutiques worldwide) are waterproof, antibacterial and odor resistant. What's more, the machine washable (who would have thought?) wonders won't slip on wet or dry floors. (My friend Becky will be wishing she'd worn some of these after falling on a wet kitchen floor and twisting her knee.)


I tried the copper Bailey adorned with a copper coin flower. It also comes in pearl with a silver flower and licorice with a gold flower. And it's only one of the many stylish options available from OKA b.


Buy a pair this month and you can help bring comfort to a breast cancer patient.


Madison_Kiwi_PinkandGreenLeopardPrintRibbon_Top_Dwnld-350.jpgFor every pair of OKA b. shoes sold online during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Atlanta-based company will donate one pair of its most popular sandal, the Madison Slide, to breast cancer patients going through treatment at cancer centers nationwide. The company has pledged up to 50,000 pairs total.


To participate, order online at www.shoesthatloveyou.com and use coupon code COUNTMEIN.



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