Ever since I was convinced to invest in a good pair of casual footwear (good referring to aesthetics as much as comfort), I’ve developed a taste funky sandals to go with my line of GAP/ESPRIT clothing for work and casual wear which if you noticed there’s absolutely no distinction unless the situation calls for penguin wear! It all began with a pair of BEETLEBUG sandals, artistic and oversized, and I went on to a second pair that’s not quite as colourful. I thought they were cool until I came across these NIKE ACG SIDEWINDER! ACG stands for All Conditions Gear and when you have a pair you’ll understand why!
NIKE SIDEWINDER © Jan Shim Photography
Inside the box, the footwear is wrapped with what appears to be recycled paper and on which is printed …
Thanks for trusting us with your feet. We believe the best times are often unplanned activity in the in-between spaces with friends from coffee shops to base camp. This shoe is not only packed full of innovation, but it’s very easy to understand and fun to wear. We hope you’re inspired to practice random outdoor explorations and spontaneous adventures. JUST DO IT!
Sounds like typical day for me and Nike understands my needs! Best of several worlds in one package. Too bad sandals still aren’t considered “business casual” items!
© Jan Shim Photography
So does NIKE understand the footwear business? You bet! The NIKE SIDEWINDER CI is a sandal fused with sticky rubber sole where I suspect the traction may come in handy someday. What intrigued me when I caught sight of the Sidewinder is the use of leather upper, cork and Poli U midsole. I was convinced by the store that the the midsole is made of high tech material that promotes fast drying when wet so I was assured that it’s not going to stink. I do wear my sandals in practically all terrains as long the element of risks isn’t there. I put my footwear through the elements—fresh water, sea water, sand and mud–whatever and wherever is needed to get the shot.
© Jan Shim Photography
What is NIKE CONSIDERED? I pulled an explanation out of Wikipedia …
The Nike Considered line utilizes materials found primarily within 200 miles of the Nike factory which reduces the energy used for transportation, diminishing the resulting climate change impact. The manufacturing process reduces solvent use by more than 80% compared with Nike’s typical products. The leather comes from a tannery that recycles wastewater to ensure toxins are kept out of the environment, and it is colored using vegetable-based dyes. Hemp and polyester are used to make the shoe’s woven upper and shoelaces. The midsole is cut to lock into the outer sole, reducing the need for toxic adhesives. The shoe’s outer sole includes rubber made from recycled factory rubber waste.