September 16, 2013 by Last Star blog
As promised, material for the blog is a bit skosh. So as indicated previously some of our things need updating after 12 months “at sea”. The environment we were in was pretty harsh at times. The sun wrecks everything–your skin, fabrics, aluminum cans (no really) just about everything. My sailbags that held the windsurfing sails are just eaten up by the sun for example. When Patricia carried them to the van the handles literally tore in half and fell apart in her hands. Now it wasn’t only the sun that ate up our stuff. The washing machines there are a bit harsh in the sense that the settings generally don’t work. You don’t get many choices on the cycle or the water temps. For the most part there is no hot water its all mostly just “room” temperature. The dryers will roast your stuff too so the clothes were a little bit beat too. Finally my Tevas were well worn after +100 DDMs and other general out-n-abouts. So when we got here I shopped around for something to replace them. I was looking for something in an open shoe and looked at quite a few flip-flops but just couldn’t pull the trigger on those and of course ended up going back to what I know–Old school.
Truth in advertising, the new shoes are a different color/style. I chose the brown hue for fall—who says I have no fashion sense?
Hats off to the folks at Teva, I beat these shoes up, in and out of the salt water hundreds of times. Rarely would I get out of the dinghy and step on the unknown bottom without my Tevas on. They spent nearly every night on deck or in the dinghy hoping for some fresh water for a rinse. After 2-3 days of shopping in brick and mortar or on the internets I was back to the same old product–with no regrets!!