“A unique vegan sandal that is eco-friendly, coconut scent infused and female-founded in the USA, Vines Islandwear will be your new obsession for any adventure!”
They had me at coconut sandals. And I admit I didn’t read much beyond the fact that somewhere in the world, someone was making sandals that smell like a tropical vacation. In my head Vines Islandwear were actually made of coconuts.
This isn’t the first strange-sounding offer I’ve gotten of stuff to try out that’s being offered to me because I work at a paper, but this I think is the first time I — as well as staff writer Meerah Powell — said “Sure, send ‘em over.”
With that here’s our inaugural #WeirdStuffTheySendPeopleWhoWorkAtNewspapers.
According to the press release that got us going: “Vines are hand assembled with care by the Vines team in Leon, Mexico, and each sole is made with a blend of recycled tire rubber infused with a light tropical coconut smell to bring the island to your feet, wherever you may roam!”
Honestly, I’m not a sandals wearer. The last time I remember specifically seeking to wear sandals was when I bought a pair of Birkenstocks in college. They were great until my then-pit bull Lily ate them.