Kevin O’Neill founded Malibu Sandals in 2015 as a tribute to the surf-centric Californian city and the b... View more
Kevin O’Neill founded Malibu Sandals in 2015 as a tribute to the surf-centric Californian city and the brand’s infatuation with the Mexican huarache sandal first popularized by surfers in the 1950’s. With their vegan-friendly composition and built-in cushioned soles, Malibu’s broad variety of huarache-style silhouettes optimize carefree coastal living while destabilizing the conventions of Western footwear. Malibu gone on to experiment with sneaker-like structures, suggesting a boundary-pushing spirit underlying their meticulous vegan-leather craftsmanship. Employing the latest advancements in environmentally-conscious production while concurrently recontextualizing the legacy of the huarache, the brand’s effortless balance of modernity and tradition has taken their beachcomber aesthetic to unexpected places.
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