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Tragedies in Tiki Fashion
TikiMama
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 122
From: Portland, Oregon
Posted: 2006-10-12 4:48 pm   Permalink

Friends, I have to speak to you about an abomination against tikidom that I have with increasing frequency at events, even one as posh as Hukilau. Something so awful I'm forced to speak out against it publicly. I refer, of course, to the Tragedy of the Tevas.


Teva Hurricane II $40

So horrifically plastic and NYLON! With Velcro! And what are those patterns? "Native American"? Who knows? All I know is that many a charmingly breezy tiki outfit (linen pants/khaki shorts/aloha shirt) is brought low by the black, clunky albatross of footwear.

Obviously the flip flop or thong (as we called them in the OC) is the preferred footwear for tropiholics. So casual, so effortless, so beach bum!


Cobian Lone Star $42


Reef Tatami Bahami $40

But I will grudgingly - grudgingly!- acquiesce that some people need "comfortable" shoes. (Though, if I may say, the amount of drinking that gets done at events should really eliminate the need for you to even feel your feet). So, fine, you want comfort, there are a variety of attractive walking sandals available!


Old Maui Brand Surf $45


Teva makes nicer shoes! Teva Maceo Cork $60

At this point, I think EVEN Birks would be a better choice!


Birkenstock Arizona $100

I'm begging you all, toss out your Tevas! Embrace the world of natural fibers! Let us not even discuss Crocs. The first time I see those at a tiki event, I will not be responsible for my actions. You've all been warned.
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8891
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2006-10-12 7:04 pm   Permalink

Uh aren't Birkenstocks kinda hippy(ish)??

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
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WooHooWahine
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Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3104
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2006-10-12 7:35 pm   Permalink

RAINBOWS are the way to go

Rainbow Sandals Outlet
326 Calle de Los Molinos
San Clemente, Ca
(949)492-4930


 
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nitropic
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Joined: Apr 05, 2006
Posts: 109
From: MA
Posted: 2006-10-12 7:48 pm   Permalink

Skechers is trying to market their sandals directly to us Tiki types, Polynesians "Bora Bora" & "Marquesas"
http://www.skechers.com/catalog/browse.do?function=displayProductList&gender=M&catId=4&index=0&viewAll=false&sort=newest&prodId=2392&styleCode=70347
http://www.skechers.com/catalog/browse.do?function=displayProductList&gender=M&catId=4&index=0&viewAll=false&sort=newest&prodId=6051&styleCode=70409


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TikiMama
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
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From: Portland, Oregon
Posted: 2006-10-12 9:27 pm   Permalink

Jeff that is exactly my point! EVEN hippie garb is better than Teva.

Those Sketchers are dead cute. They remind me of those tire sandals you used to get(probably still can) in TJ!


 
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Swanky
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5047
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2006-10-13 05:54 am   Permalink

Amen! Down with Tevas!

 
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Johnny Dollar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2003
Posts: 2960
From: Baltimore, Maryland, PNG
Posted: 2006-10-13 06:27 am   Permalink

barefoot is the ultimate tiki footwear.

 
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ookoo lady
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Joined: Jun 24, 2004
Posts: 779
Posted: 2006-10-13 07:40 am   Permalink

Guilty...

I hang my head in shame...

I carefully select my ensemble, coordinating the vintage jewelry with a classic barkcloth dress, top it off with my notorious hat, and then...and then...I wear Tevas. I always assumed that nobody would notice.

OK, I've learned my lesson, and now I have a good excuse to go buy new sandals!


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Rattiki
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Joined: May 03, 2003
Posts: 422
From: Key West, FL
Posted: 2006-10-13 2:11 pm   Permalink

Wear sandals to an event such as Hukilau, and TEVAS?! Tevas are for postmodern, Gen-X, Lonely Planet backpacking, style challenged, clueless kids! Even Thongs/Flip-flops are fine only to and from a beach party, but on a Tropical Night out, ESPECIALLY to a grand event such as Hukilau, for the Ladies MINIMALLY it should be a pair of wedges with a Hawaiian/Tropo and/or Sarong style dress (if not a proper pair of PUMPS!), and for the Gents MINIMALLY a good, CLEAN pair of quality leather boat shoes, better yet a pair of fine lounge-lizard loafers. Personally I have a pair of two tone, cobra skin, custom made loafers to wear with one of my vintage style Hawaiian shirt (and pressed slacks) just for such occasions.

You know I'm thinking TikiCentral maybe badly in need of a Tiki/Tropo Style and Fashion Forum!


 
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bb moondog
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Joined: Apr 18, 2006
Posts: 492
From: Gilbert AZ
Posted: 2006-10-13 2:24 pm   Permalink

I hate to post this..cause I KNOW I will be SCATHINGLY slammed for saying this--but iREALLY think there are some things that are taken just a WEE bit too seriously here...TEVA HATING being one of them---how do you guys feel about those savuk ASTRO TURF sandals I sport while I'm carving?

 
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
Posts: 1919
Posted: 2006-10-13 4:01 pm   Permalink

I think what really has happened is that there is a cross hobby situation. Often the owners of Teva products are walkers or hikers, lets say forest people. I've tried Teva. Boy, oh boy, do they suck. Can you say "sweaty and slippery surface"? That may be a personal problem.

Hey! I'm a hippy. I wear Birks.

Yes, the most fashionable thing is to be barefooted. Or wrap your feet in banana leaves. Not palm, that will cut your feet.

The tire sandals your refer to are huaraches ( wa' raches ).


And down here in SD the life gaurds call them "slaps". Thongs are NOT worn on the feet unless they are to be flung by the "dainty" big toe of a wahine.



 
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I dream of tiki
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Joined: Jan 12, 2004
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From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 2006-10-13 4:49 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-10-13 14:24, bb moondog wrote:
I hate to post this..cause I KNOW I will be SCATHINGLY slammed for saying this--but iREALLY think there are some things that are taken just a WEE bit too seriously here...TEVA HATING being one of them---how do you guys feel about those savuk ASTRO TURF sandals I sport while I'm carving?



And here I thought the thread was just horsing around to be funny.


 
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Humuhumu
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 3623
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2006-10-13 4:55 pm   Permalink

Shoes have got to be the trickiest part of dressing for Tiki soirees. The styles (especially the colors) have changed so much, and vintage footwear tends to be a little, well, gross. I've been lucky to find a few pairs of colorful heels over the years that pair with my dresses pretty well, but I still find myself scrambling and fudging it quite a bit.

If it's any consolation, I seem to be very scattershot with my noticing of others' footwear. I do tend to notice when someone's wearing great shoes, but for some reason I don't pick up on it when someone's wearing incongruous shoes. Go figure.



 
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
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Posted: 2006-10-13 6:11 pm   Permalink

I am a guy. I think that I know fashion. And I now that I look goooood in any combonation of the huate coture below.




 
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Rattiki
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Joined: May 03, 2003
Posts: 422
From: Key West, FL
Posted: 2006-10-13 6:47 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-10-13 18:11, Mr. NoNaMe wrote:
I am a guy. I think that I know fashion. And I now that I look goooood in any combonation of the huate coture below.



All I can say is a big SLAP-SLAP-SLAP to ya face for the converse and combat boots!

Quote:

On 2006-10-13 14:24, bb moondog wrote:
I hate to post this..cause I KNOW I will be SCATHINGLY slammed for saying this--but iREALLY think there are some things that are taken just a WEE bit too seriously here...TEVA HATING being one of them---how do you guys feel about those savuk ASTRO TURF sandals I sport while I'm carving?




Quote:

On 2006-10-13 16:01, Mr. NoNaMe wrote:
I think what really has happened is that there is a cross hobby situation. Often the owners of Teva products are walkers or hikers, lets say forest people.



The whole point of this is that Tevas were worn at a nice party in a beautiful restaurant, not hiking, not carving, not milling around at the beach, but in an elegant surrounding at a fairly fancy party. Clothing is like food, sometimes what you eat and how and why you eat it is merely functional, easy, comfortably. Then there is DINING where to consume is more than just a needed function or a matter of comfort or convenience, no it is a reflection of art, style, grace, culture and class. It is done out of the sheer elegance, grandeur and enjoyment that we can, and should want to occasional experience in life. It's NOT just a plate of fries and a pair of old sneakers!


 
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