Los Angeles—A mere $18,000 for a pair of flip flops? Well, yes, if they happened to be a work of a famous artist on sale to benefit a good cause.
Chipkos said Wednesday it would release a one-of-a-kind pair of sandals, hand-painted by renowned Los Angeles artist, David Palmer. The flip flops, which Chipkos says are the “world’s most expensive,” are part of its fundraising efforts on behalf of endanged rain forest.
Each Sandal Sale Funds Protection for Rain Forests
Procceds from the sale of Palmer footwear art will be used to protect an estimated 100,000 square feet of endangered rain forest lands.
Chipkos sandals are a throwback to the Osho slippers from the 1960s-era ashram scene of India. Unconventionally “square”, the sandal design boldly breaks the norms, challenging the standard round-shaped flop and serving as a reminder of the company’s square feet protection campaign and mantra, “Stand For Square Feet.”
For every paid of sandals purchased, Chipkos donates money to protect one hundred square feet of rain forest.
“We believe that people are ready for a wearable badge to express their support for nature conservation,” says former math teacher and Chipkos’ chief nature ambassador, Priya Jaggia.
“Like adding land to Yosemite, each sandal purchase expands a Costa Rican national park by one hundred square feet, thereby protecting the habitat, species and resources within that land area in perpetuity,” explains Norm Gershenz, executive director of SaveNature.Org.
Chipkos is an eco-friendly sandal company that protects one hundred square feet of the rain forest for each pair of sandals purchased. Chipkos encourages everyone to participate in the interactive forum TweetForSquareFeet.com, which allows anyone to protect one square foot of the rain forest