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ATLANTA, June 9, 2010- With Independence Day a mere month away Okabashi, a family owned local shoe manufacturing company, reflects on how it has beaten the odds & thrived for more than 25 years.
With production based just 40 miles north of Atlanta, Okabashi remains committed to keeping all of its manufacturing and distribution functions in the US. Today only less than 2% of shoes sold in the US are manufactured here, and this trend has decimated the shoe manufacturing industry over the past two decades. Okabashi has bucked this trend and produced a domestic product that outperforms overseas competition on design, durability and value.
“We have been fortunate in being able to take the long view,” said Bahman Irvani, President and CEO. “Okabashi has strived and succeeded in delivering what we internally call an ‘Honest’ product. This means that our consumers have ended up getting more than what they pay for and what they expect. This we have achieved by working hard on design and focusing on shoes with extraordinary footbeds.”
- Okabashi employees over 250 full time and factory employees in its Buford plant.
- Okabashi shoes travel an average of 700 miles, compared to imported shoes, which travel an average of 11,600 miles to get to the average US home. This means a huge reduction in the carbon footprint of the product.
- Through Okabashi, many other local suppliers and businesses survive and prosper.
- Okabashi has created a substantial following for its products in the US, having manufactured and sold over 30 million pairs, with many of its consumers having purchased multiple pairs.
- Okabashi stands behind the quality of its products by offering a two year guarantee
About Okabashi Brands, Inc.
All Okabashi footwear is designed with a massaging insole, superior arch support and ergonomic foot beds. For environmental wellness, Okabashi operates a clean manufacturing facility, which only produces 100% recyclable shoes. Customers can find men’s, women’s and kid’s shoes in a variety of styles and colors. Shoe collections include flip-flops, casual slides, mid-heels sandals and clogs. All Okabashi shoes are sold at under $20 retail.
– Okabashi stays committed to producing American Made footwear despite the fact that imports supply almost 99 percent of U.S. footwear consumption –
ATLANTA, March 23, 2009 – Okabashi Brands, Inc., a U.S.-based designer and manufacturer, officially kicks off its 25th anniversary commemoration today, celebrating a quarter century of making casual and comfortable shoes in a manufacturing facility inBuford, Ga., just north of Atlanta.
With more than 25 million pairs sold in the US, Okabashi’s “Made in the USA” status is indeed rare when you consider that almost 99 percent of the U.S. footwear market was supplied by imports in 2006, according to a report titled 2006 Trends: An Annual Compilation of Statistical Information on the U.S. Apparel and Footwear Industries issued by the American Apparel & Footwear Association.
For 25 years Okabashi has bucked this trend and produced a domestic product that outperforms overseas competition on design, durability and value. “While footwear fads have come and gone, Okabashi continues to offer a Made in America shoe for consumers who want quality, comfort and arch support at a reasonable price,” said Bahman Irvani, President and CEO. “We will continue to compete against imports by continuing to innovate and stay focused on our core objectives and by not compromising on the quality and durability of our shoes.”
Using a unique, proprietary Microplast® material, Okabashi designs its footbed to conform to one’s foot, supporting the toes, arch and heel at the right places, producing healing comfort and helping avoid and alleviate foot, ankle, leg and back pain. This design commitment led to an endorsement of Okabashi shoes by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) for their ability to promote correct weight distribution and posture.
“In addition to our Made in America commitment, we continually make improvements to become an environmental steward,” added Irvani. All material waste created through the production process goes back into the manufacturing cycle, creating, in effect, a “wasteless” closed loop system. Over 15 percent of Okabashi shoes are made from that recycled material.
About Okabashi Brands, Inc.
With manufacturing based in Buford, Ga., Okabashi celebrates its 25th year designing and producing shoes ‘Made in America.’ Okabashi is number one in massaging footwear, having sold more than 100 million pairs worldwide. Customers can find men’s, women’s and kid’s shoes in a variety of styles and colors. Shoe collections include thongs/flip flops, casual slides, mid heel sandals and clogs.
For more information, visit our Web site at www.okabashi.com or call us at 770-945-