– 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-
ACA ENDORSES OKABASHI FOOT THERAPY SHOES Arlington, Va. (January 9, 2006) – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is pleased to announce its non-exclusive endorsement of Okabashi’s line of foot therapy shoes (www.okabashi.com).
Tested by a panel of ACA representatives, Okabashi shoes are designed to promote correct weight distribution and support, and feature an anatomically correct, therapeutically contoured insole with beaded surfaces at the instep and toes.
“Because footwear plays such an important role in the functional biomechanics of the human body, choosing the right shoe can help eliminate pain in your back, hips, knees and feet,” explains ACA President Richard G. Brassard, DC. “Okabashi’s product line provides wearers with a shoe that is designed for comfort and support at a very affordable price.”
“The endorsement from ACA means a lot to our company since we designed our shoes to alleviate the type of back, leg and foot pain that plague people seeking chiropractic services,” said Bahman Irvani, president and CEO of Okabashi Brands, Inc. “We feel that doctors of chiropractic will be excited to offer a comfort shoe to their patients that is both cost-effective and long-lasting.”
The ACA chose to endorse Okabashi shoes because of their:
- Foot support and massaging comfort
- Durability and flexibility
- Water and slip resistance on wet and dry surfaces
- Use of Micro-Check, an antimicrobial agent, which keeps shoes dry and repels stain and other deterioration
Okabashi shoes are available for purchase in a range of colors and styles, including flip flops, casual slides, mid-heel sandals and clogs. Available sizes range from 5 1/2 to 11 for both men and women. Okabashi products are available online at http://www.okabashi.com or at select retail stores including some Walgreens, CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid, and Osco Drug locations.
Special Pricing for DCs
Okabashi is offering a special 20 percent discount to doctors of chiropractic and their patients when they use a special code until March 15th.
About Okabashi Brands, Inc.
With manufacturing based in Buford, Ga., Okabashi is dedicated to providing customers with the best in therapeutic footwear and shoes are designed to prevent foot fatigue. Okabashi is number one in massaging footwear, having sold more than 100 million pairs worldwide. Okabashi is currently sold through the company Web site at www.okabashi.com. For more information, visit our Web site at www.okabashi.com or call us at 770-945-1330.
About the American Chiropractic Association
The American Chiropractic Association, based in Arlington, VA, is the largest professional association in the world representing doctors of chiropractic. The ACA provides lobbying, public relations, professional and educational opportunities for doctors of chiropractic, funds research regarding chiropractic and health issues, and offers leadership for the advancement of the profession. With approximately 15,000 members, the ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients.
For more information about ACA’s endorsement of Okabashi’s products, more information on the special DC offer or more on Okabashi shoes, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-433-6573.