If the last few years are anything to go by, the charmingly goofy sandals once reserved for librarians and grillin’ dads are finally being appreciated for just how steezy they are. You may have once pointed and laughed at your geography teacher’s Birkenstock Bostons, but now you’re looking for him in your high school yearbook for sartorial inspiration. Those multi-strapped sandals worn by your Summer Camp activities leader are being recreated by niche fashion brands like Suicoke.
Channeling that same energy is Unmarked, who’ve stitched up the Otzi Sandal. Coming in three handsome leathers, these strapped-up sandals are a splice between a clog, huarache sandal, and a hiking shoe. Sounds disgusting, looks great.
The leather upper is threaded with a heavy-duty strap that fastens with a brass buckle. This can be used to tighten the shoe, but the uppers—which come in a selection of two Horween roughouts or a rich bovine leather — will eventually mold to your feet to the point you can just slip these guys on. Adding to the foot-molding potential is the vegetable-tanned leather insole, which is stitched down onto a rubber midsole.
Last but not least, the ripple outsole, which elevates these sandals from beach/grocery store moochers to everyday throw-ons. And thanks to the stitchdown construction, this sandal can be recrafted when they’ve worn down from errand-running, chilling, and strolling.
Be sure to size down on these to allow a bit of stretching, they are mostly leather after all.
Available for $220 at Unmarked