Developed with a passion for outdoor life, Gumbies Islander Flip-Flops provide the freedom of minimalistic footwear while ultimately protecting the sole.
The Gumbies brand was born out of the Aboriginal rite of passage- “Walkabout”, when founder Michel Maurer was 16 years old and a recent immigrant of Australia.
A love of creativity and a simple appetite for adventure lead Michel to head out into the world where, whilst working at an outdoor exhibition in Salt Lake City USA, he discovered an article about Luxury Bootmaker John Lobb and it inspired him to create a brand that reflected his philosophy of simple, active and ethical living. The classic Gumbies ‘Islander’ flip-flop was conceived.
Also unofficially known as the “1000-miler” the ‘Islander’ was designed to be made from recycled rubber. Bonding the rubber with jute and layering EVA cushioning over the top, the ‘Islander’ style was finally finished off with a canvas upper for comfort.
Since its initial conception, Gumbies has become a global brand and continues its business ethos of ethical and adventurous living, and Shuperb are proud to add the Gumbies name to our brand roster.