Barefoot and Dirty
We at cooks are most happy being barefoot, dirty and outside with friends and family. Rooted in the foothills of the Carolinas cooks began in the shade of an old dairy barn building known as cooks headquarters at Dairy Beach.
The great part about growing up in the state of South Carolina is being able to enjoy the cool mountain air in the morning and watching the sun set over the coast all in the same day. I grew up in the mountains of the Carolinas which is what always made the coast so much fun and exciting during the summer, something different but close to home. Growing up on the farm I was barefoot as long as the ground wasn’t frozen or covered in hog-weed. Shoes where dreaded and there was nothing I hated more than having to go back to school in September and putting shoes on. At some point along the way I discovered flip flops provided a nice medium between being barefoot and “properly dressed” yet there was always something lacking in the flip flops I had. They were too floppy, too slippery, not durable, not enough traction… promoted general laziness. I needed a flip flop that was built for the farm life. It had to be something that could handle climbing steep hills, running through creeks, slogging through mud pits, and running from angry bees. A flip flop was needed that was durable, comfortable, and designed to provide more athleticism than what was offered by the cheap sandals you find at the beach so we decided to build our own. Cooks was born. - John Walker