The Cooks Flips Story
Barefoot and Dirty
We at Cooks Flips are most happy when we’re barefoot, dirty, and outside with friends and family. Rooted in the foothills of the Carolinas, Cooks Flips began in the shade of an old dairy-barn building known as Cooks HQ 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 before hopping on the road and catching a coastal sunset to end the day.
Growing up on the farm, I was barefoot as long as the ground wasn’t frozen or covered in hog-weed! In my family, we all dreaded having to wear closed-toed shoes and there was nothing I hated more than having to go back to school in September and putting shoes on after romping around barefoot on the beach and in the mountains all summer. 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 wore. 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, for mountain adventures, and obviously-- for beach bumming. It had to be something that could handle climbing steep hills, running across the hot sand, 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, unsustainably sourced sandals you find at the beach. So, we decided to build our own, and Cooks Flips was born. - John Walker, Founder and President of Cooks Flips