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Before Ugg and Crocs became the fashion industry's most maligned brands of footwear we had Teva. Earthy-crunchy hiking sandals for sensible backpackers and liberal arts hippies (the Upper Crusties, if you will), Teva sandals had become so few and far between they were almost not worth the trouble of hating—or so we thought.
Then we showed up at the Johannes Faktotum spring 2011 presentation and were handed a sheet of show credits prominently featuring Teva's logo. No way, we thought—perhaps it's a different Teva? Perhaps they were merely a monetary sponsor? Perhaps Teva now produces wines? Nope, no dice—Tevas everywhere, on almost all the models. Futuristic black Tevas, crazy molded Tevas, so many straps, so much plastic. It was a shock to the system. That said, the collection—designed by Johanna Bloomfield and very literally influenced by sailing, athletic gear and utility wear—was quite versatile and salable. We'll just pass on the shoes.
· Johannes Faktotum [Official Site]
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