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Footwear News - Bokos Sandals

Footwear News: "Bokos Debuts in Sandal Market"

"Matt and James McManus have put a new spin on slip-on footwear with the spring '13 launch of Bokos. Active outdoorsmen and frequent travelers based in Minnesota, the brothers drew from those experiences to create the multipurpose sandal brand. Their aim was to develop a simple style for everyday activities for both men and women. "

Kare11 - Bokos Sandals

Kare11:"Small Business Spotlight"

"Bokos is a footwear company based out of Plymouth and was started in 2013 by Matt and James McManus, both recent college graduates from the University of Wisconsin. The brand sells primarily through the Bokos website and approximately 50 independent retailers around the country."

Bicycling Magazine - Bokos Sandals

Bicycling Magazine: "Bokos: Gear of the Day"

"Made from a durable, non-porous rubber, Bokos are more practical than a standard flip-flop because you can slip them on with socks. They're also so lightweight and slim that they won't weigh down or hog space in your ride bag."

Bokos Sandals in The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post: "Little Luxuries on the Trail"

"Durable, anti-slip Bokos sandals will be your favorite piece of equipment whether you are heading from your tent to the campground shower or walking across hot sand for a swim in the ocean."

Pioneer Press Newspaper, Bokos Sandals

Pioneer Press: "Plymouth sandal startup Bokos tripped up by success"

"As December turns into January, most Minnesotans aren't giving much thought to sandals. Matt McManus is the exception. McManus is co-founder of Bokos, a 1-year-old sandal company based in Plymouth. After facing disaster earlier this year when its entire inventory nearly sold out in five months, the company is gearing up for a busy spring with a new crop of footwear. McManus is hoping to move his product from web-based sales into retail stores."

WCCO CBS, Bokos Sandals

CBS Minnesota: "2 Minn. Brothers Create Sandal Company"

"Easy to clean, anti-odor, nice quality product and we sell them for under $20 bucks. Actually $18 to be exact," Matt said. While the slip on shoe isn't designed for Minnesota winters, the sandals, which are made from a single piece of rubber, are designed for your everyday activity."

Star Tribune, Bokos Sandals

Star Tribune: "Plymouth company gains traction with Beijing-inspired sandal"

"Called Bokos, the new rubber sandals have been getting considerable attention in sports and fitness circles. The one-piece, cross-strap sandals are designed to slip on and off easily and endure the wear and tear inflicted by [consumers]."

The Examiner - Bokos Sandals

The Examiner: "Bokos Affordable and Comfortable Sandals"

"You may never want to walk a mile in someone else's shoes, but if you ever had to, you wouldn't mind if you were wearing Bokos. Bokos, currently the hottest footwear company in America is making inroads in one of the most competitive industries on the planet - footwear."

Bicycle Retailer - Bokos Sandals

Bicycle Retailer: "Product Picks: Bokos Footwear"

"Bokos sandals are durable, comfortable, lightweight and easy to clean - well-suited for pre- and post-ride wear. They can easily be slipped on while still wearing riding socks, and the non-porous material means that when they get dirty, they can be rinsed under a hose in seconds. The sandals are offered in more than 10 color options for both men and women."

Bokos Sandals on WISC-TV

Channel 3000 / WISC-TV: "UW grads sell unique flip flops"

"As your sandaled feet enjoy the upcoming warm weather, know there is an everyday alternative to the traditional flip flop. It's called Bokos, and was started by two brothers from the University of Wisconsin."

Bokos in Women's Running Magazine

Women's Running: "5 Things Our Staff Loved This Week"

"A sandal that is a third of the price of what us San Diegans pay for a good flip flop? Sold! The style brings me back to track and field days when I lived out of a smelly old athletic bag but always had that trusty pair of sandals for in between runs."

Daily Cardinal

Daily Cardinal: "Wisconsin business grad becomes small business owner"

"Former UW-Madison student Matt McManus found inspiration for one-piece rubber sandals from his co-founder and brother, James, who returned from a trip to Beijing with a pair of unique sandals that sparked envy among family and friends."

WKOW - Bokos Sandals

WKOW: "UW grads make their mark on sandal season"

"Two UW grads are putting their degrees to good use. 'When we tell people we sell sandals, and we're from the Midwest, it's a little bit contradictory,' says Matt McManus, owner and founder of Bokos Footwear Company. He and his brother, James, launched their rubber sandal brand two years ago this week."

Business Matters Channel Twelve

Channel 12 News: "Business Matters: Bokos Sandals"

"The young entrepreneurs launched Bokos this year from their parents' home, and they're already gaining traction in the sandal industry with more than 1,000 pairs sold, primarily online. Thanks to some media mentions and blog posts, two Wisconsin retailers have now started selling the Bokos brand, and the McManus brothers hope to get their product into the hands of even more retailers when they bring their sandal line to Orlando next month for a surfing trade show. 'I think we've got a chance to build a pretty solid brand,' said McManus."

Garden Center Magazine - Bokos

Garden Center Magazine: "Bokos Sandals"

"Bokos are ultra-durable, easy to clean, and ready to handle anything thrown their way, from a leisurely morning on the front porch to all-day gardening projects. Bokos are made from a non-porous, rubber material and are breathable, odor- and stain-resistant."

Outdoor Insight Magazine

Outdoor Insight: "New Products: Bokos Sandals"

"Bokos are built out of a non-porous rubber, which makes them easy to clean and anti-odor. The one-piece construction makes them ultra-durable, perfect for wearing around the campsite, in the garden, in the locker room shower, or after a workout. Bokos are offered in 12 color options."

Wisconsin State Journal - Bokos

Wisconin State Journal: "Brothers hope to gain business traction with Bokos sandals"

"Bokos is the product of the entrepreneurial spirit of McManus, 22, and his brother James, 27, a 2010 UW-Madison graduate. Now that his college days are over - his degree is in marketing and management - McManus is determined to stick with Bokos. But whether it's selling Bokos sandals or some other product he and his brother might concoct, McManus' track record indicates a preference for finding his own way in the business world."

Sun Sailor Newspaper, Bokos

Sun Sailor: "Plymouth brothers put a foot down in the sandal industry"

"Anybody who has shopped for a pair of sandals may be familiar with the staggering range of options - style, color, material, price, the list goes on. Plymouth-based Bokos sandals, however, rolled out its first pair in April [2013] in an effort to provide the consumer with a solution to the search for the perfect sandal."

Gear Junkie - Bokos Sandals

Gear Junkie: "20 Holiday Gifts for Under $20"

Take off your hiking boots at the end of a long day on the trail and slip your feet into something more comfortable, like Bokos. These sandals are made of durable rubber so they're light enough to throw in a pack.

Kristin McGee

Kristin McGee - Yoga, Pilates, & Fitness: "Bokos Sandals"

"I think they're perfect for the gym when I'm teaching yoga classes and need to throw something on quickly to walk around in. They're also great for the locker room and wearing right after a shower. I love taking these with me to the nail salon, they're lightweight and I can put them on after a pedicure without messing up my toes."

Lakeshore Weekly News

Lakeshore Weekly News: "Bokos Sandals Gets its Foot in the Door"

"On a 2010 trip to China, James McManus brought home much more than memories and experiences - he brought back a business opportunity. While traveling, McManus had picked up several pairs of one piece, cross-strap sandals. He distributed them to his friends and family, and they loved them. The only problem was that there was not anything similar in the U.S. market."

Plymouth Magazine

Plymouth Magazine: "Bokos Breaks into Sandal Business"

"While living in Beijing, James McManus came across a comfortable pair of rubber sandals. These affordable sandals are made from a non-porous rubber, which makes them durable and versatile. The slip-on shoe features two crisscross straps - neither of which goes through the toe."

InStash Magazine - Bokos

In Stash: "Bokos Sandals"

"Bokos is a sandals manufacturer that makes products for both men and women, but for our purposes, we'll just focus on the guys. What you get in the Bokos Men's Sandal is a rugged, minimalist shoe that allows maximum breathability, a surprising amount of mobility (considering there is no ankle support, and a color palette that screams manhood."


Yoganonymous: "Spotlight on Bokos: Your New Favorite Sandals"

"Next time you grab your yoga mat and slip on your favorite outfit, perhaps you could use a pair of Bokos to slip on as well. From yoga to the gym, around the house or at the beach, they won't let you down. Bokos are offered in a number of color options, including fan favorites melon and light blue. With such cute colors, it's easy to forget that the sandals are built to handle anything. Beauty and brawn!"

bLine Magazine

bLine: Wisconsin School of Business Magazine: "UW Graduates Take an Entreprenurial Step"

"Two brothers, James and Matt McManus, have brought the ultimate sandal to the United States market, Bokos. Bokos are durable, anti-slip, easy to clean, and anti-odor sandals offered at an affordable price for both men and women. b.Line spoke with Matt about his journey to launching Bokos and the future of the Bokos brand.

Uber Apparatus

Uber Apparatus: "Bokos Sandals for Men"

"You're having a hectic day, you got to get out the door quick; places to go and people to see. You need something to slip on your feet quick, like Bokos Sandals for Men [$18.00]. Ultra-durable, easy to clean, and ready to handle anything you throw their way. From afternoons at the beach to ghost-stories around the campfire, Bokos will be your new favorite sandal."

I Am The Trend

I Am The Trend: "Your New Favorite Sandals"

"Bokos sandals are perfect for anybody with too much to do and too little time. The one-piece construction is simple in design, which means Bokos can get hot, cold, wet, dirty and smelly. They never miss a beat."

Lake Country Journal

Lake Country Journal: "Fun Finds"

"Bokos sandals were created by two brothers from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Whatever you enjoy - camping, cycling, hiking, shopping, or gardening, colorful Bokos are made to keep up. The one-piece design makes them durable, easy to clean, and fun to wear."

Triple Blaze

Triple Blaze: "Camping Footwear Review"

"This spring I've been testing a unique pair of sandals from Bokos, a small company started by two brothers in Minneapolis. While the distinctive styling may turn some heads, it's the details that make these sandals truly unique."

From PDX with Love

From PDX With Love: "Enjoying the Summer With Bokos"

"I cannot believe it is August already! Between trips to the pool, rides on the cop car, and a few weeks of full on sunshine, Bokos has helped to make summer enjoyable."

Let's Talk and Walk

Let's Talk and Walk: "Bokos on the Beach"

"These were the shoes I wore every day to the pool and down to the ocean. The Bokos kept my feet cool on the hot sand. And being bright pink they were easy to find where we left them when we got out of the ocean. One of the best things about Bokos is they clean up beautifully. See all the sand? Once back at the hotel, I rinsed them off under the spigot and they were good as new."