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We wish you all a sharing, caring Christmas!

Adult and Child Therapy Services Holiday Giving Tree
Adult and Child Therapy Services Holiday Giving Tree

This year we’d like to wish everyone a sharing, caring Christmas and thank you, our customers, and our vendors for partnering with us to build a better world.

As our customers, you care about the people with whom we share our world and care about the environment.  You show your caring in your shopping choices. Every purchase you make at Green Box Boutique is one that shares with others by helping disadvantaged workers all over the world and by saving our beautiful world so future generations can enjoy it as well. We thank you so much for supporting this effort.

And we’d also like to thank our vendors, each of whom cares and shares in such amazing ways. We invite you to read about them in our blog and learn about their contributions, efforts you also support with your purchases at the Green Box Boutique:

And so many more that we haven’t had a chance to write about yet.

Thank you all, and have a wonderful, caring and sharing Christmas.

Oka-B: Discriminating Shoppers Want to Know: Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

Such cute shoes! Oka-B. We have them now.

Do black patent leather shoes really reflect up? This is the question asked in a very popular 1975 novel, later Broadway musical and movie, about eight Chicago-area boys and girls educated in a Catholic school. We can probably ask the same question about Oka-B ballet slipper style shoes as well as a number of others, like “Are they environmentally friendly? Socially conscious? Comfortable? Fun? Fashionable?”

Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes (to the latter questions). But do they really reflect up? Well, they’re probably shiny enough to do that, although that’s not patent leather that makes them shiny. The shoes are made with *Okabashi’s signature material, Microplast, is a proprietary blend of plastics specially formulated to provide maximum comfort, durability, and recyclability.” Additional characteristics include:

  • Soft & Flexible
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Waterproof
  • Colorfast
  • Non-Slip
  • Odor Resistant
  • Anti-microbial
  • Made in the USA
  • Affordable
  • Vegan!

These delightful, fashion-savvy flip flops and now slides, slingbacks, cinderella slippers and wedges are just the thing for those who want a great, trendy look. The shoes have been featured in Style Watch, Atlanta Parent, Global Atlanta, The Nationalist, American Spa Magazine, Eco-Beautiful Weddings Magazine, Sportwear Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Kentucky Bride Magazine and MV Magazine, to name a fewOther stories feature the shoes in Poland and in Venezuela, making them a global phenomenon.

Cinderella slippers . . . a simple, classic, closed toe style. Also available in slingbacks.

These popular eco-chic shoes are part of the only 2% of shoes fully made in the U.S.A., coming out of a 110,000 sq. ft. factory in Buford, Georgia, where Oka-B employs 250 people from their surrounding community. The factory is low-waste and uses recyclable material in every pair of its signature sandals. Microplast is made from a combination of salt and fossil fuels and is even stretchable. Shoes are shipped directly from this U.S. factory to retail outlets, reducing their carbon footprint further. And . . . customers are urged to return their well-loved shoes for recycling into new shoes!

Oka-B shoes provide arch support and have bumps in the soles inspired by reflexology, so the shoes massage your feet as you walk. Customers say the shoes are very comfortable, allowing them to stand and walk for long periods of time without difficulty. Not since sneakers that we threw into the washer along with the rest of the laundry has there been a shoe so easy to clean. Just throw them into the dishwasher, and voila! Before you can make a meal to put on your clean dishes, the shoes will be clean.

Oka-B is a family-owned company that supports and fosters community-building in Atlanta and around the globe through their various philanthropic initiatives, including the American Cancer Society. After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Oak-B donated 20,000 pairs of sandals to the people of Haiti.

So really, with all these great attributes, does it matter whether or not the shoes reflect up? Come see what we have for you in Oka-B shoes for fall and winter, arriving now. The days of summer are waning, and you know you want just the right footwear to go with your fall wardrobe.

Already have Oka-B shoes? Maybe they’re well-worn, and it’s time for a new pair. Remember, Oka-B gives you a chance to do your part for the environment too. You can recycle your well-loved shoes by returning them to the factory. Eco-chic, eco-friendly, trendy and fun — and dishwasher safe?! Can’t do better than that!

P.S. Oka-B flip flops come on hangers, but the closed shoes come in a great little eco-friendly origami bag, almost as nice a gift as the shoes themselves.

Oka-B wedges.

*Okabashi Brands is the parent company of Oka-B Shoes.