SandCruisers

Spend every day outdoors

Miami, Florida On Etsy since 2017

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SandCruisers

Spend every day outdoors

Miami, Florida | 386 Sales

Announcement    Use code COMBINEDSHIPPING and get $50 off your second pair. Must be purchased together. If you discover this code before your order has shipped, we can still give you the discount, just message us.

May 16th, 2020 update: We will still accept returns and exchanges, however if you want to return a pair, we can only give you a refund minus the cost of shipping. In the past we would absorb the cost of shipping and give a 100% refund, however nowadays we can only ship private courier and shipping costs are between $60-$66 a pair. Therefore, I can not give 100% refunds. The refund will be amount you paid minus the amount of shipping ($60-$66 a pair). Sorry about that!

April 19th, 2020 update: We apologize for the price increase however all orders must be shipped by private courier as the normal post office is not delivering orders properly. We will drop prices back down as soon as we can deliver by the normal post again. We have no other choice but to increase prices or close the business. There is no increase in profit for us with the price increase. We sincerely apologize and hope you and your family stay safe during this pandemic.

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 13, 2020

Use code COMBINEDSHIPPING and get $50 off your second pair. Must be purchased together. If you discover this code before your order has shipped, we can still give you the discount, just message us.

May 16th, 2020 update: We will still accept returns and exchanges, however if you want to return a pair, we can only give you a refund minus the cost of shipping. In the past we would absorb the cost of shipping and give a 100% refund, however nowadays we can only ship private courier and shipping costs are between $60-$66 a pair. Therefore, I can not give 100% refunds. The refund will be amount you paid minus the amount of shipping ($60-$66 a pair). Sorry about that!

April 19th, 2020 update: We apologize for the price increase however all orders must be shipped by private courier as the normal post office is not delivering orders properly. We will drop prices back down as soon as we can deliver by the normal post again. We have no other choice but to increase prices or close the business. There is no increase in profit for us with the price increase. We sincerely apologize and hope you and your family stay safe during this pandemic.

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Alex Cassidy

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About SandCruisers

Sales 386
On Etsy since 2017

How I became an designer and importer of the coolest sandals on the planet

Hey guys. I am an English as a Foreign Language instructor by training who has been living and working abroad for over 8 years. Over the years, I've worn and brought gifts home to my friends and family from all over the world, and though people were grateful for the gifts, no one was necessarily amazed by the things I was wearing or bringing for them. This changed when I left Asia for a job in Arabia and started wearing these sandals in 2015. On my trips home, I noticed immediately that EVERYBODY wanted a pair. First it was my friends and family, then it was friends of friends and friends of family. The waitress at the restaurant. The guy at the farmer's market. People waiting in line at the movie theater. Then people started giving me money because their friends' friends' friends' wanted a pair! People were stopping me in public, and one woman even put her car in reverse across a parking lot to ask the question I've been asked so many times, "Where did you get your sandals?". That's when I knew I needed to start importing professionally. Though I didn't come on Etsy until the end of 2017, I have been importing SandCruisers since 2015 and working markets, festivals, and music festivals. After about a year or so I noticed there were a lot of things about these sandals that could be improved, so then I began the loooong journey of redesigning them. I redesigned the footbed to have a more symmetrical shape to one's foot, I changed the toe-ring and front strap patterns to have a tighter fit and more modern feel, and even redesigned the leather rings on the sides to have a more modern shape. I've also added several more layers of leather to the sole, so now they're about 1/4" thick! I've designed 100s of pairs since then, and probably the coolest thing I've done is create this men's traditional sandal for women! Some times I walk the souqs looking for unique Arabian prints to design with, and sometimes I play around with embroidery thread and come up with new patterns and designs for the front straps. These sandals are traditional Arabian sandals and have been worn by the local people for centuries. I first found them walking through the isles of spices, incense, and traditional clothing at the souq (Arabic for market). It's a genuine gift that I get the honor to bring something so special and unique home from the other side of the world to you. Happy stepping!

Shop members

  • alex

    Owner

    Adventurous world traveler and designer. I love and collect beautiful things from all over the world. Next stop: Egypt. Favorite color: cobalt blue. Favorite food: Baklava. I love dreaming, eating and learning. I am a consumer of life!!

Production partners

  • Rewa's Leather Sandal Workshop

    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    My partner owns a leather sandal workshop and his staff makes all my designs and orders by hand.

Shop policies

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Last updated on May 29, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Will the sole wear out?

No. Never. 100% leather soles are often stronger than rubber soles. I've been living in the brown pair I have now and have worn them across Rome, Cambodia, Czeck, Bangkok, and Bahrain. I wear them every day and the soles are still solid and strong. I also design my sandals with more layers of leather than most sandal designers.

I'm used to Birkenstocks and Crocs. Are these hard?

Yes, for a minute. SandCruisers are made in a traditional construction of several layers of solid leather soles. They will be harder than cushy sandals you've been wearing at first, however, SandCruisers over time will soften and shape to your foot in a way that synthetic materials aren't capable of. Keep wearing your SandCruisers, break them in, and they will be the most comfortable sandals you've ever owned in the end. Trust me. Even if you have high arches, the leather will mold to your arch. You will see.

Where are these from?

These are the traditional sandals of the Arabian Peninsula. I am a world traveler and I discovered them walking along the traditional souks full of spices, incense burners, long robes, and traditional bedouin jewelry. I bought a pair for myself, and started designing new patterns, new color ways, and importing them in 2015. At first I was selling them to Americans, but now I ship all over the world, and I've even been lucky enough to have a following in Arabia because they like how I have designed a new style inspired by the traditional sandal, and I make them in all kinds of colors and embroidery designs they've never seen before.

Do you do half sizes?

The factory these are made in is a traditional factory. And they make them in the traditional way, which unfortunately does not include half sizes. Half sizes please round up. Ex: 8.5= 9.

My size is sold out. When will you get more?

My factory has a slow turn around. The guys sit on the floor, trace each pattern piece out by hand, hand cut each piece of leather with scissors, and hand stitch each piece of leather. You can imagine it takes months to get an order or reorder in. And remember, all of my designs are unique and different, so it's not like my factory can just tack my orders to his orders from bigger clients. Believe me, it's just as frustrating for me as it is for you! I lose a lot of sales because I don't have sizes. That's why I advise customers to not wait. If I have your size, buy it. I won't have it for long. But if I am sold out of your size and you really want a pair, message me and that puts you at the top of my list when I get my production in.

Where are SandCruisers made?

Once I finish designing the collection, I take my first of many trips to the factory. SandCruisers are made in a factory outside of Jeddah. I only work with one factory in Jeddah, but the factory owner owns two locations. I've never been to Rewa's other factory, but he's invited me to visit and show me Pakistan one day, so I hope I get to go. I obviously go to Jeddah all the time, and Rewa is very patient (and sometimes annoyed!) as I take over his factory and sit on the floor cutting leather and and pattern pieces and hold up his other production so the guys can make my samples. :) Don't worry. I bring them dates and chocolate every day I visit. They know me well by now, and I think they have fun seeing what I've come up with every season.

Custom and personalized orders

I wish I could. I'm sorry. I'm a people pleaser so it's my nature to give everybody exactly what they want. But it's so hard.... Just getting my designs made properly for the collection is maddening, and trying to get special orders made is so hard too. I'm just not there yet. Sorry, one day I'll have enough money to higher craftsmen to work in my studio with me. Then I promise I'll make you exactly what you want! :)

What is my returns and exchanges policy?

I can no longer accept returns and process a 100% refund. In the past I would absorb shipping costs as a loss, however I have had to switch to private courier to keep my business alive. USPS is no longer delivering packages properly due to the pandemic. I will still accept returns, but I can only refund the purchase price minus the cost of shipping. Shipping now costs $53-$66 a pair. Exchanges are the same. Of course I can ship you another color or size, but you must pay for the shipping, which is $53-$66 a pair. Sorry about that! Customer service is a priority to me, but I can no longer absorb these huge shipping costs. Thank you for your understanding!

Why did your prices increase? Can I get the old price? (Part 1 of 2)

I used to ship SandCruisers through the normal post and it only took 1-3 weeks. However, when the pandemic came the normal post and USPS became so backed up that I could no longer depend on the normal post. Therefore, I’ve had to switch to DHL Express and Aramex, which can cost me up to $66 a pair to ship. You can still order at the old price with the coupon code: NORMALPOST, but by using the code you agree to the following conditions:
a. I can only ship the normal Post and your package will have to pass through customs and ISC NY, and then enter the USPS system or your nations postal system (Canadian Post, Royal Mail, etc.). I am no longer receiving large shipments of my custom orders to Miami and I’m making all of my designs made to order

Why did your prices increase? Can I get the old price? (Part 2 of 2)

straight from Jeddah and now shipping directly from there too.
b. I can make no promises as to when your package will be delivered. As most of you know, it used to take 2-3 weeks, but now it is taking up to 4 or 5 months. Maybe longer. I can’t make any promises or commitments regarding delivery. You have to agree to be patient and wait longer than you used to. Sorry about that.
c. I simply cannot afford to refund anybody due to normal post delays. I also can’t afford to get negative feedback for something out of my control.
d. Please only use this coupon code if price is the most important factor for you. If delivery speed is the most important factor for you, then please pay the new price which includes DHL Express or Aramex delivery.