Gurus: Change Up Your Flip-Flop Game

Eco-Conscious Rubber Sandals With an Indian Pedigree

Gurus Flip-Flips Review
Gurus Flip-Flop and the Traditional Indian Sandal. Courtesy of

Yoga and flip-flops go together like kale and quinoa. You can't have one without the other, especially when the weather is warm. But if you stop for a minute and think about your trusty pair of flip-flops, you may not feel so good about where they came from or where they're going (most probably a big box store and a landfill, respectively). If you're ready for an ecologically responsible sandal made from sustainable Indian rubber, not to mention a look that stands out from the crowd, consider Gurus.


Green Cred

Gurus have pretty impeccable earth- and yoga-friendly pedigrees. Based on a wooden sandal with a simple peg favored by none other than Mahatma Gandhi, Gurus are made from Indian-sourced natural, biodegradable rubber. The company's start-up costs were successfully crowd-funded through Kickstarter in 2013. In addition, the company promises that a tree will be planted through Trees for the Future for every pair of sandals sold. 

Comfort and Style

Now that we've established the good intentions of the folks that run Gurus, let's get down to the nitty-gritty: how does this variation on the flip-flop look and feel?

First, you should know two things about me, your humble reviewer:

1. I've always had a soft spot for a novelty flip-flop. 

2. My standard for comparison is the ne plus ultra of rubber sandals, Havaianas.

In the comfort department, I was very pleasantly surprised by the design of Gurus.

The rubber post feels similar to a standard flip-flop thong, although it does rub the tops of the toes a little more. Along with the strap around the instep, it's a very secure fit. The textured foot bed is really comfortable. It's just the right combination of firmness and softness. It compares very favorably, and maybe even surpasses a little (!), my favorite Havaianas, and, by the way, has a similar price-point at around $30.00.


In the style department, it's fun to change things up with this unique new design. The sandals look good on the foot. They come in seven colors and seven unisex sizes. I may be crazy, but they feel a little more dressy than a standard flip-flop. The only thing I'm not loving is the big "g" logo on the toe post. I prefer my branding to be a little more understated. Still, it's not stopping me from wearing them all over town as compliments flow in my wake. People do notice these sandals and want to know more about them.

So if you're in the market for an out of the ordinary, eco-conscious rubber sandal to leave outside your yoga class this summer, try on some Gurus.

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