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Choose Aloha. Choose Scott Hawaii.

The quest for eternal summer is arduous and costly. It is neverending.

But the quest for quintessential summer sandals, for me, is over.

Three months ago, a Pualani pair was sent from the Aloha State to our doorstep in Sydney, Australia. It’s my first Scott Hawaii sandals, and prior its delivery, I had not come across the brand. I unboxed and unwrapped and stared at them with slight skepticism. Sure, the plumeria detail makes it a charmer, but the bicast leather straps and insole don’t seem like they can stand abuse.

And I’m a manhandler of things.

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Pardon my ginger-esque hooves.

My Pualani pair traveled with us from Australia to Malaysia to Singapore and to Philippines. Unused. I assumed it won’t be able to handle the ruggedness of our chosen trails. Plus, I randomly picked the wedge-heeled kind, I thought it won’t be comfy for long strolls.

During our recent U.S.A. trip, I decided to give ’em a go for they were starting to collect dust under our bed in the Philippines. And I worried that the pair will start flaking.

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Kailua Beach, Oahu Island, Hawaii. Ye, they traveled back to Hawaii.
 
My Pualanis traveled back to Hawaii and basked under the summer sun, fashionably sauntered in California’s Bay Area, saw otherworldly tufa towers in California’s Mono County, trudged along an ancient bristlecone pine forest, and hiked a bit in Nevada’s Grand Canyon National Park.

They proved me wrong and swept me off my feet (thank goodness not literally).

I felt clumsy walking on them at first since I rarely wear heeled thongs, but got used to the pair quickly. They’re lightweight, at the same time sturdy. I only wish they come in more happy hue combos that represent the colorful Polynesian culture.

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Amongst tufa towers, Mono County, California. 
Scott Hawaii was founded by Elmer and Jean Scott in 1932 after they moved from Massachusetts to the territory of Hawaii. Their specialty was plantation boots for the sugarcane and pineapple field workers who were prevalent back in the day. It didn’t take long for Elmer and Jean to establish a reputation within their community for they are from a long lineage of shoemakers.

During World War II, materials became scarce, and businesses catering to the U.S. military service were given priority access to such materials. And so Scott Hawaii began focusing on casual footwear.

 
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My Pualani pair trudged along the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Inyo County, Eastern California.
 
No doubt, Scott Hawaii has come a long way and on a different path from its past. Yet the current products still embody the spirit of its predecessors by being functional and solid.

And it definitely speaks of Hawaii. Can’t wait to get another pair.

You could win a pair of Scotts! Brewing an online contest open to US residents. Stay tuned for details!

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Gay Emami
When not backpacking, she teaches her daughter sight words and belly dancing (even if she's not good at it). She's currently eating her way around some hippie town in Australia. She loves talking about herself in the third person.

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