Eco-friendly shoe company Chipkos and artist David Palmer have created what they are calling the “David Palmer Chipkos – World’s Most Expensive Flip Flops.” The sandals are part of Chipkos’ larger campaign, Stand for Square Feet, inspired by “the Chipko Movement, a historical event which helped bring awareness to the importance of environmental preservation in India and beyond” and the ongoing destruction of rainforests throughout the world.
According to the Huffington Post, for your $18,000, along with the painted sandals, you get a pledge from Chipkos to adopt 100,000 square feet of Costa Rican rainforest. “The hefty price tag also comes with an introduction to Palmer, a stay at the LEED-certified Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills and a one-of-a-kind piece of Palmer’s artwork.”
Chipkos lists comments from various sources on their page for the sandals. ”This piece represents a unique opportunity for a philanthropist to support a major initiative to conserve endangered rain forest land in Costa Rica,” says Norm Gershenz, Executive Director of SaveNature.Org, and from the Wall Street Journal, “World’s most expensive flip flop helps to save rain forest… Even though the price is shocking there is a valid explanation.”
But what do you think – Would you pay $18,000 for these sandals? Maybe you think there’s more you can do for the rainforest and other causes with that money?