The Tan Original is our first born in the Salt Water family. 

Dating back to 1944, as a way to cope with leather shortages in World War II, Walter Hoy started making his sandals using the scrap leather left over from making military boots.  

Word soon spread and before long, families from all over St. Louis USA, were asking if Walter could make sandals for their kids, and The Original was born. 

Seventy six years on and Hoy’s original design has grown to become a cult classic in America, and is now worn the world over.  

The Original is defined by it’s little way stitched rubber sole and plaited leather upper, and remains unchanged to this day. Simple, versatile and beautifully crafted, the Original embodies the timeless appeal that Salt-Water is known and loved for. 

The Tan Original is a Saltie staple and works across all wardrobes. Whether wanting a neutral finish to a pared down look, or looking to balance out some brights, this classic colourway can be worn in many ways. 


Tan Original

What’s More…. 

Design and durability step together to create a collection that now spans a rainbow of colours, with a fashion savvy attitude. 

From metallics, to summery shades of olive, sunshine yellow and hot red, there is now an Original colour for all occasions. 


Salties Original

See the full colour range – enjoy! 

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