Chatting with the founder of Sabah shoes

Ssshh, the secret is out. The hot new shoes for men and women are super comfortable — and actually not hot at all. They’re called Sabahs, modeled after the traditional slipper worn in Turkey. Founder Mickey Ashmore admired the functional yet highly wearable footwear while living in the country for a job.

The New York resident now sells his own brand of hand-stitched leather slip-ons with the help of Turkish cobblers. Want a pair? The buying process is all very hush-hush. You can email Ashmore, who was at The Standard all weekend taking appointment fittings, at thedealer@sabah.am after perusing www.sabah.am.

We chatted with Ashmore before his visit:

What’s the 411 on your shoes?

Despite being based on a nearly 1,000-year-old shoemaking technique and using old world materials, Sabahs are a novel style in the modern footwear marketplace. While at first glance they may resemble other slip-ons, our combination of materials and generational craft means no two pairs are alike, and Sabahs look, feel and perform in a very special way.

Why do they work for Miami?

Sabahs are made entirely of leathers, which are natural and breathe, and that are brought together, hand-sewn with a single cotton string, in a very simple way; no synthetics. So they feel fresh in warm weather, they never smell — seriously! — and they are versatile in terms of when you can wear them, from the beach into the evening, even the dance floor.

What’s in for summer?

The classic camel Sabah is simply that: classic. We also released a limited edition range of lighter pastels that look great with a tan.

How should we wear Sabahs?

Show some ankle: With rolled or tapered pants, shorts or a skirt. They’re great for traveling, be on a true adventure or a weekend getaway.

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