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This handy flip-flop will open your beer

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We’re sitting around the campfire about to crack a cold one, but nobody can find a bottle opener. We MacGyver the beers open and dream of an easier way.Wait … there is one: The Reef Fanning flip-flop.A pure stroke of genius, these flips aren’t your ordinary sandals. Sure, they have the standard, if not deluxe, flip-flop features – nubuck or full grain leather upper; contoured compression molded eva foot bed with anatomical arch support; Reef icon herringbone rubber outsole.

Plus (and this is where it gets good) … a “church key to open your ‘soda’ bottle” on the sole. Actually, on both soles, for you double-fisters. These shoes actually come with their own beer openers!A friend discovered these handy shoes soon after our camping trip. It was just before Father’s Day, and you know I was first in line to buy a pair for my beer-lovin’ husband.His Leather Fannings are black, but they also come in brown. The straight-up Fannings come in black, brown, tan, green and two shades of gray. Reef also makes the BYOB, a slip-on neoprene sandal with bottle opener. (Ladies, you haven’t been ignored: Fannings for women come in white/light blue, olive/lavender and black/hot pink.)

And best of all, these are a darn good pair of flip-flops. Comfy and sturdy, albeit a bit spendy (they retail locally for $44.95), they seem built to last. At least they’ve survived a few serious walks and more than a few Bud Lights. Time will tell, I guess.But if they do fall apart before next summer, I’ve found my next Father’s Day purchase: The Mulligan, Reef’s golf-oriented flip-flop complete with bright green synthetic turf foot bed and ball marker/tee inset on the thong.What will they think of next?

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