Nomadic State of Mind – Enjoy Every Step

Vegan, Cruelty-Free Festival Shoes, Organic Apparel & Artisan Goods

Nomadic State of Mind is home to handcrafted, machine-washable rope sandals. These comfortable sandals are handcrafted with high-quality rope materials and designed with twisting shapes to keep the foot in place as you travel the world. From our home state of North Carolina, stretching out to Hawaii, Japan, Israel, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica, you can find people wearing our unique sandals. We hope to catch you on the road someday, whether by the beach or dancing at a festival wearing our organic apparel or rope sandals.

Our t-shirts are made from the best-quality materials, including bamboo, organic cotton, hemp and RPET, in an effort to move to a more sustainable world. We also feature a range of artisan goods made from our manufacturing scraps to help reduce our waste. Find rugs, art and more in our recognizable vintage hippy style.

Shop at Nomadic State of Mind, and support our effort toward a cleaner, happier world. Peace, love, good times.

No scraps left behind

Nearly all of our rope sandal scraps are REcyded and RE-used into one of a kind works of art! Rugs! Hand bags, and water bottle carriers! This is an important step in material conservation, job creation (something to make in the winter) and keeps waste out of LANDFILLS! Sure to bring SMILES in FUTURE Generations!

Picture yourself… anywhere. We at Nomadic State of Mind believe that while it may not always be possible to take your physical body to new and exciting destinations, you can find small doses of time to let your mind wander into un-known territories. Whether you prefer physical travel (through time or within this dimension), sense expansion (ever tried an unfamiliar cuisine?) or going for a ride with google earth into the depths of the globe to discover a small town in the other hemisphere–you have tapped into your Nomadic State of Mind. Now take a peek into ours…

Our Story

Nomadic State of Mind a grassroots handmade sandal and accessories company founded by Chris Anderson, began its voyage in the late ’90s. In the early years, we ran the business out of a 1969 VW bus, which also served as Chris’ summer home (what nature-loving, outdoor sports enthusiast, raft guide with a music guided-soul didn’t spend some time in a VW bus?). While we have come a long way since Chris’ van days, our philosophy has stayed consistent– If it is done right in the beginning, it will last a long time.

Today “We” are:

Chris – Entropy Engineer
Dave (Chris’ Dad) – Shipping Guru and Disciple of the NY Garment Industry
Jeff – fell off the bus at Bonnaroo and landed here to be our National Sales Manager
Kelly – your packing master and Chris’ sister
Shea – a budding flower from Azaela Fest, now a project manager and make-up entrepreneur.
Marissa – our fashion model and customer service expert

And most importantly our team of 54 rope artisans and distributors around the globe.
Nomadic State of Mind was built from the heart and that’s apparent throughout the structure of the company. Our roots were formed setting up sandal shops at outdoor music festivals across the country. We recognized festival-goers were looking for sandals that were comfortable and fit the free-spirited ambiance and so our sandals evolved into what they are today. As we’ve grown, festivals have remained a favorite activity for Chris and the crew especially during the summer where you’ll find Chris enjoying the music and good vibes.

At the turn of the century (the last one), Chris was introduced to a small community in Nicaragua that had been through some tough times and was in need of reliable income. He taught a small group how to make rope sandals while creating a culture rooted in fair trade, ethical practices, and of course our philosophy– Do it right. In the beginning. The road navigating the “Wild West” of Nicaragua was long and bumpy with scattered thunderstorms and occasional rainbows. However, with perseverance and inspiration from lots of happy feet wandering the planet, we have found a home there for over a decade. So from a van by the river to international distribution (we even opened a Nomadic State of Mind store in the country of Cyprus), we have continued to grow and “do it right”. Occasionally we let our imaginations take over which lead to an increased product line with the addition of various forms of rope art using sandal scraps, from handbags to water bottle carriers, to rugs and more.

Nomadic State of Mind is a growing team and continues to design and build superb quality, affordably priced, rope art sandals. Made by real hands for wandering feet.

Thanks for your support throughout the years! Peace, Love, Good Times!!!

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