A while ago I wrote a post on the the original Bali booties, a product marketed by Ripcurl in the early 1990s.
Most surf gear improves over time. Leashes get safer and stronger, wetsuits warmer, etc.
But for tropical reef booties, nothing will ever beat the original Ripcurl Bali bootie. As I wrote in the first post, “The original Bali booty was a Rip Curl product, light blue latex with thin grip soles, originally made for Japanese construction workers. Rip Curl didn’t change a thing to them and imported them to flog them to surfers. Brilliant genius marketing. They were the best booties ever—just thick enough to save you from grief, light enough to feel that you were surfing in bare feet.”
Robert Wilson, original Ripcurl licensee who opened the first Ripcurl shop in Kuta in 1991, sent this picture. These booties were one of the first products he stocked in the store.
I wish somebody would make them again.