David Palmer Chipkos - World's Most Expensive Flip Flops


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This one-of-a-kind collector's piece is hand painted by renowned Los Angeles contemporary artist, David Palmer. This pair of sandal's has been deemed the "World's Most Expensive Pair of Flips Flops."

With the purchase of these sandals, Chipkos will protect 100,000 square feet of rain forest land.

"This piece represents a unique opportunity for a philanthropist to support a major initiative to conserve endangered rain forest land in Costa Rica," says Norm Gershenz, Executive Director of SaveNature.Org.

"your money won't be spent in vain: as part of the company's Stand for Square Feet campaign, you will be preserving 100,000 square feet of endangered Costa Rican rainforest" - Time Magazine

"World's most expensive flip flop helps to save rain forest… Even though the price is shocking there is a valid explanation." - Wall Street Journal

"Here Are the World’s Most Expensive Flip-Flops - Presumably, you're supposed to hang these on your wall instead of shuffling home from the nail salon in them." - Ny Magazine

"You can certainly mount them on your wall" - Huffington Post Green

"there's more to these thongs that just a little bit of rubber" - Glamour Magazine

"But there's a worthy cause associated with the high cost: For every pair sold, Chipkos will protect 100,000 square feet of rainforest land." - AOL Stylist

"Despite the extreme price, there is a method behind the shoemaker’s madness: With every purchase, Chipkos will adopt 100,000 square feet of endangered rainforest in Costa Rica." - Ecouterre

"By buying the shoes, Chipko pledges to adopt 100,000 square feet of rainforest "for the protection and preservation of land, species and natural resources." - ABC News

"the really swanky way to "save the rainforest" without leaving the lap of luxury" - TreeHugger

"For those discerning art lovers, these collectors' edition shoes come with some philosophical weight, too. " - Daily Mail

"It's Art, Not Footwear " - AOL Daily Finance

“...like Rosenquist, Lichtenstein, and others over the past half-century who have painted the visual racket of a consumer society, Palmer manifests not so much a love-hate relationship with the modern condition of image assault as an awe at its immensity and the thoroughness of its presence in our consciousness.” - Peter Frank

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The purchase of this piece includes a "meet and greet" with the artist and a two-night stay at the luxurious and eco-friendly Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills (recipient of LEED certification & U.S. Green Building Council's gold level certification).


  • (2) 3 gram hand-made 18 carat eco-friendly gold Chipkos emblems by Readers Fine Jewelers in Santa Monica
  • One-of-a-kind hand painted piece
  • Reclaimed wood and glass display case
  • Certificate of authenticity
  • Eco-friendly Chipkos carrying bag
  • Carbon-neutral shipping

Part of the Chipkos Collector's Edition. Each purchase results in the adoption of rain forest for the protection and preservation of land, species and natural resources.

1 pair = 100,000 SF

This sandal is sold in a Men's 8/9.

About The Artist

David Palmer earned his undergraduate degree in Painting from the University of Florida, and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he studied with Josef Albers’ protégé John Roy. While there he befriended the painter Gregory Gillespie, who also became a mentor. Selected solo museum exhibitions include The William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica, Holter Museum of Art in Helena, MT, the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, TX, The Vorpal Gallery in San Francisco, and the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY. He has been awarded artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH, and at 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica. His work is included in many private and public collections, including Montana Artists Agency (Santa Monica), The Gas Company (Los Angeles), The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA), the Holter Museum of Art (Helena, MT) and the Museum of the Southwest (Midland, TX). Palmer was a Top Award Winner at the National Small Works Exhibition in New York, a Finalist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Calendar competition, and received an artist grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation in Brooklyn, NY.

"I think of my paintings as glimpses through an imaginary microscope, revealing not only elements of the physical realm too small to see with the naked eye, but also energy fields and flows of information, flight paths of insects and satellites, and icons mined from the layers of knowledge and history and visual culture that make up much of our environment. Inspired by nature, and language, and the invisible connections between things, I create images that reflect my fascination with an increasingly complex world." -- David Palmer.

David Palmer Chipkos - World's Most Expensive Flip Flops

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