I was first introduced to Scout Finch when I was in 7th grade and I liked her immediately. She was smart, curious, a bit sassy but with a strong sense of right and wrong. Scout, of course, is one of the main characters in Harper Lee’s classic work of American literature To Kill A Mockingbird. She is the light and spirit of this heartbreaking story. A bit rough around the edges, Scout is full of personality and character.
I don’t know if Hari Mari named their Scouts line of flip flops after her – probably not, but she is what first came to mind when they showed up on my doorstep. As is the case with most Hari Mari’s, the Scouts come in a broad and fun range of colors, though the palette is a bit more muted than some of their other offerings. My Scouts are blue and grey. The thick strap is a dark blue heavy gauge nylon on top with a grey, memory foam liner on the inside – a Hari Mari trademark
“… Scouts scream summer.”
The footbed is a very soft and comfortable, made of durable leather which sits atop a very beach friendly, soft foam midsole in a sandwiched white – blue – white pattern. This all rests on top of a durable dark grey hard-rubber sole. They look beach and boat ready, scream summer.
The fit is nearly perfect, though the strap is a bit loose, but this doesn’t cause tons of toe curl because the extra wide straps keep them on nicely. They fit like a pair of “fashion” sneakers meant to be worn untied. They stay on for sure but aren’t really meant for much more than a stroll. And that is just fine with me.
The sole is durable and provides the traction needed for beach strolls, boardwalk jaunts and light boating. Traction is provided by horizontal strips of rubber and the Hari Mari name embossed over and over again across the sole. Making sure that you leave your Hari Mari mark in your wake.
“…they look both new and familiar.”
The Scouts are one of Hari Mari’s original offerings and have become a classic. The styling looks both new and familiar. Though best suited for true summer-time activities such as the beach, tiki bar or boat deck; I’m sure you could pull them off at most summer-time casual-leaning events. They’re not formal but not sloppy.
Like Scout Finch, the Hari Mari Scouts exude life, personality and fun. These are definitely going into my regular flip flop rotation and will see lots of play time this summer.
Flip Flop Verdict
Overall Performance — 4.4 out of 5
Summer-time activities such as the beach, tiki bar and boat.
Fit – 4
Nearly perfect, though the strap is a bit loose
Style – 4
Simultaneously classic and new; not formal but not at all sloppy
Traction – 4
Just what you need beach strolls, boardwalk jaunts and light boating
Comfort – 5
Like your favorite pair of shorts
Dudeness – 5