Pro Surfer Bethany Hamilton Talks to FN About Shoe Design, Motherhood and More

Bethany Hamilton approached the design process for her spring ’17 Cobian Footwear line with simplicity.

“I’m always wanting comfy, easy and simple designs. I love talking with the designer and giving her a little bit of my taste and what I like,” Hamilton said, adding that she usually writes something on the sole of the flip-flops so they leave an imprint on the sand.

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Bethany Hamilton designing her signature sandals with Cobian.
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Hamilton says she lives in “slippers,” adding, “I’m always rocking beach dresses or bikinis at home and slippers flow naturally with my style.”

The pro surfer has been working with Cobian for the past three years and launched sandals in 2014. And for her, the company is about so much more than selling shoes.

“They encourage people in their journey and are super-supportive. I’m just thankful to be a part of their team,” Hamilton said.

When it comes to surfing, the new mom recently achieved her best competition results when she finished third at the 2016 WSL Fiji Pro and beat the No. 1 female surfer in the world.


“It felt like a huge accomplishment, especially after having a baby and all the time I’ve put into training to get back into shape for my sport,” she said.

Next up, Hamilton is finishing a documentary about her life, “Surfs Like a Girl,” set to be released in summer 2017.

Here, Hamilton talks about being a mom and her favorite beach accessories.

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Bethany Hamilton’s Aloha sandals by Cobian.
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Go-to beach essentials: “My surfboard, a Rip Curl bikini, Cobian sandals and sunscreen. I pretty much live in a hat.”

Greatest part of being a mom: “That beautiful relationship and seeing them grow and learn.”

Heels or flats: “On occasion, it’s fun to wear fancy high heels, but for the most part, I don’t envy the people who have to wear heels every day.”

Best time of day: “Now that I’m a mom, probably sunset. I’m slower in the morning nowadays.”

Favorite sport outside of surfing: “Tennis.”

Best beach in Hawaii: “Hanalei in Kauai.”

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