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Legendary Music Producer Rick Rubin Designed the Perfect Summer Shoes

Limited-edition, vegan men’s shoes.

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Legendary music producer Rick Rubin teamed up with Southern California footwear brand Sanuk to produce a pair of laid-back shoes. Aum by Rick Rubin and Sanuk features limited-edition, vegan men’s styles with cotton uppers, recycled foam midsoles and faux crepe outsoles.

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“I believe those that are in tune with nature tend to be the most consistent over time. The reason I initially started wearing Sanuk, in addition to the fact that they were comfortable, is because I was always looking for shoes that allowed me the most flexibility,” Rubin says in a statement. “I wanted to be able to move my toes when the shoes were on and feel the same bendability I’d feel as if I was barefoot. I feel with Aum, we have created something that accomplishes that.”

Rubin lives and works in Malibu, California. His studio, Shangri-La was originally a favorite of musicians looking to get out of L.A. to record albums (before he owned it Bob Dylan, The Band and Clapton recorded there). Now, the storied property is even the subject of a Showtime documentary of the same name.

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Aum shoes are perfect for this creative, coastal setting. Available in two colorways — an earth-tone striped blanket and an off-white — they cost just $70. So if you want a flexible, easy-wearing shoe fit for everyday use, grab a pair today.

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