Old Soul, New Sole: Introducing the Alp Collection

Raft on Grand Canyon

Our origin story goes like this: Teva (“teh-va”) was born in the Grand Canyon in 1984 when a river guide named Mark Thatcher rigged two Velcro watchbands to an old pair of flip flops, creating a sandal that wouldn’t float away. With a sturdy, comfortable fit and patterned straps (this was the first time that designs had been woven into nylon webbing), it didn’t take long for his patented design to become an icon of the outdoor world.

When we introduced the Alp sandal in the 1990s, we wanted to make sure our sequel lived up to the Original—it had to be bombproof.

Vintage Teva van 1990s

The original adventure van, complete with phonetics.




Thatcher and friends demonstrating iconic ‘90s style.


An old Teva ad targeting minimalists, showcasing the Original Universal and Alp sandals.

The Alp’s roots are in Columbia, California, the western foothills of the Sierras, where river guides came to make a name for themselves on the Stanislaus, Towalame, and Merced rivers. Once they built their reputation there, they could go and start guiding in the Grand Canyon.

Designed to support these river guides with smaller straps and durable buckles, the classic Alp sandal was manufactured right in Columbia and became another go-to sandal for river guides in the ‘90s, coveted by watermen and women from California to North Carolina.


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Three decades later, we returned to the vault and retuned these iconic sandals for modern-day adventures, reimagining the Alp to be even more comfortable and durable than its predecessor, with a retro design inspired by our roots on the river.

“I think the nostalgia of the ‘90s and its fun has been rekindled by those who grew up during that decade,” says Lavion Gibson, Teva’s Senior Designer. “The Alp embodies all the fun, quirky, original style that took place during this time.”


Shop the Men’s Alp.


Shop the Women’s Alp Premier.


Shop the Women’s Alp Premier.


Shop the Women’s and Men’s Alp Premier.

Whether you prefer the bottom of a canyon or the bottom of a cold one a little closer to home, the Alp’s classic throwback colors, neoprene-cushioned closures and a soft, supportive footbed offer up the perfect balance of modern function and iconic ‘90s-era style. This sandal isn’t going anywhere without you, so get yours now at

Shop the Alp and Alp Premier sandals now at, then show us how you wear your #OldSoulNewSole on Instagram @Teva.