May 22, 2006 13:39 ET

Okabashi Brands Expands Distribution of Comfort Footwear in Retail Stores Across Canada

BUFORD, GA--(CCNMatthews - May 22, 2006) - Okabashi Brands, Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer of foot therapy products, today announced significant distribution expansion in both drug and sports stores across Canada, including popular retailers such as Herbie's, Forzani, Lawtons, Pharma Plus, Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sobeys. The additional 950 retailers will carry Okabashi's classic, sport and spa collections, including the newly announced women's Resort Thongs and Slides in two-tone colors.

"Canadian customers have been very loyal and supportive of our company's mission to deliver therapeutic, affordable shoes that are fun to wear," said Bahman Irvani, CEO and president of Okabashi Brands. "We are delighted that this expansion signifies not only additional stores, but distribution in all provinces across Canada. Our customers will now be able to find our shoes in their local areas."

Growing distribution in Canada reflects consumers' demand for lightweight, slip-on summer shoes offering affordability, durability and a foot bed that supports and massages the foot during indoor and outdoor activity.

This year's new shoe collection includes the Okabashi Resort Thong and Resort Slide. The Resort Thong comes in hot pink sole/grass green strap, turquoise sole/coral strap and hot chocolate sole/turquoise strap. The Okabashi Resort Slide comes in hot chocolate sole/grass green upper and black sole/pink upper.

Why are Okabashi shoes so beloved?

-- Massaging foot support and pain relief
-- Proven durability and flexibility
-- Easily machine washable and hygienic
-- Very affordable price
-- New endorsement from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
-- Made in the U.S.A.

About Okabashi Brands, Inc.

With manufacturing based in Buford, Ga. in the United States, Okabashi is the number one brand in massaging footwear, having sold more than 100 million pairs worldwide. Okabashi is currently sold at the company Web site at www.okabashi.com. Customers can find both men's and women's shoes in a variety of styles and colors. Shoe collections include thongs, casual slides, mid heel sandals and clogs.

For more information, visit our Web site at www.okabashi.com or contact Caroline March-Long at carolineml@okabashi.com or 434-295-5938. For sales questions, call 1-800-443-6573.

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