Kicking Back or Workin’ It with Cushe Kicks
When I first read about Cushe’s new Kicks Collection, I was amused to read that the Getaway and the Shakra were shoes designed for kicking back. So many shoes are making high performance claims, and Cushe comes along to say that their shoes are perfect for doing absolutely nothing in. This led me to think about all the insane outdoor activities my mother does, competing in ironman triathalons, bike races, etc. These shoes, I thought, are the shoes you put on afterward. Imagine sliding into slippers after a grueling backpacking trip or a day skiing. That is the level of satisfaction I experience putting on these Cushe kicks, even when I’ve done nothing to earn it. The day I got them, I almost wore them to sleep because I didn’t want to remove them.
I wore my kicks to work at Indaba Coffee every day for quite a while. I am picky about the shoes I wear to work because they have to be easy to clean (due to inevitable milk drips and coffee grounds) and comfortable enough to stand in for 4-10 hours. These are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn at work. They were a fast favorite for me. They started to smell with such heavy wear, but I gave the mesh a gentle scrub with detergent and washed the footbed and they smell like roses again.
Materials, Fit, and Feel
One special aspect of these Cushe kicks is the use of memory foam technology on a moulded EVA footbed. The Cushe Mellow memory foam and EVA footbed makes me feel like I’m walking on a cloud (or a marshmallow?) even in the seventh hour of standing. I have other shoes with memory foam footbeds, but none quite so pillowy. Also, you can removed the footbed, which I found made cleaning more convenient.
The front of the sneaker is made of breathable mesh with a moisture-wicking textile lining that has a nice stretch to it. The lining goes all the way around the ankle, so slipping them on feels a bit like putting on a pair of lightweight (four-ounce) aqua socks. Once you’ve got them on they gently hug your feet like a comfy, cool, supportive pair of socks. The upper is suede. To me, suede denotes luxury and style, something I don’t expect on a shoe that’s all about comfort and fun. It’s just the right kind of unexpected. I think they nailed it.
Finally, for the fashionably fickle, these shoes come with two sets of laces in different colors. The first day I had them, I put both the navy and the mauve ones in at the same time, which created a fun look. You know how I love versatility!
Buy the Cushe Shakra here! Or just check out how they look with the navy laces, since that’s how they’re pictured on Amazon.
Go in style,
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